Looking for a fun outdoor summer activity that the entire family can enjoy? Why not pack a healthy picnic and venture to a local park, a zoo, or even your backyard! Make the entire event a family experience from planning the meal to writing the grocery list- from visiting the supermarket to preparing the food- from packing the food into your picnic basket to picking out a location to eat- to eating, spending quality time together, and playing outside!
Pick Your Picnic Location:
What’s the most family-friendly place in your town or city? Is it a local park or a zoo? Perhaps you live in a larger city, but still have a little backyard space; if you have small children, you may understandably feel safer having your picnic closer to home. If you’re thinking about picking a park, check to make sure there isn’t a major event taking place like a concert that may not be family-appropriate. If you’re thinking about visiting a zoo, make sure they allow you to bring in your own food. As a parent, you can never be too prepared.
Plan Your Meal and Write Your Grocery List:
You certainly want to fill your picnic basket with healthy food, but you also have to take into consideration what your kids will actually eat. Because some kids can be extremely picky, make writing the grocery list a family event, and let the kids have their say. Remind them of fruits and vegetables that they like but may not remember, or pull a “mom trick” and hide healthy essentials in foods they do like. One popular way to sneak servings of fruit into a kid-friendly “treat” is to make a smoothie with fat free vanilla yogurt that you can store in a cooler to keep cold. Otherwise, you can always swap white bread for wheat on their PB&Js and hope they don’t notice! Take the whole family to the grocery store; stick around the produce section long enough and you may find your kids wanting to try something new!
Pack Your Picnic Basket, Head to Your Site, and Enjoy Some Family Time!
Make your picnic an all-day family affair by letting your kids help you pack your food into your picnic basket! Now is a great time to teach children that are old enough to pack food in plastic bags or Tupperware to prevent contamination and leakage. Once your picnic basket is packed it’s time to travel to your location! Lay out your blanket, open your picnic basket, and enjoy your healthy meal! After eating, head to the playground, visit zoo animals, or get out a beach ball- all great ways to conclude a day of family fun (and tire out your kids!)
Paige One enjoys writing about summer time activities that are fun for the entire family! Have a great time with your loved ones this summer and bring along Picnic Baskets for a complete day trip.