Outside the Norm: Five ‘out there’ Activity Ideas for your Family

It’s holiday time again and you’re starting to put together the activities you have always enjoyed as a family. But let’s face it; as enjoyable as they are, a day at the beach, picnic in the park or trip to the zoo are starting to get a little stale.

This year, why not look at something a little more ‘outside the norm’? Why not think outside the square and take the family on an activity you’ve never considered before? Here are five activity ideas for your family that might be thought of as ‘out there’ in some circles.

Have a Skateboard Day

Skateboarding as a leisure activity, a sport or a mode of transport has been around for generations. Chances are everyone in the family has been a skateboarder at one time or another. But it’s an activity that is never done together because most people tend to give it up as they get older. You’ll need a bit of equipment for this, so head over to the Penny Skateboards Europe website to check out what you need.

Grill for Change

Out there Eating out

Eating out at a restaurant is a tried and true activity certain to bring the family together. But to make it just a bit more exciting, start looking for more exotic eateries to tease and tempt the taste buds. Look for a cuisine no one has tried before and maybe even do a little research into the restaurant’s country of origin. It’s a way to experience and learn new things at the same time.

Be a Volunteer

The family that helps together stays together. Helping others or contributing to your community is a great way to bring a family together and make you feel good about yourselves. Consult with a retirement home or animal rescue centre to see if there is anything you can do to help their organisations. Alternatively, some councils and community groups organise sessions to tend to local parks and other public spaces and welcome volunteers who freely give their time.

Extreme Horse Riding

Horseback riding is always a good family activity, but why not take it to the next level and camp out in the wild. Many horse ranches have weekend packages where you can hire a horse and, with a guide, go into uncharted territory for the ultimate adventure. Ride during the day and spend the night as a family around the campfire. Both fun and relaxing.

Become an amateur archaeologist

The world is full of weird and wonderful things that are begging to be rediscovered. Petrified word, unique and beautiful rocks and old animal skeletons are just a few of the things lying forgotten but waiting to be rediscovered. Do a bit of research on your local area and make a list of what you might find and where. All that is left to do is unearth them. Alternatively, many museums run sessions and hands-on activities for amateur archaeologist. If your family members have inquisitive minds, this might be the activity for you.

Family activities do not need to be staid and boring. A little thinking outside the square and you and your loved ones can work and have fun together in ways you might otherwise consider out of the norm. You are limited only by your imagination, so go for it.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

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