Outdoors

Go fly a kite. Head out to the park with the kids and launch a kite. Once it’s up, they can do the running while you guide them in the finer points of letting out enough string to keep the kite soaring steady and high.

Take a hike. Conduct a nature hike through a forest preserve, and distribute an “I spy” list of flowers, birds and trees for the kids to try and spot. Pick a location that has a great spot for a picnic or has a lake that the kids can go swimming after the walk. Or maybe try beack walking and look for seashells. Don’t forget the camera.

Grow together. Planting flower seeds in a windowsill garden with your son or daughter is fun and educational. Take a trip to your local garden center and allow your kids to choose the types of flowers they want to grow. Label each seed packet with the child’s name, and attach it to a marker. They can check their plants’ progress weekly. 

Bust out the bubbles. Blowing bubbles with a large wand in the backyard provides a fun outdoor activity. If you feel up to it, you can join in or watch from the comfort of a lawn chair, while your kids run around trying to catch bubbles before they pop.

Host a backyard “formal” tea party. Allow your children to choose their own outfits from a dress-up trunk filled with old party clothes, hats, neckties and costume jewelry from your closet or purchased at a thrift store. Set up a card table and chairs on the lawn, and decorate the trees with balloons and streamers. Serve finger sandwiches, fruit, cookies and punch.   

Suds it up. Washing the car can become a family project. Put little ones in charge of doing everything below the door handles. Afterward, they can run through the sprinkler to rinse off. Then reward a job well done by treating the kids to ice cream cones.