There is a reason why it is called the great outdoors. Â Sometimes a family needs to just unwind and unplug the electronics for a weekend and embark on an adventure in the fresh air and open skies. Kids need to be introduced to nature now more than ever with a recent study revealing that a majority of children spend less time outside than U.S. prisoners. Â With that kind of shocking research, it may be time to pack up the family and go away for a weekend. Â Initially, your kids may have a meltdown to be away from the comforts of home, but you will be making memories as a family that will last a lifetime.
TAKE YOUR FAMILY CAMPING
Sometimes there is no family vacation that is more simple and fun than a weekend camping trip. Â All you need is a tent, some sleeping bags, and a destination. Â Telling stories by the campfire and cooking some hot dogs and sâ€™mores is a great way to bond with the family and the kids will love it too. There are a vast amount of campgrounds in any area of the country to choose from and many of them are free. Â So get the car packed and have fun in nature.
GET TO THE WATER
Whether it is the local lake, river, swimming pool or water park, most kids love the water. Â A weekend by your local watering hole is a fantastic way to bond with your kids. Â If your kids are not swimmers or the lake is a little cold that day, you can always grab a fishing pole and find a spot to have great conversations with your kids while waiting for the fish to bite.
Canâ€™t get away for a weekend? Â Well geocaching is a great idea for a day trip and the perfect solution to get your kids out of the house and on a modern day treasure hunt. Â The idea is simple: Â you need a handheld GPS device (many phones have geocaching apps), a backpack to store supplies, and some caches to replace the caches you find. Â Â
Once you have your supplies simply go to a geocaching website to find all the caches around your area and start hunting. Â Not sure if there are any caches in your area? Â According to tenrandomfacts.com, there are approximately 2 million current caches worldwide that have been hidden and the U.S. is a leader in the world of geocaching activity.
No matter if you travel near or far there are great ways to get the entire family out into nature. Â After a few days or even a few hours in the fresh air, your kids will have memories and stories for years to come.