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Local Ideas and Resources for Having Safe Fun with Your Family

You don’t have to be bored just because you have to stay closer to home this summer! If you take a look around your town, or even just outside of it, you are bound to find thrilling adventures that will keep your family entertained while also keeping them safe.

Here are a few helpful tips and resources for planning these activities. 

You Could Take Your Kids Camping 

Nothing breaks up pandemic boredom quite like exploring the great outdoors! Of course, you will want to keep a few helpful tips and safety precautions in mind. 

  • To get kids into camping, start by planning a backyard camping adventure and be sure to encourage your kids to be on the lookout for local wildlife. 

  • Building a fire pit where your family can roast s’mores and hot dogs is a good way to up the excitement for your backyard camping trip. 

  • If you want to get your kids even more excited about nature and camping in your backyard, you could also think about building a family fort together. 

  • Once your kids feel comfortable camping close to home, you can plan your very first outdoor camping trip as a family. 

  • Just be sure to make COVID safety a priority whenever you take your kids outdoors. 

You Could Plan Your First Family Hike 

If you want a little taste of nature but aren’t ready for an overnight adventure, hiking may be the perfect activity for your family. Just be sure to plan ahead to keep your hike safe and fun. 

  • Pick a family-friendly trail before you plan the rest of your adventure, which could include the Thermal Belt Rail Trail if you live in the Carolinas. 

  • Having the right gear can be crucial for keeping your family safe and comfortable, so use a hiking checklist to make sure you have the essentials, like a backpack and water. 

  • If you want to avoid meltdowns on the trail, also think about planning a few activities to keep your kids from getting bored, including freeze and follow the map games. 

  • You should also bring some healthy snacks along for your hike to prevent you and your kids from getting hungry and cranky. 

  • Check in with current NPS guidelines if you plan on taking a hike in a national park. 

You Could Take Your Family to a Local Park 

Another fun local attraction you may be able to safely explore with your kids is your favorite neighborhood parks. Access and guidelines for parks can vary by area, so keep this in mind. 

  • Look up current CDC guidelines regarding the use of public parks and recreation facilities before you plan park activities for your family. 

  • Wearing a mask may be required in your area, so also make sure that your kids are comfortable having a mask on while they are in public. 

  • Try to choose times when local parks won’t be so crowded but practice social distancing whenever you and your kids could come into contact with others. 

  • You should plan some fun park games to make the most of your outdoor time together.

  • Finally, don’t forget to bring extra sunscreen and plenty of water on hot summer days. 

Not being able to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic can put a real damper on your family’s summer plans. But you don’t have to let limits put a limit on having fun with your kids! Just look for ways to explore and add some excitement locally, for a summer you won’t want to forget. 

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