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45 Healthy Activities for Kids & Families This Summer


As a fitness expert I know the importance of keeping our bodies moving. Use my 45 fun and healthy activities for kids to keep your family active all summer long!

These healthy activities are perfect for parents, grandparents, or any other family member who is looking to help build active and healthy habits with their kids. Modeling healthy choices at a young age will help encourage kids to stay more active as they get older.

So don’t let the kids tell you “I’m bored” this year, use my healthy activities for kids to have more fun and promote wellness instead ; ).

Which one will you try first?!

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The best way kids learn healthy habits is by watching your healthy habits. Teach them to source local healthy food and enjoy their community by letting them tag along to the farmer’s market.

Load up on fresh produce and let them each have $5 to spend on something healthy of their choice!

When you get home you can make healthy snacks or let them help you prepare a healthy dinner with the items you just purchased.

Making smoothies together is one of my favorite fun (and delicious) healthy activities for kids. Little ones find it fascinating to blend things up. Kids can help you put fruit, almond milk and veggies into your smoothie maker or blender.

Let them choose one of my healthy smoothie recipes to make together. Let them see that veggies are even yummy to drink.

Buy some reusable color straws and your smoothies are guaranteed to please.

Mix up the daily routine by taking a day trip. Heading to a neighboring town and trying something new will get you out of your comfort zone and prevent boredom.

Take a dip in a lake, head out for a hike on a new trail or let your kids enjoy an all-new playground.

Kids appreciate a little change of scenery and schedule.

Does your gym have childcare? Let your kids see that you prioritize healthy activities like fitness and they will too.

Give yourself an hour of me-time while they play with other kids at your local gym. Don’t forget to explain why exercise is important for your body.

Herbs, veggies or flowers? Pick your favorite and dig in the dirt with your kids to let them see that they can grow things with their two little hands.

Then you can show them how to make good use of what you grow.

You can even get them their own gardening tools for some pride of ownership!

Nothing is better than making something healthy for your kids and watching them eat it up, without any whining.

Here are a few fun recipe ideas you could try together:

Swings, slides, sandboxes and tunnels are easy breezy active fun for your kids. While you keep one eye on the kiddos, you can do your own playground workout.

This may sound silly, but when I was a little kid, my mom used to take us on penny hikes.

Back in the day when a penny was worth something, we would flip the penny at each corner; heads we went right, tales we went left.

Each time the walk would be different. My siblings and I loved penny hikes and I’m sure it was a way for my mom to get outside and stay sane. Try a penny hike with your little ones.

Swimming is in the healthy activities for kids hall of fame!

Member at a pool club? Own a pool? Live near a lake? Buy some of those colorful noodles and make a splash this summer by having regular swim time with the kids.

Practice different swim strokes or floats or just see who can make the biggest splash. While you’re there you can get your own workout in with my favorite pool exercises that are easy on your joints.

Ready, set, go is all it takes if you have toddlers. They will love to run, run, run in an open park or on a walking path.

If your kids are older, make it a fun race to see who can run the fastest.

Any age can appreciate the easy fun of knocking things over, especially on a day when you are stuck inside.

While it might not always be simple to have a good bowling score, bowling can be easy fun and usually good for lots of laughs (gutter ball!).

Pull out that inner artist and let your kids keep a summer diary or have regular time to paint or draw.

Take your budding artist outside in the shade to avoid the indoor mess. Use watercolors, chalk, colored pencils, markers or crayons to create some new artwork for your fridge or bulletin board.

Does your child love to write? Encourage them to capture what they love best about summer.

Turn on your favorite music and dance. Simple as that.

Ask your kids to show you their moves. They will get a kick out of hearing your favorite music, and then you can listen to their favorites too!

Have a kid that loves the spotlight? Have them put on a magic show, puppet show, dance show or tell some jokes.

Kids of all ages love to entertain their parents with silly shows.

One of the best healthy activities for kids is just to let them be kids! When kiddos entertain themselves, they learn to daydream, be independent, and creative.

Plus, we all could benefit from remembering that not every minute of the day needs to be scheduled.

Get everyone moving with a family bike ride. It’s good exercise for everyone and something you can do at every age.

Plus, you get more time outside and away from screens!

Not only is hiking a great exercise (especially with hills) but is also is a great way to explore nature with the kids.

Don’t forget to pack a backpack and have lunch at your hiking destination.

If you’re looking for an extra boost on your hike, learn about the benefits of rucking (carrying extra weight while walking). You’ll get a workout while the kids have a blast.

Whether you head to a zoo or nature center, let your kids enjoy and learn about animals of all types.

Plus, you will spend a lot of time on your feet which is good for the whole family.

I used to spend hours when my kids were little creating art on the driveway.

The rain would wash it away and we would start over, or we would make our driveway into a game area by drawing four square, hopscotch and even agility ladders.

After seeing the benefits of agility ladder exercise, you may want to fit in a quick workout with the kids too!

Believe it or not, baking can be part of your healthy activities lineup.

Show your kids that desserts can be healthy. Talk to them about real ingredients like honey instead of artificial sweeteners.

Soon they will see that healthier desserts can be made at home and don’t come out of a box.

Bored of the backyard? Head to a park and kick a soccer ball or toss a Frisbee with your kids.

Take advantage of a windy day by flying a kite. Once you finish, you can explore the park too.

Bonus for you and all of those steps you are racking up.

Who doesn’t love to eat a meal outdoors? Make it a fun activity by making a healthy lunch with the kids and letting them help pack it up.

Cut up veggies and make some hummus. Fill a container with some fresh fruit.

Eat lunch on your deck or put a picnic blanket down in the backyard. If you want, head out in the car to picnic at a nearby lake or park.

I know you remember your days of using a Slip and Slide. Running, splashing and sliding; what could be more fun?

Or give the kids some sprinkler time. If you have wee ones, you can’t beat a baby pool for some shrieks of laughter and splashes in the water.

One of the best healthy activities for kids is jumping rope! It’s also a great plyometric workout for you.

Get a few jump ropes so you all can jump together or see who can jump the longest. You can even try my jump rope workouts for beginners to see who can do the most moves!

With a little supervision, tree-climbing is good for the muscles, gives kids a sense of accomplishment and it is fun to do.

Depending on your vision for your tree-fort and your carpentry skills, this could be a summer-long project.

Add a ladder and it becomes good exercise for the kids too.

I remember hours of time devoted to kickball.

You can give other parents a break (and hopefully they will return the favor) and have your kids’ friends over, form teams and play away.

Making fresh juice is one of my favorite healthy activities for kids because kids are simply amazed by it! They can make their own juice and with lots of crazy things they might not expect, even carrots.

New to juicing? I’ve got you covered with my Beginner’s Guide to Juicing.

Nurture your aspiring entrepreneur. Plus, it takes a lot of energy to wash a car by hand.

Have fun in the backyard by seeing who can balance a cup of water on their head without spilling.

Laughter guaranteed!

Teach a love for the moon, stars and the great outdoors by setting up camp in your backyard.

Flashlights and giggling encouraged.

I don’t about you, but there’s something magical about watching your little ones chase after a yard full of bubbles or try and blow their own bubbles.

Teach your little ones about the concept of money by letting them host their own lemonade stand. Bonus if you make your own healthier lemonade from scratch!

Enjoy the warm weather with a game of miniature golf or putt-putt with your kids.

It’s a lot more fun than typical putting drills and it works on hand-eye coordination. You just might discover a talented little golfer in your family.

You can also try a family golf lesson!

I love healthy activities for kids at the beach! Do you have a budding builder? Go in search of sand to build the biggest sand castle ever or dig the biggest hole.

Water fun and chase all wrapped up in one activity. Your kids will love playing with water balloons outside and you will love the minimal clean-up.

Plus, now you can now blow up 100 water balloons in just 60 seconds!

Make the most of your canoe, rowboat, sailboat, or motorboat by getting out in the water with your kids.

Your kids will love being little helpers (well, most of the time, right?).

Older kids? Pull out those paddle boards.

You know you love those mud runs as an adult for a reason … you probably loved playing in the mud as a kid.

Let your kids get dirty in the mud by making mud pies.

Your kids have probably discovered your iPhone and they probably want to use it.

Go on a walk to appreciate nature by letting your kids take pictures of what they see and think is beautiful.

Are you crafty or want to be?

Becoming a craft enthusiast is one of our favorite healthy activities. Try a weekly craft with your kids.

Here’s an awesome Buzzfeed list of DIY projects you can do to prevent boredom.

Popsicles are so easy to make and they are a fun and refreshing afternoon snack.

Or you can take my favorite, watermelon, mash it up a bit and put it in a cup in the freezer for an icey-snack.

If you can walk to your local library, even better.

Show your kids how books and relaxation can be fun by letting them check out books of their interest and having designated reading time each day.

Use a hammock or blanket in your yard as their new reading corner.

Music motivates.

Let your kids work with you to create their own playlist and let them groove or play to their favorite tunes.

Running or walking an official race is a very motivating healthy activity for kids. Summertime has lots of family-style 5ks where little ones and even dogs and strollers are encouraged on race day.

Your kids won’t forget wearing their own race bib and jogging next to you as they cross the finish line.

Little kids love to pretend they are mowing the lawn with a grown up.

While it’s harder to recruit the troops for help as they get older, you can turn your yard into active family time with small projects where everyone can pitch in.

Check things off your to-do list and active time too.

Go high on the activity and low on the whining by trying some of these healthy activities. You just can’t put a price tag on the value of teaching your kids a healthy lifestyle and active life.

With a little creative-thinking, you can make this summer your healthiest yet!

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