If you have kids at home full time, or if it’s just you and your partner who are spending a lot of time together at home, it can be difficult to think up imaginative new ways to keep yourself or your family entertained. Staying home more may seem like fun at first, but after a few months the novelty wears off so if you have a backyard you can utilise, having a list of fun outdoor activities is a big help. At Nu Style Shutters, we are Perth’s leading supplier and installer of outdoor blinds, making outdoor spaces more useable and family friendly all year round. Let’s have a look at some super fun backyard activities you can try out this week.
Create a Backyard Obstacle Course
While many families across the country have been isolation you may have seen complete ninja warrior courses set up in some backyards, the truth is, it really doesn’t need to be that fancy. You can use random things from your backyard including buckets, ladders and outdoor chairs as well as sporting equipment to create an awesome obstacle course that will entertain the kids (and adults!) for hours.
Have a Picnic
Even during a cool winter’s day, the sun can still come out so make the most of a sunny day and enjoy a meal outdoors on the grass. You don’t need to create any extra work for yourself, simply take the food you were already planning to eat outside with a blanket or towel. Pop on some music, play some games and enjoy the benefits of a picnic in the park with the convenience of having amenities just a few steps away. If the weather turns sour, simply move your set-up into your alfresco area and pull down your outdoor blinds to continue the festivities.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
An engaging and fun way to enjoy the outdoors even during winter is to create a scavenger hunt. Get your family involved in nature by searching for things around the house. There’s an abundance of ideas, printable instructions and lists of objects to collect online, but a few suggestions include:
- Object to Find
- Things to Listen For
- Items to Smell
- Objects to Feel
- Things to Do
Toast Your Own Marshmallows
There’s nothing better on a cold evening that sitting by a nice open fire so gather the family around a fire pit and get toasty with some marshmallows. Just remember to make sure to check if backyard fires and fire pits are legal in your area and make sure you follow proper fire safety procedures.
Have a BBQ
Arguably the best thing about being in your backyard is the smell of sizzling sausages – there’s something delicious about food that’s been cooked outside. For a point of difference, try a charcoal kettle BBQ for that smoky flavour or try a few different things you wouldn’t normally grill.
Build a Tiki Bar
A really fun and creative way to pass the afternoon, design and make food, drinks and decorations with a happy Hawaiian theme in mind. Put on some tropical music and let your imagination transport you to a warm sandy beach. If it’s just too cold to imagine, turn on some outdoor heaters, close your outdoor blinds and let the space warm up for that genuine beachy vibe.
Plant a Vegetable Garden
An excellent way to get the kids to eat their veggies is to involve them in the growing process. A vegetable garden can be simple and affordable to create and can be done easily in a weekend. Buy some seeds or seedlings from your local gardening centre, pick a plot in the backyard and get planting. In time, you’ll have a sufficient source of yummy produce anytime you want.
When the sun is shining, there are so many things you can do in your own backyard so let your imagination go wild. However, when the wind and rain set in, installing outdoor blinds in your alfresco areas will mean there’s no need to move your activities indoors. For the best outdoor blinds at Perth’s best prices, get in touch with the team at Nu Style Shutters today on 1300 798 776 or get a free quote online now.