4 Free Family Backyard Activities
Many families are heading outside to soak up the fresh air and summer sunshine. The good news is that in Lancaster, PA, there is no shortage of green, outdoor space to enjoy! Here are a few free backyard activities to engage your family this season.
Have a picnic.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up all the fixings for a picnic in your yard! Consider buying fun local goodies from places like Lemon Street Market, Central Market, or Lancaster Pickle Company. Eat classic picnic fare (like sandwiches, fruit and veggies, and potato chips—or your favorite dish) and lay out a blanket to sit on and enjoy a family meal together. This is a great way to soak up some sun and experience quality time with your family while bonding over delicious food.
Camp under the stars.
Consider setting up camp in your backyard! Be sure to bring plenty of blankets and pillows to set up a comfy sleeping space as well as a flashlight to navigate in the dark. There’s something special about sleeping under the stars. Try downloading one of these stargazing apps and identifying constellations together. Having an outdoor sleepover with the kids is a memory they’re sure to remember for years to come!
Play Four Square.
Grab a bouncy ball, three other family members, and chalk, because it’s time to play Four Square! Begin by drawing a square on your driveway, and then divide it into four. With each square marking a rank (4, 3, 2, and 1), get some movement in and embrace your competitive side in this classic playground game. Playing Four Square is a great way to engage in camaraderie with your family members and get your kids excited about being active! Check out the official rules here.
Enjoy s’mores over a campfire.
The weather is finally warm enough to sit outside and enjoy a campfire. Roasting marshmallows and creating s’mores—regular or gourmet—can be an engaging activity for the whole family. Most people love gooey marshmallows, crunchy graham crackers, and melted chocolate! For twists like caramel apple and chocolate peanut butter cup s’mores, check out these fun gourmet recipes. If you don’t have a fire pit but have space for one, consider building your own! Alternatively, try buying s’mores ingredients and making them in your oven or microwave.
Home is a great place to enjoy with your loved ones, and we hope that these free, family backyard activities inspire you to spend quality time together outside. If you want more ideas on how to enjoy Lancaster with your family, make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram for more local content this summer!