January 23, 2018

10 Ways to Celebrate the Active Family Play Date


family play dateIt’s hard to believe that the Active Family Play Date is nearly upon us. Families across the country are gearing up to get outside as a family on Saturday, May 10. How are you planning to celebrate?

The Active Family Play Date was created to complement the work of the Active Family Project, a health and wellness initiative from Merck Consumer Care that seeks to empower moms to enjoy active and healthy family lifestyles. I am more than pleased to be a part of this project for the second year in a row, serving as a family travel expert on the Active Family Project Play Council.

As you consider what to do on Saturday for the Active Family Play Date, take a look at these 10 easy ways to get out and have fun as a family. But before you do, make sure to head over to the Active Family Project’s Facebook page. For every post share that is received through May 31, they will donate $1 to KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to creating safe playspaces for America’s children (up to $15,000).

1. Go to a Botanical Garden. I love to visit botanical gardens. They almost always have a fun children’s garden complete with scavenger hunts, dancing fountains and interactive activities. Plus, it’s great to watch kids learn about different varieties of plants and flowers.

2. Go on an Alphabet Photo Tour. Grab your camera or your smartphone and head out to take pictures that start with each letter of the alphabet. For example, for the letter A, take photos of apples and ambulances. Print out the pictures to make alphabet memory books.

3. Build a Bird Feeder. Backyard bird feeders are a fun way to learn about birds that are local to your part of the country. Try making a Pine Cone Feeder or a Cranberry-Popcorn Feeder, both of which are simple to make as a family.

4. Try a Kids Fun Run. This time of year, you’ll find a 5K race or a kids’ fun run just about every weekend. Go online to see if one is being held in or near your neighborhood this weekend. Lace up your running shoes and get out for a run as a family.

5. Plant a Vegetable Garden. Head out to your local garden center to pick up some seeds and new plants that you can add to your backyard. Planting vegetables is a lot of fun and it’s also a great way to encourage healthy eating among your children.

6. Go to a Minor League Baseball Game. Look for a minor league game close to your house on Saturday. They’re lots of fun and have such a great hometown feel. Your kids may even be able to meet some of the players after the game.

7. Visit a Nature Center. Head to your local nature center and speak to the on-site naturalist to learn about local wildlife programs. They may also know about hiking and fishing opportunities. Our nature center even has bunnies, frogs and turtles that the kids love to see.

8. Play a Round of Frisbee Golf. If your kids know how to throw a Frisbee, then take them out to a Frisbee golf course for an afternoon of fun. It’s also a great way to teach the littlest ones in your family about colors and counting.

9. Visit Baby Animals at the Zoo. It’s spring and the new baby animals have come out to play at the zoo. See baby animals as they take their first steps and strokes. Or, visit a farm or petting zoo to see baby sheep and goats making their first appearances.

10. Take a Mural Tour. Some of the best works of art can be found on the sides of buildings. Some cities offer guided tours of murals around town. Or, hop on your bikes and create your own mural tour. It’s a fun way to explore art in your own hometown while taking in the fresh air.

Disclaimer: I am a compensated member of the Active Family Project Play Council. However, the views and opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. I love it! We are all about this! We plan to do some geocaching locally. Thanks for all you do!

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