Enjoy the Minnesota summer with these five ideas to get out and get active


National Get Outdoors Day is June 11, and is a great opportunity to kick-start a healthy and active summer. Challenge your family to try these five ideas to enjoy the great outdoors this summer—and remember, the Y is here to help:

1: Take your workout outside at least once a week—think hiking, jogging, biking, paddling and swimming.

2: Create your own family camp experiencereserve a campsite or cabin and plan fun activities like canoeing/kayaking, fishing or geocaching.

3: Find an outdoor pool for safe fun in the sun.

  • Do it at the Y: Several YMCAs have outdoor water features and are hosting free parties for the community, plus Camp Manitou has new features that are open to the public—check it out during an open house on June 18.

4: Plan a summer staycation—at a park, around the lake or at an event.

  • Do it at the Y: Get tickets to Lakefront Music Fest, July 15-16 where your family can jam out to country and rock acts over two days—plus, kids 13 and under get in for free .

5: Designate some family meals as “al fresco”—whether it’s dining on the backyard patio or deck, or on a picnic table at a nearby park.