As a parent, you’re always looking for ways to keep your kids entertained and engaged, especially when it comes to spending time outside.

After all, there’s nothing like a little fresh air and sunshine to help everyone relax and recharge.

Not to mention all the health and wellbeing benefits from spending time outside and taking a break from screen time.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of 100 fun activities to do with kids outside.

Maybe you are looking to have outdoor fun in the back garden, down at the local park or further afield.

No matter where you are planning on visiting, this list of fun outdoor activities is brimming with inspiring ideas to enjoy the outdoors together as a family.

We believe you will love our list of outdoor activities.

100 Things to do Outdoors

At the Beach

  • Build a sandcastle.
  • Have a family game of volleyball.
  • Take a trip to a nearby beach and explore the rock pools.
  • Go crabbing.
  • Hunt for fossils or sea glass.

At the Park

boy flying a kite
  • Fly a kite.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Play frisbee.
  • Have a family game of kickball.
  • Play capture the flag together.
  • Have a game of football or basketball.
  • Play cornhole.
  • Have a family game of red light, green light.
  • Have a family game of ladder golf.

In Nature

  • Go on a hike and explore the great outdoors.
  • Take a nature walk and collect leaves, rocks, and other treasures.
  • Have a scavenger hunt and search for items in nature.
  • Go on a nature hike and learn about different plants and animals.
  • Take a nature walk and see how many different types of insects you can find.
  • Go on a family nature walk and find different types of flowers.
  • Visit a nearby orchard and pick fresh fruit.
  • Take a walk and see how many different types of birds you can spot.
woman walking with boy

In the Garden

  • Play a game of tag.
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Play water balloon piñata.
  • Have a family game of red rover.
  • Have a backyard game of capture the flag with glow sticks.
  • Play charades outside.
  • Get everyone involved in a game of cornhole with water balloons.
  • Have a family game of Pictionary.
  • For extra excitement on hot days play water balloon dodgeball.
  • Try something new like frisbee golf.
  • Make homemade ice cream and enjoy it outside.
  • Have a family game of croquet in the garden.
kids planting outdoors
  • Plant a garden and watch it grow.
  • Have a game of catch with a ball or a frisbee.
  • Play horseshoes in the garden.
  • Have a campfire and toast marshmallows.
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  • Have an outdoor movie night and watch a family-friendly film.
  • Enjoy a game of badminton in the garden.
  • Have a family game of bocce ball.
  • See who gets the wettest with a game of water balloon toss.
  • Try your hand at lawn darts.
  • Have a fun family game of water limbo for extra giggles.
  • Play Duck, Duck, Goose in the backyard.
  • Have a backyard game of capture the flag with water balloons.
  • Have some fun playing freeze dance in the backyard.
  • Have a fun game of water balloon baseball.
  • Play ring toss.
  • Enjoy a fun game of sponge tag outside.
  • A game of giant Jenga is fun for all ages.
  • Have a backyard game of hot potato.
  • Play a family game of balloon volleyball.
  • Get active with a fun game of water gun tag.
  • Play musical chairs with the kids.
  • Have a family game of Simon says in the backyard.
  • Take things up a notch with an exciting game of Simon says with water balloons.
  • Have a family game of Mother, May I?

Where you Live

  • Take a bike ride where you live.
  • Play hopscotch on the pavement.
  • Go on a family bike ride on a nearby bike trail.
  • Take a fun family bike ride to a nearby ice cream shop.

Out and About

  • Go to a nearby national park and explore the trails.
  • Take a trip to a nearby hot air balloon festival and soar above the clouds.
  • Visit a nearby cave and explore the underground.
  • Enjoy a nearby botanical garden and learn about butterflies.
  • Have a family game of sharks and minnows in the pool.
  • Go on a family zip-lining trip and glide through the treetops.
  • Play Marco Polo in the pool.
  • Visit a nearby vineyard and learn about wine-making.
  • Go to a nearby aquarium and learn about sea life.
  • Take a trip to the zoo and learn about different animals.
  • Visit the water park and ride the water slides.
  • Go on a boat ride and explore a nearby lake or river.
  • Visit a nearby farm and learn about farm animals.
  • Go to a nearby botanical garden and learn about different plants.
  • Visit the science museum and learn about science.
  • Have a family game of mini-golf at a nearby course.
  • Go to a nearby history museum and learn about the past.
  • Visit the planetarium and learn about space.
  • Go to an art museum and check out their child friendly activities.
  • Take the family to a children’s museum and learn through play.
  • Visit a nearby historical landmark and learn about its history.
  • Take a trip to a nearby amusement park.
  • Go to an arboretum and learn about trees.
  • Visit the planetarium and learn about the constellations.
  • Go on a family rafting trip and ride the rapids.
  • Take a trip to a state park and have a picnic.
  • Go on a family horse riding trip and explore the countryside.
  • Take a trip to a wildlife centre and observe the animals.

Take a Trip

family inside the tent
  • Take a family camping trip and tell ghost stories around the campfire.
  • Book a family kayaking trip and explore the waterways.
  • Go on a family skydiving trip and experience the thrill of freefalling.
  • Take a family scuba diving trip and explore the underwater world.
  • Visit a hot spring and soak in the natural pools.
  • Take the family on a snowshoeing trip and explore a winter wonderland.
  • Enjoy a family skiing trip and hit the slopes.
  • Want more adventure, take a family rock climbing trip and scale the cliffs.
  • Enjoy a family fishing trip and try to catch some fish.
  • Go on a glamping trip and enjoy the great outdoors.

We hope this list has inspired you to get outside and enjoy some quality time with your family.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime.

You don’t have to go far or spend a ton of money to enjoy the benefits of spending time outside together.

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  1. I don’t think this was on the list (let me know if I missed it somehow!), but we used to love to do crayon rubbings with the kids, with tree bark, fossils, leaves … whatever we could find! Just lay a piece of paper over the leaf or fossil or bark, and then rub over it with the side of crayon that has the paper wrapper removed. Great for art projects too!

  2. I absolutely love your list of 100 fun outdoor activities to do with kids! It’s filled with a wide range of ideas that cater to different interests and locations. From beach adventures and park games to nature explorations and garden activities, there’s something for everyone. Your suggestions are not only fun but also promote quality family time and the benefits of being outdoors. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas!


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