For many of us, the Easter break can’t come quick enough. After a big first term, it’s the perfect time to chill out, spend time with the family and maybe indulge in one too many chocolate bunnies. But, as we talked about in our previous blog, it’s so important that our kids get out and about and spend some of their day being active. I know that watching a movie, playing computer games or relying on the iPad can be an easy fix to keep them occupied, but too much screen time can have mental and physical effects in the long run.
At Lava Tribe, we love to move. So, we’ve put together five ways to keep the heart rate up these school holidays. They’re not only going to keep your kid’s fitness in check, but they’re egg-ceedingly good fun!
1. Hiking through your local national park
Australia has some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. We’re so lucky to have such easy access to hiking trails and scenic walks. Why not head to your local national park and spend the day on a bush walk? The weather at this time of year is ideal for it. Pack a delicious picnic lunch (with plenty of water, of course) and set out to learn more about all native plants. Try downloading an app like Pl@ntNet to identify all the different plant life you see – it’s like Shazam for plants, so much fun for kids and adults alike. You’ll also spot birds, lizards and other animals, and take in the spectacular scenery. Many of the national parks have waterfalls, rivers and gorges, so don’t forget your swimmers.
2. Find your inner commando with an obstacle course
“I don’t know what I’ve been told, but Lava Tribe girls are mighty bold!” It’s time to suit up and put your war paint on Lava Tribe style. Get clever and creative and build your very own commando style obstacle course. The best part? It doesn’t need to be expensive. You can use regular things around the house and in the garden like buckets, balloons, string, chairs, hula hoops and pool noodles. We’re loving the look of this course and there are plenty more ideas where that came from on the net. Just search ‘DIY backyard obstacle course’ for oodles of inspiration.
Don’t forget your war paint!
3. Get your groove on with the ultimate dance-off
This one’s great for rainy weather. Put together a party-worthy playlist and invite some friends over and host a dance-off. The rules are simple: split into teams and, within an hour, put together routines that even Maddy Zeigler would be proud of. Then it’s time to go head-to-head. Organise prizes for the winning team, as well as the most improved, the best individual move, and the most creative choreography.
4. Hit the pools
You can’t go wrong with a splash about. It’s no stress if you don’t have a pool at home – head down to your local pool and leisure centre. They usually have plenty of pool toys, slides and activities for the kids such as diving sticks, noodles, water volleyball and of course, the classic – a game of Marco Polo. However, once they’re in, you’ll have a hard time getting them out of the water (which is great if you pack a book and the pool has a café!)
5. Check in with your locals
If you’re stuck for ideas, then you can always check out your local PCYC which has local centres in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Canberra. The centres host plenty of activities over the break including soccer and basketball tournaments right through to Zumba and dance classes. We love the PCYC philosophy – all its activities are designed to keep kids fit and healthy.
You’ll often find your local council will have a range of activities planned in the holidays at your nearby community and leisure centres, too. And, as an added bonus, they’re usually low cost or even free.
From Lava Tribe, we hope you have an egg-cellent Easter
And, of course, we’re all for you enjoying Easter treats – after all, you’ll be burning them off with all these activities. Do you have any other egg-citing ideas for the holidays? We’d love to hear from you. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and comment with your ideas. Plus, we love seeing our girls rocking their Lava Tribe style. So don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #shelikestomove in all of your Easter worthy pics.