School is almost out and your children’s schedules will be freeing up. If they aren’t set up with camp or other extracurricular activities, we have a few suggestions that may help. These local activities will be fun for the entire family and can act as a way for your kids to have more ownership over their own healthy lifestyles.
Hit The Beach and Load Up on Sunscreen
A day at the beach is a great way to bring the family together. The kids get to play in the water and make sand castles while the adults get to lounge and soak up the sun. But the sun’s rays are more powerful than ever, and 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will get some form of skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. So, lead by example: make sure you’re doing a good job of applying sunscreen to your children, but also show them you take the sun seriously and are applying generously to yourself — about a golf ball size from head to toe for adults. And re-apply every 2-3 hours — for everyone.
Tread Lightly in Water Parks
Find your favorite water park here.
I, personally, am a huge fan of water parks and could lounge in a lazy river on a gorgeous summer day until the sun sets. But pools and their larger amusement park counterparts can leave parents and children susceptible to waterborne illnesses. This can include burns from too many chemicals in pools as well as the presence of E. Coli and other harmful bacteria, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Some key tips: make sure the entire family has a pair of water shoes or water sneakers on, and that everyone hops in the shower soon after the trip.
Take a Hike
Check out these kid friendly hiking trails in the area!
The weather will be gorgeous and outdoor activities will be abundant. Plant the seed of physical activity in your children (especially the ones who love their video games indoors) by showing off the vast beauty of a hike in the wilderness. But beware of poisonous plants like poison ivy and poison oak that tend to claim more victims in the warmer seasons.
Foster Farm to Table
Find a farm where you can pick your own fruits here.
Get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies by having them pick their own! A visit to local farms during the warmer months can be a great way to educate young people about healthy eating while incorporating a hands-on approach. Plus, June is “strawberry season,” so enjoy freshly picked berries around the state.