*Please note I was gifted Micro Scooters in order to facilitate this product review. All opinions are 100% mine and my sons’!
The song “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper keeps playing over and over in my mind. The boys have been home for a week and I am so glad that I prepared for the numerous times (already) that I would hear, “I’m bored”.
Ways to Keep Kids Active This Summer!
Summertime is synonymous with super sunny days and heat. Where I live it is warm all year round but especially hot and humid during the summers. Pools are the perfect plan for some hours of fun and exercise. My boys love to play basketball or volleyball in our pool. Other fun games to play include:
- Marco Polo
- Monkey in the Middle (I was always the one in the middle and despised it, so make sure they are alternating positions)
- Swimming races
- Handstand competitions
- Diving or jumping competitions
We live so close to the beach but never go. It’s terrible. And when we do go it is more than likely because we have out-of-town visitors or it’s to the dog beach with Sadie. Lame.
When we do actually get around to going, we end up having a GREAT time and wonder why we never go more often. It’s so funny.
Beaches are fun for so many reasons. The kids can swim in the ocean, search for seashells or build sandcastles. I remember when I was little and we would go to the beach, I would always find a new friend to play with. Isn’t it amazing how kids can just find a complete stranger (another kid of course) and play like they’ve been friends for years, to only leave a few hours later and probably never see them again.
We have so many beautiful parks with cool jungle gyms and swing sets. Apply that sunscreen and let the kids have at it! My boys used to make up stories like that they were on a ship (the jungle gym) and needed to get to shoer as soon as possible before the rains came. Their imaginations can run wild!
Pack a picnic lunch and fully enjoy the great outdoors!
Movies are perfect for those rainy days when you’re cooped up inside. Movie Day can be at the theater or right in your family room. If you choose to go to a theater, check around for theaters that offer discounted movies (sometimes there are theaters that show older movies and charge a nominal amount).
If you choose to stay home, pop some popcorn, grab blankets and pillows and all cuddle on the couch for their favorite flick. This is my favorite thing to do because I get in some quality cuddling time too!
INDOOR PLAY PLACES
We have a few of indoor play places where, for a fee, your children can have fun on their indoor jungle gym, bounce houses, trampolines – you name it! I love the trampoline and bounce house places because aside from just being plain cool – there’s a lot of exercise going on there too!
Are there any local nature preserves or zoos in your area? Don a pair of binoculars and check out the wildlife right outside your door! We have all kinds of birds and lizards that come to visit and we love to watch them.
Scour the neighborhood and previous classes for friends that are staying local this summer. Plan play dates with the parents and fill that schedule!
We are thankful to live in a community with a handful of friends only a street or two away. My boys love to jump on their bikes or now their new Sprite Micro Scooters, and meet their friends at the community basketball court or go to their houses to swim or play football. We can’t get them off the Sprite scooters – I took one for a spin around my living room when we first got them and they are fun!!
Here’s a little video the boys made to show you how easy it is to get where you need to go – and thumbs up for the break in the back!
What I don’t think the kids realize, but is in fact a huge advantage to riding a scooter, is the balance and control they are learning – without even realizing that they are doing so!
There are so many other scooters and kickboards to choose from – even one that is part luggage, part scooter!
Well, I hope these tips help you plan some fun and active adventures with your little ones! What do you have planned for the summer vacation? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!