Things to Do Outside School

That moment you realize you can do anything and everything you want to do outside of school!

Free Play - This NEVER happens at school.

Especially in nature with sticks, rocks, rock balancing, stone skipping, magnifying glass. Mud play: make mud pies and roll in the mud like pigs on a hot sunny day, mud fights. Roleplaying. Playgrounds at the local park are always fun. Also check out indoor playgrounds. Play Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, Wiffleball, Dodgeball, Kickball, Tetherball

Locally, Nationally, and Internationally. Explore New Horizons! Go to the Beach, Lake, River!

“We are all of us, to some degree or another, brainwashed by the society we live in. We are able to see this when we travel to another country, and are able to catch a glimpse of our own country with foreign eyes… the best we can hope for is that a kindly friend from another culture will enable us to look at our culture with dispassionate eyes.” ~ Doris Lessing, Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain, [The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It]

Farmers markets, natural grocery stores, unique restaurants, make homemade food such as popsicles. Cooking with your kids is great. Have a Picnic.

Tour farms, checkout events happening at farms in your area, do a upick where you can visit a farm and pick your own fruit or vegetables, especially popular with berries, apples, and flowers which you can use in a flower press.

Swimming, jumping, and fun water games. Even running thru the sprinklers. Swimming holes. Water sports such as wake boarding and tubing, and scuba diving. fishing. water balloon fights, water gun fights, water balloon toss, water slides and water parks. Dance in the rain, snow angels in the snow. White water rafting. check out waterfalls. Canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding. Hot springs.


Go foraging for food including wild edibles to learn about mother nature. Bring a foraging book or go with a forager guide to help identify plants on your wild harvesting adventures.

Spend time with animals such as at a zoo, wildlife park, dog park, horse park, horseback riding, ASPCA, petting zoo. Birdwatching: setup bird feeders and bird baths to watch and listen to the birds. Raising animals.


Historical sites

Tour businesses, oftentimes businesses will offer tours, especially manufacturers

Rollerskating, Skateboarding, Iceskating. Visit the Skate Park

Chasing and blowing bubbles is so much fun


Rock Climbing, Tree Climbing, Climbing Gyms

Walking, Hiking, Stretching, Balancing, Cartwheels, Jumping Jacks



Explore Nature, Enjoy a Campfire, Swing in a Hammock

Jumping on Rebounders or on trampolines, trampoline parks, bounce houses, jump ropes, double dutch game

Start a Business
Lemonade stand, farm stand, garage or yard sale, lawn mowing business, car wash, sell your arts and/or crafts locally or online

There’s always someone in need that could use your help including animals

Build with legos or wooden blocks with letters, numbers, and colors. Build Forts and Sandcastles.

Real Life Shows
Go see a magic show and/or be a magician, go see a puppet show or do your own, go see a circus show, lots of traveling circuses. Comedy shows, kids plays

Pillow Fights, Play Fighting, Wrestling


Science Experiments, Lock Picking

Reading Books, Signs, Comics, Flashcards, Instructions, Storytime

People Watching

Obstacle courses, ropes courses, adventure courses, ziplines, slacklines

Arts & Crafts
Painting: Paint rocks or gourds, Face Painting, Splatter Paint.
Body Art, Sidewalk Chalk, Pottery, Artwork, Make a Mess
Nature Art: Press Flowers
Crafts: Rope Making, Knot Tying, Make your own Playdough. Try your hand needlework such as Sewing, Knitting, or Crocheting. Origami; Paper Airplanes are always a blast

Write, Sing, and Play Music. Learn to Play a New Instrument. Attend an Outdoor Concert. Drumming Circle

Dance party, Contradancing

Dress up
Dress up in your favorite costumes

Geocaching, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Treasure Hunt, Bug Hunt

Hopscotch, Hide and Seek, Game Trucks (at home), Marbles, Arcades, Miniature Golf, Laser Tag, Capture the Flag, Kick the Can, Leap Frog, Four Square, Jacks, Frisbee, Disc Golf, Red Light Green Light, Potato Sack Race, Tug-of-War, Follow the Leader, Red Rover, Steal the Bacon, Simon Says, Tag, Musical Chairs, Ladder Toss, Ring Toss, Cornhole, Bocce Ball, Pickup Sticks, Pie Face, Mysteries, Chess, Scrabble, Catan, Monopoly, Board Games, Video Games, Card Games, Cashflow

Start a collection of something you are curious about such as pet rocks or seashells, cards, etc… Learn about and collect Crystals and Crystal Energy. Make Crystal Jewelry.



Escape Rooms

Theme Parks

Flying Kites