The sun is out in Chicago – finally! – and we are psyched. Dinners outside. Music festivals (did you catch us at Lollapalooza and Pitchfork?!) Trips to the pool and playground. Cubs games. Jogging along Lake Michigan.
You get the idea.
This weekend, why not get outside and get active with your friends and family? The options are endless when it comes to exercising outdoors, and half the time, you’ll be having so much fun that it won’t even seem like a workout. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
You can ride to a park, try out a local bike trail, or just explore your neighborhood from a different perspective. Maybe pack a picnic basket and bring lunch with you? Thanks to the growing number of bike sharing programs, you don’t even need to own your own bicycle – you can rent them by the hour. Don’t forget your helmets, 100% of the time!
Start by asking your kids to help design and decorate their kite (you can easily buy DIY kites online). Then work together as a team to assemble and launch them. You’ll help build their cooperative working skills and get them running without realizing it.
Build an Obstacle Course
Pinterest is filled with exciting ideas for backyard obstacle courses. Pool noodles, sprinklers, hula hoops, rope and old tires can all pull double duty as obstacles; invite the neighbors and turn it into a fun contest!
When it’s blazing hot outside, nothing beats the heat as quickly as taking a dunk in a cold pool or lake. Once you get there, have a contest to see who can tread water the longest, or stage a race. And if you’re boating, drop your anchor at some point and take a dip. Don’t forget to schedule a trip to the local waterslide, too. Swimming is not only fun, it’s one of our favorite summer workouts!
Kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, hiking, trail walking – followed by evening s’mores as a rich reward for all that hard work. Kids and parents can enjoy a simple, sweet treat, right? Find more Family Camping Activities here.
Play High Tech Hide-and-Go-Seek
Geocaching is like Easter egg hunting, but with a high tech spin. First, register at a geocaching website and discover the precise longitude and latitude of a hidden “treasure” placed somewhere on public property – usually a trinket stored in a container with a logbook for recording who found it. Then, using a trail map and a handheld GPS, search for the cache. Don’t forget to replace the treasure with something new for the next geocacher.
Don’t forget tennis, basketball, Slip n Slide, volleyball, rollerblading, monkey bars, sandcastle building, Ultimate Frisbee, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding and anything else you can dream up!
No matter what activity you choose this summer, remember to stay safe and have fun. Most of all, don’t forget to pack our ProBugs Kefir for Kids Pouches! With a resealable spout and cooler-friendly packaging, they’re the perfect snack for kids on the go.