Last week we listed a few different ways that you can prepare for a healthy, green Labor Day weekend. This week we are featuring different activities that you and your family can participate during the long Labor Day weekend that are fun, engaging for the whole family, and contribute to a healthy lifestyle and a greener planet.
One trend that appears to be gaining steam is encouraging people to take a step away from social media and the Internet in general. One such initiative known as the Reconnect Project, is targeting September 2, the Sunday during Labor Day weekend, as a day to disconnect from the Internet and connect with the world on a human level. They want to foster innate human creativity and see what happens when people don’t go online for a whole day. Here are our 5 tips for disconnecting from technology.
- Find a group bicycling or walking event – This weekend, as the last official weekend of the summer, means that there are going to be lots of outdoor events planned. Some small towns have charity events like run/walks or cycling marathons that are fun and challenging for everyone.
- Go to a local park – Go visit one of your local parks and explore the territory. Make sure that you have bug spray with you and be watchful of any notices that the parks department posts regarding ticks or other potential safety issues.
- Go camping – Pack up the family and go for a camping trip. Make s’mores with your kids over an open fire and get away from it all. Reconnect as a family. Teach your kids about preserving nature and how to live off the land for a little while. Go fishing and show your kids how much fun fishing can be. Tell scary stories around a campfire.
- Build animal feeders – If your kids are artsy or into crafts, let them show off their creative sides and build animal feeders. It’s a great way for them to express themselves creatively and see their work in action. If you aren’t particularly crafty yourself and don’t want to build the birdhouse, you can always head to a local crafts store and buy a premade one that is ready to be painted and decorated. Get a book on birds and see how many birds you can identify that visit your feeder.
- Jarring and canning –One trend in food that is growing in popularity is jarring. Making your own preserves and canning food can help save money and can be shared at your next party. Tips from FoodNetwork.com to sterilize jars should be followed for the best jarring practices.
We hope these tips help you enjoy a safe and green Labor Day weekend!