This summer, I am making it a goal to do have a summer family adventure once a week with the kids.
These adventures can be super simple, close to home, and free adventures… but they all have to be fun and get us going and doing something. Bonus points if it’s something we’ve never done before.
I’m thinking of these family adventure days as little field trips to do with the kids… but they can be more activity related too, and not just destination oriented.
And bonus! These adventures don’t have to be out of the home. You can take field trips right in your own home and explore parts from all over the world with our sponsor, Reading Rainbow! Read on to find out some places you can “go”, or check it out here.
I’ve been writing down ideas we can do in our area and I even have a printable that I’ve created to have a place to jot down these ideas and keep them handy.
On the printable, you can jot down outdoor adventures, like going to a water park or going canoeing.
There’s also a place for indoor family adventures because unfortunately, rain happens and the weather can get too hot sometimes to even be outside (even with water activities). Reading Rainbow Skybrary Family has brilliant field trips you can take right online, in your own home, these are perfect on rainy days to take an indoor adventure.
I really like having this virtual adventure option, because the kids can explore the world on over 250 educational Video Field Trips. From nature excursions to space explorations to globe-trotting adventures. The beloved host from our own childhoods, LeVar Burton, guides them through a seemingly endless array of fun and fascinating learning journeys.
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And then I included a place for just quick, anytime adventures. These might overlap with the others, but they’re meant to be ones that you don’t plan for. Just spur of the moment type of activities. If you’re looking for something to do right now these are the activities I’d look to. (Whereas the other activities might need a little planning to block off an entire day.)
I’m hanging our ideas to “Make TODAY an Adventure” by my calendar so I remember to look at it and make a plan. Ideally, I would put these on the calendar each week, but I know stuff comes up, so I can’t set a day of the week to do it, nor do I want to say that we’re doing Adventure B this week because it might depend on the weather.
That’s where this printable it going to come in handy. The ideas will be there when we have a day open for an adventure!
25 ways to make today an adventure:
A few adventures on our list…
- Go to the library – and not just the one in our town!
- Walking and playing at a local national park
- Explore state parks
- Nature center
- Fish hatchery
- Petting zoo
- Frisbee golf
- Go fishing
- Go to a bike trail and ride for a morning
- Playgrounds/parks in neighboring towns
- Have a picnic
- Go canoeing
- Explore local caves
- Go camping
- Have a neighborhood scavenger hunt
- Go geocaching
- Head to a strawberry patch or other ‘pick your own’ garden
- Farmer’s markets
- Go on a photo walk
- Have a ‘big art‘ day with friends
- Go bowling
- Water park
- Visit a hospital, police station or fire station
What kind of summer family adventure days will you plan?
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