I wrote recently about ideas for being active as a family, but spending time together doesn’t have to always revolve around sports and exercise. We make family time a priority, and while sometimes it does involve hiking or running, we definitely don’t spend all of our time together getting our heart rates up.
Fall is here, and with it comes temperatures that make it more comfortable to be outside. I love summer — it’s my favorite — but when the temperature is in the high nineties, the only thing I want to do is go jump in a lake. Literally. Now that the sun has lost its sting, we’re excited to be both outside and inside without melting.
Here are some things that we like to do as a family in the cooler months:
1. Play bocce ball. We bought a set on a whim when our youngest was just one year old, and we love going out in the yard to play. Back then she would walk the ball over to where she wanted it, but now that she’s older she’s getting really good.
2. Shoot some hoops. Yes, this is a sport, but not the way we play it. We can’t do three-on-three because there are only five of us. We’ll play different games involving baskets made and missed, and I had my butt kicked by my seven-year-old daughter the last time I played.
3. Go to the market or a fall fair. It’s harvest time and there are many events that surround it. Our small town has an annual fall fair, and a weekly farmer’s market in the part at the center of tow. We walk around, buy a few things, and stop to talk with friends we run into.
4. Take a drive in the mountains. We’ll hit up some logging roads or head to remote lakes in our area. We’ll often see wildlife as we drive and it’s fun to explore new areas.
5. Get together with other families. Our friends have kids close in age to our own, and it’s fun to get a bunch of families together for a potluck dinner. The kids all run and play and connect, and us adults have a chance to catch up. Then, when we all go our separate ways, my family will share stories with each other.
What fun things do you like to do as a family?