School holidays can be both a welcome break from routine and a challenge to keep kids occupied. But, it can also be a great time to get moving as a family. Here are some ideas for keeping kids active and engaged.

  • Make an obstacle course – use old pieces of wood, boxes, buckets or garden chairs, anything that can be jumped over, under or around. Get the kids to time each other. They could do it on bike, scooter, skateboard or on foot.
  • Have a treasure hunt – make a treasure map with clues to find goodies you’ve, hidden somewhere in the garden. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big, any little treat will be exciting when found outdoors.
  • Get jamming – put some music on and have a dance.
  • Go swimming – if you’re lucky enough to live close to the sea or a lake, swimming is a great option if the weather is warm. If not, the local swimming pool can provide hours or entertainment and physical activity.
  • Explore the great outdoors – get some fresh air, either on local tracks, bush or river trails. Children usually enjoy getting outside and exploring nature, especially when it includes bugs and insects.
  • Go ride a bike – if you’ve already got the gear, this is a fun and free activity the whole family can get involved in (including the dog).
  • Park it – don’t forget about your local park. With so many other more high-tech options out there, it can be easy to overlook the simple joys a playground can bring. Whether you pack a picnic and settle in for the day, or just head down for an hour to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, the whole family will return home feeling energised.
  • Hop along – unleash your creative side and create footpath art with chalk and play hopscotch.
  • Fly a kite – on a fine, breezy day, it’s hard to beat a good kite flying session on an open field.

Get active these school holidays

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