Whether kids have a 3-day weekend or an entire week off from school, there are plenty of ways to break a sweat during break. At home, encourage your kids to turn off their devices, get off the couch and head outside with our activity ideas below. If you’re traveling over break, use our travel trip tips to keep kids healthy on the road!
1. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Discover excitement, adventure and a family-friendly way to stay active with a scavenger hunt! Try our Pirate Scavenger Hunt, or write down your own list of items for your kids to find… then let the hunt begin! List items that can be found around the house, or expand the boundaries to include the yard or entire neighborhood. Invite friends and neighbors to join, making for a fun search party!
2. Take Family Walks after Dinner
A walk around the block is one of the easiest ways for families to get active. It requires no equipment, it’s free and you can do it any time! Plus, getting outside and exploring your surroundings is a fantastic way to bond with the fam. Make your family walk a family tradition by going after family dinner every night (a healthy dinner, that is). Watch the video and see how you can add some style to your stride with 10 fun ways to walk.
3. Get Neighborly
Help the whole neighborhood stay healthy by organizing fun events throughout break. During the day, help your kids host a basktball or 4-Square tournament. Play a big kickball game. Soak up the sun and fun with a water balloon fight. Set up your own mini golf course. When the sun goes down, buzz around and catch some lightning bugs. Or play flashlight tag, ghost in the graveyard or hide and seek. There are tons of ways to play!
4. Monkey Around at the Zoo
It’s hard to stay holed up at home all break (for kids and adults). So go wild one afternoon and visit the zoo! There’s plenty of room there to move around and get 60 minutes of physical activity. Plus, it gets kids away from screens and other distractions. Before you go, print off our exciting Zoo Scavenger Hunt List to make for a more interactive experience!
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5. Have a Healthy Picnic
Wherever you trek to, be sure to eat some healthy food along the way. Pack a picnic with delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies. Then wash it all down with refreshing, ice-cold water! For a simple, portable lunch, try our Pear and Avocado Sandwich or Healthy Lunch Packs. Or explore more healthy, easy lunch recipes here. Be sure to pack some healthy snacks for the car ride too with the recipes below!
6. Keep Kids Busy in the Car
Taking a long car ride over break? Avoid countless “Are we there yet?” questions by keeping your kids occupied with fun activity sheets! Our variety of coloring pages, brain games and more will make for hours of excitement for the kids (and quiet time for you). Plus, they’ll help remind your kids to eat better, move more and be tobacco free!
7. Try this Dandy Sandy Idea
If you’re heading to the lake over break, rake in the fun with some Sand Pictionary. You could even play in a sandbox or at a baseball or softball field in the dirt! Click the link to learn how to play! Not heading to the lake? Check out tons of other fun family-friendly activities here!
8. Take the Healthy Route when Dining Out
Going out to eat is always a treat, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to eat unhealthy foods. Download our Healthy Eating Out Flyer and learn how to maneuver the menu with a handful of helpful, healthy tips.
Whether you’re taking a staycation or vacation, use these 8 great ways to keep your kids active – and healthy – on their break from school. For countless other activities, recipes and healthy tips, make a break for ShapeYourFutureOK.com!