By Stefanie Michaels
I’ve always been that gal who can find adventures anywhere, whether it be in an exotic destination, like Papua New Guinea or in my own back yard.
During Covid, my husband and I would use our outside space for adventuring. I love the outdoors, and gardening is my “thang”. Love getting my hands in the dirt, because it feeds my soul to plant something, nurture it and watch whatever I planted grow up!
Also, for the budget conscious (who isn’t nowadays) creating experiences outside for friends and family, create memories at your home, which to me, is most important of all.
Here’s a list of ideas to inspire:
- Set up a tent and spend the night camping in your backyard. One of the fun things I’ve done over and over. Makes sure if you set up in the grass, you’re going to want to put plastic down for moisture containment. For hard surfaces, make sure padding is thick enough.
- Have a picnic and explore different areas of your backyard. For evening’s I like to find a space and add twinkle lights to make it extra special.
- Set up a scavenger hunt with clues hidden around your backyard. I’ve done this for our friend’s kids at Easter and it’s so fun to watch others scramble around uncovering clues.
- Have a water balloon fight. I’m a fan of this, especially during summer. Add a little glitter into each balloon for added fun.
- Set up an oversized homemade outdoor chess set with black and white tiles from Home Depot. You can also substitute tiles with peel and stick ones.
- Plant a garden and watch the plants grow over time. My favourite thing to do is take clippings from my ground cover and add them to other places in the yard. It’s a budget-friendly way to plant.
- Have a backyard movie night, setting up a screen and projector to watch a movie under the stars. Depending on the setting, a plain wall will also do.
- Set up a bird feeder and observe the different types of birds that visit. If you don’t want birdseed everywhere, you can opt for a hummingbird feeder.
- Have a backyard bonfire with wine, cheese and make s’ Depending on where you live—don’t do this in fire zone areas, instead of wood, opt for a cleaner option of Duraflame logs.
- Set up a lawn games for family and friends. Croquet, miniature golf and lawn bowling are all great options.
With a little creativity, you can have all kinds of adventures in your own backyard!