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upside door kidIt’s spring, chances are it’s raining, and the kids may be out of school.  Watching TV or movies all day may seem relaxing, but is it the healthiest option?  Probably not.  To prevent the indoor blues, why not create a “staycation” and give your children an early taste of summer camp!  The kids stay occupied, active, and healthy all through their spring vacation.  And they can help out you at home and learn new skills at the same time!

To keep kids entertained despite the rain, use indoor activities to get in those 60 minutes of physical activity that are recommended every day!  Think about including some of these summer camp activities in your spring break “staycation”:

  • Create an obstacle course with household items like chairs and pillows.  Have your children break their own records until they are tired out!
  • Find a favorite kid’s music video online and learn the dance moves together.
  • Add some physical activity into your board games.  Add rules about doing jumping jacks or stretching before taking a turn.
  • Take a field trip to an indoor playground or interactive museum.
  • Set up a chore race and see which child can finish age-appropriate chores on a list first (thoroughly, of course).  Have the kids compete for prizes like staying up a few minutes past their bedtime or having 5 extra minutes of computer time.
  • Do a movie workout – brainstorm a list of quick exercises to do every time something common occurs in the movie.  For example, “Do 5 crunches every time Ariel breaks into song” or “Run around the living room every time Mr. Incredible smashes something.”

If we are lucky enough to get a few sunny spring days, head outdoors!  As a family, participate in these fun outdoor activities and get a workout at the same time:

  • Play tag in the yard or at your local playground.  Try goofy versions like freeze tag, dungeon tag, sardines, and categories tag.  (Directions are just a click away!)
  • Set up a Frisbee golf course and play with the whole family, competing to see who has the best disc throwing skills.

 What ideas do you have for keeping your children entertained during school vacations?  We’d love to hear from you!

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