4 Great Ways to Stay Fit With Your Kids This Summer
Be healthy in the heat
Beyond popsicles and Pirate’s Booty
Adult cereals that are easy for little fingers to pick up, such as Puffins from Barbara’s Bakery
Melon slices. They are refreshing and full of antioxidants. You can also cut them into special shapes with a cookie cutter.
Cheese sticks and berries
Frozen grapes (only for kids older than 5)
More DIY treats
Kid-size sandwiches made out of mini whole-wheat pitas and filled with hummus and halved cherry tomatoes or almond butter and banana slices
Mini yogurt parfaits with vanilla low-fat yogurt, cut up fresh fruit, and granola. “Put them in plastic cups with lids,” she says. “They are a much healthier alternative to the giant and often sugar-filled parfaits you find at delis and other shops.”
DIY popsicles made from 100% juice, or this easy blueberry-lemon sorbet
We’ve found several stashes in our neighborhood alone, and we now have a purpose to our hikes beyond exercise.
Visit Geocaching.com to enter your address, then plug the geocache’s coordinates into your GPS, and start hoofing it. Bring a pen (to sign the log in the sealed package) and a trinket to leave behind.
Be sure to note how large the cache is. We spent a long time looking for a box, only to discover the cache we sought was smaller than a film canister.
Healthy storybooks to pass the time
It often seems easier for authors to communicate a revulsion to vegetables than to impart an enjoyment of healthy food. But weâve found some great exceptions.
Tops and Bottoms is a particularly amusing folktale that takes place in a garden plot.
Sesame Street Healthy Snacks Activity Book is a great one for the road. Cookie Monster relishes an apple and stickers are great for travel.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! features vegetables as coveted treats for three hungry bunnies.
Brave Potatoes is our familyâs favorite vegetable book. Never has the lowly tuber received such love from a childrenâs book author.
Plan a fun farm stay
For anywhere from $15–$250 a night, your family can stay in a working farm and take part in the chores.
Sleep in the Hay and Farmstay U.S. are good programs. They vary in the level of participationsome simply provide relaxation and scenery, and others offer a chance to get your kids’ hands dirty.
Kids can also participate in the Weatherbury Farm Kid program at a farm near Pittsburgh or travel to East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H. for crafts, campfires, and games, as well as milking and feeding activities.