If you’ve got kids, chances are you’ve also got wrestling, gymnastics, ball sports, and great feats of superhero-strength and athletics in and around your home every day. But next week, 277 world-class Canadian athletes head to the 2012 Summer Olympics. We have medal contenders, and it’s going to be exciting! All the action doesn’t have to be in London, though—there are so many easy, uber fun, and wallet-friendly ways to share the spirit here at home.
Barbecuing on July 27th? Make it an Opening Ceremonies event! Hang a flag and some coloured poster board Olympic rings across the garage, and have guests come in their patriotic reds and whites. Start it off with a cardboard cone and streamer Torch Relay up the street!
Take friends, a potluck picnic, and a bag of balls, pylons, and frisbees, for a trip to the park for races, long jump, shot put, and discus, too. Badminton, volleyball, and T-ball also work well. There are great deals on packages that include everything you need.
Create your own “freestyle” Olympic events—croquet, cup-stacking, water balloon toss, mini water melon toss. Yes, make it wacky if you like—whatever gets the gang out! Better still, a Triathlon of your favourite three. Oh, the fun!
Wrap it all up with chocolate “medal” ceremonies from your porch or patio podium, remember to sing O Canada, and be sure to take pictures! This is how memories are made, and your event will be all the talk ‘til Labour Day.
What are you doing with your family for the Olympics?