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Lifestyle Things to do in Metro Detroit

18 Outdoor Activities for Kids

August 6, 2020

Take your kids outside and enjoy some fun in the sun with these outdoor activities

By Nicole Glynn

Tie Dye T-shirts

Pick up a tie-dying kit online or at a local craft store, along with some rubber bands and a few pairs of gloves to minimize the mess. Head outside and let your kids transform everything from white socks and T-shirts to bags, hats and more.

Make Your Own Popsicles

Treat your kids (and yourself) to a creamy, cold treat! Simply add some fruit juice, whole fruits and yogurt to a blender, pour into molds and pop them into the freezer for 4 to 6 hours.

Camp in the Backyard

Grab some sleeping bags and set up a tent out under the stars in your very own backyard. Start a fire and roast marshmallows for S’mores to top off your camping “trip.”

Go on a Nature Walk

Whether you take a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood or hit a local hiking trail, be sure to take in some Michigan nature and scenery before summer is over.

Go on a Bike Ride

Grab your bikes and get some exercise with a fun ride around the neighborhood or town. If the kids are up to a more challenging adventure, check out these biking trails around metro Detroit.

Plant a Garden

From starting a vegetable garden to sprucing up your home’s curb appeal with some flowers, get the kids involved in learning what it takes to nurture and grow something from scratch.

Make a Bird Feeder

This easy and fun DIY bird feeder craft will keep kids entertained for hours. Have them search for pine cones to create the base of the feeder, then coat the pine cones with peanut butter and roll them in birdseed. Add a string to hang their creations from the tree with and watch the birds come flocking!

Play with Chalk Paint

Drawing on the sidewalk with chalk is fun. Painting with chalk is even better! Make your own chalk paint by mixing cornstarch, food coloring and water, or buy a pre-made kit to get started. Hand out paintbrushes to the kids and let them create their very own masterpiece!

Fly a Kite

Head to a local beach or park and teach your kid(s) how to fly a kite.

Play in the Sprinkler

Whether you have a traditional lawn sprinkler, fun splash pads or inflatable water sprinklers, hook up the hose and turn the water on for endless hours of summer fun.

Collect and Paint Rocks

Hunt for rocks in your backyard or visit a local beach or park to collect stones. Once your kids have gathered up a bunch, let them decorate their findings with paint.

Create a Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Gather up some knick-knacks from inside the house and create a backyard scavenger hunt. Write out clues that lead up to a big prize at the end, or hide small items around the yard for an entire day of fun and surprises.

Squirt Gun Painting

Via @firefliesandmudpies

Kick regular painting up a notch with squirt gun painting! Load squirt guns with liquid watercolors and set up a few easels with watercolor paper. Let your kids splash explosions of color onto the paper to create a one-of-a-kind pieces. Check out this blog post by Melissa Lennig for more details!

Set Up a Slip ‘N Slide

Set up a slip n’ slide in the yard and watch the kids have a blast. If you don’t already own one, make your own out of a tarp. Add some extra soap for maximum fun!

Butterfly “Hunting”

Buy a bug catching kit (or a simple net and jar will work too!) and have kids hunt for bugs in the backyard. Your little ones will be on the lookout for everything from beetles to rolly pollies and butterflies.

Water Balloon Fight

This one’s simple: Fill water balloons and let the games begin! (Set some ground rules first, though.)

Squirt Gun War

Have your kids cool off with a fun, innocent squirt-gun war.

Blowing Bubbles

Buy a bottle of bubbles or create your own with dish soap and water and spend some time outside blowing iridescent spheres  into air with your little ones. For something extra fun and unique, try touchable bubbles that allow for your kids to touch and play with the bubbles!

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