Any meal can be a picnic with these simple and cute picnic ideas!
Throughout the spring and summer seasons, we eat at least one meal a day outside…sometimes all three! These are our favorite easy picnic food ideas for kids!
Fun Picnic Ideas that are Actually Doable
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 with these amazing picnic ideas for kids!
Don’t get bogged down with the vision of the perfect picnic. The red checked cloth laid out on the beach (sand!) or the middle of a field of daisies(ants! snakes!). The perfect wicker picnic basket filled with perfectly chilled potato salad, a selection of pasta salad and fruit salad (how do you perfectly chill those in a whicker basket?). Fancy cut sandwiches stuffed into mason jars (I just made that up) and a complete cherry pie for dessert (because your whicker basket resembles Mary Poppins bag). Don’t worry about the details…memories are made because you did it not because it was picture-perfect!
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Best Kids Picnic Ideas…Ever!
- Winter Picnic – Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying a festive picnic outside! I love how Mooky Chick 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 a great way to host the best indoor picnic, ever! This cute idea is from Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
- Permanent Picnic – I love this idea from Bounceback Parenting 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 with this easy way from Peanut Blossom!
- Family Movie Night Picnic – Move the movie outside! Have a picnic of popcorn and pizza with a projector and a sheet for a night of memories and less time cleaning up.
- Tailgate in the Trunk of Your Car – One of our favorite picnic ideas is parking near the near the airport so the kids can watch the airplanes while we eat summer picnics. This is a good idea for the evening of July 4 before fireworks.
- Have a Silly Bathtub Picnic – Your kids will giggle and have a good time while thinking it’s hysterical. Plus, you can rinse out the mess when you are done!
- Have a Picnic Inside a Fort for a great picnic option.
Ways to Pack a Picnic with Kids & Entire Family
- Pack Chili in a Jar for your next park picnic with the kids, with this idea from Living Locurto! I love how it is contained – all you need is the jar and a spoon and a picnic table at your local park.
- Bring your Meal in a Bag! Paper bags make a great “buffet” for your kids to pick a meal of snacks from even on beach days.
- Plastic Easter Eggs make terrific snack containers. Your kids will love discovering a new snack in each egg with this picnic hack from A Kailo Chic Life which makes the most amazing picnic spread.
- Are you looking for a disposable sippy cup? Grab an old soda bottle! We transformed one for our outing using a screwdriver to punch a hole in the lid. It was the perfect width for a straw to fit in tightly with no extra cost.
- Upcycle cans into pretty outdoor cup holders for your drinks. This brilliant tip is from Positively Splendid.
- Muffin Tin Meal – Pack little bites of this and that in a muffin tin, and cover with tin foil for transport. It becomes an open and ready summer season 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 (and to keep food clean!) when eating picnic sandwiches!
Perfect Picnic Lunch Ideas
- Salad in a Jar – Grab some favorite veggies ingredients and create single serving salads to take on the go in a mason jar, with this genius idea from Bless This Mess!
- Is it a roll? Is it a Sandwich? It’s a Meatball Sandwich and boy, it’s yummy! This sandwich is a good choice for a picnic.
- These roll-up sandwiches from Lessons Learnt Journal are super easy to make. And the good news is you only need 2 ingredients for the dough!
- Egg Bread Boats, from Tbsp., are high in protein, easy to transport, and super tasty making it a delicious kid-friendly picnic idea!
- We like to make big batches of these lasagna cupcakes, with this recipe from tbsp.! They freeze well, made of common ingredients and are perfect for road-side picnics while traveling.
- Not all sushi is… well, sushi! Make your picnic lunch more fun with these Sushi great recipe variations from Kid Crave.
- Operation Lunchbox‘s Hand pies take time to make, but they are super easy to bring on a picnic! I am loving these delicious picnic food ideas…keep them coming!
- Our absolute favorite picnic “lunch” is when I make a batch of Macaroni & Cheesecake‘s Corndog Muffins. The kids go berserk 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 packed with fresh fruits from Bakers Royale.
- Make a Fruity Quesadilla – All you need to make this yummy treat from Budget Bytes is a tortilla shell, bananas, and Nutella – yum!
- Don’t Forget the Ants – Ants on a log and other ant-themed items from Tipp “Ins and Outs” puts a giggle into the thought of bugs at your family summer picnic.
- Stack Snacks in a Cup – use cupcake liners to separate the “foods”. This tip from I Can Teach My Child is perfect for eating out-and-about.
Picnic Breakfast Ideas
- Who says you need to “go” to picnic? Surprise your kids with a silly Pajama Breakfast Picnic 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-Omelets or what we like to call egg muffins– These are made with a muffin-tin with eggs, onions, ham, fresh vegetables: green pepper (throw in a little red pepper for color), mushrooms and cheddar cheese.
- Egg-in-a-Jar – This yummy and portable breakfast from Paleo Leap is gluten-free!
- Have a fun Outdoor Breakfast with a collection of fruit and waffle sticks!
- French Toast Sticks – This delicious idea from Fox Hollow Cottage is an easy breakfast the whole family will love! Instead of syrup, which can leave a sticky mess, try using a little cup of yogurt or almond butter.
Fun Kids Picnic Activities and Tips
- How adorable is this Skip Hop Outdoor Picnic Blanket and Cooler bag (pictured above)?! Not only is it stylish, it is perfect for outings with kids from picnics to the beach!
- 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.
- Make Your Doll a Lunchbox – Now your dolls scan enjoy a picnic with you! All you need is a mint tin to make this fun DIY from Inner Child Fun.
- Keep your food cool with a DIY Icepack – Grab a wet sponge, place it into a ziplock baggie, freeze it and viola – you have an icepack!
Sweet Picnic Treats
- Rocky Road for the Road! – This yummy treat from Nurture Store is the perfect thing to pack up and take with you to the picnic.
- Watermelon Krispie Treats – These are precious from Glorious Treats and would make any picnic (indoor or outdoor) much more festive!
- Watermelon Sticks – Not only are they a fun way to cut watermelon, they’re also easier for young tots to pick up and eat. Loving this idea from Mama Say What?!
- Serve Pie-in-a-Cup – This idea from Inspired Camping is to layer the various ingredients, starting with crust on the bottom, and then add levels of filling, ending with a pie topping.
- 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!
Outdoor Fun for the Family
I waited all winter for warmer weather and fun in the sun with my family! Here are some fun crafts, activities, and recipes to celebrate spring and summer:
- Spring picnic food…OK, these work at any time!
- Easy picnic food you can make at home and more picnic food ideas for kids.
- Your picnic needs the best turkey sandwich recipe…ever! Or our favorite summer avocado salad recipe.
- Make your family summer bucket list and make sure a picnic is on there!
- Need some ideas for summer activities for kids…we got you!
- Structure is sometimes necessary…summer schedule for kids.
- How about some summer camp activities you can do at home?
- Throw a little laughter into your picnic with these funny jokes.
What is your favorite picnic idea?