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NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY – First Saturday of Every Month

National Play Outside Day - First Saturday of Every Month

NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY

If it’s the first Saturday of the month, it’s National Play Outside Day. So, no matter what month it is, everyone put down your electronic devices and get outside!

All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Day is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in the great outdoors.

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Why is playing outside so good for us? Besides getting us off the sofa or away from the desk, it also gives us an opportunity to explore our neighborhoods. While it’s impossible to list all the benefits of outdoor play, we do have a few to share.

  • Playing outdoors is a freeing activity. It frees us from routines, enclosed spaces and frames of mind.
  • The outdoors fills us with energy. Whether it’s the fresh air, sunshine or physical activity, we perk up and become motivated to accomplish things.
  • It clears the cobwebs from our brains. We sometimes get stuck on a topic, project or issue and are unable to resolve it. A change of scene often brings clarity we didn’t have before.
  • Outdoor play provides terrific physical activity for our bodies. Our hearts pump fresh oxygen to our limbs and brains.
  • We experience new sights and sounds. Children get to experience the world around them.
  • As a social activity, playing outside encourages positive interactions.
  • When you play outside every month, it becomes habit-forming – and this one good habit to have!
  • It stimulates the imagination. Outdoor play almost has no boundaries. Your yard can be a kingdom or the playground can be a mountain to scale.

We’ve only scratched the surface of the benefits of outdoor play. There are so many more! So, be sure to get outside with the family on the first Saturday of every month – or even more often than that!

HOW TO OBSERVE #PlayOutsideDay

We know the seasons change, so what we were able to do outside last month will be different this month. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating the day. This is your quarterly reminder that it’s time to get outside and play. We have suggestions for every season that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

  • Explore hiking trails near you.
  • Visit the local swimming pool or even take swimming lessons.
  • Check out every park in your neighborhood and climb, slide, swing on every playground set.
  • Start a game of catch, kickball, tag, Frisbee or make up a game.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Run through the sprinkler.
  • Go camping.
  • Go fishing.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Jump in a pile of leaves.
  • Build a fort – of leaves or snow or whatever is handy.
  • Walk around the block.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Build a snowperson.
  • Go sledding.
  • Identify the constellations at night and look for meteors.
  • Visit your favorite state or national park.

What’s your favorite way to play outside? Introduce some of the games you used to play to your children. Whatever you do, be sure to get outside and play! Use #PlayOutsideDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY HISTORY

In 2011, Aaron Wiggans and Rhonda D. Abeyta founded National Play Outside Day as a reminder to explore and play in the world outside. The day encourages healthful habits that will last a lifetime.


DATES
2 January 2021
1 January 2022
7 January 2023
6 January 2024
4 January 2025
3 January 2026
2 January 2027
1 January 2028
6 January 2029
5 January 2030
4 January 2031

6 February 2021
5 February 2022
4 February 2023
3 February 2024
1 February 2025
7 February 2026
6 February 2027
5 February 2028
3 February 2029
2 February 2030
1 February 2031

6 March 2021
5 March 2022
4 March 2023
2 March 2024
1 March 2025
7 March 2026
6 March 2027
4 March 2028
3 March 2029
2 March 2030
1 March 2031

3 April 2021
2 April 2022
1 April 2023
6 April 2024
5 April 2025
4 April 2026
3 April 2027
1 April 2028
7 April 2029
6 April 2030
5 April 2031

1 May 2021
7 May 2022
6 May 2023
4 May 2024
3 May 2025
2 May 2026
1 May 2027
6 May 2028
5 May 2029
4 May 2030
3 May 2031

5 June 2021
4 June 2022
3 June 2023
1 June 2024
7 June 2025
6 June 2026
5 June 2027
3 June 2028
2 June 2029
1 June 2030
7 June 2031

3 July 2021
2 July 2022
1 July 2023
6 July 2024
5 July 2025
4 July 2026
3 July 2027
1 July 2028
7 July 2029
6 July 2030
5 July 2031

7 August 2021
6 August 2022
5 August 2023
3 August 2024
2 August 2025
1 August 2026
7 August 2027
5 August 2028
4 August 2029
3 August 2030
2 August 2031

4 September 2021
3 September 2022
2 September 2023
7 September 2024
6 September 2025
5 September 2026
4 September 2027
2 September 2028
1 September 2029
7 September 2030
6 September 2031

2 October 2021
1 October 2022
7 October 2023
5 October 2024
4 October 2025
3 October 2026
2 October 2027
7 October 2028
6 October 2029
5 October 2030
4 October 2031

7 November 2020
6 November 2021
5 November 2022
4 November 2023
2 November 2024
1 November 2025
7 November 2026
6 November 2027
4 November 2028
3 November 2029
2 November 2030
1 November 2031

5 December 2020
4 December 2021
3 December 2022
2 December 2023
7 December 2024
6 December 2025
5 December 2026
4 December 2027
2 December 2028
1 December 2029
7 December 2030
6 December 2031

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