Adding exercise and fun to playdates

Summer can be a great time to get the kids together for picnics or backyard parties.  You can help keep your group active and help them burn off some energy with fun, motion-filled games that adults and kids can enjoy together.

“Split Splat” is one example of a great game that involves quick motion and lots of laughs. Great for groups of all ages, all you need is five or more people. Learn how to play “Split Splat” in this video featuring  Amy Casedy, a physical therapist from Mott Children’s Hospital’s Milestones Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program.

What game do your kids love playing during get-togethers or playdates?  Share your favorites with other parents in our comments section, below!


This article is part of a six-week series of summer activity ideas, healthy recipes, and safety tips for Camp Little Victors: Virtual summer camp, real summer fun. We hope you can use this and other articles in the series from physicians and staff at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to make this a happy and health summer break for your family. Enroll now!


University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” including #4 in the country for heart and heart surgery. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.