Grab your kids and get outdoors with these great activitiesPosted by MomOnMars on June 01, 2012
It’s summer! Go ahead. Sleep under the stars. Let a butterfly land on your finger. Search for fossils. Try to name the birds you see. Smell a few flowers. What better way to enjoy the summer?
Grab your kids and get outside, where you can create memories, learn about the world around you and even explore a few new nooks and crannies.
While you’re out and about in San Antonio, how about snapping some great photos? Then, enter them into the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s newest campaign, “Remember San Antonio,” for chances to win a resort getaway and have your photo featured in an ad. How about a visit to a great park or Market Square or Southtown or another great adventure?
One of our family favorite places to visit is in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This summer, thanks to San Antonio’s own HEB, you can get in free on Thursday during the summer beginning June 21. Stay for the evening’s Nature Nights – fun explorations, interactive presentations, hikes with experts and nature crafting. (And it’s not just for kids). Check out the fabulous schedule to find a night that really tickles your fancy…whether it’s butterflies, bats or birds of prey.
While you’re there, be sure to check out Robert Lang’s amazing origami exhibition. I promise – you’ve never seen anything like it before. His work, which is a celebration of nature – one folded, square piece of paper at a time – will take your breath away. We had a chance to see it before it opened to the public and to interview Lang. I’ll be posting that video soon!
Last, be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 23 and the Great American Backyard Campout! The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and thousands of families will join together for a national night of camping and fun. It’s an adventure that you can have in your own backyard (unless you’re my family, and you end up in a tent in your play room). Register online and get tons of helpful camping tips, packing lists, campfire recipes, songs, games, and more. Campers of all ages and levels of experience or expertise are encouraged to sign up.
We all know being outside is good for you. And the research will back you up. Outdoor time – even getting dirty – helps kids grow strong, enhances their creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression and even boosts classroom performance.
Yes, it’s hot. But what wonderful distractions! Grab a bottle of water and go!
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