It’s summertime and that means kids should be outside soaking up the sun. We want them to breathe easy while the living is easy, so here are a few activities that help improve air quality and some to try when it’s not as good:
AIR-FRIENDLY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
- Ride a bike. Biking is practically a rite of passage for kids, and it doesn’t produce the same harmful emissions as driving. It’s also a fun way to travel and an excellent source of exercise. The Kansas City metro area has a number of great bike trails for you and your children to try.
- Spend time at a summer camp with an environmental focus. Kansas City has a lot of camps that incorporate environmental stewardship within various areas of interests like science, performing arts and sports. Talk with counselors ahead of time to encourage them to check the SkyCast before outdoor activities.
- Volunteer with an organization that helps the environment, like a sustainability group. For example, Bridging The Gap helps air quality by planting trees and restoring natural prairies in the Greater Kansas City region. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and it teaches your children responsibility and compassion.
INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR OZONE ALERT DAYS
- Find a good book and dive right in. Reading helps improve a child’s literacy and advances his or her overall academic performance. Libraries all over the metro offer summer reading programs that keep your kids indoors on Ozone Alert days — all while fostering a love of reading.
- Discover the artist within by doing some arts and crafts. Your kids can draw, paint, sculpt or create hundreds of other projects all within the comfort of their own home when the air quality is poor. If you don’t want the mess at your house, Kansas City has several art studios where your children can go. Grab a play date and carpool there!
We want you and your children to enjoy your summer so be sure to always check the SkyCast before doing any outdoor activity.