Give Your Kids a Healthy and Active Summer

Teen camp counselor helping children in kayak.

Be safe when having outdoor fun.

Parents play a powerful role in helping their children prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for the upcoming school year. Here are some ways you can give your child a healthy and active summer through activities that help them be safe, healthy, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Keep Your Children Safe This Summer


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Enjoy summer activities safer when you are fully vaccinated!

Help protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children 12 years and older vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Want to try a new recipe? Be safe while doing so! Teach your child the basics of food safety and handwashing.

Social Emotional Learning

Keep Your Children Healthy This Summer


Physical Activity

  • Help your kids and teens get 60 minutes of physical activityexternal icon every day! Check for free or low-cost sports camps at their school or the local rec center — or get active by walking, biking, or roller skating as a family during your summer vacation.

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Social Emotional Learning

  • Dancing to music from other countries and languages can strengthen the ability to empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Try dancing, for example, to hits from around the worldexternal icon or other multicultural music options.

Keep Your Children Engaged This Summer


Physical Activity

Father, mother, daughter gardening in backyard with grandfather.

Planting a garden together can foster teamwork and improve mood.

Nutrition

Social Emotional Learning

  • Try planting a garden or volunteering at a community garden as a family. This can help foster teamwork and strengthen relationships.

Keep Your Children Supported This Summer


Family of four cooking together in their kitchen at home.

Cooking together can encourage your child to eat healthy.

Physical Activity

  • Are the kids stuck in the house on a rainy day? Watch this video for tips to help your kids get physical activity when they can’t go outside.

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Social Emotional Learning

  • Strengthen your family relationships and support kids and teens in making responsible choices with these positive parenting tips.

Keep Your Children Challenged This Summer


Family of four practicing new dances at home in living room.

Practicing new dance moves can be fun and help keep your child active.

Physical Activity

Nutrition

  • Try a new fruit or vegetable. Ask for your child’s opinion or simply introduce a new fruit or vegetable in the kitchen. Try this Kids Food Critic activityexternal icon to make exploring new foods more exciting.

Social Emotional Learning

  • Camps provide opportunities for children to try new activities, develop relationship and social skills, and be physically active. Visit your county’s parks and recreation website or stop by a local center for information on free summer sessions near you.

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