10 Ways to Get Your Family Out in Greenville, SC

Trying to spend more time outdoors with your family? Studies show that children who spend time outdoors thrive socially, emotionally and physically. We have some ideas on how to help your kids get out more in and around Greenville, SC.

I love the outdoors and I get really anxious if I stay indoors too long. Maybe it’s my personality of never wanting to sit still or maybe it’s my wanderlust and adventurous spirit. But regardless, the outdoors always calls. Studies show that time spent outdoors is also a very good thing, especially at this age of highly stressed children, who start in the first year with standardized and high-stakes tests. It only gets harder from there as most kids yearn for college and scholarships.

Several studies show that children learn better when they spend more time outdoors, that schools with more trees have better academic results than schools without trees outside the building, that outdoor classes are more effective than teaching inside classrooms and nature helps develop self-discipline, restore focus, relieve stress, increase fitness and stamina, and promote social connections.

Studies also show that children – and adults – are spending far too much time indoors in today’s world, whether it’s work, school, video games or social media that keeps us on the inside. The the results are sobering: Children aged 8 to 12 spend an average of 4 to 6 hours a day in front of a screen, or 1,440 to 2,160 hours a year. For teenagers, the average is 9 hours a day, which is equivalent to 3,240 hours a year. It’s a lot of time. As many.

A mother saw all this in her family and decided to start a movement called 1000 hours out, which encourages families to match screen time (on the low end) with time spent outdoors and spend 1,000 hours outdoors each year, or just under three hours a day. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing: walking around your neighborhood, going to the park or playground, planting a garden, watering your garden, reading a book outside. His goal was to start making it more normal to think about going out than staying indoors and reaping the benefits of time outdoors.

Fishing at Lake Jocassee

Greenville = outdoor fun

Here in the upstate, there is no shortage of places to go to spend time outdoors. I’ve always loved the outdoors, but have taken a serious liking to hiking since moving to Greenville several years ago. The possibilities for exploration are endless and my children and I have had some pretty amazing adventures, which have deepened our relationships with each other and instilled in us a love of the environment, and instilled a desire to protect and nurture it. clean it – so, all good stuff.

If you need ideas on how to adopt the mentality of getting out more with your family, here are 10:

To take a walk

Do you live in a neighborhood or near a park? Go for a walk. It’s free and doesn’t require much effort and hardly any equipment besides shoes. Don’t feel like you have to go far, even a 10-minute walk can boost your mood and release pent-up energy. There are also tons of paved paths around our area if you need to take your stroller.

Go to the playground

I know packing up little kids and taking them to the playground can sometimes feel like a Herculean effort, but maybe you find a place near you or turn up the excitement and find a new playground to explore.

sit outside and read

Take story time outside. Invite older children to sit outside with you and read their favorite book or listen to their favorite playaway. Get vitamin D with little effort.

Play a game outside

My kids and I have been to the Roper Mountain Science Center living history farm for some of their special events and played with little wooden toys which were the simplest things but so much fun. You don’t have to have an expensive and crazy outdoor game to enjoy it. It can be Twister, a card game, wrestling, something fun that your family likes.

Plant flowers or a garden

Got some space outside? Plant a garden. Do you have a potty? Plant a flower to grow indoors. Have a community garden (we have several in Greenville)? Rent a site and plant your garden. Then spend time outdoors tending to the garden, watering it, and harvesting your harvest.

Go hiking

You knew this had to be on a list I was going to write since I love hiking. There are hundreds of miles of trails in upstate alone and it’s easy to find one that accommodates your family’s age and ability.

Bearwallow Mountain
Bearwallow Mountain

Find a waterfall

There are also hundreds of waterfalls upstate and throughout western North Carolina and northern Georgia, including several roadside ones, so you don’t even have to need to hike if you don’t want to.

Take school away

If you’re homeschooling, take your books outside or to a park and work on those math problems and worksheets outside. One day in the spring, I took my kids, their books, and some hammocks to Falls Park and we hung the hammocks and did our thing next to the river. It was awesome. If your children are in traditional school, take them out with their homework when they get home and do it together.

Children in hammocks

Ride a bike

It’s great for any age. Before my kids could ride their bikes, I pulled them in a cart along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and stopped at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe for pastries and coffee, and let my kids play in the playground there. Or just ride a bike around your neighborhood or in a park.

Think seasonally

Every season in Greenville brings something special: berry picking and wildflower hunting in the spring, swimming and creek stomping in the summer, farm events and apple picking in the fall, and grocery shopping. trees, snow tubing and hot chocolate in the winter. You can go out every season in upstate!

If you need more ideas for things to do outdoors in our area, check out our great outdoors guide. A 1000 Hours Outdoors also has a ton of fantastic printand ideas for things to do outside and helps spark creative ideas on how to prioritize your family’s outdoors.

How do you go outside with your family?

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