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We are in the same situation...My oldest is 12yo, and my youngest is 15mo. And a couple in between. I am always looking for outdoor things for us all to do. I also do not want to constantly do things that are completely childish.
One idea is disc golf. It is fun & challenging for the older ones AND ADULTS! , the younger kids get to throw things, and the toddlers are along for the ride & hold the disks.
We also have a neighborhood park with a basketball court (for the olders), and the playground for the middles & littles.
Another idea is to go to the local high school's track (lots of people do this, btw, you just need to avoid team practice times), the older ones can sprint, race, do long distance runs, while the little walk with the adults that are walking, or can play in the middle/run short cuts across the middle of the track.
In the summer, there are various running events (10K/5K/1mi/tot trot) that are tons of fun. All the kids can race if they want, get a t-shirt & goodie bag. Races can be addictive to kids, too! Not necessarily a bad thing!
Winter time is trickier, if you live in the deep freeze like us. We ensure we have quality outerwear(it is well worth the money spent!), well fitting boots and we are off. we have a nice huge sledding hill nearby, awesome. I usually spend the time at the bottom with the littles, but we go back an forth, play in the snow while the big kids & dh are sledding their hearts out.I makes for a very long, quiet naptime for everyone in the afternoon.lol.
Edited by: SOLARAE at: 9/25/2011 (07:41)
We play xbox connect games - like the dancing ones and the carnival games - there is also the sport games and other stuff that is physically challenging but fun.
I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!
I need some good ideas for family activities that involve the whole family from toddler to teens and adults. We've tried walking, but the little one goes too slow for the older ones. We ride bikes but the toddler is then just in a bike seat and not really getting any exercise. Any ideas?