4 ideas for a fun day at the park
A game of tag with the family costs nothing, and the memories are priceless. For a very small investment, you can pick up a few other games that will fill your weekends at the park with endless fun. Take our suggestions, or stick with the free activities, like nature hikes and tree climbing.
A wide-open field and a gusty day is an invitation for kite-flying fun. Look for something that will look brilliant in the sky. Been a while since you’ve flown a kite? Be sure to spruce up your knowledge before getting out there. Simple techniques can be the difference between hours of fun and kite crashing disappointment. Bold Innovations 30 Inch Diamond Kite, Traditional Rainbow, $14.84 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
Have a ball:
There’s no end to the fun with ball games. Bocce ball is a simple game for any child strong enough to roll a ball (smaller balls are available for younger players). Sure, you can look up the rules and create a bocce court. Or you can wing it, make your own simple rules and have a blast on the grass. Coleman Bocce Ball Set, $49.99 (plus Cash Back), Kohls.com
Not into Bocce? Wiffle ball is another fun option. It’s a great way to inspire your budding baseball fan. Plus, the bats and balls are lightweight, safe and inexpensive. WIFFLE Ball and Bat, Walmart.com, $7.93 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
For the birdies:
A simple badminton set is a snap to set up in a park, and even the younger kids can quickly learn to whap that birdie over the net. Bonus? The net for badminton can easily be used for a simple game of volleyball – just add in an inflatable beach ball. Versus Sports Inc. Advance Silver Badminton Set, $38.99 (plus Cash Back), Target.com
School Yard Games:
You don’t need equipment to have a fun day in the park. Remember all of those schoolyard favorites? Don’t rule out classics like tag, hide & seek, duck duck goose and red rover. Each of these games have plenty of fun variations (like tunnel tag or sharks and minnows). Need some inspiration? A quick Google search is sure to keep your kids busy for hours.