As the weather is warming and more families will be heading outside, you may be wondering how you can have fun while sticking around your neighborhood. There are a great number of local adventures just waiting if you get creative.
Recently, some parents around Grosse Pointe Park’s Cabbage Patch near Kercheval and Jefferson avenues decided to expand their world using some homemade games. Valarie St. John decided to use some of her son’s sidewalk chalk and their family’s artistic ways to put together a seek-and-find game for themselves and everyone who lives around them.
“Between Kercheval and Vernor, my son and I drew 20 shamrocks with sidewalk chalk. They’re all on public walkways. If you see someone else playing, wave and give hints! The game continues until the rain washes it away,” St. John said.
Her idea grew so popular that other people started to share it through word of mouth as well as Facebook. Soon enough, there were games all over the neighborhoods around her. St. John said she also heard of another neighborhood putting together a “Stay in Your Own Yard Dance Party,” sharing music and some calorie-burning fun with their area friends.
Here are some other suggestions for getting outside and amusing your family at the same time.
Have a scavenger hunt. There are ready-made scavenger hunts online, so you don’t have to recreate the wheel on this one. One great way to enjoy such a game with younger children is to create or search for one on the Internet that uses local or neighborhood sights as the item you need to find, such as a Chevy-branded car or a house number with “3” in it.
Use your camping gear. Chances are you have a supply of sleeping bags, a hammock or even a tent somewhere hiding out. Wait until there’s a warmer-than-usual spring night and pull everyone outside for a sleep under the stars. You can tell some old spooky stories or listen to the radio as the evening stars appear.
Get cooking. If you’re going to be outside, then it makes sense to cook outside. Try something new on the barbecue, like corn on the cob or some fruit like peaches. There’s always those fire pits that everyone just had to have – they’re great for putting together a tasty dessert like s’mores. Plus, cleanup is a breeze when you can feed any leftovers to the dog and wipe your hands on the grass.
Walk your dog. Rover will be thrilled to have more time to trot around the block and see what new smells there are with springtime blossoming. Adding those 10,000 steps to your routine is simple when you have a dog with you – there is no happier animal on Earth than a puppy who has somewhere to go and a best friend to take them there.
Perform an outdoor play. Grab your battered edition of “Romeo and Juliette” from high school English class, search your closets for costumes and pull together every flashlight in the house. With a few well-placed roles and a couple of practices, you can put together a respectable outdoor play that even Will Shakespeare himself would be proud to see. Add some homemade popcorn to the mix and you’ll not only entertain yourself but your neighbors as well.