Spending time outdoors before it gets unbearably hot is a great option for some quality family time. Even if you have little ones, you can make an outdoor adventure a day that everyone enjoys. The best way to ensure a fun experience for your family is by planning ahead. Any time you leave the house with your kiddos, a great rule of thumb is to keep the outing as simple as possible. Cramming too many activities in to one afternoon can lead to grumpy children and an exhausted parent.
1. Location, Location, Location – In the spirit of keeping it simple, have your outdoor adventure on familiar territory. If you are comfortable with the area, it will take a load off of your mind and allow you to enjoy the day more freely. When your kids are older or whenever you are more comfortable to visit a new place, venture out to a local park or zoo for your picnic festivities.
2. Bring a Friend – Since toddlers and preschoolers always seem to have an inexhaustible amount of energy, it’s a great idea to collaborate with another family so that your children can play together. Not only will your children have a ton of fun together, you will also enjoy some adult conversation while they play – everybody wins! The great outdoors is the perfect place to allow your children to use their imagination, and bringing a friend is sure to create new, unexplored adventures involving space ships and castles and who knows what else!
3. Pack Favorite Snacks – We’ve all experienced the crazy meltdowns of our toddlers over something as simple as a snack. Be ahead of the game by having your child select the snack they prefer for the picnic. If they get upset while you are outside, remind them of their selection and explain they can have that snack or nothing - since you only brought the one they chose. Although it’s impossible to have an outing that guarantees a meltdown or tantrum won’t happen, giving your child the option to choose their snack beforehand could help keep grumpiness at bay.
4. Unplug to recharge – Don’t miss out on some awesome memories with your child by being distracted on your phone. Even though it’s tempting to want to capture every special memory on your phone, your undivided attention will make your child light up and leave them feeling more loved and cherished than an adorable selfie. There is no harm in taking photos on your phone but a little unplugging may be just what you need to enjoy your favorite little people on a beautiful day!
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies understands the importance of giving children a chance to get outdoors. That’s why our facilities come equipped with outdoor playground spaces that are separated by age groups so children can play safely together. Find the location nearest you and contact Kids ‘R’ Kids for a free tour today!