Family Fun From The Inside...OUT!

3 fun family outdoor activities to keep the whole family engaged for hours & have the kids begging to GET OUT MORE!

3 fun family outdoor activities to keep the whole family engaged for hours & have the kids begging to GET OUT MORE!

If you have camped for any length of time, with children, you know how hard it is to keep their enthusiasm up. The secret to having tiny happy campers is to keep them busy!

These activities are our absolute favorites for hiking, camping, or just having fun hanging out together in our back yard!

No cheap, toxic toys, no electronic devices, and you probably have everything you need already for hours…and…HOURS…of family fun!

1. Light Painting

Takes a while to get the hang of this but it is so worth it! You will need a camera that allows longer exposures and a tripod. Your head lamps work just as well as glow sticks and will not create waste.

Just set up the camera, grab a headlamp, and let your imagination run wild!

Our first attempt at light painting!
Our first attempt at light painting!
Our first attempt at light painting!
Our first attempt at light painting!
Getting better at this! Our first attempt at light painting!
Getting better at this! Our first attempt at light painting!
Haahaaaa this was cool!! Our first attempt at light painting!
Haahaaaa this was cool!! Our first attempt at light painting!

 2. Critter watching in the water at night!

We did this while vacationing at Assateague Island National Seashore and we were ALL just hooked for hours! Any pond or stream nearby will do, the diversity of aquatic life any place will surprise you and delight the kids!

This was sort of an accidental discovery…the Rangers mentioned the bio-luminescent comb jellyfish that inhabit the marshes, so we went to the old ferry landing at dusk looking for those. We saw a few flashes, not much as far as those go. But we stayed for HOURS discovering the many other critters that roam the marshes at night and had the BEST TIME!

All you need for hours of exploring is a bait net, a head lamp (look for a headlamp that is water-resistant and has good light output for best results!), and a bucket to get a better look at your catches!

We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark! Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark! Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Caught a shrimp! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Caught a shrimp! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
MOON JELLY! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
MOON JELLY! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Coffee bean snails...TONS of them! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Coffee bean snails…TONS of them! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Coffee bean snails...TONS of them! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Coffee bean snails…TONS of them! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
A fish and some coffee bean snails! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
A fish and some coffee bean snails! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Baby CRAB!! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Baby CRAB!! We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
A tiny fish. We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island's bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
A tiny fish. We were RIVETED for HOURS!! We headed out at dusk and stayed WELL past dark. Sunset critter hunting on Assateague Island’s bay side: Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We discovered GHOST CRABS while waiting for the sunrise! They were EVERYWHERE!!  Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
We discovered GHOST CRABS while waiting for the sunrise! They were EVERYWHERE!! Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Dora vs Crab. We discovered GHOST CRABS while waiting for the sunrise! They were EVERYWHERE!!  Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Dora vs Crab. We discovered GHOST CRABS while waiting for the sunrise! They were EVERYWHERE!! Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Exploring the beach at sunrise....a horseshoe crab!! Assateague National Seashore, MD
Exploring the beach at sunrise….a horseshoe crab!! Assateague National Seashore, MD

 


3. Sunset Silhouette Photography!!

This was so much fun, and we have some beautiful photos to show for it! Find an interesting place and DO THIS! Any point and shoot camera with a timer will work (these photos were taken with our phones and a couple of really old point and shoots), all you need is a tripod.

Set up a good hour or so before the sun gets low on the horizon so you can practice before the sky gets really awesome!

Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!
Sunset Silhouette Photography: #3 of 3 fun kid-friendly family outdoor activities that keep the kids engaged for hours and will have them begging to go again!

What is your favorite family outdoor activity?

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