The dog days of summer have arrived in Edmonton! I love this time of the year as there are endless opportunities to enjoy our natural surroundings. Today on CBC Radio Edmonton I discussed a variety of free fitness activities that you can do with your kids.
Here is a list of them:
1) Hike, Bike, Scamper the River Valley Trails:
Edmonton has over 160 km of paved trails and 20 major parks! One of the most incredible things are that many of these parks are connected via maintained trail systems or little off shoots of mountain bike or hiking trails. Explore these trails with your kids for hours of fun in the sun and find some hidden trail gems in Edmonton. You can find many of the trails on this website:
2) Free outdoor swimming pools all season long:
It all started with Canada 150 but we have carried on free access to outdoor swimming pools here in Edmonton. One of my favourite spots to hang out is at Mill Creek Pool since it's plopped right inside of the ravine and it feels like a throwback to my childhood years. You can splash around with your kids or get them to play with the water toys too. You can find all of the pools on this site here:
3) Green Shack Program at Playgrounds:
This is one of Edmonton's most innovative things to get kids out there and active around their neighbourhoods. Many playgrounds now have a green shack that is staffed by a City employee wearing a blue shirt. The activity guides set up games like tag, a variety of sports, and obstacle courses for your kids to play. This is a great way of getting to know neighbourhood friends! You can find locations and times of operation for all of the green shacks here:
4) Frisbee Golf at Hawrelak and Rundle Park:
Rather than just having a picnic at a park, have some fun at these disc golf parks too. Everyone can participate and take their time through these courses as it's all free and there's no need to sign up. You can make it competitive or just try and get the discs in the baskets! There's actually a disc golf website that shows all of the courses in Alberta, check it out here:
Before Pokemon Go was a hit, there was geocaching. This is a worldwide treasure hunt for little boxes that may contain toys, letters, and so many more fun items. You'll be climbing over hills, looking up trees, and even scampering through dense brush to find the geocache. Just remember to bring a treasure or a fun object so you can contribute. You can download a geocache app here:
Head out there and have fun!