One of the biggest challenges families face nowadays is staying connected. May is Family Wellness Month and we want to help you celebrate by spending more time with those closest to you. To help you do just that, weve rounded up eight fun-filled activities that the whole family can enjoy.
- Visit the Zoo Get nose to nose with nature by visiting your local zoo. Your kids can learn about wildlife, explore the gardens, and check out some of their favorite animals. Many zoos offer fun family activities such as hikes, nocturnal adventures and even yoga!
- Pick a Sport One way to promote healthier living is to play ball.Sports are a great way to exercise as a family. Find a local youth sports team and get involved. This is a great way for kids to learn about sportsmanship, discipline and how to get in shape while having fun.
- Cook a Family Meal The kitchen doesnt only belong to mom. Get the whole family involved in making a new healthy recipe once a week. Teach your kids how to wash fruit, shape cookie dough and squeeze lemon juicejust dont forget to show them how to clean up afterwards.
- Park Exploration Heres a simple and inexpensive activity your whole family can enjoy. Print out a list of all the parks in your city and try to visit as many as possible. Find out which ones have the best jungle gyms or quiet reading spot, which ones are great for barbecues or roller skating. Then mark your favorites so you can return again later.
- Get fit with Wii Fit If the weather prevents you from enjoying the great outdoors, you can still get your exercise and have a little fun in the process with the Wii Fit. Challenge your kids or spouse to a game of Wii Sports and show them just how strong your tennis backhand can be!
- Plan a Treasure Hunt Hide a couple of dime-store jewels and treasures around the house, then draw up a map with directions. You can even hide the map somewhere in the house and let the kids find it while making the bed or putting away toys.
- Play Dress-Up On a rainy day, gather some old dresses, hats, shoes, and costume jewelry from your closet and have your kids create a costume box. Have them pick their favorite outfits and then model them.
- Volunteer There are plenty of ways to teach your kids how to contribute to their community. Look for local gardening clubs that spruce up public spaces, or help out at one of the many animal-rescue organizations. Kids can learn how to plant seeds, tend to pets and enjoy working together.
What are your favorite family activities? Share with us in the comments below.