Spending time outdoors is always a good idea. Whether you’re trying to entertain your kids, wrangle the family together for some outdoor bonding, or looking to DIY a new backyard project, you’ve come to the right place. Let the good times roll with these fun outdoor activities so the whole family can have a good time.
Table of Contents
- Outdoor activities for kids
- Outdoor activities for adults
- Outdoor activities for the whole family
- Keep it safe
Outdoor activities for kids
In today’s digital age, keeping children away from video games, TikTok challenges, and TV shows can be a real struggle. There are a lot of captivating ideas that will engage the little ones and encourage them to embrace the great outdoors. From thrilling outdoor games to exciting nature explorations, we’ve put together a collection of outdoor activities that will keep them entertained while fostering their adventurous spirit. So, let’s get into it and see what activities are available to do with kids.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts build problem-solving skills, teach teamwork, and they’re easy to customize to your child’s age. Start by writing down clues, or use one of many free online scavenger hunt templates to get ideas if you’re stuck. Then, hide the clues and little treasures around the backyard. If you don’t have tiny treasures lying around the house, head to the dollar store for fun trinkets your child will have a blast hunting for. For safety reasons, it’s crucial to establish boundaries and rules to prevent kids from leaving the house or entering restricted areas.
Get wet with water games
Water games are a saving grace in the dog days of summer when it’s too hot for other outdoor activities. You can choose simple games — turn on the sprinkler and let your kids go ham, or load up on water balloons for an epic battle. For more challenging games, lay down a plastic sheet or tarp and lay it under your sprinkler — the kids will love slipping and sliding and splashing around. Water limbo is another family favorite — have one person hold the hose while others shimmy underneath. If you feel a cold spray of water, you’re out ’til the next round.
Perform on a summer stage
Do you have a burgeoning actor or musician in your midst? Set up a summer stage where your young thespian or rock star can come up with one-acts, skits, or concerts. Don’t worry; you don’t have to pull out the wood planks and drill (unless you want to). Use a picnic blanket, flattened cardboard boxes, or interlocking foam tiles for the platform and sticks strung with Christmas lights to border the stage. Your kids can create their own backdrops using a large dry-erase board or by coloring on cardboard boxes.
Build a box fort
We all remember the magic of playing in a fort. How markers, tape, and a sprinkle of imagination can turn a fine box into a fantastical wonderland filled with superheroes and villains. Playing make-believe is important for child development, and your kid will love exploring worlds in their new fort. Save all your boxes, and one day, when they’re bored, have your kids take them outside and start taping them together. Help them make doorways and windows with a knife or scissors, then let them go wild with decorations. Solar-powered fairy lights, markers, crayons, paint — the possibilities are endless.
Play in the sandbox
Kids love sandboxes, and it’s an activity that will keep them outdoors — and occupied — for hours. One trip to the hardware store is all it takes for an easy DIY sandbox. Fill up a kiddie pool — the sturdy plastic kind — with sand. How many bags you’ll need depends on the size of your sandbox, but make sure you get dust-free or non-silica sand, as they’re the safest types for your little one to play in.
Make art on an outdoor chalkboard
If your kid loves playing with chalk but having a chalkboard wall indoors creates too much mess, consider building an outdoor chalkboard. All you need is a piece of plywood, some sandpaper, and a can of chalkboard paint to make a chalk wall where your child can draw to their heart’s content. Secure your chalk wall to a fence or the back of the garage, or lay it flat on the ground.
Part of having fun outdoors is not just about the destination but also the journey. Even if we’re talking about having fun in your backyard, you can make it a memorable trip to the final destination, the teepee. Planning out, building, or setting up a teepee can be a fun and creative experience for adults and children. You can find excellent guides of great teepee tents for your backyard.
Kids love to climb and explore, so why not give them a place they can do it without ruining the furniture? An outdoor climbing wall is exactly what you need. Build a climbing wall by installing climbing handles on your fence, a blank wall, or a sturdy tree trunk, then let your kids have at it. However, always consider the safety of the kids and make sure an adult is always supervising.
Outdoor activities for adults
Summertime means less time spent indoors and more time spent doing outdoor activities. If you’re in need of some outdoor inspiration, look no further. Level up your backyard game with these creative DIY activities for grown-ups only — as long as you get a babysitter. Otherwise, the kids will want in on the fun. Or you can set up an area for the kids to enjoy.
Sidle up to the tiki bar
Get out the cocktail umbrellas, make a pitcher of margaritas, and call your friends because things are about to get tropical. Want to build your own tiki bar? Bring a slice of paradise to your backyard using an online tutorial. If you’re looking to keep it simple, snag a few tiki torches and colorful string lights to deck out your patio, tiki-style. Plastic palm trees and Hawaiian shirts are optional but recommended.
Have a fire pit
Drinking beer with the neighbors, roasting marshmallows, and telling ghost stories just aren’t the same without a fire pit. You can buy a fire pit or build one yourself — there’s a world of options no matter which way you choose to go. The simplest way to DIY a fire pit is to dig a hole, lay down some quick-setting concrete, and surround it with a wall of cement blocks. Check your city’s ordinances to make sure they don’t have any special rules or regulations for fire pits, then go forth and burn, baby, burn.
Soak in a hot tub
Is there anything better than a relaxing soak in your backyard hot tub? Hot tubs are the pinnacle of luxury and a delightful way to unwind after a long day. They come in tons of shapes and sizes, so no matter what your backyard situation is, there’s a hot tub for you. The best part is that you can enjoy your hot tub all year round. For aesthetics, hang lights around your tub — or make night lamps (below). This creates a cozy seating area, and you’re set to have a hot tub party.
Set out night lamps for ambiance
Make use of your up-cycled jar collection and line your patio or sidewalk with DIY night lamps when you entertain. Moreover, consider decorating the jars with paint or decoupage tissue paper, then fill them with LED tea lights or a string of fairy lights. This is a fun and easy project that the whole family can participate in.
Swing in a hammock
Picture yourself lounging in a colorful woven hammock, reading a book, and sipping lemonade in the sunshine. Feeling relaxed? Us, too. Adding a hammock (or two) will transform your backyard into an oasis, and you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever spent a summer without one. You can also get that swimsuit outside to take sunbathe and get a good tan.
Meditating is a great activity to relax, and even more when you’re surrounded by nature. Your backyard offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature, you can find inner peace and mindfulness as you connect with the natural world. Additionally, the open space and fresh air create the perfect environment for deep relaxation and self-reflection.
Outdoor activities for the whole family
Looking for a way to get the whole family involved? Make your backyard entertainment a family affair and create new memories that’ll last a lifetime with these fun outdoor activities.
Install an underground trampoline
Underground trampolines are more aesthetically pleasing than above-ground trampolines. They’re easier for kids (and adults) to get onto and off of. Whether you choose to DIY your underground trampoline or have a company install it, it’s up to you. Either way, trampolines are a fun and wonderful way to encourage your kids to get outside and get some exercise.
Set up a backyard movie theater
Lights, camera, action! Why pay to go to the movies when you can create a movie theater in your own backyard? Pull out the red carpet (or a picnic blanket, whatever you have on hand) and make some snacks for a summer screening experience the whole family will enjoy. Use your laptop to stream a movie outside, or grab your projector and a large white sheet to create the ultimate outdoor movie night.
Go backyard camping
Get the tent out and sleeping bags for a backyard camping trip. Your kids will love this idea, and you may find that it becomes a regular summer activity. Backyard camping gives you the best of both worlds – you get to make s’mores, tell spooky stories, and stargaze — all without having to dig a hole just to go to the bathroom. And if it rains in the middle of the night, a safe, dry haven is just feet away.
Dine al fresco
Having dinner on the patio a few nights a week is a simple way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your backyard. Fire up the grill, and make all the summer favorites — ribs, corn on the cob, hot dogs charred to perfection — and savor them against a backdrop of sunsets and flowers in full bloom.
There’s no better way to spend a beautiful day than by having a picnic. You don’t even need to leave your house to enjoy this outdoor activity. Prepare an array of tasty treats and take them outside for a backyard feast. Make an afternoon of it by bringing a board game and a few pillows to lounge on in the shade.
Take a “bath” in the sounds of Mother Nature. Forest bathing is a soothing Japanese practice to balance and re-center yourself. Venturing out into the forest isn’t necessary to take a forest bath. You can simply lay out a blanket in the yard and allow your mind and body to be still as you take in the sounds of nature through your senses. If you live in a very urban area, you can still forest bathe. Just focus on the sounds of birds and the wind and feel your body relax in the fresh air, relaxing your mind and reinvigorating your spirit.
Bring the playground to your backyard with a swing set. Swing sets come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges, so you’re sure to find something that suits your family’s needs. Swing sets aren’t only for kids, though. Create a romantic getaway on your patio with gorgeous macrame swings that’ll leave you feeling like you’re on a tropical retreat. Alternatively, you can sit a spell on a porch swing, just like an old-timey date.
Create and watch a wildlife feeder
Butterflies, bees, and birds, oh my! Become a modern-day Snow White by setting up wildlife feeders in your backyard. Birdbaths, hummingbird feeders, butterfly puddling stations, bee gardens – research the animals native to your area. Then, decide which ones you’d like to attract. Building feeders is an easy project that your kids will love, too.
Keep it safe
When it comes to outdoor activities, it’s essential to consider home security to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. By integrating home security measures into your outdoor activities, you can enhance the overall safety of your home, the surroundings, and your loved ones.
Installing outdoor motion sensor lights can illuminate your yard and deter potential intruders. It’s excellent if you plan on setting up a backyard camping adventure. Additionally, incorporating a surveillance camera system can provide peace of mind. It allows you to monitor your property while engaging in activities like gardening, sports, or relaxing in the hammock. By considering home security and safety measures, you can create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.
Banish boredom forever and create a backyard paradise in one fell swoop. Make the most of warmer weather with these fun outdoor activities to do from home safely. You’ll enjoy the outdoors until your shoulders are sun-kissed and your heart is full.