Parks are an amazing resource for families. They’re often free or inexpensive, accessible, and centrally located. The variety of parks is also pretty stunning — from ones filled with nature to those designed for sports and even indoor play centers! Whether you’re looking for a new park to explore as a family, are interested in introducing your child to the great outdoors, or simply want to up your park game, here are some of the best family activities at local parks.
Hiking and Walking
Not all activities at the park require specialized gear, but hiking is one where you may want to consider packing a backpack with a few essentials. This can apply even to short walks at a neighborhood park. Let’s start with footwear. Since your child’s feet are growing and developing, it’s important to make sure their shoes are a good fit. If a child’s foot is too small for their shoe, this can lead to pain and injury. Another important factor to consider when choosing hiking gear is the weather. If you know there’s a chance of bad weather (including rain and even snowfall in many areas), make sure your child is prepared. Rain boots and warm layers are two essential items to pack. For hikes that are longer than a few hours, you should also consider grabbing a snack or two for your child — and even an extra snack for yourself.
Rent Fuji bicycles
Fuji bicycles are incredibly popular and can be found in many parks. If you’re lucky, there might even be a few different types of bikes available for rent! Depending on the park, rentals may be for a set amount of time or can be rented for a specified number of hours, often at no additional cost. Some parks even rent helmets for an extra fee. Fuji Bikes are often geared toward kids and can be a great option if you’re trying to introduce your child to cycling. They’re also a great choice if you’re looking to host an event at a park or if you’ve got a large group of family and friends visiting.
Tree climbing – Tree climbing is an obvious (and amazing) choice at parks that are filled with trees. If your child is on the younger side, make sure you’re nearby and be careful about heights. If there are areas at the park where kids can climb trees, make sure you abide by any rules or regulations that are in place. Tree identification – If you and your child would like to learn more about trees, the easiest way to do so is to walk around and pay attention. An added bonus is that many parks offer educational resources and guides that you can use to learn more and enhance your experience. Tree planting – If you’d like to do something a bit more hands-on, consider planting a tree at your local park. Some parks even have trees that you can adopt and care for. If there are no trees that you can adopt, consider planting a sapling and watching it grow. Tree observation – Another option is to simply explore the trees in your area and learn about them. You can bring a notebook and keep track of the types of trees you see and information about them.
Parks are an amazing resource for families looking for free or low-cost ways to spend time together. Whether you’re interested in hiking, renting bicycles or simply exploring nature, you’re sure to find something you love at the park. Moreover, these activities are a great way to get exercise while having fun and spending time with your family. Explore a new park or visit an old favorite to try one (or all) of these activities and make memories with the people you love. Make sure you know where the nearest park is and visit often. You never know what new adventures you might discover.