We’re big believers in making use of your own backyard for new adventures and explorations.
It’s the easiest way to start travelling more without the huge costs of a trip further afield.
Coming up with fun and refreshing activities to suit all members of the family can be challenging especially when the big kids, aka parents, also like to have just as much fun as the kids.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled our top five weekend activities to suit both parents and their kids.
1. Pack the car and go camping
Camping is the ultimate way to spend an adventurous weekend with your family. It gives everyone the opportunity to escape the city and enjoy nature for a couple of days.
Get the kids to help with setting up the tent, go for bush walks, enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the campsite, sit by the toasty fire and melt marshmallows on long sticks, share funny stories with each other and keep an eye out for shooting stars.
2. Get the glue out and get crafty
Want to get crafty with some of the potted plants inside your house? Why not get the kids involved. Buy some paint and brushes, and get them to paint patterns on the pots to liven up the house.
You could even have them paint their dream holiday or a beautiful memory they have of a previous family travel experience.
3. Put your gloves on and get in the garden
Gardening can be tough work, so get the whole family involved and make a weekend of it. Kids love to water and dig and get them to help get rid of weeds, mow the lawn, sow some new plants, make mud pies and create a vegetable patch.
Kids, big and little, need to get dirty more. Earthing is good for our bodies, our spirits and our sense of connection to something a little bigger than us. I’m sure your kids will eat those vegetables if they helped to grow them.
4. Throw on your swimsuit and go for a swim
Rather than sitting indoors all day watching television and playing video games, enjoy the beautiful weather by going to the beach or your local pool for a swim. Explore a neighbouring beach, or try a new water activity, like snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. Make a day of it and pack a picnic.
And remember to Slip, Slop, Slap!
5. Put your sneakers on and go hiking
Rain or shine, hiking is fun and one of our favourite things to do as a family. Hiking is a great way to keep the whole family active and to see your local area with explorer eyes. My parents hiked with me often when I was a child and I think it sparked in me a curiosity and passion for exploring and gave me a place to find for solace.
Get the kids involved by letting them choose where they want to hike and give them their own backpacks to pack with food and water.
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