Keeping Active as a Family #PlayAdvocate Giveaway

This past weekend we got the most out of this beautiful sunshine Mother Nature has blessed us with. As a family we worked in the gardens together planting, weeding and of course taking time to smell the flowers. However, the children would tell you the highlight of their weekend was when we went on a bike ride together as a family. Our children would live outside in the warmer months if I let them. From the moment they get off the school bus they are asking to play. I too remember the desire to play outside from morning to dawn as a child.

Keeping Active as a Family

For some families the desire to play outside doesn’t come naturally. If your children rather be inside, here are a few tips to help get you and your children loving the outdoors together. It all starts with you mom and dad!

Learn new skills

Learning to ride a bike is a major milestone for any child. Our three oldest are now all riding two-wheeler bikes and the youngest just started with training wheels. I still remember the first time I rode my two-wheeler bike when I was in SK. Besides for teaching children independence it also teaches perseverance and bravery to keep up on those two wheels. Just as my husband does with our children, and I did with my father this is precious bonding time and it will build memories that they will hold onto for a lifetime.

Get the kids outside. Biking as a family. Playing together.

Shed winter routines

It’s time to celebrate the longer days and soak in some vitamin D as a family. After dinner when homework and chores are complete, why not take a short walk as a family or head to your favourite local park? Starting with even 15 minutes of outdoor play a few times a week will help you and your family break away from your indoor-focused winter routines. Adding this short walk or play as part of your routine will have everyone feeling much better after a long busy day.

Break out the outdoor toys

It is time to for the kids to break out their favourite toys from last summer and/or pick up some new hot outdoor toys to keep them inspired. Over the weekend pull out all the outdoor toys from storage and have your little ones help you. Together you can even make it fun by having your child run a toy car wash to clean away all the dirt and buildup from the winter.

How are you Keeping Active as a Family?

One In R Dream reader will win a Bell Sports Hot Wheels helmet.

Canada only (excludes Quebec) ends 06/07 EST. Please read the disclosure below to make sure you qualify and agree to all terms. Please note: winner depends on the amount of entries received. You have 24 hours to claim your prize before another winner will be randomly drawn. Good luck!

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  1. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    We love to hike and we love to bike.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I vividly remember learning to ride a bike as a child. My father sat me on the bike and said he’d hold me safely by the saddle. After a while I stopped and he was quite a way behind me, he’d just let go when he saw that I could keep my balance. After that there was no stopping me 🙂

  3. We love to ride our bikes on the trail we have that circles our city.

  4. Theresa C. says:

    I remember learning to ride a bike and the rush of freedom, and the wind in my hair! 😉

  5. Caroline M. says:

    my favourite outdoor summer family activity is going to the beach and playing in the sand.

  6. Betty S says:

    My favourite outdoor activity is having a family soccer game.

  7. Jodi Mitrovic says:

    Now that our small family has begun we are really enjoying walks to the park and our local ice cream parlour. After being coped up in the house all winter it sure is nice to be able to get out and enjoy the weather with our little guy! Thanks a bunch!

  8. Juliee Fitze says:

    My favorite thing to do with my step grandkids is go to the beach for the day,

  9. Lee-Ann S says:

    Based on our last camping trip the parent must have toy is bubbles!

  10. My favourite activity to do as a family is going out for a walk and that’s not limited to Summer. The Kids have started to want to bike and/or scoot so I just walk/run alongside them. As long as I’m outside with my family, I’m happy.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    • I am the same Sarah. As long as we are together I am happy. We do a lot of hard work and it never seems to hard when my family is by my side.

  11. Lisa Neutel says:

    we love going for family hikes, and swimming and also biking

  12. charityk says:

    a bubble machine is an outdoor toy must have

  13. Amy Heffernan says:

    We love to go swimming and on nature walks!

  14. andrea amy says:

    My kids love jumping through the sprinkler

  15. We love swimming , camping together and singing around a campfire

  16. We like to take the grandsons geocaching with us. They love to explore new places and if there happens to be a treasure at the end of the hunt, so much the better. But it’s really not a necessity as the hunt for the cache is worth more than anything we would find in it. Geocaching is a great excuse for a walk to someplace you may pass daily but never really explored, or for finding new places to explore. It’s a great family activity.

  17. kathy downey says:

    The outdoor toy that a parent must have is Bubbles and more bubbles,seems all ages love them

  18. We love to go swimming in the Summer.

  19. Melinda says:

    Our family favourite outdoor activity is camping.

  20. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My favorite outdoor activity with family is going on picnics by the bay

  21. Swimming is our favorite activity during summer time.

  22. Jennifer P. says:

    Our family’s favourite outdoor activity in summer is swimming.

  23. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    We love spending time at the beach.

  24. naiddia p says:

    We love to go to the park

  25. Cheryl l says:

    We love walking a lot in the summer

  26. Kelley Moore says:

    taking our trailer and going camping!

  27. Holly Wright says:

    We love going to the beach swimming!

  28. Gillian says:

    We love swimming in the summer. We also love tending to our vegetable garden.

  29. Enjoying the many bike trails

  30. Our favourite family activity is bike riding.

  31. Lynda Cook says:

    My biggest memory of growing up and riding a bike, is my pants always getting caught up in the chain

  32. Florence Cochrane says:

    My grandchildren do a lot of bike riding. I am a walker.

  33. We love biking and playing at the park!

  34. lisa bolduc says:

    love using our bikes in the summer and playing catch with the ball!

  35. Jonnie H says:

    We love going for family bike rides in the summer. Our city has a great trail system that allows us to enjoy the scenery and not worry about traffic while we ride our bikes.

  36. Carol Denny says:

    We go to the park and the beach.

  37. heidi c. says:

    We love going to the park together!

  38. We love to Geocache as a family!

  39. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    We love to go hiking.

  40. loucheryl says:

    My family loves to go to the park with our boys.

  41. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love going for a hike and having a picnic.

  42. Silvia D says:

    love to go camping and hiking the trails

  43. Taylor Hawkins says:

    We love geocaching!

  44. SueSueper says:

    Going to bike rides is what we like to do most in the summer.

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