We are in the thick of Summer – and that means you will need my Ten Active Family Activities to Help you Get outdoors with your Kids. So in addition to getting our kids to break out the bubbles, jump rope, and get their HULA HOOP on (much to my 14 year-old son’s chagrin-I am hula-hooping too and he is convinced my every action and move is designed to embarrass him… and I know this is JUST the beginning of the eye roll phase)! here are Ten Active Family Activities to Help you Get outdoors with your Kids
Ten Active Family Activities to Help you Get outdoors with your Kids
#1 Pick-up kickball game. Throw out some makeshift bases and get to kicking! Running around the bases and fielding the ball will have both teams sweating.
#2 Beachside scavenger hunt . Hide sand toys around your beach site and see who can find the most first. Be quick!
We recently had a fun scavenger hunt at Coney Island!
#4 Build a fort. Use old sheets over tree limbs and pretend it’s a tent. Eat dinner there, stay up and tell ghost stories and listen to night sounds and try to identify them. Keep a kid-sized headlamp handy so you don’t trip in the dark.
#5 Grow an edible garden. Encourage your kids to plant seeds such as tomatoes and herbs like parsley, thyme, coriander and basil. After they grow, have a picnic and invite the whole family! How cute is this DIY Garden kit ?! The beauty of a cottage garden is its charmingly wild mélange of tall spiky flowers and lower-growing blossoms. From Oregon, where charming cottage gardens abound, our seed kit includes six favorite old-fashioned flowers, plus soil and little pots to start them early in a sunny indoor spot before transplanting outdoors.
#6 Car Wash. Park your car in the driveway, and let your kids wash it with a pot of water and sponge. Get the whole family involved and wash two cars. Make it a race for a little friendly competition.
#7 Geocaching. Go treasure hunting! Adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices play geocaching all over the world. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online (www.geocaching.com).
#8 Bug Safari. Search for worms, lizards, frogs or tadpoles. Keep track of your findings and at the end, tally up who found the most to see who wins!
#9 Relays. Set up a Neighborhood Relay. All the kids in the neighborhood can participate! Spend the summer with your kids walking, jogging or running and near the end, whoever took the most steps wins!
#10 Go on a bike Ride! My son and husband took their bikes of the Staten Island Ferry and then biked trough Battery Park City and all the way up to Central Park!
So what will you be doing this weekend?