Enjoying A Month of Summer in Rancho Santa Fe

Summer is a beautiful time in Rancho Santa Fe. With only a month remaining before returning to school schedules, Sue Grant, ACE-certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Master FallProof Instructor encourages families to “Get outside!” and “Goof off!” Grant adds that in the Rancho Santa Fe area, “there are lots of fun places to hike that are short enough so that it doesn’t feel like a forced march to a child and end with either water to play in or fabulous places to play imaginary games.” Speaking from experience, Grant remembers an enormous eucalyptus tree on the San Elijo Lagoon trail (close to North Rios in Solana Beach) that was magically transformed into a pirate ship and space ship by her own children when they were young.

Grant recommends playing catch, Frisbee, or paddle ball in the park or games like her family’s favorite, “fox & geese” at the beach. This game combines fitness and fun according to Grant, “Draw a HUGE circle in the sand with your foot and then make a cross in the middle of the circle. It’s a tag game - the players must all stay on the lines, and the fox chases the geese. It’s wild and exciting and exhausting! Talk about interval work!” Swimming and skating, including visiting local skate parks, are good options, too. Grant believes that summer should be a time for family fun. “There is so much pressure on kids these days to win-win-win, push-push-push, and I understand the benefits of doing one’s best,” relates Grant. “But, I also firmly believe that kids need plenty of goof-offs, no pressure PLAY time.”

To contact Grant for more ideas, call or email her at 760.815.0005 or [email protected]. Have fun!


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