Fun in the Sun and Other Summer Activities!
Summer is here and what better time than now to start planning some enjoyable activities for the entire family. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a walk through the park, preparing a seasonal meal, pitching a tent in the backyard, or playing games outdoors, the warm weather makes it the perfect time to get outside and have some fun. Just remember that when going out in public spaces, it’s important to take all safety precautions that are being enforced.
Here are a few healthy activities that you and your family can do at home courtesy of our Family Success Centers. There are lots of good ideas to keep the kids and adults busy throughout the summer months, including exercising, cooking, making crafts, or conducting a science experiment.
Fitness Scavenger Hunt for Families, courtesy of Oasis Family Success Center.
A fitness scavenger hunt is a fun way for the whole family to do some physical activity without it feeling like a chore. Fill plastic eggs with small tasks and hide around the house or backyard. You could set up stations in your yard with whatever supplies you have. Some examples:
- Hula hoop for 60 seconds
- Jog in place
- Do 20 crunches
- Do 5 push-ups
- Lift small weights
- Relay race with a partner
- Obstacle course
Healthy Banana Ice-cream, courtesy of Oasis Family Success Center.
Here is a healthy and delicious recipe that uses banana as an alternative for ice cream. All you need is 2 frozen bananas, 2 tablespoons of your choice of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Put that all in a blender and you have ice cream! The fun part is adding your favorite toppings on at the end to make it uniquely yours.
"Summer is an especially good time to plan activities both indoors and out,” said Cari Burke, FSC Program Director. “Kids do not have school work and can go to bed a bit later, making it the perfect time to find creative ways to stay busy, while keeping safety top of mind.”
So, take some time for yourself or with your family to enjoy leisure activities, that can also support learning and creativity!