Despite the fact that we’ve entered the winter months, there are still many reasons for your children to embrace the great outdoors. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best outdoor activities — from junior paintball to ice skating — for your kids to enjoy.
Winter is here, which for many people marks the beginning of a few months of staying indoors in front of the fire watching films, TV, and playing video games. Although the temperature may be slightly off-putting, winter is still a brilliant time to wrap up warm and embrace the great outdoors.
To give you a few ideas of how to best entertain the kids at the time of year we’ve compiled a list of some of the unique and exciting outdoor activities for your children to enjoy this winter. Don’t lose hope in getting your loved ones outside this winter. From ice skating to paintballing, take a look at these great days out that will get kids active and smiling, whatever the time of year!
In the UK, we’re lucky enough to have an abundance of scenic locations, jam-packed with woodland areas to explore and hills and mountains to hike. While you may be quick to assume that hiking is a task you’d rather undertake during the summer, there’s something about the chill in the air and a landscape touched by winter that makes it so worthwhile.
Granted, you will have to wear some layers and put on some of your finest woolly clothes, but climbing a frosty hill or even a snowy mountain and marvelling at a brilliant view is something that kids will never forget. Hiking also provides you with a tonne of unique picnic spots, so make sure you pack a flask of tea!
- Ice Skating
Every winter, amidst the festivities of the Christmas period, ice rinks begin to appear in well-known locations all across the country. Ice skating is the perfect evening or weekend activity, as it’s suitable for kids as well as adults, but be prepared for a few bumps and bruises if you’re skating skills aren’t up to par.
It’s amazing how a relatively average location or building can be transformed by an ice rink and a bit of Christmas magic. Britain has a variety of fantastic rinks that appear every year and would definitely be worth visiting if you have enough time.
- Mini Paintball
Now for something very unique that your kids will definitely appreciate, kids paintball. Although it’s a sport that you would imagine is only suitable for adults, a handful of paintball companies have created ‘mini paintball’, with low-powered equipment to give children the opportunity to join in, too. Paintballing in winter is fantastic, as it allows your kids to explore breathtaking rural surroundings, with the added excitement of battlefield-style scenarios.
Aside from being extremely exciting, paintball also offers a number of different benefits. Firstly, it provides you with an ideal activity to participate alongside or against your kids, which will undoubtedly create some unforgettable stories. The activity itself is even very beneficial for teaching your kids the importance of teamwork, as well as being a brilliant form of exercise.
Skiing isn’t really a leisure activity you associate with the UK, but the truth is that it’s a lot more accessible now and no longer reserved for foreign resorts and ski holidays. Of course, you can visit one of those indoor artificial ski/snowboarding hills, but this is a post about outdoor activities, so we’re only interested in the real thing!
If you’re serious about skiing this winter but don’t have the funds to go abroad, then you do have a few good options in Britain. Scotland will, of course, be a go-to skiing option, due to the colder temperatures and range of mountainous areas, but England and Wales do offer up alternatives to rival the Scottish slopes, such as in Cumbria and County Durham.
Surfing has enjoyed massive success and popularity thanks to the widespread interest in extreme sports since the late 1990s. As a hobby, it’s become popular amongst adults and children, as it offers plenty of excitement, exercise, and the ability to surf whenever you want. You may not think winter is the ideal time to hop in the water and splash around, but you’d be surprised how effective a wetsuit is against the elements. Plus surfing is a demanding workout, so that will also help to keep you toasty.
Surfing in winter also means that the water will be a lot less crowded, which provides your children with a much safer environment that allows them to surf freely for maximum enjoyment. If yourself or other members of your family aren’t keen to surf, then you could use it as an opportunity to take a winter stroll along the beach (a lot more fun if you have a dog). Or, failing that, you could watch them carefully from the car — with the heating turned right up…