Quiet Time: 5 Free, Healthy, Whole-Family Activities for Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning: Go for a hike!Sunday Morning: Go for a hike!Weekends should be blissful, free of the crazy chaos that usually takes place Monday through Friday. But Saturdays can still be filled with shuttling the kids back and forth between practices, parties and play dates -- that antithesis of bliss. If you find yourself eager to etch out quiet, peaceful time with your family, you need a plan.

Here's one: Set aside your Sunday morning for special family time, and try one of these five mellow activities:

-Camp out! Or at least pretend you did! When you wake up, fire up the grill and pretend your camping. Serve up a delicious and healthy breakfast (bird's nest anyone?) in the backyard.

-Have a breakfast picnic in the park. Grab a blanket, pack a simple breakfast, some books and games, and walk to a nearby park for morning eats and fun with the kids.

-Walk, bike, or scoot to your local's farmer's market. Sample sweet fruits and veggies bursting with flavor.

-Go for a hike. Tour beautiful trails in your area and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

-Chill out. That's right. Do absolutely nothing together. One of the healthiest things you can do for you and your kids is to know when it's time to just be. Stay home, lounge around in your PJs, read the newspaper (and read the comics to your kids!), and enjoy some serious quiet time.

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