Spending time outdoors engaged in physical activity is more fun than being stuck in a smelly gym! Physical activity builds strong muscles and can improve bone health. Outdoor recreation engages the imagination and helps develop creativity. This is great for both kids and their parents who tend to spend WAY too much time inside. And did you know that spending time outside can help boost confidence? It can.
When kids and their parents play games with other kids and parents helps to increase focus and attention. That helps with school work as well as the work parents do at the office. Playing teaches leadership and negotiation skills. The more we play, the happier, healthier, and smarter we become.
This weekend, young Quigley is taking our parents to the Lily Pad playground for a day of play. Mom and dad work hard and little brother thought they could use a day of R & R. It sounds like so much fun that I think I'll tag along, too! The extra value of play is increased exponentially because the whole family will be involved.
If you live where there isn't a playground, don't worry. Pack a picnic lunch and head outside for a walk or hike. You'll find plenty of great things to see and I bet you can even come up with some games to play. The whole point of the weekend is to spend time together and get outdoors. Go ahead, take a deep breath and feel the sunshine on your face. You feel better already, don't you, just thinking about it. I know I do! Take some great photos while you're having fun. Post them on your social media using #TakeYourParentsToThePlaygroundDay.
By the way, Playground Day started back in 2009 as a way to motivate kids to spend time outdoors playing and to get their parents away from work for a day. It is part of Children and Nature Awareness Month. National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day provides an excellent opportunity to continue the initiative’s message with families throughout the year.
But whatever you do, have a little fun this weekend and please stay safe.
I invite you all back here on Monday. Until then, I wish you all Peace.