100 Outdoor Adventures to Do Before Your Kids Turn 10

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While indoor play has its time and place, there’s nothing like getting out into the fresh air to make memories with your kids. You don’t need a ton of supplies or money, you just need a little imagination. Get ready for the ultimate outdoor adventure bucket list for this summer and beyond with these year-round ideas for spontaneous play. Scroll down to get going!

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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.

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.

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8. Plant a tree.

9. Catch fireflies in a jar.

10. Jump into a lake.

11. Ride in a rowboat.

12. Explore a forest.

13. Stargaze.

14. Run a mile.

15. Pick fruit off a tree (or a bush!).

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16. Fly a kite.

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.

23. Perfect your handstands and cartwheels.

24. Have a three-legged race.

25. Host a water balloon toss.

26. Play capture the flag.

27. Build a fort with boxes and sheets.

28. Roast s’mores over a real fire.

29. Climb a tree.

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30. Fill your yard with bubbles.

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.

34. Learn to ride a two-wheeler bike.

35. Take story time outside by reading your favorite book under a tree.

36. Strap on the life vests and kayak on a lake.

37. Surprise your postal carrier with a thank you gift.

38. Make your own trail mix and then head out on a hike.

39. Go on an overnight backpacking trip.

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40. Sail a leaf boat down a creek.

41. Go an entire day without technology (yes, that includes your smartphone!).

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.

47. Build a rocket ship out of cardboard.

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48. Decorate your sidewalk with imaginative chalk art.

49. Make a nature collage.

50. Play hopscotch.

51. Create an impromptu obstacle course at your local playground. Hop over logs, whiz down slides and swing on the monkey bars.

52. Make a bird feeder.

53. Visit a farm and feed a horse.

54. Pick a wildflower bouquet.

55. Have a family meal outside.

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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.

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.

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67. Host a mini Olympics.

68. Get up early and watch the sunrise as a family.

69. Play freeze tag.

70. Plant an herb garden with a reclaimed wheelbarrow.

71. Try breakfast camping.

72. Watch the planes land at your local airport.

73. Make a time capsule and bury it for discovery 50 years from now!

74. Make your own bubbles.

75. Create instruments out of what you find in a park and then have a jam session.

76. Make mud pies.

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77. Embark on a letterboxing adventure.

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.

82. Make and float your own sailboat.

83. Construct a water wall.

84. Make a terrarium with what you find outdoors.

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85. Spot a shooting star.

86. Have an ice cream taste test.

87. Go to a baseball game.

88. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor art.

89. Set up a lemonade stand.

90. Have a backyard car wash.

91. Play “parachute” with a sheet.

92. Learn a new sport.

93. Discover why boats float.

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94. Make a fairy (or gnome!) garden.

95. Create your own sundial.

96. Go on a night hike.

97. Collect sand at the beach to make a craft.

98. Whip up a few magic potions.

99. Skip rocks across the water’s surface.

100. Look for rainbows after a storm.

— Sara Olsher, Christal Yuen, Gabby Cullen, Erin Feher, Mandy Hale, Laura Rodde, Jen Caynan and Erin Lem

100 Outdoor Adventures to Do Before Your Kids Turn 10