Stay at Home Family Vacation!

 
You don't have to travel to the beach or the mountains to have a wonderful summer.  Try having a vacation at home with the family this year.  With a little creativity and imagination it can be a lot of fun.  Here are some ideas to get you started on your very own at home vacation!
  1. Have a family picnic -- Put a special twist on the day and take the family outside for a picnic.  Pack foods like whole grains, fruits, low-fat dairy, and vegetables.  Let the kids help cut fruits and veggies and pack the meal.  Be sure to pay attention to food safety and don't leave foods in the sun for too long!
  2. Make Strawberry S'mores -- Try this healthy twist to S'mores for a fun summer treat with the kids.  This fun recipe uses low-fat yogurt, strawberries, and graham crackers for a delicious treat.
  3. Go for a family hike:  Check out this website to find a local hiking trail near your home:  http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-maryland.  Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit for a fun, active day with the family.
  4. Set up an obstacle course --  Create a fun obstacle course around the year.  Have everyone hop on one foot, jump, run, and crawl around for some family friendly fun!
  5. Have a camp out --  Check the weather to see if it's a nice night and set up camp outside with sleeping bags, bug spray, flashlights and some summer reading books!  If outside isn't safe try an indoor camp. 
  6. Cook a family meal -- Plan a special meal with the family.  Let all the family members help prepare a healthy memorable meal.  Use a table cloth and nice dishes and make it an extra special night.  Here are some healthy recipe ideas the family can cook together:
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