There is certainly plenty of overlap between daytime and outdoor fun family activities. However, we came up with a list of a few activities for kids which are absolutely exclusive to the daytime, involving places which you probably only want to go during the day anyhow: Beaches, playgrounds, campsites, and biking/rollerblading/skating.
When it comes to beaches, here a few fun daytime activities:
Frisbee Golf Activity. Dust off the ol’ Frisbee and bring it to the beach for the day. Instead of just tossing it around (though you can do that too if you’d like ? ), set up goals and targets with other beach gear. For example, place a sandal somewhere about 30 feet away, and place a towel in the opposite direction 25 feet away. Toss the Frisbee and try to nail the target! And if you have a family dog, he can totally participate!
Kite Flying: This is a classic daytime beach activity, and the reason is because kids love it! Sure, parents might get anxious watching their kids sprint through other families and stomp on random strangers’ towels. However, kite flying is also educational, as kids will be able to learn and understand how the kite can soar depending on the wind direction. And, it’s definitely a beautiful thing to watch.
Tug of War Sandpit: This is a great one but requires some effort. Before you start tugging the rope, dig a pit in the middle. Then place the rope over the pit and have the opposing captains stand across from the pit, facing eachother, and holding the rope. Let the tug of war begin! Obviously the team that loses will fall into the sandpit. Caution: this game involves a bit of physical risk, so please do so with extreme caution and take preventative measures (for instance, make the sandpit only a few inches deep).
Playgrounds offer a plethora of daytime activities for families to have some fun! Depending on the playground, there are different options available. Obviously if you have slides and swings, then there isn’t much creativity required to have activities. But if there isn’t much for your kid to do at the playground, (or if another kid is hogging the swingset), well, you have plenty of classic kids games:
Red light green light activity: If you don’t already know, here is how this classic kids game works: one kid is a traffic light on one end, and the other kids are at the other end. When the traffic light kid turns to face the group he or she can scream “red light!!” at which point everyone immediately freezes. Then the kid turns his back and shouts “green light!!” and everyone can run forward. He then turns and shouts “red light!!” again, and anyone caught running has to go back to the end of the line. The first person to get close enough and tag the traffic light is the winner!
TV Tag: This is an interesting one and more enjoyable for an older family. It is a basic game of freeze tag, but in this case the person that unfreezes the frozen player must call out a TV show title each time. The catch of the game is that every TV show can only be used once!
Elastics: This requires a parent to bring along some elastic rope, and is a classic game that kids can play for hours (and burn off some calories as well!). Rather than explain it, we figured we would show you this fun to watch and easy to understand video:
Looking for more fun kids activities during the day at your local playground? Have no fear, Pinterest has a huge list!
Biking: We mentioned it above, and biking is a great family activity. Often, most playgrounds and parks have wide swaths of pavement where you and your family can easily bike for hours.
Rollerblading: This can be indoor or outdoors, but rollerblading can ostensibly be done on any bike path. It’s best to start in a confined space if its your kids’ first time rollerblading.
Skating: Skating is less of a journey-activity like biking is, and is more for fun bursts in your local playground. Whether your local park has a skate park, or just a blacktop for freestyling, skating can be fun with a few family members involved.
Looking for more daytime beach activities for your kids? Check ‘em out here on Pinterest!