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Fun outdoor activities for the school holidays

15th Apr 2021

School holidays is a great excuse to get outdoors with your kids and enjoy fresh air. However, it can be a challenge to come up with new and fun activities to do together, particularly while on the road.

But fear not, we have you covered with five of the best outdoor activities you can do with your kids these school holidays. Thank us later!

Organise a treasure hunt

This is a super simple activity that can be done pretty much anywhere, whether you’re spending the holidays at home or on the road. All you need is some things the kids can find (preferably written down on a piece of paper) and a texta or stamp so they can tick off what they’ve found. Some suggestions for your list include:

  • Some blue (or any other colour)
  • Something with wheels
  • Three different leaves (have them collect these for arts and crafts)
  • Something round
  • A pen

If the weather isn’t on your side, this activity is easily replicated for indoor play.

Showcase their inner green thumb

Kids love getting messy, which makes gardening the perfect activity for the kids. All you need is some seeds, gloves, a pot and a gardening trowel. If you want to keep your kids entertained a little longer, get them to paint the garden pot or repurpose an old tin can for this instead of a pot. Make sure to check what plants, herbs or flowers are in season for the time of year so you avoid the ‘why isn’t my plant growing?’ disappointment.

Have a picnic at a local park

A picnic is a great option for kids of all ages – just make sure you picnic somewhere with a playground so they can burn some energy after eating. For some added fun, get the kids to help you prepare the food for the picnic. Things like fairy bread, chocolate dipped strawberries or pizza wheels are super easy to make with little ones.

Hit up a new local business

There are plenty of special activities and programs that run throughout the school holidays. Places like theme parks, wildlife parks and zoos often run specific school holiday activities and sometimes, local councils will organise craft programs, markets or festivals that are free or low cost If you’re camping in a new area, make sure you check out what is on for the holidays so you can make the most of it. Other fun ideas include fruit picking and mini golf.

Create your own outdoor adventure playground

If you can’t make it to an adventure park or mini golf these school holidays, why not make your own? In a short amount of time, you can easily set up a mini golf course in your backyard. If golf isn’t your jam, perhaps look at setting up little ‘zones’ and make it feel like a theme park. Sometimes existing play items like swing sets are cubby houses are seen as more appealing if they’re transformed to something ‘new’. A cubby house can turn into an outdoor cinema, and a swing set can be a Ninja Warrior challenge.


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