Every mom knows that even the simplest family outing can turn complicated fast. Which is why this spring we’re going back to the basics to serve up fresh and simple family fun you can easily pull off. As an extra bonus we’ve paired each idea with a delicious snack recipe featuring Arla® cheese, a farm-to-fridge dairy company that makes naturally delicious cheese with only simple ingredients, free of added hormones*, artificial flavors and preservatives. Flip through the gallery to find your next family outing because coming down with the hangries should never get in the way of fun.

1. Picnic

Why a picnic?
We love the simplicity of this idea—all you need is a destination like a park, playground bench or even your own backyard if you don’t want to stray far from home, a blanket, and lunch.

What to eat:
Picnic eats should be easy to pack in a cooler or backpack, and great for sharing. We love this adult lunchable with veggies, salami and cream cheese. Sub in extra snacks, fruit and veggies and you’ve got yourself a spread worth writing home about.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Arla® Herbs and Spices Cream Cheese Spread
1 serving whole grain crackers
⅓ medium cucumber, sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
4 slices genoa salami
1 cup grapes, or any fresh fruit you like

Method:
1. Pack all ingredients in small containers or a segmented lunch box. Enjoy!

Recipe and food photo courtesy of Andie Mitchell; picnic photo: personalcreations via flickr

What are your go-to fresh and simple family fun ideas? How about your kid’s favorite snack? Share your comments with our community below!

— Erin Lem

Did you know that Arla® is a farm-to-fridge dairy company that currently offers a full range of naturally delicious cheese varieties, including cream cheese, snack cheese and sliced cheese? As an added bonus, Arla cheese is made from only simple ingredients that you can recognize and has no artificial preservatives and no added hormones*. Arla is the better-for-you-cheese the whole family will love. What more could a parent want?

*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated and non-rBST treated cows.