- May 6, 2014

National Family Playdate on May 10, 2014


Life with kids can get hectic. I have five children, ages one to 14, and our weekends are always jam packed with things to do and places to be. We rush from one event to the next to cram it all in.  My husband and I usually divide kids to conquer the schedule.  But this Saturday, my calendar looks different, and I am awfully excited about it.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 is the second annual National Family Playdate. In honor of Mother’s Day and busy households nationwide, the Active Family Project is encouraging families to live a more active lifestyle by scheduling family play time on May 10. 

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you do it. Just think of something your family could enjoy together, and carve out the time on Saturday to make it happen. As you can see above, I decided to take my kids on a hike.  I have always wanted to explore Bull Creek and we never have.  Now that it is on the calendar, it is happening. And I can’t wait. 

Four of my kids, exploring McKinney Falls State Park

If you follow Free Fun in Austin on Facebook, you may have noticed that recently I have been sharing a few of my family’s favorite outings around town.  As an Active Family Project sponsored mom, my suggestions were included on the Active Family Project Activity Finder.  This regional resource for tips, tools, and fun activities for families can be found here. The Active Family Project is a health and wellness effort focused on helping to empower families with the tools they need to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. 

For more information on the National Family Playdate, visit Active Family Project (AFP) on Facebook.  
For every share of an AFP Facebook post from now until May 31, 2014, AFP will donate $1 to KaBOOM! to help create more playspaces across America, up to $15,000. 

To see my recommendations for local family fun, check out Active Family Project’s Activity Finder, on their website. But, remember, you can plan anything for National Family Playdate! Read a book together, enjoy a picnic, take a kite or soccer ball to a nearby field. Whatever you like! Want to give it a go? I’d love to hear your plan.  Please share in the comments how you will be playing together as a family this weekend.