Spending time outside has so many benefits and Central Oregon offers so much to do, whether in neighborhood parks or nearby public lands. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours a day in front of a screen watching TV or playing video games however, 8-18 year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. As an alternative to screen time, spend Family Time Outside – and be sure to get your Vitamin N!
Family Time Outside means…
- More exercise
- Improved mental and physical well-being
- Reduced stress
- Better ability to focus
- Sparking imagination
- Better appreciation of nature
- Building family connections
Family Events and Programs
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Seasonal Activity Ideas
Photo Scavenger HuntMake a list of things to find in nature, photograph them and check them off your list!
GeocachingTry the kid-friendly apps Geocaching Intro or GeoBucket and set out on a treasure hunt
Rain ConcertCreate a rain concert next time there’s a storm in the forecast. Bring your metal pots, pans, and muffin tins outside into the rain and listen to the musical sounds they create!
Learn About FlowersLook at flowers up close with a magnifying lens. Design your own flower based on what you find.
Fort MakingGather natural materials including sticks, grasses, pine needles, and branches. Get some tips here.
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