Take a second picture of the local city park in your neighborhood, many will have open fields and recreational structures like a playground, ball courts and fields, skateparks, and pools, to name a few. There will be a lot of fun that can be had at the park; take the family there to have a picnic and a friendly game of catch or another form of sport.
No matter the time of year, there will be fun games and activities to participate in, and each season provides a change in recreation. This article will cover a few out-of-the-box ideas for your next outing at the park.
Summertime Fun and Games
Summertime is when the kids are out of school and the nights are warm, perfect for a late-night get-together at the park. Here with a bit of creativity and preplanning, games like badminton can become glow-in-the-dark editions or just simple games of catch tossing a ball, frisbee, or else wise.
Certain communities will have a “movie at the park” event that encourages families to bring their members to enjoy a film and for the kids to play together. As the sport grows, disc golf baskets could be a welcome addition to the area if not already present.
Winter Season Snow and Fun
Some specific activities can only be done in the snow of winter, including sledding and snow sculpting. Take the family out after the snow to build a snowman, or if there is a hill, for some lazy and easy-going sledding.
If you have a large number of people to entertain, consider the epic ability to have a snowball fight with prebuilt snow forts and other defensive structures. If correctly done, these play structures can be used repeatedly throughout the winter season.
Recreation and Group Exercise
All of us have seen the Tai Chi groups and Yogi pods neatly organized in rows practicing their art in unison out at the park getting in a good workout outdoors when the weather is good. Consider getting your workout crew together to get some cardio done in the fields, using a team sport to get out and run a while and get those legs a chance to stretch out.
Many community parks offer a pool and having a regular exercise group meet and swimming laps together is another way to stay fit and create communal relationships along the way.
Cookouts and Celebrations
Sometimes the backyard will need more space for particular get-together events and celebrations, making a local park a perfect place to relocate festivities. Some parks will have grills handy. Specific Park designs incorporate charcoal grills and picnic tables for families and visitors to use for cooking and entertaining.
With the added space, a group will have the opportunity to play sports in the fields, play on the structures in the playground, or allow for simple pleasures for the adults, such as kicking back in a camping chair with a beer, good food, and company.
Truth is that there will be a plethora of activities, events, and other social engagements at the city park, many of which help neighborhood members stay active and healthy in the community.