On clear nights we like to take our kids out to look at the stars and point out constellations. We take a blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa and find a good open field. (We just happen to have one by our house, but lots of playgrounds and sports complexes have open spaces.)
We drink our cocoa and then lie back and check out the night sky.
On Fall weekend nights the kids in our neighborhood like to get together and play what they call "spooky hide and seek". It's fun because it is dark and when they hide they can jump out at each other.
So, there are two people who are "it" and the others hide. When the "it" gets close, the hider jumps out trying to scare the searcher then RUNS for base. I guess it is more of a combo of hide and seek and tag.
The kids will play the game for hours, screaming and laughing.
And, sometimes they are lucky enough to get to end the night with the bonfire and the s'mores that Sarah talks about in her post earlier.
For little ones, mom or dad can cut the fruits up. For older kids, it is a great way to learn to use a knife under supervision.
You can use any fruits, but I prefer strawberries, star fruit, kiwi fruit, bananas, blueberries.
Sauce -- either plain or vanilla greek yogurt.
Crust -- The healthier crusts I use are honey wheat pitas or wheat/grain English muffins. For more of a treat you can use canned biscuits and just let the kids roll them out with a rolling pin or squish them out with their fingers. And, sugar cookie dough works well, too. Again, the pre-made cookie rounds just softened are easy. If you use biscuits or cookie dough, you'll need to cook those first and let them cool before putting the pizzas together.
Let the kids spread the yogurt on the crust, then place their sliced fruit and drizzle with a little honey or sprinkle a tad of raw sugar if the kids don't like honey.
When it's rainy outside one of our favorite things to do is to have an indoor dance party. We push all the furniture to the outside of the living room to make a dance floor and the kids pick the music and turn it up.
It gets them moving and laughing, and they don't even know they are exercising! haha.
The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.
Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.