Featured Activity: happyly Scavenger Hunts for your Outdoor Excursions

Published on March 31, 2020 - Updated on May 20, 2020

Set Fun Goals during Exercise and Fresh Air to Preserve Smiles on Little Faces

Keeping our children engaged while social distancing takes a bit more creativity. Hiking and biking are excellent options for exercise, or simply explore your backyard to get some fresh air. Scavenger hunts are a great way to make such activities goal-oriented and add an extra layer of fun.

For those stuck in your homes, indoor scavenger hunts can be equally stimulating! We have created the perfect at home scavenger hunt that you can access here on our blog as well!

Click here for the printable version of the happyly Scavenger Hunts.

hike with kids


We compiled an easy scavenger hunt for a stroller run in the recent blog, Running For Fun With Kids. As suggested, adding fun to your exercise regimen is a good building block for your children, and creating achievable goals to pursue along the way helps to motivate you to push further. Here are a few ideas to add to your personalized hunt.

  1. A Blue Car
  2. The Number 3
  3. A Yellow Dog
  4. A Flag
  5. A Flower
  6. An Animal Crossing Sign
  7. A Wild Animal
  8. A Street Sign WIth a Person’s Name
  9. A Pine Cone
  10. A Fence

Scavenger Hunt


  1. A Tree Stump or Fallen Tree
  2. An Ant
  3. A Squirrel
  4. A Colorful Bird
  5. A Hole in a Leaf
  6. A Worm
  7. A Wildflower
  8. A Caterpillar or Butterfly
  9. A Nest Up in a Tree
  10. The Perfect Sized Walking Stick

scavenger hunt

What's working well for you and your family? We look forward to hearing from you at share@happyly.com. 

We welcome you to check out our blog for more inspiration from a list of Ten Tips For Hiking Responsibly in the Days of COVID-19, join as we declutter with ”100 Things:” A Rewarding and Fun Family Activity or find time to Disconnect to Connect with your kids while social distancing.

Also, please take a moment to explore this week’s happyly Survival Toolbox, including our Daily Schedule designed to create positive days at home with your family. As always, we welcome your family's highlights! Tag us on Instagram @gethappyly!

Thoughtfully captured by:
Randi Banks
Randi (Betts) Banks grew up in New York and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She moved to Washington, D.C. more than thirteen years ago with her husband, Eaghmon, and they love to explore the area and seek out adventure, now with their two young children along for the ride. Growing up right near the beach, they are happiest when on or near the water, so exploring the rivers, lakes, and streams in the greater DC area is a favorite pastime for their family. In addition to serving as one of the Washington, DC area ambassadors, Randi is also the Editor in Chief and Co-founder of happyly.
More posts by Randi
We believe deeply in setting out time for an amazing partnership.
Ongoing holiday festivities in the DC area.
Top 15 Public Libraries In The D.C. Area that are great for kids!