Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Easy Tips to Keep Kids Active this Summer

06/08/2016 04:33AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features Lifestyle, Family Features



(Family Features) With the school year complete, kids are excited to relax after a year of hard work, learning and extracurricular activities. However, this may lead to the temptation of sitting on the couch watching TV or playing on a computer or mobile device.

In fact, a recent survey conducted by Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative found that only 33 percent of children participate in daily active play, and for 30 minutes less than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. It’s important for kids to get daily active play because it contributes to their physical, emotional and social development, and helps them maintain a healthy lifestyle.

To ensure kids get the active play they need this summer, try boosting their playtime with these tips:

Make play time family time. According to the Let’s Play survey, in general, year-over-year younger children’s active play time is more likely to be impacted by busy family schedules. To make sure your family is getting the physical activity they need, find windows within your busy schedule to fit in some play, even if it’s just a brief break. For example, rather than asking about your children’s days at the dinner table, take a pre-dinner family walk to hear more while getting in some steps.

Create summer structure. Without structured school days, kids may get too comfortable sitting inside playing video games. An American Academy of Pediatrics study shows that rather than playing outside, kids are spending an average of seven hours per day on entertainment media and other electronic devices. It’s important to let your children have downtime during the summer, but setting up weekly family playdates will give them something to look forward to while keeping them active. This could be a weekly family bike ride around the neighborhood, a game of catch or capture-the-flag.

Creativity is key. Summer means longer days, more hours of sunlight and more opportunities to be outside. Get creative when motivating your kids to be active. For example, take a daily activity like walking the dog and turn it into a scavenger hunt by drawing up a treasure map of things your children should find on their walk, such as a pine cone, flower, blue car and other items around the neighborhood. 

Host backyard playdates. Playing is always more fun with friends. According to the Let’s Play study, longer stretches of active play are more likely to occur with friends or siblings. Round up kids from your neighborhood to get together for a different activity each week, such as an obstacle course or hide and seek. This allows your children to socialize and be active for an extended period of time.

For more information about ways to keep kids active and playing this summer, check out LetsPlay.com for hundreds of play ideas that are searchable by season, age range and group size.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Dr. Pepper Snapple



Family Features Family Features Lifestyle


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/20/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/20/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/20/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/21/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/21/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/21/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/24/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • DreamCycle by Cirque Us!

    07/24/2017
    07:00PM

    DreamCycle leads you on an adventure through a new, yet strangely familiar realm where shadow and...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/24/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/25/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/25/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/26/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/26/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/20/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/20/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/20/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/21/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/21/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/21/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/22/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Have you always wanted to run a half marathon but weren’t sure where to start? Or are you a veter...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Norwich University Summer Carillon Concert Series

    07/22/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to the Upper Parade Ground on the beautiful campus of Norwich Uni...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/23/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Opera North heads to the newly-opened Highland Center for the Arts to present a concert celebrati...


  • Opera North heads to the newly-opened Highland Center for the Arts to present a concert celebrati...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/24/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • DreamCycle by Cirque Us!

    07/24/2017
    07:00PM

    DreamCycle leads you on an adventure through a new, yet strangely familiar realm where shadow and...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/24/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/25/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/25/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/26/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/26/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/27/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/27/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/28/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/28/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Have you always wanted to run a half marathon but weren’t sure where to start? Or are you a veter...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Norwich University Summer Carillon Concert Series

    07/29/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to the Upper Parade Ground on the beautiful campus of Norwich Uni...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/31/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/31/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/01/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/01/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/02/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • Mary Chapin Carpenter

    08/02/2017
    07:30PM

    Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee ...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/02/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/03/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • Social Justice Exhibit at Goddard College

    08/03/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Goddard College presents two exhibits for their summer and fall season.The first –Social Justice ...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/03/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/04/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/04/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Have you always wanted to run a half marathon but weren’t sure where to start? Or are you a veter...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/07/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/07/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/08/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/08/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/09/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/09/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/10/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/10/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


 

Sunscribe to Our Newsletter
Weekly Recipes