5 Family-Friendly Ideas for Getting Active Outdoors

Jill Holtz

August 9, 2021

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Getting active outdoors is a great way to have some fun family time and keep fit at the same time. We have 5 tips for getting active outdoors that the whole family will enjoy. Best of all, you won’t need any specialist equipment!

In an age of increasing screen time it is important for all the family to get up and get active outdoors. Here a few ways that you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors together in a fun way.

Ideas for Getting Active Outdoors

#1. Take a Nature Walk

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Pick a nearby woods or forest for a family nature walk with a difference. Pack paper and some pens for everyone and draw a map trail of the walk around the woods as you go. Look out for animals, trees, flowers or anything unusual and put them on your drawings.

Or you could try a nature scavenger hunt or take it in turns to make a trail for each other to follow out of stones and sticks in arrow shapes.

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#2. Have Some Splashing Fun

Head off to the beach or nearby lake, river, canal side for a walk or a bike ride. If the weather is good, go swimming or jumping and splashing in the water or enjoy some games beside it.

Don’t let the rain stop you! If the day is wet, find some nearby puddles outside to go jumping and splashing in.

#3. Hold Your Own Mini Olympics

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Set up a Mini Olympics in your garden or nearby park. Invent some new Olympic sports or your own take on classic Olympic sports: e.g. frisbee discus, broom pole javelin, bucket 100 metre dash.

To add to the excitement, keep times for each other at different sports and have a mini medal ceremony at the end to celebrate!


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#4. Have a Ball Sports Day

family ball game

Grab all the ball equipment you have: football, rugby, tennis balls, beach balls, exercise balls and have a ball sports session together.

Take it in turns to throw and catch, bowl and kick. Who can throw the furthest?  Who can kick the highest? Who can keep the ball up in the air the longest? Or why not have a game of DONKEY.

#5. Have a Family Skipathon


See who can skip the most skips in e.g. a minute! Can you remember any of the skipping games you used to play at school? Teach them to your kids, it helps pass them on!

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