As the days get longer and warmer here in Maryland, we all want to spend more time outdoors. Having an outdoor kitchen can allow you to be outside with your family and friends while making delicious food for everyone to enjoy.
But how can you get your kids in on the fun?
Rather than another episode of their favorite show or another round of video games, including your kids in your outdoor cooking on the deck or patio can help keep them outdoors.
Let’s look at some ways to create an inviting area in your outdoor kitchen that will encourage your kids to pitch in and help from your local outdoor kitchen contractor.
For children that are a toddler or preschool age, inviting them to cook alongside you at the grill might not be the safest option, but that doesn’t mean they need to be left out.
By adding a sink and food prep area to your kitchen, you can give them a place to rinse off vegetables and fruit while you grill the meat. Including a step stool in this area will allow your little one(s) to participate while you get the work done.
Another great option for your outdoor kitchen area is a play kitchen area for your child. By creating a small mirror grilling and food prep area, your little one can “cook” while you cook and join in on the fun.
Leave space for a small play kitchen when you design your outdoor space, whether it be one you purchase, or one you design and build yourself.
Older children, like younger children, can help with food prep in your outdoor kitchen area by rinsing and chopping fruits and vegetables. Older kids, however, can get a little more involved than their younger counterparts.
If you are more interested in your kids simply being outside than them actually helping you cook, there are several entertaining things that can be added to your patio. A playset, gaming table, or something simple like a tire swing can help engage your kids outdoors.
Creating an outdoor space the whole family can enjoy doesn’t have to be difficult. By adding some simple elements to your deck or patio design, you can create an outdoor kitchen that is functional and fun for you and your kids.
If you are in need of an outdoor kitchen contractor, and are interested in incorporating ideas for the whole family, give us at Fireside a call today. We’d love to discuss your ideas and help you incorporate them into your dream outdoor kitchen.