5 August 2023
Trying to keep the kids occupied during summer can be a challenge. You want them to have fun, but you also don't want them sitting in front of the TV all day. Luckily, there’s plenty of activities you can do together which are healthy. Here are 5 of our favourites.
A picnic is a great way to enjoy a healthy meal outdoors. Make sure to pack plenty of fruits and vegetables and some water or juice to keep everyone hydrated. If you're picnicking in a park, take advantage of the opportunity to get active by going for a walk or playing games together, like frisbee or rounders. Remember to clean up afterwards and take your rubbish home.
Getting out into nature is a great way to relax and reset, while the kids use up some energy. It can be educational, too - why not who can spot the most different types of flowers, trees, or birds? To learn about wildlife, you can take an ID book or use a phone app to ID species from photos or birdsong. You could bring a picnic lunch, something to look forward to while you’re walking. If you're not used to hiking, start with an easy trail and work your way up. Remember to wear sunscreen and hats, and bring plenty of water for everyone.
Getting fresh air and spending time together in the garden is a great way to enjoy the summer weather. You can let the kids run around while you tend to the plants, or even better, get them involved in helping out. Gardening is a great activity for all ages - it's therapeutic, gets you outside in the fresh air, and, best of all, you can eat the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour at the end! If you don't have much space, consider planting herbs or succulents in pots on your balcony or patio. Kids will love getting their hands dirty and watching their plants grow.
Farmers' markets are great places to buy fresh produce, but they're also nice places to spend time together as a family. Let the kids pick out some new fruits or vegetables to try, and then find recipes online that you can cook up together using your haul from the market. Not only will you get to eat some delicious food, but you'll also bond as a family in the kitchen. Alternatively, a summer fete is a fun day out where you could pick up some local produce while enjoying traditional activities like coconut shies, face painting and tombolas.
Camping is a fun way to spend time together as a family; you don't even need to leave your property. Pitch a tent in the garden and spend a night under the stars together. Tell stories around the campfire, toast some marshmallows, and enjoy quality time away from technology and distractions.
Summer is finally here, so it's time to start thinking about how we can stay active and healthy while still enjoying the warmer weather. We hope that this list has given you some ideas for fun activities that the whole family can do together.