There’s plenty of summer left to get out and have some family fun. Not only is it good for you and the kids, but with our nation’s collective ever-expanding waistlines, there’s no time like the present to lead by example and get away from the T.V., and into some adventure.
Kids of all ages learn from new experiences—be they flavors, textures, sounds—anything out of the ordinary. Having a wide range of experiences in life has proven to open the doors of opportunity far and wide. Just think: You might be harboring the next ukulele protege or soccer star behind that giant flat-screen T.V. with the perpetual video gaming. Balance is the key: Mixing up your routines from work, Internet, bed and repeat can help stimulate your creative problem solving and decision making skills as well.
Here are a few ideas that might help get you off the couch and out the door:
Explore the culture that famously smashes perfectly good dinner plates at the 28th Annual Honolulu Greek Festival, on August 28 and 29th. The celebration of “all things Greek” unfolds at the McCoy Pavillion in Ala Moana Beach Park, where you can soak in live entertainment, dancers, ethnic food, Greek imports, pastries, jewelry and tmore. Admission is only $3, so mark your calendars!
Need something mid-week to help pull you through until weekend? Check out the Honolulu Zoo every Wednesday this summer from 6 – 7 p.m. the “home of the wild” is also ground zero for family-friendly (read: not too loud) live music for the family to enjoy. Admission is also only $3, which directly benefits Conservation Education. Catch it while you can, there are only a few shows left in the season.
If you have wee little ones, try hitting your local Barnes and Noble to catch a live “Story Time” session, which can do wonders for a child’s imagination. Story events are held most every week at Ala Moana, Kahala and Maui locations. These are free events.
A small amount of energy put forth into getting out with the kids will make you the chief activity planner of the summer, and world class parent. Remember: You’ll never look back sadly on moments in front of the tube! Even the most simple jaunt—say, to the neighbor’s garage sale—could lead to a thrilling adventure. Did you hear the one about the guy who bought a box of glass negatives in a Fresno, California garage sale for $45 that turned out to be long-lost Ansel Adams images valued at over $200 million?
Get out there!
A small amount of energy put forth into getting out with the kids will make you the chief activity planner of the summer, and world class parent.