Outdoor Activities

Slather on the sunscreen and scoot the kids outside for a day of fun. Whether they love to play games like kickball or hopscotch or prefer nature activities like planting flowers or watching birds, we have plenty of ways to get your child off the sofa and in the great outdoors.

20 Activities To Do with Your Family This Weekend

Make the most of your upcoming weekend, and plan for one (or more!) of these fun outdoor activities!

Plan a Backyard Movie Night

Now playing on a lawn near you: a party that celebrates summer, cinema, and community all under the stars.

Cheap Summer Fun

Free (and almost-free) activities to keep kids active all season long.

Use Your Noodle: Pool Noodle Backyard Games

Three easy ways to turn inexpensive pool noodles into awesome backyard toys.

7 Fun Beach Games

Refreshing ways to enjoy the summer sun and shore without taking along the entire toy closet.

5 Spring Crafts and Games

Greet the season with cute crafts and fun games just right for warm days and sunny skies.

50 Farm Stay Vacation Spots for Families in Each State

From a Louisiana crawfish farm to a Hawaiian coffee plantation, there's something for every family on this list of 50 kid-friendly farm stays.

Sticks & Stones: 5 Outdoor Craft Ideas for Kids

Crafting with natural materials provides a wonderful excuse to get outside and explore. (Plus, the supplies are free!) These rustic projects will inspire plenty of fresh-air activity as your kids search for the perfect rocks and branches to paint, wrap, weave, and arrange just so.

Go Play Outside: Great Outdoor Games

Creative ways to play right in your own backyard.

The ABCs of Summer: An A to Z Guide to the Summer Season

Summer! Just the word conjures up sun-kissed skin, juicy slices of watermelon, and bare feet on warm sand. Guide your child through our list of things to love about the sunshine season.

How to Build a Movie Screen

For a backyard movie night, you can project a film onto any light-colored background. Or, create your own screen with a few basic supplies.

Explorer's Bag

With this tote made from a mesh produce bag, kids can collect nature finds while letting sand and dirt filter away.

10 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

Looking for some fun outdoor activities for you and your family? Be sure to try these simple, imaginative, and fun activities!

14 Easy Ways to Make Your Backyard More Fun

Encourage your kids to explore, build, create, or just relax in the outdoors with these fun, creative, and inspiring ideas for your lawn.

20+ Fun Activities to Do in the Snow

20 great games to cure cabin fever.

Teach Your Child to Swim

Our age-by-age guide to water lessons, games, and safety.

10 Best Snow Resorts

Plan the coolest winter vacay with the kids. These ten places serve up one-of-a-kind adventures at affordable prices.

5 Solar-Powered Crafts and Activities

These simple crafts and activities are made with the power of good old-fashioned sunshine.

Be a Spring Explorer: 5 Nature Activities for Kids

What better time to entice your gang into nature than when the whole, wide, blooming, peeping, croaking, hopping, wriggling world is coming back to life? We have five great ways to celebrate the new season and bring out the outdoor adventurer lurking inside every kid.

Vacation Spots for Outdoorsy Families

Got a passion for action? These five family vacay spots deliver fresh-air thrills!

8 Minor League Baseball Parks With Tons of Family Fun

A trip to the minors means smiles all around--and these stadiums hit it out of the park!

19 Tips for Camping With Kids

Leave the screens behind and pitch a tent at your nearest campground for a nature-filled, home-away-from-home your kids won't forget.

Your Great Ideas for Summer Fun

Here are some of our favorite reader ideas for great summer activities!

Cool Off! Beat-the-Heat Backyard Treats and Activities

Sizzling hot summer days call for clever ideas that can keep you cool. Make a splash this season with a bucketful of backyard games, frozen treats, and other activities to help beat the awesome heat.