Outdoor Family Physical Activities

Jump on the opportunity to do activities outdoors with your family when it's nice outside.

If physical activity and spending time with your family are on the top of your priority list, why not do them together! Engaging in family activities not only contributes to a strong family bond, but it works towards maintaining a healthy heart, strong bones, and high spirits for all. Jump on the opportunity to do activities outdoors with your family when it’s nice outside. There are many outdoor activities you can do with your family that do not require any equipment at all.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Walks in the park or around the neighbourhood
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Obstacle courses
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Relay races
  • Gardening
  • What time is it Mr. Wolf?
  • Hop scotch
  • Create your own Amazing Race

If you have equipment, your family may also enjoy:

  • Golfing/ Mini putting
  • Biking
  • Skipping
  • Baseball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Archery
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Beach Volleyball

These activities can turn a family BBQ into an exciting, memorable afternoon. Why not start a game of baseball or soccer, or create a mini Frisbee tournament! Your guests will work up an appetite playing these games!

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