As a work at home mom, it usually means you spend all week buried in paper work while your kids are off to school. Most of the time you can’t fit it into your busy schedule to spend quality time with them, leaving you only those two precious days on the weekend. When those two precious days come around, it’s time to unwind, enjoy the great outdoors, let go of all that stress, and, best of all, spend time with your kids – the most precious people in your life. For a mom who spends most of her days at a home office, home is not where the heart is – on the weekends at least. And finding the right outdoor activities that are fun for grownups and kids can be crucial in maintaining a strong family dynamic, getting sunshine and some good old fashioned physical exercise. Here are 5 outdoor weekend activities for families with young children.

  1. Hiking can be a great way to get your kids into the great outdoors. It’s also fun for grownups too. There are many great hiking trails within a 100 mile radius to your home. Look on a map, do some research online or ask around. It’s easy to find excellent hiking that isn’t too rigorous and perfect for a daylong adventure. If you can’t find a great hiking trail, or if you live in a major city, you can also do a walking tour. Just make sure to plan lunch and an estimated time you want to pack it all in.
  2. Another great weekend activity is camping. There are many amazing campsites within driving distance. Plan to leave Friday and come back Sunday to maximize the time. Just purchase a family sized camping tent and take some necessary equipment, like chocolate and marshmallows, and you’ll be having a great time telling stories by the fire and bonding with your family.
  3. Gardening can also be a great outdoor activity for families. You can plant roses or a fruit tree in your own back yard, or you can volunteer to plant a tree in an inner city neighborhood or urban garden. This is a great way to get some fun in the sun with your family and also see the literal fruits of your labor. Just remember to bring plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.
  4. You can also visit the park for a fun, exiting outdoor experience with your children. You can set up a picnic and bring sandwiches, or bring a ball and baseball mitt. Many cities and even the suburbs have great, secluded parks where you can spend an amazing afternoon with your young ones.
  5. Lastly, a large backyard can be a great place to spend the weekend with your children – especially if you don’t want to pack up the car and drive a long distance. You can purchase some playground equipment, fix up the pool and make it kid, and parent, friendly so both can enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors in your own backyard.

Photo credit: greatkids.outdoors.org

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