5 Fun Outdoor Activities for the Family

Discovery Woodland Treehouse

It’s warming up so if you have little ones of your own or if you have family members or friends with a kiddo or two you might be starting to think about family-friendly outdoor activities. So what are some fun, easy, outdoor activities for the whole family? Let’s get into it…

Messy Mud Pies

Making mud pies might seem like one of those things from a bygone era. Something kids did back before TV was a thing, but it is well ready for a revival when it comes to outdoor play.

One of the biggest inconveniences we grown ups face throughout spring is that it’s a big wet season. But that’s the perfect excuse to get outside and get a little messy. Stomping around outside in puddles, finding little frogs or lizards, and even (finger) painting can all be great ways to spend an afternoon. Just remember to clean up before coming back inside.

Picnic Party

Picnics are fun for all of us, no matter our age. It’s an excuse to get outdoors and relax. Maybe bring a book with you and just take in the scenery. You can just head out to your backyard or make a day of it and go to a local park or garden.


If you have young ones this can be a good time to let them run about a bit (without worrying about any mess damage to your home).  Plus a picnic is a great way to meet up with friends and family and all get together for a casual outing.

Water Wonderland

A big part of outdoor activities is water, though perhaps running through the sprinkler may not be something we can all do these days (unless you have a water tank or other responsible sources of water). Playing with water is cleaner than playing with mud and paint, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun!

Oh, Sandy

Whether you’re heading out to the beach or bringing the beach to you with a sandpit, playing with sand is another great hands-on, tactile option for outdoor fun.

Octagonal Sandpit Sand and Water Picnic Table

Image features the Octagonal Sandpit Sand and the Water Picnic Table.

Playing with sand helps little ones develop creativity as they design and build their own sandcastles. Not to mention it helps them understand basic physics when a structurally unsound castle falls apart.

Time for a Green Thumb

Playing outside will always be fun but it’s also an opportunity to develop a new skill and even grow something you can eat! Of course, not all plants are edible, some are just pretty. And you can also grow them indoors if you have the space for it, but heading into Spring (as we currently are at the time this is written) is the ideal time to get back to nature and try to develop a green thumb with the family.

kids gardening

Growing plants is a near limitless hobby, you can choose whatever plants you like, and watch together as they grow and flower or fruit. The whole family learns the benefit of putting in effort now and reaping the rewards when the time comes. Plus you get to enjoy gorgeous plants, which is always a bonus!

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.