Baby, it’s cold outside! And with cold weather comes more time indoors. It’s difficult to keep kids moving when they are limited to a few rooms in your house and it’s easy to fall into the traps of television, computers, and other immobile activities waiting to keep kids on the couch. Finding new ways to get your kids up and at ‘em during these months can be difficult. Here are 6 ways you can keep your kids active this winter.
- In-Home Family Activities
You don’t need to be outside to play games! Fun activities like building a fort or playing follow the leader can be done indoors and will keep kids on their toes even when the weather outside is frightful.
- Video Games
I know what you’re thinking… video games encourage couch potatoes, not active kids! This is only partially true. There are a plethora of movement-based video games now on the market that the whole family will enjoy. Pull one out instead of turning on the TV and play a game of virtual tennis, bowling, or guitar hero.
- Shake Your Booty!
Nothing gets the blood flowing like an indoor dance party! Turn on your favorite winter tunes and break out your best moves. Dancing is a great way to burn calories and keep kids fit. Try making a playlist as a family so everyone’s favorite jams get equal play. This will keep kids involved and interested.
If you’re up for a night on the town, try a local parent-child dance event such as Cocoa & Choreography at the Newtown Athletic Club. Events like these will get your kids out, socializing, and shaking their booties to the beat before you know it.
- Jump on the Bed
I know this is typically a no-no in most households, but sometimes jumping on the bed or the couch can be invigorating, even for adults! Make an exception to the rule every once in a while and have a pillow fight or put on some music and jump as high as you can. Kids are sure to have a blast, and who knows? You might too!
- Snowball Fight
Put that cold weather to good use! Outdoor snowy day activities like building a snowman, making snow angels, and having a snowball fight are only some of the ways you can use the outdoors to your advantage in the winter months.
- Take classes
Enrolling kids in Youth Programs and classes at a local gym or rec center is one of the most practical ways to make sure your child is staying active until it gets warmer outside. Programs like these are designed to help kids stay active while having fun and making friends.
Check out the new Youth Programs Schedule at the Newtown Athletic Club.