You don’t need a pricey plane ticket or an extravagant vacation to make a lifetime of memories with your kids. Get ready for the bucket list to end all bucket lists that features 100 awesome outdoor adventures to do with your kids before they turn 10. Bonus: many of these activities are free or cheap! Read on, print this list out and go play.
1. Go camping and spend the night in a real tent (the backyard totally counts!).
2. Not into camping? Try glamping!
3. Find a pond and feed the ducks.
4. Go fishing in a canoe.
photo: Ian Sane via flickr
5. Hike up a mountain and admire the views from the top.
6. Build a sandcastle with just your hands.
7. Run through a sprinkler in your backyard.
8. Plant a tree.
9. Catch fireflies in a jar.
10. Jump into a lake.
photo: Kylie & Rob via flickr
11. Ride in a row boat.
12. Explore a forest.
14. Run a mile.
15. Pick fruit off a tree (or a bush!).
16. Climb a tree.
photo: hoher via flickr
17. Plant a garden.
18. Roll down a grassy hill.
19. Make a fort with driftwood and sticks found on the beach.
20. Go water tubing down a lazy river.
21. Seek out the most picturesque playground with a view and snap away.
22. Go on a hike and see how many types of wildflowers you can spot.
photo: usfs region 5 via flickr
23. Perfect your handstands and cartwheels.
24. Have a three-legged race.
26. Play capture the flag.
27. Build a fort with boxes and sheets.
28. Roast s’mores over a real fire.
photo: Bureau of Land Management via flickr
29. Fly a kite.
30. Go an entire day without technology (yes, that includes your smart phone!).
31. Make a flower crown out of mini daisies.
32. Create a paper airplane and see how far it will fly.
33. Count to 60 while hula hooping.
photo: Thierry Draus via flickr
35. Take story time outside by reading your favorite book under a tree.
36. Strap on the life vests and kayak on a lake.
38. Make your own trail mix and then head out on a hike.
39. Go on an overnight backpacking trip.
40. Sail a leaf boat down a creek.
41. Fill your yard with bubbles.
photo: Bryan Montecillo via flickr
42. Take a family bike ride (don’t forget the helmets!).
43. Teach your kids old school games like Red Rover and bobbing for apples.
44. Play frisbee.
45. Lay back and look for shapes in the clouds.
46. Play duck, duck, goose.
photo: Marie Holmes Photography
48. Create an impromptu obstacle course at your local playground. Hop over logs, whiz down slides and swing on the monkey bars.
50. Play hopscotch.
51. Decorate your sidewalk with imaginative chalk art.
52. Make a bird feeder.
53. Visit a farm and feed a horse.
photo: Familjen Helsinborg via flickr
54. Pick a wildflower bouquet.
55. Have a family meal outside.
56. Jump rope 100 times without stopping.
57. Paint garden sticks.
58. Try composting (psst…here’s how to easily build your own bin).
59. Play hide-and-seek amongst the trees at your local park.
photo: Jamal Azfal via flickr
60. Take a photo every weekend for a year. At the end of the year turn your photos into a collage or album.
61. After a storm put on your rain boots and see who can make the biggest puddle splash.
62. Go geocaching.
63. Take your kids fishing. Don’t have a creek bed near you? Make your own dry creek and go fish!
64. Cruise like you did as a kid with a pair of roller skates.
65. Make a bug catcher out of a mason jar.
66. Spread literacy by building a Little Free Lending Library in your front yard.
67. Make a terrarium with what you find outdoors.
68. Get up early and watch the sunrise as a family.
69. Play freeze tag.
70. Plant an herb garden with a reclaimed wheel barrow.
72. Watch the planes land at your local airport.
73. Make a time capsule and bury it for discovery 50 years from now!
75. Create instruments out of what you find in a park and then have a jam session.
76. Make mud pies.
photo: Patrick Buechner via flickr
78. Create a new family tradition and follow it every year.
79. Look for seashells on the beach.
80. Take a walk in the rain.
81. Walk (or run!) a full circle around your favorite park.
84. Host a mini Olympics.
85. Spot a shooting star.
86. Have an ice cream taste test.
photo: The Pleasantest Thing
90. Have a backyard car wash.
91. Play “parachute” with a sheet.
92. Learn a new sport.
96. Go on a night hike.
99. Skip rocks across the water’s surface.
100. Look for rainbows after a storm.
What else should we add to this list? How many activities have you checked-off?
— Sara Olsher, Christal Yuen, Gabby Cullen, Erin Feher, Mandy Hale, Laura Rodde, Jen Caynan and Erin Lem