Summer break should be a time of little league games, bike rides, and sunny days spent playing outside. For many kids, however, too much time is spent indoors watching TV and staring at phone screens. Fortunately, there are several fun ways to keep kids of all ages physically active during the summer.
Summer Camps & Local Organizations
Several organizations offer a variety of programs and summer camps for kids. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department as well as local schools for information regarding camps. Both the YMCA and YWCA provide camps and activities throughout the summer.
Involve Kids in Outdoor Chores at Home
Get kids away from the TV and computer screens by involving them in outdoor chores. Planting flowers, helping mow the lawn, and sweeping the porch are all ways to keep children active while getting them to help out at home. If yard work becomes too mundane, activities involving the garden hose are sure to spark their interest.
Stay Active as a Family
Playing at the park and riding on nearby bike trails are great ways to keep the kids physically active. While on vacation, keep kids moving by walking instead of taking cabs. Even dancing to fun videos is a way to keep kids engaged. Using soft, high quality mats are a good idea when kids are exercising at home.
Participate in Fairs & Festivals
Nearly every city and most small towns host a variety of festivals and fairs during the summer. Encourage children to participate in activities such as jump rope and hula hoop contests. Some festivals even sponsor tennis tournaments and golf outings for kids.
Organize Neighborhood Games
Instead of the traditional play date, parents can organize kids in the neighborhood to play games such as kickball and softball. These activities can be incorporated into the annual neighborhood cookout.
Keeping the kids physically active through the summer doesn’t have to be difficult. Including a variety of activities will keep children moving without getting bored.