Family picnics are a great way to turn ordinary moments into exciting memories that will last indefinitely.
So, if you decide on a seemingly spontaneous family picnic, be sure to check out your preferred location 2-3 days before the picnic day. Familiarizing yourself with the area will eliminate any surprises, with regards to approvals, permits or even rodent or bugs control.
Remember to make a picnic list and check off each item as you pack them into your family picnic kit. This way, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting anything important again.
At the heart of every family picnic are the delicious meals to celebrate spending time together. So be sure to check out some simple, and tasty recipes
Now for the fun part – exciting activities that will engage the whole family and make your family picnic one to remember:
Exciting activities for Family Picnics
Picnic activities and games can bring your family closer together, open-up the route to better communication and help family members bond.
Depending on the size and suitability of your picnic location, there are suitable games for every age:
1. The 3-Legged Pair Race
This is a more family-focused and exciting version of the popular 3-legged race.
A pair of trousers or pantyhose is used to play the game – instead of tying one’s leg to the leg of their partner, both partners wear one leg of the pantyhose or trousers and race!
The race is easier to run when partners are of the same height.
Each team is made up of 2 partners each, preferably of the same height. If you’re using a pantyhose, remember to cut off the toes of the pantyhose.
Both partners will share the pantyhose or trousers by placing one leg into one side of the pantyhose/trouser, standing side by side.
Each partner should support the other by putting their arm around the other’s shoulders. Have your pantyhose/trousers ready before the day of the picnic. Ideal for ages 6 years and up.
2. The Humpty Dumpty Egg Race
The egg race is so exciting and thrilling that the whole family will want to be a part of it. The game is simple. Race from point A to point B, holding a whole raw egg with a spoon!
Players are given a spoon with an egg on it. The first person to reach the finish line without dropping their egg wins.
Be sure to prepare your spoons, eggs and carry a trash bag, to clean up your family picnic/gaming area. Ideal for ages 4 years and up
3. Pass the Musical Hats
This is a version of musical chairs that’s just as fun. Pass around a fun variation of hats while the music plays. When the music stops, you better be wearing a hat or you’re out!
Provide a variety of funny hats and have the family sit around in a circle.
There should be one less hat than the number of family members playing. Provide an assortment of music that everyone in the family likes. One person should be designated to stop the music.
Family members pass the hast around as the music plays. When the music stops, everyone grabs a hat!
The player without a hat when the music stops is out of the game. To begin again, remove one hat. Keep playing until one player is left.
Ideal for ages 4 & up.
4. Toss Bottle Ring
This is a simple game that can be so much fun, depending on how creative you can get. To play the game, fling rings around a bottle containing sand or water.
Family members can unanimously choose a distance that’s good enough to fling/throw from.
Fill big plastic bottles with sand or water. Position them far enough, so that the rings can easily land on and around the bottles.
If you can’t get rings to buy, they can be made easily by cutting the insides of round paper plates, and use the rims.
Family members can either stand behind each other in a line or side by side and throw at the same time. Each player has 5 rings and 5 chances to toss their ring. The players with the most successful tosses, win.
You can plan ahead by collecting empty big plastic bottles ahead of time.
5. A Family Photoshoot
An activity as simple as capturing the happiest moments of your family picnic can be great for the family.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate; simply have a good phone camera on hand and initiate a pose from your loved ones every now again.
This will not only give you happy memories to look back on but will also make everyone feel special and confident during the picnic. Ideal for all ages.
5. Colourful Puzzles
Looking for a hands-on game that is more relaxing than competitive? Try colourful puzzles.
Be sure to engage everyone in conversation as you all try to piece the puzzles together and celebrate each member when they find a fitting piece!
Ideal for ages 4 and up.
What better to way add some excitement to your family picnic than with a little game of soccer? It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Just remember to pack the ball and everyone’s running shoes! Ideal for ages 6 and up.
7. Tug of War
All you need is a strong rope and a team of 2 or more on each side of the rope. Both teams tug the rope with the aim of pulling the other to their side.
The team that successfully pulls the other wins! Ideal for ages 6 and up.
8. Wheelbarrow Race
To play this game, one player puts their hands on the floor, while the other player holds their feet up as they walk or race along.
For children’s safety, it’s important to make sure that the player holding the legs up doesn’t go faster than the player with their hands on the ground.
Ideal for ages 8 and up.
9. Hide and Seek
If your family picnic is in a location with little but safe hiding spots, this is a great game that families of all ages can play.
One family member covers their eyes and counts to 10 while the others hide. The family member proceeds to look for each person until everyone is found.
Every one who is found loses. Ideal for ages 4 and up.
Having each member tell a story is an engaging way for them to communicate. An adult can narrate a story while the children or (the rest of the family) can help complete the story.
The kids can also be asked to share the stories from their favourite books, while the adults ask questions about it. Ideal for ages 4 and up.
11. Freeze Tag
To play this game, the family nominates a member to be ‘It’. The player who is ‘it’ can make other players stop in their tracks by touching them, so that they ‘freeze’.
What makes this game so exciting is that everyone avoids the player who is ‘it’, while the player chases everyone.
The player who is “it” wins by freezing all other players. Ideal for ages 4 and up.