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Go Outside and Play!

you need more fresh air and sunshine

No more excuses, people. The weather is warm and it’s time to head outside with those kiddies.

I know…time at the park isn’t like it’s portrayed in the commercials (but what is?). You aren’t leaning lazily back on a lovely garden blanket, fruit overflowing from a wicker basket, a dog lounging adoringly at your feet while your children chase bubbles and laugh joyously.

There are bugs. It’s hot and probably humid. The kids are fighting. There are bugs. You forgot the sunblock, your water bottle is steaming, and some kid just took your son’s bubble wand. Plus? There are bugs.

Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to get outside. So it’s time to get creative and find fun ways to get the family out of the house and enjoying time with Mother Nature.

What’s your favorite way to get outside with your kids?

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  • Take time to smell the flowers. 1 of 8
    Take time to smell the flowers.
    Most cities and towns have flower gardens, some even complete with labels. A nice stroll through the garden will not only be cheerful, but also educational.
  • Pick your food. 2 of 8
    Pick your food.
    Literally. Find an orchard or berry farm near you that allows people to harvest their own crops. Generally customers pay by the bushel or basket; it's a great way to teach kids where their food comes from!
  • Hit the road. 3 of 8
    Hit the road.
    Go for a bike ride! Haven't been on a bike in a while? No problem...it's like, well, um...riding a bike! Feeling the wind in your hair as you tool along a sidewalk is not only super fun, but a great way to connect with your kids by remembering how it feels to be one.
  • Picnic at a park. 4 of 8
    Picnic at a park.
    Skip the blanket and go right to the outdoor table. Those ants have a much harder row to hoe, and it's way more comfortable on your back. Extra bonus points if your park has a built-in grill.
  • It’s a bug’s life. 5 of 8
    It's a bug's life.
    If you can't beat the bugs, observe them. Grabbed a cleaned out mayonnaise jar with holes punched in the top, a net, and a magnifying glass. Check out an entomology book for kids from the library to round out the experience.
  • Head to a petting zoo. 6 of 8
    Head to a petting zoo.
    Kids love animals, and petting zoos are a fun way for them to connect with a variety of beasts they otherwise might only see in books. Look at those cuties!
  • Walk in the rain. 7 of 8
    Walk in the rain.
    Seriously, if you take a walk in the rain with your kids, they will remember it forever. Yes, I'm speaking from experience. This doesn't have to be a regular occurrence (nobody expects you to walk in EVERY rain), so pick a nice light sprinkle and pull on some rain boots. Also? Splashing in puddles is really therapeutic after a hard day at work.
  • Gardening is always a winner. 8 of 8
    Gardening is always a winner.
    If you know me, you know I love my garden. Encourage your kids to garden with you; if each has their own little pot into which they can plant a tomato vine or their favorite flowers, it'll be all the more fun.

 

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