People across America are rejoicing with the beginning of Spring, but for millions of stay at home parents, warm weather and the end of the school year means days to fill with activities. If you’re looking for great outdoor playdate ideas, look no further. Instead of spending days inside, cooped up in front of the television, grab some friends and enjoy the outdoors by playing on bounce and jump houses, swinging on swing sets, camping out with sleeping bags and picnicking in the park!
Jump Around with Bounce and Jump Houses
Many people rent bounce and jump houses for birthday parties, but there’s no reason they have to be limited to party time. Bounce and jump houses are a great outdoor activity for kids of all ages because the children are easily entertained with just the house. For a little extra fun, add some soft, squishy balls and encourage children to throw and catch the balls while in the bounce or jump houses. Or, let children create their own games with other soft toys or just jump the afternoon away.
Outdoor Fun with Swing Sets and Backyard Playsets
If the neighborhood park is a little far away, consider adding one of many available swing sets to your yard. Swing sets have come a long way in the recent years and many of them are made of solid, sturdy wood that can withstand years of outdoor weathering.
Swing sets can be easily customized for different ages and interests and it’s common to find them with climbing walls, sandboxes, slides, picnic tables, pirate telescopes and of course, swings. Your backyard will become a favorite neighborhood hangout for kids of all ages no matter which of the many swing sets you select.
Camp Out Under the Stars or In Your Living Room In Sleeping Bags
Summer also means camping, so grab your sleeping bags and head out for a night under the stars. Children will enjoy simply sleeping outside in their sleeping bags, so don’t feel like you must go to an actual campsite to have a good time. Build a fire in an outdoor fire pit, roast marshmallows and tell stories before climbing into your sleeping bags for the night.
Don’t have a backyard? No problem! Bring your sleeping bags into the living room and have your camp out there! One bonus of camping out inside is that your children’s furniture and bedrooms are close by just in case one of your campers decides that sleeping on the ground in sleeping bags isn’t their thing.
Picnic at the Park
Another easy and inexpensive playdate is a picnic at the park. Have everyone load up their Radio Flyer wagons with sand toys and lunch and head to the park. Children can eat and then play the entire afternoon. The Radio Flyer wagons will come in handy on the way home when everyone’s too exhausted to walk.
Playing with bounce and jump houses, swing sets, camping with sleeping bags and picnicking in the park are just a few of the many outdoor playdates possible throughout the warm summer months. With just a little effort, you’ll be able to plan a playdate for every day of the week and avoid cries of ‘Mommy, I’m bored!’
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