World Wide Day of Play #Playoutdoors

World Wide Day of PlayOctober 6th was the 9th official Worldwide Day of Play, hosted by Nickelodeon.  I found out about this through a great post on Facebook by the National Parks Foundation (left).  The annual “Day of Play” is exciting and wonderful for raising awareness, but it makes me sad that we have to raise awareness  for kids playing outdoors.  What other outdoor events and special days should we be promoting?  Here are the top things we do regularly for outdoor play.

1.  Swim.  In the summer, we spend as many afternoons and evenings at the pool as work will allow.

2. Bike/scooter to school.  Ryder calls this “exercise”.  I call it getting some fresh air.  Either way, we live far enough to take the bus but close enough that we can walk if we want to.

3. Play at the park. Ride a bike or play on the playground.

4. Walk in the rain, with rain gear on.

5.  Play soccer/baseball outside at the bus stop. Go a few minutes early.

6. Dance.  This one is inside so I’m not sure that it counts. But I love that my kids will dance to music.  And I’ve trained them with some pretty spastic dance moves, so it is great exercise.


Our usual weekend adventures:

1. Climbing. We take the kids outdoor climbing (which usually includes hiking, playing in the dirt, bug catching, and picnicking) on a somewhat regular basis.

2. Skiing/Snowboarding.  When it’s too cold for outdoor climbing (snow on the ground), we take the kids skiing.

3. Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hiking. . .these are one-offs that we do on the occasional day “off”.


What are your favorite outdoor times? Where do you go, what do you do?  Any other “daily” outdoor ideas?


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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.