Backyard Navigation - This activity will be the starting point to lots of cool orienteering based activities that you can expand on. Using a simple app on your phone (or a real compass if you have one) this activity will teach how to read the compass, take a bearing and create cool activities. The activity outlined in this example is creating a bearing based treasure hunt.
Natural Senses - This activity is will allow your entire family to spend some time outdoors and to mindfully tune into your senses. Hopefully this will open up the world around you as you can start to conscientiously notice more about your surroundings. These sensory challenges will keep everyone entertained and can be done easily with common household items. These activities can also connect to science and biology lessons by exploring the ways animals use senses to survive.
Arts and Crafts
Nature At Home - the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has created some fun and educational activities focused on the outdoors and history.
San Diego Zoo - Enjoy animal activities, stories, videos, and interactive games on this kid-friendly site.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden - Meet the animals in daily Facebook Live safaris!
Yellowstone National Park - See the Grand Canyon, geysers, and hot springs!
Whether it's a current Y favorite or something new to you, YMCA 360 matches your lifestyle with a growing library of online videos for you and your family.
Kids Yoga - Travel all over the world as you learn some of yoga’s basic movements.
Youth Soccer - Our youth sports program designed to develop basic soccer skills and drills for all levels.
Youth Sports Performance - A program for young athletes to help develop overall athleticism and reduce injuries. Use these at-home drills to help take your skills to the next level.
Playing Family Fitness Bingo
Instead of sitting with a dauber and waiting for numbers to be called, this version of bingo requires each family member to complete five mini-workouts—like run one lap or do 15 sit ups—to get a bingo. Or you can really kick things up by going for a blackout by completing every activity on the list.
- Includes light cardio and strength training for several different muscle groups
- No exercise equipment is required
- Best for kids ages 7 and up
YMCA Living Room Dance Party Playlists:
Have a Dance Party! Check out our YMCA Living Room Dance Party Spotify playlist that has fun family-friendly songs to keep you and your family moving!. Share your dance party video with us! Tag us on Facebook and use the hashtag #YMCADanceParty
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Freeze Dance Activity
- Choose someone to be the DJ.
- Turn on your favorite radio station or playlist.
- When the DJ stops the music, everyone freezes until the music plays again.
- If you move, you’re out!
- The last one in wins the round and gets to be the DJ for the next round.