GardeningThe pull of electronic games and social media is overwhelming, and at times, it seems impossible to get your family (and yourself) to look up from your phone to enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Add to that the importance of staying active, and it can seem like quite the mountain to climb. Luckily, summer offers several opportunities to have fun with your family, while also getting everyone moving and active. As an added bonus, you’ll get quality bonding time and create memories with your brothers, sisters, kids and/ or spouse—something you’ll appreciate now and in the years to come.

So pry away the phones and game controllers, grab your family, and get out of your house to try these ten summer activities for family fun…

Hiking – An easy and wallet-friendly way to get out of the house and have fun with your family is to go hiking. Head to your local trails or forested park and spend the morning or afternoon hiking. Your whole family will get some much-needed cardio exercise, and at the same time, enjoy nature and its refreshing effects. Pack a simple picnic of sandwiches, fruit and water, and bring a bug, bird, plant or animal guide book to identify things you come across on the hike—this is especially fun and educational for children.

Gardening – While it may seem that gardening doesn’t require much movement or isn’t very active, you’d be surprised at what it takes to make a garden from scratch or push a wheelbarrow around, which can be quite strenuous. The kids will have fun helping to pick out the different flowers and plants to put in the garden, and the parents will be happy with the end result, a beautiful garden and nice landscaping. You could even plant a vegetable or herb garden, showing younger kids where food comes from. Plus, everyone will swell with feelings of pride at growing their own organic food.

Frisbee – Frisbee is another timeless game that offers several options on how to play—variations of Frisbee golf, tennis, soccer and baseball, as well as others involving races or the trendy game, Ultimate Frisbee. Many games only require one Frisbee disc, while others can require several. The best thing about Frisbee is you can easily take it with you on vacation, camping, to the beach, or to other people’s houses, and play it in virtually any open space. It’s a fun family activity that will get your heart pumping and the friendly competitive edge flowing.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt – Outdoor scavenger hunts can be enjoyable for the whole family. Whether you’re camping or at home, you can take advantage of your surroundings and make a scavenger hunt for everyone to enjoy. Items used in a scavenger hunt can be anything that’s in your natural surroundings, to items you specifically place in hiding spots. Depending on what you decide to use, by pairing an adult or older kid in each group, they can verify that the item was indeed found if they can’t bring it back (like a type of plant or tree on your list). Since it’s a race to finish first, the hunt will get the whole family active while having a lot of fun.

Shingletown Medical Center Board Members and Staff wish you a “Happy” and “Cool” Summer!