Throughout the Treasure Valley, kids are getting out of school for summer vacation. Although the weather is warm, many kids are tempted to stay in the house, watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet. That’s fine once in a while. Everyone needs a break now and then. But children need 60 minutes of physical activity each day in order to stay healthy. Like it or not, as a parent, it’s your job to make sure they have some options to keep them active. Here are some ways to get your kids moving this summer.
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How do you keep your kids active over the summer?
Boise’s municipal pools are open for the summer. Not only is swimming a great way to beat the heat, it’s also an important life skill. Click on this link to learn about Boise’s municipal pools.
Getting your kids to walk each day is a very healthy habit. Boise’s celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th birthday) with Walk 150, which encourages residents to get out and walk, then log their miles online. Learn more by clicking on this link.
What’s better than a breezy bike ride on a hot afternoon? Boise’s a very bike-friendly city. Check your gears, grab your helmets, and take the kids for a spin.
See those beautiful foothills rising up above the Boise skyline? They’re not just there for looks, you know. Pack some water and snacks, put on some sturdy shoes, and take the kids for a hike. Learn more about kid-friendly trails and check trail conditions by clicking on this link.
Boise has several indoor rock climbing gyms, including Wings Center, Urban Ascent, and the Downtown and West YMCAs. This is a great way to get some exercise, build confidence, and give your children the opportunity to encourage each other.
Too hot to go outside? Head to Idaho IceWorld and lace up your skates. This is a fun activity for kids at any time of year, but especially enjoyable when the weather gets hot. Click on this link for more information.
Another great way to get out of the summer heat is to head to your local bowling alley. No, it’s not a hardcore workout, but it beats sitting in front of the TV.
Kids love to play in the water on hot summer days. Plan a water balloon war, load up your water pistols, or just run through the sprinklers. And don’t be afraid to join them!
Do you have a budding soccer star or young baseball prospect? Gather up your gear and head out to the backyard or your local park and get your game on.
If you don’t feel like lugging out a backstop and other gear, just go out and play Tag, Red Light, Green Light, Simon Says, or Red Rover. These are the things that childhood memories are made of, so go out and make some.
If you have a little time on your hands, write out a list of things for your kids to find. Whether it’s around the block, or just around the house, try not to make it too difficult, or too easy. Just make it challenging enough to get the kids up and moving.
If you belong to a gym, and they allow children, why not take them with you? Of course, you must be willing to supervise them and follow gym etiquette. But if they’re old enough to go, this is a fun way to spend some time together.
Whether you like to challenge each other with a game like the Just Dance series, or just crank up some CDs and get footloose, an impromptu dance party is always a good idea.
Speaking of video games, they’re not all bad. In fact, there are plenty of options like the Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect that will get your kids moving all summer long. If it’s just too hot to go outside, this is a great option.