TUCSON, Ariz. - Since we were little, we’ve been told that getting outside to play is healthy. And even during a global pandemic, that still holds true.
"It’s important to get up and move and kind of get away from the technology for a minute and spend some time outdoors. Learn a new sport, read a book outside," says Sierra Boyer, Tucson Parks and Recreation.
As of Monday, public parks in Tucson reopened after being closed for months. So, parents, this is a great time to get involved in your child’s playtime.
"They are multi-generational, so the parents can play directly with their children," says Boyer. "It’s not just "send your kid off and watch them from afar", but encourage them to play with them. Use their imagination, go to a sports field, kick the ball around with them. Teach them baseball or bocce ball."
And why not try a new sport?
"We have horseshoe pits out there," says Boyer. "Another real popular sport is pickleball. It’s been around for a little while but it’s really gaining popularity in Tucson."
Sure, the times we’re living in aren’t ideal, but this is a great opportunity to get out of the house, engage the mind, and maybe most important: reconnect as a family.