For many of us, the festive break can’t come quick enough. After a big year, it’s the perfect time to chill out, spend time with the family and maybe indulge in one too many fruit mince pies. 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. We 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 EIGHT ways to keep the heart rate up these school holidays. They’re not only going to keep your kid’s fitness in check, they’re good fun too!
1. Organise DIY vacation care
Get in touch with a bunch of other parents and create your own vacation care program. Each family creates a fun day of activities and has all the kids around for that day. Then the next family has the tribe and so on and so forth. Themes could be anything from baking and beach fun, to slime making and scavenger hunting. There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition, so go all out! Make your ideas as fun as possible to try and ‘out fun’ the others 😆
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. Say hello to a hula hoop
We love this super fun hula-hoop demo from Lizzy from Two Minute Moves and her hip-shakin’ daughter Ruby (who’s rocking her Lava Tribe Isosceles Dreams set).
Is it even possible to feel sad and hula-hoop at the same time? Don’t think so. It’s the ultimate pick me up activity! Watch this vid, then grab a hoop and enjoy a dose of holiday fun, health 𝗔𝗡𝗗 happiness 👊
4. Play ‘Plant Shazam’ at 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.
5. 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 your judges and prizes for the winning team, as well as the most improved, the best individual move, and the most creative choreography.
6. Do a park crawl
With so many fantastic public spaces in most areas, this is a great way to get out and explore your surroundings. You can do this by foot, by car, by bike or public transport; however you get around, your aim is to hit as many parks as you can (with time to play and explore each one too, of course). Visit the ‘parks and reserves’ area of your council’s website (and those in surrounding areas if you want to explore further afield) to find the best public spaces and playgrounds to hit for your park crawl adventure.
7. 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!)
8. 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 a festive break that’s full of wonderful memories made.
And, of course, we’re all for enjoying Christmas treats so do plenty of that too – after all, you’ll be burning them off with all these activities. Do you have any other 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 pics.