This month is Out and About Month on TalkMum, so here are ten outdoor activities for children
Summer is on the way and to celebrate, this month is themed around getting out and about. We’ll be looking at brilliant things you can do with your babies and children in and the joys of getting out of the house and doing something fun.
To kick us off, we’re looking at ten outdoor activities for children. There are many benefits of fresh air and exercise for both children and parents, so here are ten outdoor activities to tempt everyone to get outdoors:
Buggy fit: Why not start them when they’re really young? Although babies don’t technically join in, Buggy Fit classes will reintroduce new mums to fitness and help everyone have some fresh air. The classes may have many different names but involve a group exercise class for new mums involving your pram. Look on local noticeboards and Facebook groups to find one in your area.
ParkRun and Junior ParkRun: ParkRun organises weekly 5k runs on Saturdays, in parks up and down the country. The events are free and open to people of all abilities and you don’t have to be a mega-fit marathon runner to take part, you can go along even if you’ve never really run before. Children over four can join in as they are able to complete the course themselves (more details here). Junior ParkRun events are 2k runs specifically for those aged 4-14 and take place on Sundays - find your nearest local event here.
Forest School: The idea of Forest School is for children to have a learning approach that’s based entirely outside, giving them hands-on experiences in a woodland or tree-filled natural environment. Many schools now offer a forest school activity as part of the curriculum, or you might be able to find a forest school-based nursery or club for children to attend.
The park: An easy - and free - entry on the list of outdoor activities for children is to head to your local park. Spend some time on the swings or just run about; why not take a picnic?
Scooters and bikes: Another simple idea is to just go for a scoot or bike around your local area and see what you can see. Read our scooter safety tips for children.
Football or sports clubs: If your children are sporty and would love a team activity, enrol them in a sporting club or activity in your nearest local park (parents, invest in an insulated flask to keep your coffee warm in the winter).
Go Ape: If you and your children are thrill-seekers who love an adrenaline rush, why not check out Go Ape activity centres? Go Ape offer outdoor experiences and activities at 34 places in the UK,and you can choose between adult and child-friendly tree-top activities such as tree-top rope walks, zip wires and trampolines up in the trees. Here’s the Go Ape website.
Swimming in an open-air lido: Go for a swim with a twist in a lido, an open-air public swimming pool. Although the numbers of lidos across the UK have dwindled, there are still many left and those that remain tend to have beautiful art-deco architecture. Here’s a list of UK lidos and outdoor pools.
Yoga in the garden: Another simple tip, if the weather is good then why not try some gentle yoga and stretching in the garden? You can look for ideas on Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Forestry Commision walks: Forest walking is great for the whole family as it gets everyone outdoors and exercising, Why not hunt out the Gruffalo sculptures or you can buy a James and the Giant Peach-themed pack to make it really fun.