Cold And Wet Weather Family Picnics

So what if the weather is bad? Why should that stop you from having fun with your family? After all, it is never too cold or too wet for a picnic.

The perfect picnic should have lots of sun with a cool breeze on a warm summer day. So what do you do when the weather is wet or cold and you want to have a picnic? Well, do not despair. All is not lost. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of creative thinking to salvage your dream of having a picnic.

So what if the rain is coming down in buckets and the wind is cold enough to freeze a burning gas line. That doesn't mean that you have to give up on your plans. There are several options available.

You may think that some of these ideas sound a little strange. But the important thing is that you get to have the fun of a picnic experience, right? So why should it matter if they are a bit unusual? If you explore some of these options for a picnic, then nobody will be likely to call you boring.

When you get right down to it, there are a few things that every picnic needs. Every picnic should have food, fun, and people that you enjoy being with. Wait, I forgot one. You need a place but we can figure that one out in a bit. So what are you waiting for? Go pack a cooler with soft drinks, water, sandwich makings and bread. Don't forget that you will need to spread a blanket on the ground and will need a portable radio. Don't forget to grab a board game or two to play after you finish eating. No picnic would be complete if all you did was eat.

The reasons for a picnic are as varied as the people that have enjoy them. Picnics are about relaxing and slowing the pace down a few notches. When some plan a picnic, they may think of the park as the place to go for a picnic. Some may go to either a beach or a lake depending on what is local to them. But don't get marred up in the muck that comes from thinking that is the only place you can have one. Picnics can happen anywhere and for any reason.

If your loved one is working hard and doesn't have time to go pick up something to eat, pack a picnic and take it to them. Be sure and ask first so that you won't arrive at a bad time such as during an important meeting. Surprises are wonderful, but they can also lead to hurt feelings if both parties are not on the same wavelength at the time. It is worth forgoing the element of surprise for a peaceful time spent together over something that may be as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If you have a sick relative, then get everything together to share a picnic in bed. They may enjoy having the company if they are feeling up to it. And they certainly will be honored that you thought enough of them to bring them something good to eat during their time of recovery. Just be ready to leave the picnic so they can have the goodies later if they are not up to the fun of a picnic at the time. Don't just rely on the old standard of chicken soup. Take along some fresh fruit and a salad. They need their nutrition as well as the joy of your company for a few minutes.

One of my favorite times to have a picnic is during a power outage. Especially one during the winter, when the weather is so dreadfully frightful that you need something to distract you from the situation you are in. Take a blanket and spread out on the floor, then place a flashlight on the blanket to allow you some light. Take sandwich makings and bread and sit on the floor and get comfortable. You can all join in fixing sandwiches for each other or share some of your favorite no cook snacks.

If the weather outside is warm but wet and you have enough time in advance, pitch a tent. Then you can have the experience of being in a camping type surrounding while still staying dry. You can use much the same game plan as the cold weather picnic but add in a few board games or cards.

For entertainment, plan on telling stories or sharing memories. It can be fun to find out what past happenings others tend to remember. If you would prefer to keep it on a less personal note, you can always swap ghost stories, or make up a story with each person adding a section to it. You can do the same thing with sentences by each adding a word or a poem with each adding a line.

The important thing is to not be afraid to think outside the picnic basket. Look for ways to share time with those that are important to you having a picnic that is a little different or a little out of the ordinary, and don't worry about the weather. It is never too cold or too wet for a picnic if you plan ahead and work around the obstacles creatively.

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