Salem’s Summer Smile: 7 Outdoor Family Activities for Healthy Living

Outdoor family activities in Salem.

Sun’s out!

It’s time! The sun is out, and the weather just can’t be beat. It’s officially time to get outside. Whether your goal is to be active or just burn your kiddo’s never ending energy, summertime in Salem is the perfect time to get outside. After all, is there a better way to make memories than outdoor family activities exploring nature?

Taking the time to soak in that vitamin D does more than you might think. Your stress levels can decrease noticeably, and your physical health will increase. But that’s not all! Letting yourself spend time in nature can even contribute to good oral health. Why? Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which helps strengthen your bones—teeth included!

1. Nature Hikes and Walks

When it comes to Salem, there’s one thing you can be sure of—we’ve got plenty of trails to explore. If you don’t have any plans for the day but still want to get out of the house to soak up some sun, pack up the kids and head off to one of our many walking trails. No matter which one you choose, you’re going to bring home memories for the whole family.

2. Biking Adventure

Though the trails are often the same as when going on a nature walk or hike, biking is a special kind of adventure. So what are you waiting for? Make sure those tires are aired up, grab your helmet and some water, and get out there!

3. Picnics with a Healthy Twist

There’s something magical about a classic picnic. Whether you have a fancy basket or blanket to sit on or not, a healthy picnic is guaranteed to provide you and your family with lifelong memories. Sure, you can always opt for the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but adding in something special, such as fruit kabobs or this chickpea salad, can add just a little more flair.

4. Community Garden Participation

During the summer months, there’s always something going on in the community. Whether you are a member of a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) or just want to help out around the community, there’s sure to be a project somewhere. Certain HOA’s will have gardening clubs to help maintain the neighborhood entrances, and some parks will have similar events. You might be surprised by what you find in your area!

5. Water-Based Activities

When you’re looking for ways to explore Salem this summer, water activities might be at the top of your list. If you’re looking for something free, don’t forget to check out the local splash pads! Some options include Wes Bennett Park and Riverfront Park. Of course, you can always take the family to one of the local lakes and enjoy the water there! Don’t forget to be sun safe and pack sunscreen and hats.

6. Outdoor Sports and Games

Never underestimate the memory-making power of playing an outdoor game. Grab the baseball and mitt, and play some catch, or see who can kick the soccer ball the farthest. No matter what competition you and your family come up with, there is fun to be had!

7. Volunteering for Outdoor Community Projects

With one quick online search, you might find all sorts of events for the community. Perhaps there’s a neighborhood water balloon fight, or movie night in the park. Your local community Facebook site is a great place to find out what’s on. There’s bound to be something fun going on near you!

Rainy Days

What about those rainy days? It can be hard to stay sane when the little ones are going stir-crazy in the house. If living out your wildest dreams and dancing in the rain isn’t an option, it’s time to pull out all the fun facts and see what your kids know!

Memory Time

Summertime brings us the opportunity for more than just a break from school. It’s the perfect time to bond with your family and make lifelong memories. Every moment you spend with your family is important, and summer is a time to take advantage of every moment!

But enhancing those family bonds isn’t the only reason to spend time outside when the weather behaves. Soaking in the fresh air and sunshine brings your body vitamin D, which makes it easier for your body to soak in calcium. And more calcium means stronger teeth.

So, what are you waiting for? Get outside and make some memories! You don’t want to forget your child’s oral care with all the chaos of summer, though! Before things get too busy, remember to hop online and request an appointment for your family’s dental cleaning.