By:
Jenny Miller
January 7, 2021

Need outdoor play ideas for your kids? Here is a resource guide to get you out the door!

Prying your children away from their beloved devices can feel like a monumental task, and sometimes maybe not even worth the struggle. However, now more than ever, children need to be spending time outside. Nature-deficit disorder, while not the ultimate buzzword, is making headlines, and many experts agree that less time in nature or outdoors can negatively impact our children in the long term.


Ideally, time in nature is great, but getting your kids outside is a start, whether it’s hiking, riding bikes, backyard family games or even through sports like soccer, basketball or skateboarding. Check out these helpful resources to get your kids off the couch and into the outdoors. 


5 Questions: Does Your Child Have Nature-Deficit Disorder?

If you’re concerned that your child may suffer from NDD but you’re not sure if your child fits the definition, these questions will help you take a closer look.


Kids Need More Outdoor Play, Says Expert

Devices have a tendency to anchor children inside. However, some experts believe that children need to spend a lot more time in nature than they currently do.


Getting Kids Into the Outdoors Starts in the Backyard

You don’t have to immediately embark on a camping trip to combat NDD. Instead, you can simply explore some of the activities you can do in your own backyard.


Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology

If you live in an area that’s prone to storms, then your child may develop an interest in them. So, foster this love of storms by watching them safely from your home.


How to Start a Neighborhood Pack for Your Kids

Want to encourage your child to play outside but you don’t want to spend every moment looking over their shoulder? You may want to develop a “neighborhood pack”!


When (and How) to Introduce Your Kid to Outdoor Sports

At some point, your child may develop an interest in sports. Before deciding on one, discuss this decision with your child — and use this resource to learn more!


9 Steps to Plan a Family Camping Trip

Planning a camping trip with your family isn’t an easy goal to accomplish. To make sure you’re prepared, follow these steps to ensure everyone has fun — and stays safe.


4 Tips When Mountain Biking with Your Child

If mountain biking is on your list of outdoor activities, you need to know what to do to ensure that everyone stays safe and enjoys the ride.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get your kids outside and active. If you make it a family affair, then everyone gets a dose of the outdoors, and you can build lasting memories. Plus, by encouraging your children to spend more time outside, you can rest easy knowing they’re getting all the fresh air and sunshine they need. 


For information about events and activities in and around the San Diego area, be sure to pay a visit to the San Diego Parks Foundation website.