9 Ideas for an Active Holiday Season
Avoid the temptation to lounge in front of the tube, and take some time to get moving with your friends and family. These activities are a great way to enjoy the festive atmosphere. From venturing into the outdoors to some imaginative indoor play, these ideas will get everyone re-energized, rejuvenated and reunited to make this the best holiday season yet.
Family-Friendly Holiday Run
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Take your whole family to the start line where everyone can participate in a stress-busting and fun race. It'll be a great way to get into the festive spirit and get a head start on the upcoming year's fitness goals.
Christmas Light Adventure
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Colorful displays of lights and elaborate decorations twinkle and brighten the night sky. Park the car and take an evening stroll to enjoy the neighborhood lights.
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From sunny Southern California to blistery east-coast towns, many major cities have erected outdoor ice skating rinks perfect for active families.
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These staple activities are always at the top of the list for families of all ages looking to have some fun. Dust off the sled, grab your snow pants, and head to the local hills to take advantage of fresh powder.
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'Tis the season to be jolly. Share this holiday spirit for all to hear. Walk around your neighborhood belting some of your favorite holiday tunes.
Indoor Peewee Olympics
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Get in the spirit of friendly competition and host your own Olympic games. Of course, don't forget the medals.
Here are some fun ideas: • Record how far and high little Olympians jump
• Teach them how to do headstands
• Have a wheelbarrow marathon
• Time the fastest crab walker
• Have a somersault race
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Ditch typical place settings and serve breakfast on new Frisbees. After breakfast—and a good soapy rinse—take the family outdoors to toss around the discs. Of course, these are the only dishes that are all right to throw.
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With the food-centric mindset of the holidays, now is a great time to teach the little elves about the importance of healthy eating. From counting to measuring, children of all ages can help in the preparation of a family meal and also get a better understanding of where food comes from.
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Spend the afternoon in the snow creating snow angles or constructing forts. Host a neighborhood snowball fight, or build a family of snowmen. Or, take a seemingly daunting task—shoveling snow—and inject it with a little fun. See who can clear a portion of the driveway first or who can create a larger mound of snow. The kids will be elated they're playing in the snow...you'll be happy because the driveway will be clear.