When it comes to family outings, it’s helpful to keep things fresh. Going through the same routines and heading to your standby restaurants gets old. Here are suggestions for four environmentally-friendly outings you can embark on with your family, and teach them some important lessons about the environment at the same time.
Head to a local park
No matter where you live, it’s pretty likely that you have some sort of local park nearby. Whether it’s a playground, a walking park, or even a National Park, these are all great options for getting your family outdoors together.
Spending time outside has a number of health benefits, such as increased mood, better breathing functions, and so much more. By heading outside, you can experience all these health benefits together, and help to teach your kids the merits of a healthy lifestyle. Plus, spending time outside in nature will show your kids firsthand the beauty of the environment. Use your time outside for fun and instruction – show them specific trees, plants and animals. Education on the environment and the world around us is one of the simplest ways to cultivate understanding and appreciation.
Go to a museum
Another great way to learn together as a family is by heading to a museum together. Depending on where you live, you may have several or few museums close by, but the great things about museums is that, even through their areas of focus can be so variant, each one offers something special to visitors.
By taking a trip to a museum together, you’ll be able to educate your family on events of the past to help them learn and grow, and create a better future. Be sure to engage your children actively at the museum – point out notable exhibits, ask questions, and get them involved.
Head to baseball game
Another great way to enjoy the outdoors as a family is by heading to a baseball game. Regardless of whether you have allegiance to either team that is playing, baseball games are a fun experience because they offer so much more than sports: good food, time outside, a fun atmosphere and more. It it’s chilly, you can also opt for a suite, or some sort of indoor experience – many stadiums offer this option, such as comerica park suite tickets. From the comfort of a suite, you still get to enjoy the game, but you don’t have to deal with inclement or cold weather.
Start a garden
An excellent way to encourage time outside and cultivate environmentally-friendly practices is by starting a garden as a family. Starting a garden is a great education exercise on all that goes into growing flowers or vegetables. And with a vegetable garden, you get the added benefit of teaching your kids about sustainability practices, and the merits of growing your own food. It’s a fun way to get your hands dirty, and learn a lot at the same time.
Try one of these environmentally-friendly family outings the next time your family needs to change things up!