Yes it’s cold and sometimes miserable outside but you can still have heaps of fun getting out in the colder months. In fact, some outdoor activities may even be more fun when it’s cold than when it’s hot. Although it is easy to cozy up inside with the heater on, we know getting outside is great for everyone and setting a good example to our kids when they are young will help establish healthy behaviours when they are older so how do we make the most of the colder weather?
The most important thing is to be prepared. They say “there is no such thing as bad weather just bad outfits” so, break out the gum boots, parkers, gloves and scarves. If you are properly dressed the weather stops being your excuse.
Now, think of all those great outdoor activities you wanted to do in summer but it was just too hot. Take a trip to that lookout you wanted to see, go on that long bush walk, take the kids to a climbing park or any of those fun but physically active adventures that you just couldn’t enjoy in the hot weather.
Then what about a day of spectating? Take the family out to watch a professional or local footy match, netball game or get to a stadium to watch monster trucks, horse riding exhibitions or head to the coast to watch migrating whales the options are endless. What Aussie doesn’t love a steaming hot meat pie and thermos coffee on cool winter day out.
And what about the Snow! Take a day trip or spend a week. Most of us don’t see snow unless we make an effort to get out and find it and just try to stop the kids getting out amongst it when they do see it.
You don’t have to leave home to enjoy the outdoors during winter either. Kids just love back yard treasure hunts, throwing a ball for the dog, catching a Frisbee or even taking a short walk around the block. If it’s windy, fly a kite.
Lastly, the secret weapon that I use to get motivated and out of the house even when all I feel like doing is staying warm
inside is to just tell the kids a few days before about that fun thing I have planned to do. Without fail, for those few days before and on the day, I hear about nothing more and there is just no getting out of it.
Lastly, the secret weapon that I use to get me motivated and out of the house even when all I feel like doing is staying cosy inside is to just tell the kids a few days before about that fun thing I have planned to do. Without fail, for those few days before and on the day, I hear about nothing more and there is just no getting out of it.