Five Ways to Opt Outside with Family This Weekend
This Friday, after the food and family and friends—and instead of spending time indoors or online—consider joining the national movement to take time for personal wellness and community through connection to nature. We know that time outdoors has all kinds of health benefits like stronger bones, better eyesight, reduced risk of obesity and diabetes, longer attention span, increased creativity, and better relationship skills, to name a few—and the focus on “green time” instead of “screen time” might be just what we need.
My kids and I came up with a list of our favorite things to do when we Opt Outside—join us and post your photo (your one tech moment!) online to celebrate with the hashtags: #OptOutside #YWeOptOutside #HealthyLiving #ymcasf #NatureRx
1. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
2. THE HIKE DISGUISED AS SOMETHING ELSE
3. GET YOUR ZEN ON
4. RALLY THE GROUP
Feeling like some good old-fashioned casual outdoor fun? Invite some friends (and friends of friends!) to a nearby park for a play date with Kickball, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, and Sardines. (Sardines is our current favorite- it’s the opposite of Hide and Seek.
The “It” player hides while the group members (seekers) close their eyes and count to 30. Each seeker player then tries to find “It” and quietly join him or her in the hiding spot. Pretty soon everyone is packed in like sardines, and the last player to find “It” becomes the new “It.” Playing this game in the old military bunkers at Fort Barry was a huge hit with my 8 year-old son and his friends- you can park at the Point Bonita YMCA and walk southwest to Battery Mendell or northeast past the Rodeo Beach overlook to Battery O’Rourke for some great Sardine-quality bunkers.
5. EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS
Challenge your family to experience a number of the activities on the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights this Friday, or complete the entire list throughout the weekend. Next on our list for achieving #1 (“exploring wild places”) is the Wave Organ along the Marina Boat Harbor in San Francisco. The Bill of Rights is also a great way to appreciate the nearby nature in your own neighborhood even if you only have an hour or two.
Will you opt outside on Black Friday? #OutdoorsForAll #OptOutside #NatureRx #HealthyLiving #FreeRangeHumans #WildGeneration #YWeOptOutside