Featured Activity: Plan A Picnic

Published on May 01, 2020 - Updated on April 22, 2021

Acquiring Exercise and a Healthy Feeling of Freedom and Adventure while Respecting Social Distancing.

Getting out of the house for exercise in a safe way is beneficial for health and wellness. While that is a good enough reason to head out and explore nature, it is also helpful to motivate your family to bring enthusiasm by creating missions or goals as part of the adventure.

We featured scavenger hunts (outdoors or at home) a few weeks back, and they were so much fun. Camping (inside or out) was also a featured activity and really lifted the kids spirits throughout this year of quarantine - it may be time for a repeat, so break out the tents and forts!

Another wonderful option is planning a picnic! There are a million reasons why picnics are special but here are my top three.


  1. Like camping, there’s a whole new level of family focus and purpose that happens naturally during a picnic because generally it’s more leisurely when out in nature. Everyone is more likely to take their time, and converse a little more like during dinnertime.
  2. Food tastes better! While this is not scientifically proven, I’m always impressed with how much more I enjoy even the simplest lunch when sitting on a picnic blanket. Generally, because they are relaxed and not in a hurry to get back to their toys, our kids are more likely to try new things and even seem to eat more of their meal.
  3. It’s a safe way to mix things up and it’s special in a heart-warming way. Since is an acceptable excursion with respect to physical distancing, it gives the whole family a sense of normalcy at this very isolating time.

You can easily do nearly any style of food for picnics, but no need to get fancy. Here are a few of our favorite picnic treats that travel well.

  1. Wraps. Warm up a tortilla (flour, whole wheat or otherwise) and add your favorite fixings such as turkey, ham, veggies, pesto, Duke’s mayo, peanut butter and jelly or Nutella.
  2. Grab your favorite fruit! Strawberries, peaches, apples, oranges and grapes are all nutritious foods that are portable.
  3. Freshly baked cookies. Take time in the morning to whip up some cookies with your little ones. Following baking fun with a fresh air hike and picnic out in nature is a wonderfully well-rounded day! The cookies may even still be warm when it’s time to enjoy them.


If you’d prefer, make leftovers into something new, get super creative with a Fairy Tea Party or picnic like the royals and make it a fancy feast. You can even incorporate costumes or bring cards or a board game to play after your meal.

For ultimate comfort, bring along a picnic blanket, wipes, hand sanitizer and a trash container because you’ll likely need to travel off the beaten path and you must be prepared to manage your garbage.

If secluded trails and meadows aren’t an option in your area, you don’t need to go far. You can simply make a picnic in your own yard or on the living room floor!

We welcome you to check out our blog for more inspiration, for example, live vicariously through writer Colin Boyd in Climb Mountains: A Right Of Passage or follow our list of April Weeknight Meal Plans to keep it creative in the kitchen.

Also, please take a moment to explore the happyly Survival Toolbox designed to create positive days at home with your family. As always, we love seeing your family's highlights! Tag us on your picnic @gethappyly for a chance to be featured!

Thoughtfully captured by:
Randi Banks (HAF)
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