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.

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.

Kid-Friendly Fall Garden Ideas

We may be past the blooms of spring and summer, but here are lots of great ways to get your kids involved in the garden this fall.

St. Patrick's Day Games and Activities for Kids

Get kids pumped to search for the little guys in green.

Backyard Summer Camp: 4 Outdoor Games and Activities

Establish summer-fun central on your own turf. Get your happy campers started with these mess-around projects and rowdy games.

Fun Balance Challenges for Kids

Get active with balancing exercises that provide multiple health and fitness benefits for kids

Spring Outdoor Fun

Some fun outdoor play ideas for the whole family as the warmer weather arrives.

7 Ideas to Go Backyard Camping

Travel no further than your backyard to spend time with the family. A family campout just outside your house will create a memorable experience for everyone.

Sun Safety Facts

Keep yourself and your family safe from those burning rays.

Easy Garden Projects for Kids

5 fun and easy activities that'll really get your kids growing.

Fun by Firelight: Campfire Food and Games

Invite a few friends over for a night of great campfire food--even the dessert is roasted!--and laugh-out-loud games.

These 10 Outdoorsy Organizations Make It Easy to Raise a Nature-Lover

There are more opportunities than ever for kids to commune with nature. Our list of national organizations proves that planning an outdoor family adventure doesn't have to be stressful or epic--or even cost a dime.

Get-Active Games for Kids and Families

Have some healthy fun with these all-ages activities!

Parents' Ultimate Camping Packing List

Planning a family camping trip? As the scouts say, "Always be prepared!"

Make a Backyard Hanging Hideaway

With a few inexpensive materials, you can create an outdoor room that's just right for tea parties, secret club meetings, or games of hide-and-seek.

Daylight Designs Craft

Using the sun's light and treated fabric, your child can make a print of her favorite specimens. Gather toys, trinkets, and natural objects and let the fun begin. Turn the page for the full instructions.

Build a Summer Water Wall

For cool-off fun, try this one-of-a-kind outdoor activity made with recycled materials.

Get Active: A Memory Game on the Move

This fast-paced fitness game, based on a simple sprinting drill, gets kids exercising bodies and minds.

Party Like It's Summer Camp!

Each summer Tereasa Surratt and her husband, David Hernandez, gather friends and family for a bash at Camp Wandawega, an old summer camp they own in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Here's their tips for an inspired family celebration featuring classic outdoor activities, mess-hall fare, and campy decor.

Your Summer Fun Bucket List

Go all out and make this summer the best one yet! Here, you'll find the coolest games, gadgets, goodies, and grub to celebrate the season.

14 Fun Family Traditions to Start This Summer

It's time to create lasting family memories. Try these fun, easy activities with your kids, but don't blame us if they never want to go back to school.

Super Stopwatch Games for Kids

Need a fun trick to get your heart pumping fast? All it takes is a stopwatch to transform simple activities like running, skipping, and balancing into fitness challenges that will have everyone racing to do their best.

Throw a Fall Harvest Party

Celebrate the season with a round-up of fun, harvest-themed decor ideas, and activities.

5 Steps to Build an Epic Sand Castle

This summer, we're setting you and the kids up to be sandcastle masters. We grilled Lucinda "Sandy Feet" Wierenga, a professional sand sculptor in South Padre Island, TX, to give us the step-by-step for building an impressive structure.

12 Fun Winter Festivals for Families

Take advantage of cold weather and snow with these kid-friendly winter festivals