Picnic Ideas (Food + Activities)
Throughout the spring and summer seasons, we eat at least one meal a day outside…sometimes all three!
While daydreaming of warmer days, we are planning and scheming for our next picnic.
We are going to have the best picnic season this year!
Kids Picnic Ideas
- Winter Picnic – Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying a festive picnic outside! I love how My Nearest and Dearest had a picnic in the snow.
- Teddy Bear Picnic – Invite all the stuffed animals to the living room blanket for what is sure to be the best indoor picnic ever! This cute idea is from Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
- Permanent Picnic – I love this idea from Creative with Kids to set up a permanent picnic location in the yard. There will be no excuses!
- Traveling? Save money on restaurants and have a picnic at the hotel. Great idea from Peanut Blossom.
- Family movie night – move the movie outside. Have a picnic of popcorn and pizza with a projector and a sheet for a night of memories.
- Tailgate in the trunk of your car. We like to do this near the airport so the kids can watch the airplanes, or before fireworks.
- Have a silly picnic in the bathtub. Your kids will giggle and think it’s hysterical – and you can rinse out the mess when you are done!
- Have a picnic inside a fort for a fun meal.
Ways to Pack a Picnic with Kids
- Pack Chili in a Jar for your next park picnic with the kids! Love how it is contained – all you need is the jar and a spoon – from Living Locurto.
- Bring your meal in bags..IN a bag! Paper bags make a great “buffet” for your kids to pick a meal of snacks from.
- Plastic Easter Eggs make terrific snack containers. Your kids will love discovering a new snack in each egg. From Kailo Chic.
- Are you looking for a disposable sippy cup? Grab an old soda bottle. We transformed one for our outing using a screw driver to punch a hole in the lid. It was the perfect width for a straw to fit in tightly.
- Use the cans as cup holders for your drinks. This tip is brilliant from Positively Splendid.
- Tin cans are super versatile. You can use lids, they are sturdy, easy to wash and if you loose one not a big deal. Make a “bar” with a collection of cans for your picnic. From Cheryl Style.
- Muffin Tin Meal – pack little bites of this and that in a muffin tin and cover with tin foil for transport. It becomes a open and ready buffet!
- Package sandwiches for a group in wax paper. Wax paper helps keep sandwiches fresh and works as a great sandwich handle to keep hands clean.
Perfect Picnic Lunch Ideas
- Cup of Salad – Grab some favorite ingredients and create single serving salads to take on the go. This genius idea is from Recipe Sweet.
- Is is t a roll? Is it a Sandwich? It’s a Meatball-Ball Sandwich and boy, it’s yummy! And perfect for an on-the-go picnic.
- Teddy Bear Sandwiches – My Nearest and Dearest made the cutest teddy bear shaped sandwiches that are perfect for a teddy bear picnic.
- These roll-up sandwiches from Lessons Learnt Journal are super easy to make – only need 2 ingredients for the dough!
- These muffin pizzas are super easy to make. Use packaged biscuits, pepperoni, and cheese – yum! From Foodelity.
- Egg Bread Boats are high in protein, easy to transport and super tasty! Great recipe from Tablespoon.
- Eating food off of a stick just makes a meal more fun! Our kids love eating Lunch on a stick.
- We like to make big batches of these lasagna cupcakes – they freeze well and are perfect for road-side picnics when you are traveling.
- Not all sushi is well, sushi! Make your picnic lunch more fun with these Sushi variations.
- These Hand pies take time to make, but they are super easy to bring on a picnic!
- I love the convenience of the mini-box lunches. Here is a site that is chock full of DIY Lunchables ideas!
- Our absolute favorite picnic “lunch” is when I make a batch of corndog muffins. The kids go beserk for them and I never have enough. Ours never look as pretty as the ones from Macaroni and Cheesecake, but they are tasty!
Power Picnic Snacks Ideas
- Fruit Salad Ice Cream Cone – Take all the makings of this lovely dessert from Bakers Royale.
- Make a fruity quesadilla. All you need is a tortilla shell, bananas and nutella – yumm!
- Don’t Forget the Ants – Ants on a log and other ant-themed items from Total Tippins Takeover puts a giggle into the thought of bugs.
- Jello Roll-Ups – This treat from The Joy of Jello is precious to look at and I know my kids would gobble it up.
- Stack snacks in a cup – use cupcake liners to separate the “foods”. It’s perfect for eating out-and-about.
- Bring your snack-to-go stacked on a stick. Kids love to eat foods off a skewer.
Picnic Breakfast Ideas
- Who says you need to “go” to picnic? Surprise your kids with a silly picnic pajama breakfast – from Inner Fun Child.
- Waffle Sandwiches – Instead of using bread for your sandwich, make a batch of waffles. Spread on peanut butter or cream cheese and add some fruit for a tasty breakfast.
- Mini-Omlettes. These are made with a muffin-tin with hash browns.
- These homemade pop-tarts may not be a “healthy” breakfast, but they look yummy! Your kids can even have fun and make a pop-tart puzzle with their breakfast.
- These Egg-in-a-jar breakfasts portable and gluten-free! From Paleo Leap.
- Have a fun outdoor breakfast with a collection of fruit and waffle sticks.
- French Toast sticks are an easy breakfast. Instead of syrup which can leave a sticky mess, try using a little cup of yogurt or almond butter. From Fox Hollow Cottage.
Fun Kids Picnic Activities and Tips
Picnic set from Skip Hop – Outdoor Picnic Blanket and Cooler bag. It’s perfect for outings with the kids!
- Make Bubbles – Use this simple recipe from Smockity Frocks to create the perfect bubble solution.
- Read a Picnic Book – Here are a list of a bunch of kids books about picnics from What Do We Do All Day.
- Faux Picnic Food – Anytime is picnic time with these really adorable DIY felt foods from Red Ted Art.
- Sidewalk Chalk Picture Race – This will surly have picnic-goers in a heap of giggles! Check out how to play over at Smockity Frocks.
- Make your doll a lunch box so they can enjoy the picnic with you – all you need is a mint tin. From Inner Child Fun.
- Keep your food cool with a DIY Icepack – grab a sponge, make it wet, throw it into a ziplock baggie, freeze it and viola – you have an icepack!
Sweet Picnic Treats
- Pie in a Jar – This sweet treat from Babble not only looks delicious, but is packaged in a way that would be easily transported!
- Rocky Road for the Road – This yummy treat is the perfect thing to pack up and take with you to the picnic. It is from Nurture Store.
- Watermelon Krispie Treats – These are precious from Glorious Treats and would make any picnic – indoor or outdoor – much more festive!
- This is a fun way to slice a watermelon. Make Watermelon Sticks. They are easier for young tots to pick up and eat.
- Serve pie-in-a-cup. The idea is to layer the various ingredients, crust is on the bottom, add levels of filling and a pie topping on top. From Inspired Camping.
- Monster Apple Faces. Slice a section out of the side of an apple, layer with peanut butter or cream cheese and decorate! Your kids will love these silly faces.
Oh so many ways to picnic!