Breathe in. Breathe out. Ahhhh. The fresh air feels good, doesn’t it? Warmer weather is the perfect invitation to grab your family and friends to play outside. We’ve got 5 inexpensive and entertaining ideas for you to make the most of the outdoors and spend time with your favorite people this summer.

  1. Bon Appetite!
    Bring the party outside by hosting a grill-out for friends and neighbors. It’s also the perfect occasion to try that grilled chicken with aioli sauce that’s been sitting on your Pinterest board all winter. Get active by setting up a badminton net or start a kickball tournament.
  2. Picnic in the Park
    Pack up some sandwiches and a big bowl of potato salad for your family when you visit different parks in the neighborhood. You might discover a giant slide, a beautiful garden, or maybe a new bike path. Your family’s new discoveries will create memories and you might even find a new favorite spot to return to each summer.
  3. She Shoots, She Scores
    Board games are ideal for rainy days, but when the sun’s out, it’s time to get active with your favorite sports. Studies show that families who participate in physical activities together weigh less and are healthier overall. Play a game of one-on-one basketball or a doubles tennis match. Learn new jump rope rhymes or head to the park to toss a frisbee. Or get creative – your family can even create your own games!
  4. Get Closer to Nature
    Watching bugs crawl, making leaf rubbings, and planting seeds are good ways to help kids interact with the natural world—and raise their science scores. Let kids help in the yard, encourage nature hunts, and help them identify flowers, trees and animals in their environment. Check out books from the library to enhance the learning experience. Don’t be afraid to get dirty!
  5. Go Local
    It’s the time of year for festivals, fairs, zoo activities and community get-togethers. There is no better way to explore the outdoors, get to know your neighbors, and teach the kids the importance of community than by attending local events. Keep an eye on community calendars and event listings at your local library or community center.

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