The first Saturday in July is “National Hop-A-Park Day”, so what better way to celebrate the nice weather than by enjoying the many municipal parks and gardens that Georgia has to offer? Playing at local parks is an easy and inexpensive way for people of all ages to have some fun in the great outdoors, especially when summer rolls around. You don’t need to get a title pawn to take a pricey trip to enjoy your time off. Here are some easy suggestions to kick your summer off right and keep your kids smiling with a day at your local park.
Flying a kite can be a relaxing way to reconnect with the power of nature, and it’s an ideal activity for children of all ages and adults. You can buy one in a store or make a project of creating your own. If you are lucky enough to have perfect kite weather, it’s a fun activity that offers you a great opportunity to bond.
Jump rope doesn’t require any expensive equipment, but it is an activity that can be difficult to enjoy indoors. You need ample space to jump without hitting something or someone, but jumping rope is an excellent way to make exercise fun on your own or with two more people holding the ropes. Maybe you can even teach your kids how to Double Dutch if they don’t know already. And you can be assured they will have a good night’s sleep after such an active day!
Does your local park has a large open field? Take your kids and a Frisbee and let them have a good time “hucking the ‘bee” on Hop-A-Park Day. Older children love to play frisbee, and all you need is that magic little plastic disc to take your trip to the park to the next level. You might even be able to bring your favorite four-legged friend along for the ride if your park allows dogs. And a game of ultimate Frisbee can liven things up if you have enough players.
If your local park has a children’s playground already, why not spend some family time there this Hop-A-Park Day? Your kids can play on the swings and jungle gyms and hit the sides while you watch the smiles on their little faces. It’s even excellent fitness points for the whole family when you all get in on the fun.
Duck, Duck, Goose is a great outdoor game for you and your little ones that requires plenty of room for running. Just find a nice open area and spend time playing this favorite childhood game. Gathering some of your kids’ neighborhood friends and spending time getting to know the other neighborhood parents is summer fun that can bring your whole neighborhood together to be active this summer.
For those of you who are not already familiar with the game Red Rover, two sides line up opposite one another about 30 feet apart, linking arms. One side calls a player from the opposing team over by shouting, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (so-and-so) over”, and that player runs across and tries to break their ranks while they hold on tight. If the chain doesn’t break, the runner joins the opposite team; if the chain does break, one of the broken links is sent to the opposite team.
Running around in the park can help get out a lot of pent-up summer energy, and the best part is, getting more people together can make the game even more exciting – the more the merrier, after all! This is one more easy way to make running and spending time outside that much more fun.
Tag is a favorite game of many kids of all ages, and you just need a few friends and some room to run. One person is “It" and he or she chases the other participants until they tag someone - that person then becomes “It.” This game is also a favorite for parents who want to tucker out their high-energy munchkins.
If you’re a big sharer, celebrating National-Hop-A-Park Day can give us the opportunity to include others in your celebration. You can never get enough pictures and video of you and your friends, or even your little ones having fun in the sun. Pack a picnic, grab your loved ones, and snap some pictures of your visit to a local park to celebrate, and don’t forget to “tag” them with #NationalHopaParkDay on social media.
Take a break from the TV and computer screens this National Hop-A-Park Day. If you want to make this summer special, and you’re wondering “where can I find title pawns near me”, look no further than your local park. Enjoying an activity as simple as a game of tag or tossing the ol’ frisbee can bring you and your family that much closer. Let your children learn to appreciate the outdoors and earn a few fitness points and celebrate Hop-A-Park Day together!