Going on a family picnic, when planned, can be an excellent time to bond and create deeper relationships. Here are 10 tips to a successful family picnic based on our adventure in Golden Colorado last weekend. If you live in the Denver area and you haven’t been to Golden…pack up your picnic baskets and DO IT!
1. Pick a great spot. Find a place that won’t have everyone packed in the car together for too long, has shade and plenty of space to run around. Make sure the place you go has bathrooms and a place to set up your table. It is a bonus of your place has a natural water source (lake, stream, creek) for water play. We went to the park in Golden beside the river.
2. Pack the right foods. Create a picnic packing station so everyone can be responsible for packing their own sandwiches with the meats and condiments that they like. Have them put them in bags with their names on them, adding their choice of fruit and chips. We packed in large Ziploc bags that could be reused with our tie-dye fun.
3. Bring lots of drinks. Hydrate! Pack water and sports drinks. Avoid sodas and high sugar content crud.
4. Bring a game that everyone can play together. Bocce is a great choice. You can change up teams and everyone has a chance to be a winner. I was amazed at how much fun everyone had doing this.
5. Pack extra outdoor fun toys like kites, sports balls and bubbles. Our kids all love to run around and throw things! Dylan brought his hammock and it created tons of happy time.
6. Leave technology at home or in the car!
7. Bring a family craft project. Tie dye works great and everyone ends up with a great wearable result to remember the day. Tulip One Step Tie Dye kits are PERFECT for this. All you need to add is water from a water bottle. You can use your lunch ziplocs to bring the projects home in. We made t-shirts.
8. Create a fun table. I packed a piece of waterproof fabric from Ikea and drew on everyone’s plate ahead of time. This allowed me to place kids where I wanted them at the table which can be helpful.
9. FIRST AID – pack the kit. We needed it. Dylan cut his thumb down deep and we were thankful we had it for sure.
10. Leave while everyone is still happy. Once the tiredness and grumpies set it, your awesome time could go downhill fast!
Happy Celebrating Family,