It’s that time of year again, when people across the country start thinking about outdoor family fun. The last frost will be here soon, so it’ll soon be time to get those flowers and veggies in the ground, head out on the water, and fill your days with fun family outdoor activities. Here are 4 simply awesome things to do outdoors this spring, including of course, pontoon boating!
1. Pontoon Boating
As we slowly emerge from a challenging twelve months, celebrate with some literal smooth sailing by going pontoon boating as a family! Outdoor family fun on a pontoon boat is easy because:
- You can fit the whole family, and probably some friends too!
- Everyone can fish from a pontoon boat thanks to its stability on the water.
- Pontoon boats are relatively easy to guide.
Whether you rent or buy a pontoon boat, make 2021 the year you enjoy more fun family weekends on the water!
2. Plant a Garden
There’s no immediate gratification in planting a garden, unless you count the primal pleasure of sinking your hands into cool soil, but what’s more rewarding than watching the fruits (or rather, the veggies) of your labor bloom? Planting a gar-den — either in the ground, a raised bed or simply some herbs in a pot — is one of the best family outdoor activities you can do in spring.
3. Take the Kids Fishing
Few things to do outdoors scream, “Fun family weekend,” more than heading to a favorite fishing hole with your favorite people. This spring, make it a point to take your children fishing at least once a month because the time spent bonding is invaluable and because fishing is one of the best outdoor activities for kids.
4. Encouragement Rocks
Want a simple, fun way to make others in your community feel seen and loved? With this artistic and therapeutic outdoor activity with kids, you collect smooth rocks on which you’ll paint cheery scenes (rainbows, smiles, hearts, etc) and write sweet messages like, “Be Kind To Yourself,” “You Are Enough,” “Joy,” and “You Rock.” Once dry, place your colorful rocks in local parks and along sidewalks for people to find, smile and hopefully, be cheered up by. When it comes to family outdoor activities, nothing feels better than taking care of each other.
Looking for more outdoor family fun? Check out these 7 family outdoor activities for fun on and around the water!
Jeff is a dad of teen daughters, avid traveler, photographer, and freelance writer. He’s penned stories on family travel, outdoor recreation, the environment, parenting, and more for Fodor’s, Reader’s Digest, Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, PBS, and Esquire, among other publications. Find him on his blog, OWTK.com and on Instagram @OWTK. Jeff is also the publisher of the quarterly literary zine, Stanchion