By Sarah Maninga, TCHC Athletic Trainer
Summer. The season we all patiently wait for in Minnesota is here! Now that it’s finally upon us, you may be asking yourself, “How can I keep my kids active and fit while they are out of school for the summer?”
If you enjoy community activities, check out your local Chamber of Commerce, city website or school district for possible ideas.
Tri-County also hosts area events. Our Bertha Area Wellness Center 5K Fun Run/Walk is July 7. It includes a 5K and a youth 1K. We’re also hosting our annual Block Party on July 18. There will be free food, music, kids’ games, a bike rodeo and more.
You can find more information about these events and more here.
If you think organized events may not be for you and your kiddos, or maybe you’re spending your summer at the lake, don’t worry. There are plenty of activities you can do yourself. Most of them don’t require any supplies either!
Here are just a handful of ideas:
- Plan a scavenger hunt in the yard. Give the kids a time limit and have the kids look for caterpillars, ants, leaves, rocks.
- Play hopscotch
- Water balloon baseball
- Hula hoop
- Make activity dice
- Play activities such as wiggle like a worm, crab walk and hop like a frog.
The above are great ideas for younger kids, but what about the older kids and teenagers?
One great summer activity is hiking. Itasca State Park is just a short drive away and provides miles of hiking trails, as well as biking trails.
Another great option is geocaching, which is a large scavenger hunt for adults and kids that utilizes a GPS. It’s as easy as downloading the app on your phone, and then you’re ready to start searching.
You can also have them check out the local parks that have Frisbee golf. The only thing you need is a Frisbee to enjoy a whole afternoon of fun.
Now that your kids are out and about and staying active, don’t forget about the sunscreen, bug spray and keeping them hydrated.
Have a great summer, and I hope you get a chance to try some of these ideas to keep everyone active this summer!
About the Author: Sarah Maninga has been an athletic trainer at TCHC since January 2015. She works with athletes at three area schools: Wadena Deer Creek, Sebeka and Menahga. During her time off, she enjoys spending her time with her husband on their small farm and doing anything that involves being outside, especially hunting and running.