Outdoor Activities for Families

Put down your phones and spend some quality time outside as a family. Enjoy these titles with lots of great outdoor activities to enjoy together.

Updated May 22, 2023
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Let's play outdoors! : exploring nature for children
Ard, Cath
A book that encourages children to go and play outside and discover what nature has to offer. Leave the house and roam into the nature: It is a fascinating place, waiting to be conquered by little ones with curious minds. Whether in the garden, park, or a nearby forest, a closer look at nature will...
Growing up wild
Barrable, Alexia
Have you ever noticed how much calmer and more engaged your children are when they are outside in the natural world? A growing body of evidence is pointing to the need for children to spend more time outside. Being outdoors has the potential to energise, entertain and educate...
Camping Texas: A Comprehensive Guide to More Than 200 Campgrounds
Behrens, Tom
Completely revised and updated in this second edition, Camping Texas is an indispensable guide to hundreds of public campgrounds in the Lone Star State. From the Texas Gulf Coast to the mountains of West Texas, the camping opportunities in this book accommodate a range of outdoor interests,...
Little walks, big adventures : 50+ ideas for exploring with toddlers
Buhr, Erin
While most activity books encourage indoor explorations, countless adventures and learning opportunities await outside! Going for a walk or exploring the local community can bring about much more than just exercise. Little Walks, Big Adventures helps you teach your...
Hiking and camping
Davis, Jennifer Pharr
Rewild your life! With metal corners and 448 full-color, highly illustrated pages, OUTDOOR SCHOOL: HIKING AND CAMPING is an indispensable tool for young explorers and nature lovers. Make every day an adventure with the included: - Immersive activities to get you...
Crayola outside crafts
Felix, Rebecca
Getting creative with nature is fun and colorful with these Crayola outdoor crafts! Easy to read instructions and detailed photos guide readers through making projects. A QR code for each project links to a digital landing page showing additional steps and photos.
Balanced and barefoot : how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children
Hanscom, Angela J.
"Angela Hanscom is a powerful voice for balance." --Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods In this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of...
Cool maps & geocaching : great things to do in the great outdoors
Hengel, Katherine.
Cool Maps and Geocaching makes the great outdoors fun and exciting. Learn the fun of geocaching. What to put in a secret cache, where to hide it. Create your own compass to find a cache and write in an adventure journal. This book is full of easy-to-follow steps and bright photography for every...
The young adventurer's guide to (almost) everything : build a fort, camp like a champ, poop in the woods--45 action-packed outdoor activities
Hewitt, Ben
45 step-by-step, illustrated activities that teach kids everything from how to see like an owl to build the world's coolest fort from sticks. (ages 8-12) Calling all adventurers! Want to know how to build a fort from nothing but sticks? Or find your way through the forest? This...
My great outdoors book : the kids' guide to being outside
Jeffery, Josie
Cool outdoor activities : great things to do in the great outdoors
Kuskowski, Alex.
Cool Outdoor Activities makes the great outdoors fun and exciting. Make a marvelous mini kite or bury a time capsule. Create a giant tic-tac-toe board or a twist-it game in the grass. This book is full of easy-to-follow steps and bright photography for every activity. Plus, it's written just for...
Boy's book of adventure : the little guidebook for smart and resourceful boys
Lecreux, Michèle.
Empower the awesome teen and tween boys in your life with this exciting outdoor adventure book filled with facts about nature, ideas for outdoor activities, and fun-to-do crafts projects that will keep boys interested and busy all year round! Parents, teachers, and gift givers will find...
L.L. Bean family camping handbook
McCafferty, Keith.
This one-of-a-kind guide takes the worry out of camping for families with children, offering tips on everything the first-time camper needs to know. Color photos.
Where should we camp next? : a 50-state guide to amazing campgrounds and other unique outdoor accommodations
Puglisi, Stephanie
**USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Award Winner** Your essential planning guidebook for family-friendly RV or camping trips featuring 300+ of the best camping and glamping spots in the USA! Outdoor adventure, glamping, and camping vacations have never been more popular--and everyone...
The book of nature connection : 70 sensory activities for all ages
Rodenburg, Jacob
Unplug from technology and "plug in" to nature through the wonder of your senses. The Book of Nature Connection is packed with fun activities for using all our senses to engage with nature in a deep and nourishing way. From "extenda-ears" and acorn whistles to bird calls, camouflage...
Finding ecohappiness : fun nature activities to help your kids feel happier and calmer
Schwartz, Sandi
Raise calmer, happier, healthier children with these fun, hands-on nature activities for parents and kids to enjoy together. Gold Winner, Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Are your kids stressed? Are they feeling a bit down? Do your children--and you--need a break...
Camping with kids
Silverman, Goldie.
Camping--the perfect family vacation! On your next family trip, enjoy learning about nature, roasting marshmallows on the campfire, and finally curl up for the night in a cozy sleeping bag. This step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know to take your family camping; how...
I love dirt! : 52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature
Ward, Jennifer
I Love Dirt! presents 52 open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location-from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country-each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child's...
50 states, 500 campgrounds : where to go, when to go, what to see, what to do
Yogerst, Joseph R.
Plan your next getaway to the great outdoors with this one-of-a-kind resource for campgrounds across North America. In this comprehensive sequel to the best-selling 50 States, 5,000 Ideas, you'll discover the top tent and cabin campsites, as well as RV resorts and glamping destinations around...
The chalk art handbook : how to create masterpieces on driveways and sidewalks and in playgrounds
Zinn, David
A comprehensive guide for chalk art creators! With so many searching for ways to have fun at home in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, chalk art has become a great way to do so while enjoying some fresh air. The Chalk Art Handbook offers budding artists a...

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