July 27, 2011 | in Nanny
Available activities will differ based on where you are from, but I am striving to include things that most everyone can find in an area park in their town or one nearby. Entertainment doesn’t have to cost a lot. Keep an eye on your local paper and you can find all sorts of things. Check out 10 super fun things to do at the park.
- Concert at the park: This is a great thing to do with or without kids. Sometimes it’s hard to bring kids to a concert because they get fidgety. That’s why concerts at the park are wonderful. You can let them run around or you can bring a blanket for them to spread out on and play with their toys and you can still enjoy some great music.
- Picnics: This is a great family activity that everyone will enjoy. If your park has picnic tables you can bring along a table cloth. If they don’t have tables you can just bring a blanket to throw on the ground. I prefer the blanket because then I can have my picnic wherever I want and I don’t have to worry about being near a trash can full of bees. Containers and coolers have come so far now that you can literally bring a gourmet meal on a picnic. It’s not just hotdogs or cold fried chicken anymore.
- Paddle boating: Many area parks have a small man-made pond in them. You can rent a paddle boat for a small fee and get some exercise while checking out the wild life. It’s fun for the kids to peddle and move their own boat. I would recommend this for a day when it’s not super windy.
- Kite flying: While you don’t want a day that is SUPER windy you will need to pick a day that you have a nice constant breeze in order to fly kites. Even little kids enjoy holding a kite. If you want to cause a crowd of kids all you have to do is bring out a kite and start flying it. The kids just love watching them in the air. Kites can cost anywhere from about a dollar to hundreds of dollars for the really sophisticated ones. If you get a kite without a stick frame then you can fold it up into a small bag and keep it in the car with you for impromptu kite flying.
- Nature hike: Create a list of things for your kids to find. A squirrel, a nut, and a cattail might be a good start on a list. Use whatever you think you might see on the list and a few things you may or may not run into. Include a butterfly or cardinal on the list. You might see those things if you are lucky. You can read up about some of the native plants and trees and then tell your kids about them when you see them.
- Go on a photo hunt: Bring your camera and maybe a disposable camera for your kids and let them go on a photo hunt. Let them shoot whatever pictures they want then you can print them out and put together a collage of things you saw on your outing.
- Fishing: Again this will require that you have a park with a pond as part of it. And that they stock the pond with fish. This is a great father/son outing, but it can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Some area ponds don’t require a fishing license to fish on them. Children never have to have a fishing license.
- Play Frisbee: Some parks even have Frisbee golf courses now. Find a relatively open area and show your kids how to throw a Frisbee so that is can be caught. Little kids can even play because they can run and pick up the Frisbee and bring it back to you. A Frisbee is another thing that can be left in the car for some impromptu fun.
- Hide and Seek: The Park is a great place to play hide and seek because there are so many places to hide. In fact, there are so many places to hide that you might have to limit the playing field. You can play this is the dark with flashlights as well. In the dark it becomes more like tag, but it’s still a great game to play at the park.
- Birthday party: Having your birthday party at the park or attending a birthday party at the park is a lot of fun. You are outside and there are built in toys that you can play on. If you spill cake no one yells at you. You can throw water balloons or play tug-o-war because there is plenty of room to play and it doesn’t matter if you make a mess.
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