Looking for some fun outdoor activities this summer? Check out these five kid-tested and approved activities below to give your summer a jumpstart in fun:

floridaParksFacebookDefault.png1. Become a junior ranger in any Florida State Park!

At any state park in Florida, your child can become a junior ranger through completing a number of learning activities and requirements. Children are given a passport and asked to complete their choice of six activities out of 27. The categories they can choose from are “Natural Resources,” “Cultural Resources,” “Recreation,” and “Service.” After your child completes their six chosen activities, they review them with a park ranger, and recite the “Junior Ranger Pledge.”



blairauduboncenter-atcorkscrewsanctuary_1600x1067.jpg2. Boardwalk adventure at Corkscrew

Gather the neighborhood kids and register for an outdoor “class” at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Corkscrew’s boardwalk spans over two miles of swamp and wetland habitat, giving kids a full immersion into the environment where they can see owls, alligators, fish, raccoons, a variety of insects, and much more. Classes are shaped and designed for each age group that attends. Another plus? This class is electronics-free!



Inside-the-Barn-of-Southern-Fresh-Farms.jpg3. Southern Fresh Farms

Not only does Southern Fresh Farms in Fort Myers have some great produce, their park contains a petting farm where children can feed goats, sheep, rabbits, and mini-horses, and also holds guided tours all year. Tours are adjusted for the ages of the attendees. Children learn where food comes from, how farms work, and the importance of sustainable farming.



31-produce-and-mining.jpg4. 31 Produce

31 Produce, a farmer’s market in Alva, holds a petting zoo with goats, sheep, turtles, rabbits, mini-donkeys, and more. Sanitation stations are readily available. 31 Produce also offers a number of educational tours and events throughout the year—even during off-season. See their website for more information.




horse.jpg5. Saddlewood Horse Club

Saddlewood Horse Club in Cape Coral holds a “Monthly Horse Interaction Day.” Children can interact with horses by riding, petting, grooming, and feeding gentle horses. As of right now, it costs $20 per child, and lunch is provided.




Topics: Child care, outdoor activities, summer

Claudia Auger

Written by Claudia Auger

A volunteer for Child Care of Southwest Florida

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