13 Unique Ideas For Day Trips With Your Kids

When you’re a parent, you have a lot of responsibilities.

Whilst sometimes they come in the form of paying the bills, providing the food, and working so that you can get enough money for your kids to live a comfortable life, there are also other things that you need to provide for your family.

If you’re not there to spend time with them, to share experiences together, and just to bond as parents should do with their kids, then you’re missing out!

It goes far beyond the money that you’re spending, and some of the best things are free. Check out these 13 unique ways to get the whole family out together, and to ensure that your relationships are as good as they can be!

1. Hire a boat

Depending upon where you live (this is best if you’re near a river or the sea) why not look into hiring a boat? Not only is this mountains of fun, but you’ll also be able to strengthen your bonds as a family, especially if something goes wrong and you need to work together to fix it. Take turns to row down the river, and ensure that nobody is left behind. Your kids will be learning new skills, spending time together, and they will also be tired out by all the rowing. Win-win.

2. Have a picnic

OK, so we’re not exaggerating here, but there is nothing better than having a picnic, especially if you’ve spent the whole day walking around. Get together some of your kid’s favorite snacks, and some healthy sandwiches, and put them all in a cool box so that they survive the heat of the summer.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, too, and you can really make it a fun experience for your kids (as most of them really love the idea of a tea party). This can save you a lot of money, too!

3. Go for a walk in the forest

Sometimes, a walk in the forest is enough to create heaps of fun for your kids.

Not only will they be able to spot a lot of different forms of wildlife, but you can turn it into an adventure, by having a route in mind or bringing along some binoculars.

You have to be inventive here, as some kids will find it boring if you’re just walking needlessly all day, so don’t be afraid to come up with some ideas to make it more exciting. Your kids will be enjoying the outdoors, and so will you!

4. Go on a road trip

If the weather isn’t looking too great outside, then why not go on a road trip instead?

We know what you’re thinking, and being in the car with your kids for hours can be a bit of an ordeal. However, you don’t have to drive around all day, and you can pick out a few spots where you can stop and have a walk around.

Again, you need to know how to turn this into an adventure, so start a singalong, and add a bit of fun where you can, and your kids will have a great time.

5. Hire (or buy) some hoverboards

There’s nothing that kids love quite like some new tech, and hoverboards are no exception.

Whether you explore your city on a hoverboard or go around the more natural parts of your town, you’ll feel like the coolest Dad in the world, and your kids will have a great time too.

Of course, you need to be careful here (it isn’t a good idea to put your 2-year-old on a hoverboard) but if your kids are a bit older, then this is a great idea for a day out with the family.

6. Go to the safari park

Something else that kids love is the safari park, and here you and your family can see many different types of animals, from all over the world.

This is a bit more cost efficient than traveling to Africa so that your kids can see a lion, and they will have a great time discovering wildlife that they have never seen before.

Usually, there are a lot of other things to do here (some of them also have theme parks) so it’s worth going, especially if you want to make a day of it.

7. Do an egg hunt

OK, an egg hunt is something that is usually done around Easter, but there are no time limits on these kinds of things, right?

If you have a big garden this is a good idea, but you can do it in pretty much any space. Buy some small chocolate eggs, or even just normal candy, and hide them in quite a few places over the house and garden.

Give your kids time to find them, and whoever finds the most is the winner! They will love this game, and it’s even fun to watch.

8. Go to the beach

Whether it is summer or winter, there really is nothing better than a trip to the beach.

In the summer you can relax, make sandcastles, and even go swimming in the sea, and in the winter you can all get wrapped up warm, and have a walk looking for little shells and creatures in the rockpools.

It may seem like this won’t bring your kids much joy, but it is important to teach them about finding fun in the little things, and appreciating the world around them, too!

9. Look for family-friendly events

Sometimes, there are events on during the weekends (which are even free sometimes) and they are great for the entire family.

These things come and go, and they’re not always on, so have a look at the upcoming festivals and markets, and see if there is anything that your kids will really enjoy.

Sometimes, having a fun family day will rely upon a little bit of research, so keep up-to-date with these things on Facebook, and other sites across the internet.

10. Visit the botanical gardens

Take it from us, there is nothing more beautiful than the botanical gardens, and there should be one near you no matter where you live.

Not only are there a lot of unique plant species here, but it’s a beautiful sight, and there is a lot to learn about how life functions in different parts of the world.

Again, older kids will probably have a slightly different experience here, but it’s one of those things that is suitable for the whole family, so don’t hesitate to check this out.

11. Go to a museum

Whilst you may think that your kids will just find the museum boring, the likelihood is that they will enjoy it a lot more than you think.

Some museums are very kid-friendly, and there are a lot of things to keep your little ones entertained, so don’t just think that they will be jam-packed with boring information about history that they just don’t want to read.

Look into which museums are around you, and what other parents have said about how good (or bad) they are.

12. Get tickets to the theatre

A lot of theatres offer plays that are geared toward kids, and most of them have an audience that is mostly made up of children.

You can make a day of this by going out for lunch before the show, and getting some nice outfits for the day so that you all really feel the part.

This is a good idea once a year or so, as it can be expensive, but it’s a great excuse to get all dressed up, have a nice meal, and then watch a play that you and your family will remember for many years to come.

13. Go on a bike ride

If you really want to get your kids off their phones and into the great outdoors, a bike ride could be the key to doing so.

If you don’t own bikes you can hire them, and there are many beautiful places that you can experience whilst getting a bit of exercise in, too. Again, this is a good time to pack a picnic, so get your bikes at the ready, and decide where you want to explore.

You can also get bike seats and carriers for your younger kids if they’re not quite ready for this, so see what you can do.


If you’re looking to go on some unique day trips with your kids, why not try out some of these things?

From hiring a boat (or some bikes) and getting out into nature, to visiting a museum or the theatre, there are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained and get everybody out of the house, enjoying some time as a family.

Of course, this list is only the beginning, and there are probably some great opportunities for days out in your area, so check out what’s on offer! You’ll be glad that you did when both you and your kids are feeling relaxed, and you’ve had barrels of fun, too.


Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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