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Grab some water bottles and a few granola bars, and head to the nearest woodsy trail. Instead of just hiking, create a scavenger hunt list for each family member. Have fun searching for tree types, insects, leaf colors, birds, or sticks as you hike away the afternoon.Plant Bulbs
Your perennials are getting ready to go on hiatus, but now is the time to plant bulbs for next spring (before the soil freezes). Head to the nursery and pick up some daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, crocus, or grape hyacinths. Take turns digging -- you'll each work up a sweat quickly!
Whether you hit an indoor rink or a trusted frozen pond, ice skating is a wonderful winter activity. Kids usually lace up the skates and just go, but if you're having trouble getting the hang of it, just skate slowly and work on getting comfortable skating on one foot.Family Dance
Chilled to the bone? Forget hot chocolate! Start family dance night instead. Give each family member a turn at picking the song, and when her song is playing, she gets to be the leader for the dance.
Spring is full of fun family races, and usually these events have something for just about everyone, from toddler trots to fun runs for school-aged children to full-length 5Ks for teens and adults. Pick a race toward the end of spring, and start "training" (family jogs or walk/jogs) as soon as the last flake melts.Take to the Street
Go old school, and get some neighborhood street or backyard games started. Think kickball, baseball, touch football, volleyball, soccer, and badminton. Kids get into competition, especially family against family -- or better yet, kids against adults.
No matter if you're heading to the beach or the mountains, plan vacations that involve physical activity, like fishing, hiking, swimming, rock climbing (with harnesses of course!), kayaking, bicycling, or inline skating. If you need more ideas, talk to a travel agent about package deals and active family getaways.Make the Pool a Playground
Playing in the pool is one of the great pleasures of summer. There's real fitness benefit too, because water adds resistance and difficulty (but your kids will have so much fun, they won't even realize it). You can have relay races, dive for pennies, or play games like tag, baseball, and volleyball.
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, August 2007.