On Saturday, September 6, we hosted Get Out and Play Presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinics. This Zoo-wide event challenged families to put down the electronics and enjoy the outdoors through exciting and fun games and activities for children and adults. We wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Kelsey-Seybold Clinics, McDonald’s, and United for sponsoring this fantastic event.
Since our lives can be consumed by smart phones, video games, laptops, tablets and countless other electronic devices, it’s important to step away and take a breath of fresh air (literally!). Even though the Get Out and Play Presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinics event has passed for this year, we encourage you to spend a few extra minutes outdoors and appreciate the beauty and health benefits of being outside.
Soon the weather will get a little cooler, and we have some fun ideas to get your kiddos outdoors:
Campout at Home
Supplies: Tent and sleeping bags.
Purpose: Outdoor experience for the very young ones, or those not ready to camp away from home.
This one is super easy, and great for those young campers who might not be old enough to camp away from home. Set up a tent in the back yard with the kids and sleep under the stars! You can tell scary or funny stories, read books by flash light, and more(get creative)! If the kiddos don’t enjoy it, you can always head right back inside. This is a great activity because you never have to worry about strange places or dirty campground bathrooms.
Lawn and Order
Supplies: TV and extended cabling if needed.
Purpose: Outdoor time for those kiddos who have a hard time putting down the electronics
If your little ones have a hard time putting down the electronics and getting outside, we have a suggestion for you. With a little prep, this activity can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the family. Set up the TV outside and watch a movie with the family from the comfort of sleeping bags and chairs in your backyard. If moving the TV all the way outside is too tough, try to move it close to a window and open the window to the backyard. Make some popcorn and watch your movie in the fresh air. This can be a great way to introduce the little ones into the importance of fresh air and being outside. It’s a great compromise for those who just can’t disconnect!
Got more outdoor ideas? Let us know in the comments! Thanks again to Kelsey-Seybold Clinics, McDonald’s, and United for making Get Out and Play 2014 such a huge success!