Before you know it summer will be here and parents across the province will be looking for ways to keep their children active over the two month break. To help give you a head start on planning, let’s explore three ways to incorporate physical activity while still having fun.
- Active Play: Getting kids off the couch and out of the house can sometimes be a chore in itself. It’s not that kids don’t want to go out; they just may not know how to plan for it ahead of time. How about investing in a summer pass to the local recreation centre? Most community pools offer daily public swims, or special themed days for added fun! Recreation centres are always a hub of activity for kids and have lots of supervision. This is also a positive way to celebrate another successful year in the classroom.
- Camps: Camps may range from very active to somewhat passive. Each camp will have a unique theme, so I encourage you to look into the programing to ensure your children will be getting at least an hour of active play per day. I stumbled across the BC Camping Association researching this blog. The “for parents” section is worthwhile reading.
- Family Activities: From weekend camping trips to evening bike rides, family time is always enjoyable. Reduce the stress of last minute planning to take advantage of the nice weather and start blocking off time now, at my house if it’s on the calendar it’s as good as gold. Parents, remember that children like to help plan activities and that simple things are often the most fun!
We would love to hear about your plans to keep active this summer through our HealthyFamilies BC Facebook page. The staff at the Physical Activity Line are trained to work with families and are always happy to provide suggestions for you and your children to be active. Give us a shout for FREE at 8-1-1 for help and ideas.