Fun family activities for the summer holidays

Posted by Lynda on December 23rd, 2013 (Health)

Have fun together as a family and burn off a few extra calories tooGet active together as a family, and burn off a few extra calories too with a few of these fun, family activity ideas for the summer holidays.

1. Make bike rides an adventure
Family bike rides are a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.  Pack a healthy picnic and make it an adventure, with a surprise or an unknown destination at the end.

2. Play inter-generational school-playground games
Go to the park and have a good old-fashioned run-around playing school-playground games.  Make it inter-generational by asking the grandparents what they used to play, add in any of your own and see what new games the younger generation have to add.

3. Have a water pistol chase
Buy a family pack of cheap, basic water pistols.  Kids love them and everyone can cool off from the heat.

4. Do a treasure hunt around the park
Treasure hunts around the park will have the whole family hunting from clue to clue.  (The water pistols would make a great final prize!)  A game of hide and seek is also a good way to get everyone pacing around a large area.

5.  Play rounders
A basic game of rounders using a tennis bat and ball, with jumpers for stumps is a great game for those who like to run, or stand still and catch.

6. Further afield…
Visit a local beauty spot, go to a waterfall or a National Park and walk through the beautiful countryside.  On the opposite end of the scale, theme parks involve plenty of walking around, and they are guaranteed to have both the kids and adults exhausted at the end of the day.

Written by Lynda

Lynda Hamilton is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist BSc, BHSc (N&D) and member of Dietitian Association Australia (APD).

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