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10 FREE Ways To Stay Active With Your Kids This Spring
The days are longer, the weather is humid and the flowers are blooming — spring has sprung! As your kids transition from winter boots and heavy coats to sneakers and T-shirts, you may be racking your brain for ways to get outside and be active on a budget, but don’t sweat it! Here are 10 FREE ideas to help your kids stay active this spring!
1. Cross a few state parks off your bucket list
Take advantage of the mild-weather weekends with a road trip to one of our state’s 30+ beautiful state parks. Oklahoma has some of the most diverse terrain in the country — and lots of breathtaking sights worth seeing. Be sure to pack your water bottles and plenty of healthy snacks to fuel your family’s adventure!
2. Stay cool at your local splash pad
For the hotter days, make waves at your nearest splash pad! Use our locator to find a sprayground near you and check their springtime schedules. Then, lather up with sunscreen for a day filled with cold-water fun!
3. Plan a playground scavenger hunt
Add an extra challenge to your park days with a scavenger hunt that’s fun for all — whether you try our Pirate Scavenger Hunt or make one of your own! Not sure which park or playground to visit? Find a great spot close to home on this long list of parks.
4. Watch videos for inspiration
Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration to get your family’s wiggles out! Whether you’re looking for a good stretch, a salsa-inspired dance along or a balancing barre tutorial, we have the perfect video for you!
5. Turn up the fun in your own backyard
Imagine the adventures you can have on your own turf! Make outdoor memories with these fun ideas:
- Freeze tag
- Sidewalk chalk
6. Get your hands dirty in the garden
Looking for a fun activity that’s also productive? Gardening is the one for you! You’ll get to play in the dirt, teach your kids about your favorite fruits and veggies, then enjoy your homegrown produce later! Check out our produce cheat sheet for tips on what to plant and when to harvest.
7. Make your workouts kid friendly
If you already have an established workout routine of your own, invite your kids to join! Tackle these fun circuits together and feel the burn as a family. Want an extra challenge? Use household items as workout equipment! After all, why drive to the gym when you have a house full of tools that’ll do the trick for free?
8. Invite the neighbors to join
Encourage healthy living across your whole neighborhood with a few organized events. Bike rides, four-square tournaments and sidewalk-chalk art contests are just a few ideas — there are many ways to get active as a group!
9. Build a daily walk into your spring routine
Adding a walk into your family’s routine may be a small change, but it has big benefits! Go for a stroll right after school to decompress — or schedule a walk after dinner to let your food settle and watch the sunset. Want to kick it up a notch? Here are a few ways to make your walks more fun!
10. Have some fun after the sun sets
Encourage creativity and activity after dark by pitching a tent in your yard or living room, catching lightning bugs or playing flashlight tag. While a little pre-bedtime play is a fun way to take advantage of the warm weather, your kids’ safety always comes first! If you’re outside, use flashlights and wear bright-colored clothing to improve visibility — and stay in a fenced-in, well-lit area.