Family Day Adventures

Family Day Adventures

Posted by WinterKids on Thursday, May 15, 2014

It’s halfway through May and the spring season is in full swing! It’s such an amazing, pretty time of year. The trees are growing new leaves and flowers are starting to pop up here and there. The weather is also great this time of year because it’s mildly warm but not uncomfortably hot and on occasion, it cools down and rains for a day (or even snows one day here in Colorado!) and then reverts back to being moderately hot once again. This May, we encourage you to try some new things as a family by planning different outdoor day adventures with the kids.

The kids will be so excited when you take them to the local amusement park in your area! An amusement park is much more elaborate than a simple city park or playground, providing oodles of attractions that cater towards certain age groups, as well as some that are aimed towards all age groups. Theme parks are a more specific type of amusement park, which usually are more intricately based on a specific theme or storyline. Nowadays, many theme parks also have a separate water park that is included in the admission price. Water parks are open seasonally but usually are up and running by the end of May. For you and your children’s safety, many rides have height, weight and size restrictions, but most parks provide kiddie areas for tots that are too small to ride the bigger attractions. After spending all day on thrill rides and water slides, your little ones will be all sleepy-eyed and tuckered out and you’ll know the day was a success for all!

If there is a decent sized lake or large body of water close to where you live, check with the local Recreation Center and see what kind of watercraft rentals they have to offer. Many of them rent out paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards (known as "SUP") by the hour, as well as even providing guided tours and custom trips designed for groups or families. Try your hand at something different and adventurous and sign your family up for a guided kayak tour. You will be provided with all the equipment needed, a training demonstration, as well as a personal floatation device and sometimes wetsuit if required. There can be age limitations but riding tandem can be an option. Tours range in length from 1-2 hours to an all day trip so pick a time range that your family is comfortable with. Your tour guide will not only take you on an amazing exploration of the area, but also teach you about the ecosystem and wildlife that resides there. The best part is there is no experience necessary and you’ll be getting an upper body workout without even feeling it – until the next day, of course!

Kid-Major-League-BaseballRoot, root, root for the home team and take them out to the ball game! If they have never been before, now is definitely the time to take them to their first baseball game. If you are taking small children to a game, they make not be required to have a ticket; however, usually in this case, they will be expected to sit on your lap. If this is not ideal for you, you can always find tickets in a less populated area of the ballpark, where you can let the little one sit in their own seat. Check with the Fan Accommodation booth at your ballpark to see if they provide free ID bracelets that you can place on your children in case they get lost. This is also the location where you can check a stroller if it doesn’t fit properly under your seat. Look on the ballpark’s website before booking tickets to see if there are days that are more kid-friendly than others. For example, sometimes rides and games are free on Sundays. There are usually concession stands or Fun Zones designed specifically with kids in mind and at some parks, kids are even invited to “run the bases” at a particular time during or after the game, just like the professionals do! Just make sure if you take the kids to the ball game they are outfitted in the right warm weather clothing for being outdoors!

What kinds of new or different day adventures have you experienced with your kids? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments below!

Categories: Family Fun

Tagged: kids, family activities, outdoors, adventure, families, family adventure, nature

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