How to Have a Healthy Staycation
If your family isn't planning a vacation this April break, there are still ways to have fun and be healthy on a staycation!
Spring break is a great opportunity for kids to catch up on schoolwork, relax, and have some fun. If your family isn't heading out of town on vacation, you might be wondering how you can keep the kids healthy and active without hearing "I'm bored!" every ten minutes. Our solution? Dub next week a staycation! Here are some ideas for having fun and sneaking in some healthy activity on your staycation.
- Camp out. If the weather warms up enough and you own a tent, pitch it in the backyard and let your kids camp out! They'll feel like they're a world away from Coventry. If the weather doesn't quite cooperate, pitch the tent in your living room or make a good ol' fashion fort with blankets and couch cushions.
- Have a picnic. Head down to Goddard Park to have a picnic. The park is close enough to Coventry to not cost you much gas, but it may also make you feel like you're getting away just a little. There's a golf course at the park if anyone in your family wants to play a round. There are plenty of spots to have a picnic, too. After lunch, head to the beach at the park for some scenic walking, ride horses through the wooded trails, hike, or just stroll or bike around the park.
- Take a nature hike. Pack a lunch and take your kids on a hike (check here for trails in Coventry). Spring is a great time to get outside and hike since the weather isn't too warm to exhaust you, but it's warm enough where you won't need to bundle up!
- Plant a vegetable garden. Since the kids are home all week, why not put them to work? If you've thought about growing your own vegetables (or any other plants, really) this is a great time to have your kids help out. Give them garden tools, seeds, bulbs, and mulch and teach them how to plant. Check out the My First Garden website for tips on gardening that you kids will love.
- Limit screen time. As tempted as your kids might be to park themselves in front of the computer or television all week, encourage them to limit their screen time. Have their bikes tuned up so they can ride around the neighborhood, or take a family walk together after dinner.
- Get them to help in the kitchen. Plan some healthy meals and then include your kids in the preparation of those meals. Bring them shopping, get their input, then have them help cook. It'll keep them busy and who knows, they might even discover a culinary love!