Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
Watch a sunset with your kids.
Okay, I admit my inspiration for this one is pretty spectacular: A sunset on the beach at Waikiki. But the truth is, we’ve watched the sun set from tons of different locations. That’s half the fun – comparing one day’s sunset with another’s.
OUR NOTES FROM THE FIELD
It wasn’t until our final day in Hawaii that the big explorer and I were finally able to catch a sunset. Dad and the little explorer had already headed back to Los Angeles, so this one was just for the two of us.
My friends were sweet enough to appease my need to catch a Hawaiian sunset by taking us to dinner on Waikiki beach. This, they thought, was the place to see a sunset.
The irony is, our entire trip had been filled with off-the-beaten path activities where few (if any) people were around. And yet here, on Waikiki beach, we had to share this amazing display of nature with what felt like hoards of tourists frolicking in the waves seemingly unaware of the magic going on around them.
Granted, the big explorer didn’t really realize that. He was more curious as to why I’d pulled him away from his delectable dessert to head outside to the beach.
It was a little breezy out and he was pining for his ice creamy, chocolaty treat, but he stayed with me. When I told him that we should take a few minutes to watch the sun bid its farewell on yet another dreamy day, he seemed to understand.
“Doesn’t it look different than it does back home?” I asked.
He nodded. But mostly he just stayed quiet. He looked lost in thought. It was one of those moments where I would have given a million bucks to know what he was thinking.
Instead, I savored the quiet and we sat together soaking it all in for the few remaining minutes it took for the sun to dip below the horizon.
When the big show was over, we headed back inside to rejoin our friends. But how thankful I was to have taken a few moments to slow down, appreciate the moment and share it with someone I love.
And how glad I am that there will be always be a sunset waiting for us wherever we may be.
The great thing about sunsets is that there’s one every day. No vacation to Hawaii needed! To make the most of it:
- Seek out a quiet spot. Waikiki may have been picturesque, but we had to share the moment with others far less interested. Quiet spaces make it easier to clear your thoughts and connect with your surroundings.
- Bring along a blanket. Spring may have arrived, but temperatures are still cool enough to warrant a little added warmth. And what kid doesn’t like to cozy up under a warm blanket?
MORE IDEAS FOR OUTDOOR FUN
My fellow outdoor bloggers have been busy this week! Which means more awesome ideas to help you get your kids outside exploring nature this weekend. Here are a few things that look especially fun:
- Embrace April showers with these four rainy-day outdoor activities from ActiveKidsClub
- Enjoy an outdoor adventure with the five senses with help from Sanborn Western Camps
- Go fly a kite with inspiration from Juliet over at Creative Star Learning
- Download 12 activity sheets to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) from The Little Humbugs
There’s a world waiting for you outside, people! Take your kids and get out there!