From golf to skiing: fun outdoor family activities for kids of all ages
Does winter evoke feelings of gray skies and cold days and make you want to hibernate? Well, there’s NO excuse to stay indoors this winter, as we’ve thought of some great outdoor activities you can try with the kids this winter before heading home to enjoy a guilt-free hot chocolate by the fireplace:
Golf – a family sport all year round
Golf is a great way to spend time with the kids while pursuing a fun outdoor activity. And a day on the golf course is not only great for connecting with the kids, but also for teaching them patience and variety while all being outdoors and active.
If you stopped playing because you have children, you should take over these Clubs and involve the whole family. It might take a little longer to get around the golf course, but it can be a very rewarding sport for everyone. And there are plenty of golf courses for families in the UK.
The advantages of the game in winter compensate for the challenges, because let’s face it, your children will not notice that the ball does not go so far in the cold. Winter offers many sunny days and clear skies for a day of golf. The biggest advantage of playing in the winter is the fact that the golf courses are quieter, which means that less consideration for other golfers is needed. You just need to follow a few simple rules to keep the children’s attention and make it a fun day for everyone:
- Wear layers to stay warm and golf gloves protect you when you play.
- Do not let children play the same measure, give them challenges that match their age and abilities.
- Adjust the points system according to the age of your children so that they also get points for a good shot, for example.
- If your children are young, you should use a golf cart to maintain mood and energy level – but be careful, walking will keep them warm.
- If you are ambitious and do not mind spending a little more, you can even get additional equipment to play better in the winter.
Surfing-an all-weather activity for parents and children
Surfing is a more physically demanding choice than Golf, but an all-weather sport, so a fantastic outdoor activity that you can try with the kids this winter! Come rain or sun, Summer or winter, you can surf all year round in the UK. With 11,000 miles of coastline, you’ll find fantastic places to catch the waves, from Cornwall to Scotland.
Kids start to understand the concept of surfing at around the age of 8, so it’s a great outdoor activity when your kids are a little older. If you’ve never surfed before, consider a family lesson at a surf school. They will teach you the basics and give you and the children important safety tips, including how to identify the hidden perils of tides or strong winds.
A few simple rules when you go surfing with children:
- Check the weather before going out and stop if in doubt.
- Safety is paramount, so consider going out with an instructor or surfing a lifeguard beach. Lifeguards can also advise you where is the safest place to surf in the area.
- Get good quality neoprene wetsuits for you and your kids to stay warm in the cold waters. These not only keep your body temperature warm, but also protect you and children from harmful UV rays.
Surfing is a fantastic outdoor activity for parents and children of all ages and can be combined with a day at the beach, searching for seashells, building sandcastles with younger siblings or having a picnic.
Skiing-an ideal pastime for the whole family
Skiing is probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about outdoor activities with children in winter. Since most of us don’t have ski Lifts on our doorstep, you’ll probably have to book a week’s ski holiday or at least a long weekend to ski with your kids. This means taking into account travel, accommodation, rental/purchase of appropriate equipment, ski lifts, ski lessons, etc.for each member of the Family.
Of course, you do not need to leave the UK to learn to ski. You could enjoy a very reasonable ski break and real downhill action in the Scottish Highlands: the Nevis Range has 35 slopes, including Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, while Britain’s largest ski area, Glenshee, has some 40km of slopes and 21 lifts. These resorts are great fun for family skiing at beginner and intermediate levels. If you and the children are looking for higher peaks, powdery snow and sunshine, then of course you need to spend a family ski holiday abroad. Once you are above the beginner level, there will be money well spent.
Whatever you choose, remember if you want to make sure your first skiing experience with the kids is a success:
- Most children like to ski from 4 or 5 years old. Do not try to be overambic and start your children before showing physical abilities. You could postpone them for life.
- If your children are still young,make sure that the resort or accommodation offers babysitting service so that you have a backup plan if one day your children are tired or not ready to ski.
- Choose a family-friendly place to spend the night and ski, especially if you’re a beginner or haven’t skied in a while.
- Rent and borrow what you can to keep costs down, especially for kids, as chances are they won’t fit into your gear the next time they go skiing.
- When you buy, you get good quality equipment where it matters: cold or wet hands due to inexpensive gloves or poor visibility due to poor quality Google can practically ruin you and your children vacation
- If you and the kids are not in shape, try a few simple Ski exercises before you go. They are guaranteed to increase your skiing pleasure.
Skiing is a fantastic outdoor activity for the whole family. It might take a bit of planning to prepare for that first trip, but the rewards are worth it.