For many years, summer has meant that we hole ourselves up in our house to enjoy the air conditioning and multiple electronic offerings inside. Honestly, we still plan on doing that some throughout the summer. However, we’ve also made a goal to have the family be more active throughout the summer.
Especially after so many of us had to spend extended time indoors with the brutal winter, why not use summer to get out and get active as a family? Why not grab a backpack and fill it with some of the things that you might need for the day, such as sunscreen, cold water, an additional beverage for a flavored option (like easy to pack Capri Sun juice drink pouches), some high protein snacks, a little money, your cell phone, and then head out for some of these family summer fun activities.
Enjoy a Favorite Sport or Find a New One to Learn
Tennis has been my favorite sport since I was in elementary school. I can vividly remember walking many blocks with my sister Allison to the local middle school to be able to hit around a tennis ball together.
Of course, I also remember the time that we then stopped off at the store to buy junk food and ate it on our way home, only to feel miserable when it was then time for dinner. I guess that was one an important lesson on why to only eat those kinds of things in moderation!
Even though it had been around 15 years since I played tennis, my family decided to embrace the sport this summer. Tennis is such a wonderful lifetime sport that I hoped it would mean that I could get back into playing. I also hoped that my less-than-sporty kids would like it too.
In order to do this, we asked the kids to go outside of their comfort zone (well, at least for two of the three of them) and sign up for a one week tennis camp at our old high school. (Let me tell you – it was, indeed, weird to be dropping them off at the same high school tennis courts that I once spent so many hours on.)
This has been a great experience for them. Plus, I had some pretty excited kids when I presented them each with a cold Capri Sun 100% Juice pouch after they already drank up all their water at camp. I even got one that did a fist pump with a “YES!”
To further this new family dedication to tennis, we bought a family membership to a local facility where we are able to play tennis both outside and inside. What a perfect way to keep active during the sometimes extreme summer heat!
Hiking or Walking Trails
I really like how family friendly this activity can be. If you have very young children or you just haven’t been active in quite some time, you might have flatter walking trails in your area that would be perfect for stroll with the family. Our family loves this as an option when the summer sun is less intense in the evenings. It sometimes means relying on bug spray to keep us from a multitude of mosquito bites later. But it’s a time we really treasure to reconnect.
If children in strollers aren’t a factor for your family or you want more of a challenge, many local, state, and national parks have hiking trails systems. Even better, most have them rated by difficulty. If your family enjoys hiking, then perhaps make a summer goal to do all of the trails of a certain difficulty level before the end of summer.
Backyard Family Games
If you’re looking for something that is both low key and has the potential to be lots of fun, it’s hard to beat backyard family games. A little water balloon toss anyone? How about some croquet or badminton? Or, if you want to not worry about gathering equipment, how about just a fun game of freeze tag to keep family members laughing and active?
One of our favorites that my kids will still talk about, even though it’s been quite a while, was when everyone had Nerf guns and we chased each other around. We laughed a ton, got some great exercise, and found out where family member’s alliances really are. Okay, I’m just joking. Well, kind of. Let’s just say, you never know which of the sweet children that you birthed will turn on you when you’re chasing their Dad and declare, “I’ve got your back, Dad. I’ll take Mom out,” until push really comes to shove.
Summertime Drinks for Active Family Times
You’ll, obviously, notice that I shared a few times about Capri Sun. While Capri Sun and BlogHer made this post possible, it’s still true that I love bringing along Capri Sun juice drink pouches for activities, along with some bottles of water.
I love that the pouches aren’t boxy like other juice boxes, so it makes them so much easier to toss in my bag before we head out for an activity (especially because then I don’t get poked in the back by a juice box corner over and over).
I also love that pouches can be recycled into projects – since 2008, 200 million Capri Sun Juice Drink pouches have been collected through Capri Sun’s partnership with TerraCycle and recycled and upcycled into durable goods.
One of the coolest things about the Capri Sun pouches now, since they listened to requests made by their consumers, is that the pouches now feature a clear bottom! That’s right – you can now look right into the pouch from the bottom. Of course, I did have to remind my kids to stop doing it after they had it open. Silly kids!
Jack was so surprised when he flipped over his Fruit Punch to look at it and then quizzically looked at me, “But…it’s not…red. Why isn’t it red?”
I told him that with no artificial colors, the fruit punch didn’t have to be red to be fruit punch. It’s fruit punch because of the flavor, not the color. (There are actually no artificial flavors or preservatives either. Score!) That makes Capri Sun juice drinks a great choice for Moms.
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What are your favorite summertime activities?
|Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home, the combined home of the former sites Many Little Blessings, The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Printables Online, and Catholic Mothers Online. Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBooks, loves Pinterest, begrudgingly uses Google+, and occasionally sleeps.|