How to Up the Active in Your Family Park Visits

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On any given weekend morning, our family can almost always be found at a park. Coffee and kids in hand. Rain or shine. We are “those” park-loving people.

With our kids getting a little bit older, we are trying to find ways encourage more physical activity during park visits while still keeping it super fun. (Because kid park giggles are seriously the best thing ever, am I right?)

These tips will help you up the active in your family park visits, keep those kids moving, and contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle for your and your little ones.

How to Up the Active in Your Family Park Visits


1. Start the day off right

If you’ve ever tried to have a park outing with hungry, grumpy kids, you know that it’s ZERO fun. Set yourself up for success by starting the day off right.


Healthy Breakfast

Make sure your family starts the day off with a healthy, balanced breakfast, complete with plenty of park fuel. Oatmeal muffins, low-sugar Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit are some of our go-to favorites.



We’ve recently started our family on a tasty and healthy morning vitamin routine, and we make extra sure to get our vitamins in before we hit the park.

Our picky 4 year old loves the great tasting natural flavors of Nature Made® Kids First® Vitamin D Gummies (and we love that they are Gluten Free and contain no preservatives or yeast). Vitamin D is a great pre-park vitamin because it supports healthy bone development†.

The fun gummy form makes it an easy way for kids to take vitamins, and the new great $9.99 price point makes it an option that we can actually afford.

park visit with kids

For us parents, we like to start our day off with some immune-system-supporting† Nature Made® Vitamin C Adult Gummies. (Yes, there is such a thing as vitamin gummies for adults. And they are awesome.)

Nature Made had the 1st gummies verified by USP for purity and potency*. Plus they are delicious. As in, I would so eat them as candy if they were candy and not vitamins that should only be consumed as directed. They are that good.

Oh, and a quick bonus for all of my Target shopping mamas—right now you can get 30% off all Nature Made products with Cartwheel, while supplies last. Woohoo!!

Head on over to the pharmacy section of your local Target and getcha some! The Kid First Gummies can be found with the other children’s vitamins, and the Adult Gummies can be found with the other Nature Made vitamins and supplements.



After we are properly fuel by a healthy breakfast and our Nature Made Gummies—park time begins!


2. Pick a park without swings

Anyone else raising swing monsters? Our girls could sit and be pushed on swings for hours if we let them.

While we love a good swing session, sometimes we pick a park that is swing-free so that the little ones will have no choice but to get more active. And honestly? They don’t even really notice.

They excitedly start playing on whatever is available. Climbing equipment is a favorite of theirs and ours. Great way to get in some exercise (and amazing for burning off some of that energy).


3. Pick a park without a playground

Similar to picking a park with no swings, sometimes we will pick a park with no playground. We’ll bring things like chalk to make a hopscotch board, a soccer ball to kick around, or a jump rope to really up the active.


park visits with kids


4. Set a time limit for the swings

When we do hit up a park with swings, we set a time limit. With older kids you can set the limit in minutes; with younger kids you can set the limit in “pushes” (e.g. “10 more pushes and we’re all done with swing time!”).

This gives the kids a chance to have fun with their favorite park activity, but also gets them running around, climbing, and exercising before heading home. (Plus, it gives us time to actually drink our coffee. Pushing a swing and drinking coffee shouldn’t be that challenging, but my multiple coffee-stained tshirts suggest otherwise.)


5. Encourage active play by being the example

If it’s been a while since you’ve swung from monkey bars or climbed a rope ladder, jump back in the game—literally! Family park visits are the perfect time to get in there and get active with your kiddos.

Run, play, teach, get silly. Just have some fun with them. They’re only little once, after all. 😉


Do you have any great tips for upping the active in your family park visits? Let me know in the comments!



† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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  • Reply robin rue

    A good breakfast can totally make (or break) a day. I always make sure my kids have the fuel their bodies need for a day at school or the playground in the summer.

    October 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    This is one thing that our area lacks very much and that’s good parks. Parks with playgrounds that are large enough for more than 5 kids. And parks that just take in the scenery. I guess that’s what we get for living near the beach.

    October 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    I have such a hard time getting my daughter to take vitamins, so I love that these are gummies! I totally need to check these out for her for sure!

    October 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply serena

    Shoot even as an adult I can’t do a park visit when I’m hungry and grumpy! Love the active play tip. I see so many adults just letting the kids go and they don’t get involved.

    October 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    These are all such great tips! We try to stay active as a family as much as we can, although we’ve been slacking here lately to be honest! It really helps lift everyone’s moods, not to mention health!

    October 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Kay

    This is such a good idea for a post, many parents struggle with finding fun ways to keep their child active and healthy. These are great suggestions!!

    October 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Beth Davidson

    Maybe I should have read this earlier today, we just had a horrible park outing. All the kids there were grumpy it seemed!

    October 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    Gummies seem to be such a great way to get kids to take vitamins! Why didn’t we have those when I was a kid haha. Great tips for enjoying the park

    October 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    These are such great tips! Eating the right food every day and taking vitamins are such essential things, but ones we often forget. Thanks for sharing!

    October 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Karen Morse

    These are great tips for parents. It pays to be healthy, that’s why I also make sure to take my vitamins everyday aside from eating healthy. It’s really awesome that we have vitamins that are easier to take, like the gummies!

    October 31, 2017 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Melissa Chapman

    I am a big believer in Vitamin D but the multi I haven’t been using or giving to the kids. It is great to let the kids run and climb and be active everyday at a park or other venue.

    October 31, 2017 at 1:46 am
  • Reply Katrina

    I’m nothing without my breakfast first thing in the morning, it really is make or break for me. And I love the vitamin gummies idea, makes taking vitamins so much easier!

    October 31, 2017 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Melissa Chapman

    I love the idea of good vitamins being a daily routine. I think it is very hard to get the nutrition we need just from food these days.

    October 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    I love that the nature made gummies help everyone stay active and who doesn’t love a visit to the park. It is so important to join in the fun and play with the kids to stay active too x

    October 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply AnnMarie John

    I love taking my youngest to the park, she’s the only one now who’s willing to go since my other kids are in their teens. I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing these tips to keep the kids and ourselves active. Nature Valley has the best vitamins!

    October 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Dwan

    I love visiting parks with trails as a family. Hiking and exploring is fun. ~client

    October 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply reesa

    As the weather gets colder, Vitamin D is something that gets really important! We love exploring new parks and places.

    October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Ayana Pitterson

    These are my kids favorite gummies. I have tried a TON, but for some reason, we always come back to this brand. Thrifting Diva

    October 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Jeanine

    My kids love the park! So much fun to play games and just watching them play together. Vitamin health is so important for our bodies especially young kids.

    November 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    The park is so fun and we go to the school playground when the weather is nice so the kids can run around and enjoy themselves. ‘My kids love the gummy vitamins.

    November 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Cindy Ingalls

    I recently visited my sister in Atlanta and we went to this amazing park that had so much to explore. The kids loved running back and forth through the water feature and climbing up and down the jungle gyms. Kind of made me wish I was a kid again.

    November 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Nicole Kamai

    What great tips!!! My son loves to run at the park!! That is why we go. Now me, I need to figure I can be more active at the park!

    November 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    I love the tip on setting a swing time limit. My littles could literally spend the entire trip on a swing! And making sure that we have had a healthy breakfast and vitamins gives us energy to run and play!

    November 2, 2017 at 12:43 am
  • Reply Heather

    Excellent ideas! We just moved to a new home and our neighborhood parks are so awesome! My daughters ask to go to the park so many times everyday and now that the weather is perfect we’re spending so much more time outside. They also really like gummy vitamins!

    November 2, 2017 at 10:33 am
  • Reply TColeman

    I have never thought to pick a park without swings to keep them more active. We always do the time limit thing for sure!

    November 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply HilLesha

    I’m thankful that there are several parks within my vicinity that my family and I go to. Personally, I love the swings, but my kids mostly love to run around. 🙂

    November 3, 2017 at 12:31 am
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