30 Picnic Ideas for Kids

On the look our for foodie inspiration for days out? Here are 30 Picnic Ideas for Kids – with no boring sandwiches!

Mini Crustless Quiches

These little egg muffins are a perfect picnic filler to make a change from sandwiches. Use whichever veggies your family like best.


Easy and fun to make with children, these are the perfect pick me up for a picnic.

Banana Cake

A brilliant way to use up bananas and so quick and easy to make.

Tuna Salad with Pasta

Pack up in a storage container and bring plates and forks to serve.

Sausage Rolls

Either homemade or shop bought, these make a delicious picnic protein.

Pizza Whirls

Bake these the night before and serve cold. Kids LOVE them!

Chicken Kebabs

Cook and serve cold for a tasty meat dish for your picnic spread.

Savoury Muffins

Bake these in bulk and freeze, then take some from the freezer whenever you need a lunchbox filler. I like to take extra butter to serve!

Malteser Rocky Road

A super quick sweet treat to make.

Fruit Skewers

Make these up or take the fruits and let the children stack their own when you’re out and about.

Smoked Mackerel Pate

I’m always surprised by how much my children like this recipe! A great way of eating oily fish. Take some bread and veggies with you and you’re good to go.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Serve this cold in a storage container. Don’t forget forks.

Carrot Salad 

Add some feta cheese and breadsticks on the side to make this a complete meal.

Banana Muffins

A great way of using up leftover bananas and a tasty, energy giving snack for days out.

Potato Salad

Homemade or shop bought is a yummy picnic side dish with cold meats.

Oatmeal Cookies

These are a great energy giving snack for a mid walk picnic.

Easy Homemade Flatbreads 

Serve these packed up with pots of hummus and dips. A yummy change from sandwiches.

Greek Salad

The BEST summer salad recipe. Add fresh bread for a perfect al fresco packed meal.

Crustless Quiche

Mix up the fillings with whatever you have in the fridge, slice up when cold.


Homemade or shop bought is a yummy picnic side dish with cold meats.

Courgette Fritters

Cook these and serve cold, with a green salad and bread. Really tasty and packed with veg.

Cheese Platter

Pack up a selection of favourite cheese and biscuits and lay out on a tray for everyone to help themselves.

Baked Salmon

Cook the salmon and serve cold, well wrapped for a picnic. Bring plates and cutlery to serve.

Nutella Muffins

These sweet treat muffins are so quick to make – kids LOVE them!


Homemade or shop bought, these are a great vegetarian picnic dish.

Cherry Pie

A cold pie for pudding is the ULTIMATE treat. Make this and impress with a (surprisingly easy to make) show stopper.

Puff Pastry Tart

Bake at home and then pack up flat, in a shallow tub, ready for cutting at your destination.

Pil Pil Prawns

Cook these and then pack up and serve cold. I use less chilli for children.

Charcuterie Platter

Pack up a selection of favourite cold meats and crackers and lay out on a tray for everyone to help themselves.

Marinaded Chicken

Any of these chicken breasts, marinaded, cooked and served cold make a really tasty cold meat.

Looking for some more inspiration? Visit Learn to Cook with Billy the Bear, a children’s charity recipe book that’s full of kid-approved and kid-friendly healthy recipes, and the book is free to download.  

I hope you enjoy these Picnic Ideas for Kids. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make any of the recipes.


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