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20 Outdoor Activities & Games to Play at the Park

Enjoy these fun activities & games to play at a local park!

It’s May again and that means we’re celebrating Kids to Parks Day with a whole slew of AWESOME ideas for games to play & fun activities to do at the parks!

Be sure to visit last year’s idea list of 30 Fun Games to Play at the Park for more ways to explore this summer.

And this year is extra special since it’s also the 100th Anniversary of the National Park system.

 Games to play at the park & outdoor activities for kids

20 Outdoor Park Activities & Games to Play

This year is the 6th annual National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day.

Be sure to get your kids outside to explore! 

And even if you can celebrate with us on the official day, there are ALWAYS great reasons to get to the parks. 

We’re including some of our favorite outdoor park activities & games to play below along with affiliate links for items we love to have with us on our park visits:


Printable Games to Play at the Park

Print off these 9 Hiking Games from the National Park Trust and head out on your favorite trail!

Enjoy exploring a new area with this printable Playground Scavenger Hunt

Or grab this Park Scavenger Hunt to see what you can find — Carrie Elle

+Games for the park & outdoor activities to play


Bring a set of Binoculars & take along this printable Animal Observation Journal to record your sightings!

Take along this Nature BINGO game for family fun — Handmade Charlotte

Download the National Park Trust Kids Adventure Book with 10 amazing outdoor & nature activities.

Grab your camera & go on an Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt  (a favorite for tweens & teens!)



Bring some Sidewalk Chalk and try these fun chalk games!

Play Sidewalk Simon — Toddler Approved

Challenge your kids to a Color Matching GamesNuture Store

Try playing Sponge Darts (especially nice on a hot day) — The Seasoned Mom

And I love this Outdoor Fitness Circuit Game to get the kids active! — What’s That Smell?


Visiting a National Park this Year?

Be sure to check out the FREE entrance days for all National Parks this year along with these 8 Great Ways to Explore the National Parks too!



Plus, take along a great book for your next park visit!

Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure (National Geographic Kids)

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA Centennial Edition: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, and Cool Activities from Coast to Coast!

Looking for more ideas?  Try these 18 Great Ways to Spend the Day at the Park too!