Growing up in the 80’s, it wasn’t hard to be active. Because social media didn’t exist and phones didn’t have call waiting, if I wanted to see my friends, I ran around the neighborhood to find them. If I couldn’t wait to share a big girly secret, I would walk miles to tell my gal pals or show up at their camp activities.
Today, kids of all ages (and I’m speaking of myself, too) often use technology as their main tool to socialize and communicate. As a result, we don’t have as many opportunities to be active as we once did. While I do enjoy the conveniences and pizzazz of our multi-media lives, I want to be sure to instill a love of activities filled with personal interaction for my son. In an effort to practice what I preach, here is a list of activities to keep a young kid (and his mother) fit while having fun.
My nine-year old and I shared some of our favorites from the list below on WTNH-TV Newschannel 8.
35 Fit, Fun & Mostly Free Activities for Kids
1. Go to the local high school track and run races
2. Go to trails or a playground and ride bikes with a picnic in tow
3. Have a fitness scavenger hunt. Tape fitness activities to scavenger hunt items (Do five push ups then find the next clue.)
4. Start a garden; weed and plant together
5. Play tag through the sprinklers
6. Swim in a pool, lake or ocean
7. Bodyboard in the small waves
8. Hike at a nature center, arboretum or small mountain
9. List favorite fitness activities on index cards and put in a box. Each family member pulls one card out of the box after each night (i.e. play catch, go for a walk, etc.)
10. Buy kites (and fly them)
11. Sign up for a 5K race with a kids race prior
12. Create a mini-Olympics with age appropriate activities
13. Play basketball, baseball, soccer or other favorite sports outside
14. Go bowling
15. Go mini-golfing
16. Go ice skating
17. Visit a zoo or museum and wear pedometers to see how many steps taken
18. Go fishing
19. Take a family karate class
20. Create an obstacle course with hula hoops, swing sets and tunnels
21. Play Wii, Xbox or other sports driven video games
22. Play Tag, Follow the Leader, Hopscotch, Four Square, the Hokey Pokey and Simon Says
23. After a rain (or during, if we’re daring), go puddle jumping
24. Create a new music playlist and have a dance party
25. Find a good family yoga DVD or kids class
26. Skating and scooting – rollerblade and scooter together
27. Play frisbee – young kids can use the soft ones
28. Jump rope
29. Play laser tag
30. Visit an indoor bounce house
31. Host a water balloon fight
32. Visit a fitness center (i.e. MyGym, YMCA, etc.)
33. Find an indoor climbing wall
34. Clean the house race – set a timer and see who can clean their room the quickest
35. Play outdoor BBQ games like horseshoes, shuffleboard or a bean bag toss
What are your favorite summer activities to keep your kids active?
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