Any meal can be turned into a picnic. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s a wonderful way to get the family outside together. Delicious food, a few things to do, and some outdoor essentials are all you need to have a kid-approved picnic your family is sure to remember!

What to Eat + Drink

It’s a good idea to pack easy-to-eat foods that don’t require utensils – like sandwiches or pinwheels, cut fruit, snack foods (try making trail mix with your little ones!), and kabobs.

Pack your reusable water bottles along with cut lemons, limes, and oranges for a fun twist! Let kids make their own water concoctions while encouraging healthy alternatives to juice and soda. (Pack an extra bottle or two and beat the summer heat!).

What to Pack

A day in the sun requires few must-have items to keep the family safe and comfortable. We suggest:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Picnic blanket or oversized beach towel
  • Garbage bag

Some extra recommendations include:

  • Camp chairs
  • Baby wipes and/or hand sanitizer
  • Zip-top bags
  • Paper towels or cloth napkins

What to Do

After you eat, break out some activities for the whole clan to enjoy. Bring along a portable speaker for an impromptu dance party. Pack lawn games, playing cards, or a family favorite board game. For younger children, a bottle of bubbles can be the perfect way to captivate their attention—count aloud as they pop bubbles and encourage them to join in. If the wind conditions are right, flying a kite is a great way for the family to bond (you’ve seen Mary Poppins, haven’t you?!)

Where to Go

Head to a local park or playground. Many state parks have picnic areas surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of nature.

If you don’t want to travel far, set up in your own backyard. This is an especially great plan for families with little ones, who may tire quickly of their picnic experience.

For days when bad weather seems to appear out of nowhere, push the furniture out of the way and spread out a blanket inside! The kids will love the spontaneity of an indoor picnic and the blanket will catch any crumbs they might leave behind.

Remember to download the PDF to make your own Summer Bucket List!