Children need activity. That much is a given — at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. That doesn’t particularlysound like much — only an hour — but only one out of every three children are physically active on a daily basis. If they aren’t fun activities, the kids won’t care. Children spend almost eight hours a day in front of a screen of some kind, and they’d be more than happy to spend their entire summer doing that. You might be thinking of your kid’s fitness, but all they’re thinking about is some way to not be bored. Luckily, there’s an extensive range of activities you’re able to do outdoors with your children to unplug them from the digital reality we now live in.
Go to the park!
About one in five homes have a park within a half-mile, which isn’t very far. For many, that’s within walking distance. If it’s too far to walk, a family biking trip could be a blast. Once there, there’s an extensive range of activities you could do, like picnic, frisbee, catch, or treasure hunt. You can stay late into the night and do some beautiful and relaxing star-gazing.
Go to the beach!
Every family loves spending quality time together at the beach. Nothing really beats tic-tac-toe on the beach except maybe sand castles and moats. Going boogie boarding in the waves is always fun, and you can always fly kites or go hunting for sea shells.
Go to camp!
Every year, over 11 million adults and children in the U.S. attend camp. In the past 20 years, the number of camps in the U.S. has grown by over 90%, with over 12,000 around today. Most camps, whether it’s a day camp, summer camp, beach camp, or another kind, usually has an extensive range of activities that include all those mentioned before and more. Some even offer formal swimming lessons, which can reduce the risk of drowning for children between the ages of one and four by 88%.
There is a whole mess of outdoor activities for families with kids available. While some children are content to watch TV their entire lives, they’ll quickly learn to love the outdoors and positively associate it with fun and happiness.