This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
The cold air of winter is starting to make itself known, even here in beautiful Florida. This week it’s been in the 60s-70s but it’s supposed to drop into the 50s soon. The chilly air reminds us that Christmas is just around the corner!
Even when it’s colder, we make sure that the kids spend time outdoors. My boys play outside practically year round. Not only because we live in Florida where it’s warmer, but because I know it’s important for kids to be able to stretch, run, and play.
Because playtime outdoors is still very beneficial to children’s development, even during the colder weather, our local playground is our go-to spot.
It’s become a little tradition each Sunday to meet my sister, her husband, and their little guy there and let the kids run free for a while. If it’s chilly outside, we just bundle up more.
The cousins spend quality time together and they stretch and run their energy out.
For us, another fun thing we do, even in months like January and February is visit the beach. We may be bundled to the max, or we may be in shorts and t-shirts, it just depends on the weather.
There’s always good fishing along the Gulf Coast. Caleb, my 14 year old can always be found with a fishing pole if we head towards the beach.
This was one of his favorite days last January, off the pier in Sarasota, Florida.
The others braved the waves that day. We were visiting some friends, and they were all lucky enough to have beach access. They played in the waves and found shark teeth along the shore.
Another cold weather adventure we took recently was to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. It was fantastic! My dad came with us and we were able to tour the grounds and the battleship. The winter months aren’t overly busy, so it’s the perfect time to visit.
The kids ran around the grounds a bit before we toured the battleship.
What is it your family does to get the kids wiggles out during the winter months? Do you still make sure there’s time to play outside? If you live in the northern climates, do you let your kids get bundled up to make snowmen? I’d love to know, so please leave me a comment and tell me how you and your family still enjoy the benefits of outdoor play.
The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play. IPEMA is a non-profit, membership, trade association originally formed to represent and promote an open market for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing.