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Play in the Park

Parks are a great place to encourage outdoor play. Instead of sitting inside watching television or playing on a tablet, plan a day at the park with your little one. Bring lunch, water and snacks so you and your child can enjoy the outdoors all day.


A few activities to get you started for the day can include playing Frisbee, playing catch and jumping rope. Try to gather a group of children and their parents for a friendly game of whiffle ball. If your park has a walking trail, bring a notebook and ask your child to draw things that you see along the way. Take photos of unique animals, flowers or trees and research them at home for a nice cool-down activity.


What are some activities you and your children do at the park?

Family Picnic Time!

Introduce your children to the wonders of a picnic…grab the picnic basket and a blanket.  But food is still the most important picnic ingredient:

What to pack:  (Always consider age-appropriateness!)

  • Easy-to-transport veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers
  • Bottled water or sippy cups with water
  • Trail mix:  Make your own.  Include nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, and coconut.
  • Fresh fruit:  Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers.
  • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers.
  • Pre-cut sandwiches: Peanut butter and banana or cream cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread.
  • Plastic utensils.

Picnics are a great family outing, and can become a treasured family memory.  Plan your picnic according to your family dynamics to ensure a pleasant experience.

  • Does your toddler need a nap at two?  Then make it a brunch picnic so you are home in time.
  • Does your preschooler need high-energy activity before sitting down to a yummy lunch?  Bring a Frisbee, a few balls, and maybe a kite – play first, and eat later.