What does your family like to do for fun? Everyone loves a good movie night or video game challenge, but the same sedentary activities can get boring. Plus, excessive screen-time isn’t the best choice for your kids’ bodies and brains. Your entire family will feel a boost in their energy if they get physically active, and it’s a blast to be active together. So the next time you are gearing up for a family fun night, ditch the screens and pick one of these activities to get moving!
Check out the neighborhood. Discover something no else knows about. Is there a crazy-looking tree or a great hideout? Get outside and walk, bike, or rollerblade around to see if your family can make a new discovery or find an interesting spot. Look for a nearby bike path to reduce traffic and maybe even take the family pet along!
Show off your knowledge! Teach each other something new. Maybe some family members know ballet and the others are great at basketball. Get together and teach each other a new sport or game. Create a family dance routine or head outside to learn how to shoot some hoops.
Try a new sport. Instead of playing the same old game, try something different like Frisbee, hockey, or tennis. Look online for videos that can help you learn all about whatever new games you choose. But wait, what if you do not have the equipment to play these new games? Check closets, basements, or even the garage to see if there are items lying around that will work. Get creative! A broom and an empty soda can work just as well as a hockey stick and puck.
Rain, rain, go away! Don’t let bad weather put a stop to the fun. If it is raining or too hot or cold, stay inside and have a dance party. You can set up some items as pins, and do some indoor bowling. Why not create an indoor obstacle course? The ideas are endless!
Help others. A great way to get the entire family moving together is to reach out to neighbors. Offer to rake leaves, walk dogs, pull weeds, or shovel snow. These acts of kindness can be great bonding for the family and an opportunity to help out the neighborhood.
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