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Long Weekend Activities for the Whole Family

With spring in full swing, this long weekend is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some time with your family and friends, while engaging in physical activity. The following activities require a little organization, but are low on cost and big on fun!Younger Children:

  • Create a scavenger hunt by making a list of items your children must find in your neighbourhood or at the park. Send them off with a list and pencil, and a bag to collect their items. Feel free to join in on the activity and act as a judge or live commentator!
  • Go for a hike. Find a local park or trails and make a daytrip out of it. Look for one you haven’t been to before. The Vancouver Trails website rates local hikes by distance, ability level, and time for completion, which helps with planning and packing.
  • In snowy areas this might be your last chance to go sliding. Take the toboggan out for a day of fun at the local hill.

Older Children:

  • Orienteering is an educational and exciting activity for older children. Orienteering involves using a map and compass to navigate to different locations in a race or friendly format. The provincial website has links to local clubs and tips.
  • Have you ever tried Geocaching? It’s a great outdoor treasure hunting adventure using your GPS to locate your prize. Watch this video to get a quick lesson on what it’s all about.
  • Pump up those tires, strap on the helmets and head out for a family bike ride adventure. Involve your children in planning the route, rest stops, and points of interest. Make sure to pack a good snack to refuel during your outdoor activity.

Whatever you end-up doing this long weekend, keep it fun, keep it simple and keep it active…Oh and be sure to include a few chocolate eggs along the way!


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