Creative Ways to Get Outdoors this Summer
Here are a few creative ways to inspire families to put down the devices and get outdoors this summer:
Visit a national park
Host a donate-to-play field day
Gather your neighbors or kids’ play group and organize a summer field day. Set up stations with classic games like a potato sack relay race, water balloon toss and three-legged race. Parents can man the stations or compete alongside their kids. Instead of an entrance fee, ask participants to contribute a monetary donation to a non-profit that promotes play. For example, Good Sports is an organization that helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. There’s nothing better than getting active and giving back while doing so.
Make your own water park
Keep your family cool and refreshed while staying active by creating a do-it-yourself water park in your own yard. Simply setting up a sprinkler and putting on a swimsuit turns every game into a water game – water freeze tag, water volleyball or even water jump rope.
Compete in a play challenge
Bring a little friendly competition into your family by starting a play challenge this summer. Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to help get kids and families get active and make play a daily priority, offers a Let’s Play pledge at LetsPlay.com. Take the pledge to play a certain number of minutes each week and then compete to see who plays the most to help the family reach its goal. Create a chart to track each family member’s progress, and the person who wins gets to choose a fun activity for the whole family to participate in. Let’s Play also offers a catalogue of play ideas organized by age, group size and season to keep your family inspired.