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Oct 30

Get Yourself and Your Child Outside and Active

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM by Kinnsey Reilly

Kids need an hour of active movement every day. It can be difficult to get up and out moving when the weather starts to cool off. To combat boredom and get away from the screens, here is a list of things you can do instead of sitting inside. 

1. Try Geocaching
If you haven't heard of this new craze, now's the time to jump on the banwagon.Geocaching is an outdoor scavenger hunt while using a GPS. Fellow geocachers have hidden little trinkets and surprises in parks, on trails, in the mountains, anywhere! And now it's your turn to find some of these containers. To find where geocaches are hidden around Missoula, visit for a list. Did you know there are over 500 geocaches within 15 miles of Missoula? They're all waiting for you to find them!
2. Spend an afternoon at Currents Aquatics Center
We have something for everyone! The young ones will love the spray features, whileolder kids (and adults) will enjoy a trip down water slides (please note, there is a 48"requirement to ride the big slides). We offer a range of pass options, fitness classes, plus a full swim lesson schedule year-round. 
3. Go to a park or walk a trail
Missoula offers over 400 acres of parkland, and 22 miles of trails. Odds are, there is a park within walking distance of your home or school. Not to mention, parks are free!
4. Try Folfing
Folfing is a combination of Frisbee and golf. We set up a free course around local parks on a rotating schedule, or you can visit the permanent courses at Blue Mountain or Pattee Canyon. You'll definitely get your daily dose of exercise hiking on these courses. 
5. Have a dance party
Who doesn't love a good dance party? You don't even need to leave your home for this one! (And you can do it indoors, but it's more fun outside.)
6. Walk the dog
Or cat, ferret, hamster, whatever! Don't have a four-legged friend? Contact the Humane Society about taking a dog on a walk. Not only will it be good for you to get out and moving, the pooch sure will love it as well.
7. Rake the leaves
And then jump in them! Remember, leaf pick up is coming up in November, or fill up those fun pumpkin bags.
8. Go fishing in Silver's Lagoon in McCormick Park
For ages 14 and under (adults are allowed to help/supervise). Ages 12-14 must have a FWP Conservation Licence. Fishing is a major part of the Montana lifestyle, and it's never too early to start. 

Remember, the best way to instill an active lifestyle in your child is by leading by example. 
Get your kid outside and active