The days are longer and our moods seem brighter. For many of us, that’s reason enough to gather our families and do something fun. Here are some low-cost, healthy activities to try this summer.
- Have a picnic at a local park or in your backyard
Pack a healthy lunch for the family, some cold water, and take a stroll to your local park or to your backyard. Lay a blanket out and enjoy. Bring a Frisbee or ball along for a little extra activity.
- Go for a scenic walk or hike
Maine is packed with hidden treasures! Do a quick “Google” search or use http://www.mainetrailfinder.com to find trails for walks or hikes near you, or even take a stroll downtown. Maine is scattered with adorable downtowns with local business and street art. Take the family for a walk and see what hidden treasures you can find. There are many free options, you just have to explore.
- Have a smoothie making contest
Break into family teams or work individually. Make a smoothie using what’s around the house. The one rule: it must include at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable. Have everyone sample and vote on their favorite when time is up.
- Go to the farmers market
Just because you go does not mean you have to buy anything. Bring the family to the market to meet the farmers, listen to live music, have a picnic, check out what’s being sold, and maybe even taste-test a few new things.
- Find a festival or fair
Look for events happening in your area and plan to go as a family. Summer is the prime time for many music, food, and art festivals. The Maine Public Community Calendar (http://mainepublic.org/community-calendar) is a good resource for finding local events.
- Have a sports tournament
Family whiffle ball tournament? Group up with some other families and make a day of it.
Grab a basketball and use an outdoor court at a local school or park. Need to cool down? Pick up some water balloons and make it a game of water-balloon tag. Just be sure to pick up all the plastic balloons when you’re done (you can make that a game, too… who can get the most?).
- Try a new recipe
Get the family’s input and plan a meal for dinner. Go grocery shopping and cook the meal as a family. At the dinner table, talk about what you like and what you would change in the recipe next time.
Check out the Maine SNAP-Ed recipes: https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/recipe/