Find Ways to Get Kids Moving
Let’s face it, not every child loves team sports like football or soccer. But you want your children to be physically active and to find those activities they can be excited about.
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If you’ve ever been on a trampoline, then you know how much exercise bouncing provides. Trampolines offer good core workouts while helping kids develop gross motor skills like balance and coordination.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park offers a jumping extravaganza, with free play, a ball pit, and basketball areas. For tots, Toddler Time happens Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by Homeschool Hop from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Prices vary.
Where: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, 5355 Distriplex Farms Drive, #102. 322-3281. • skyzone.com or visit on Facebook.
More: For little tumblers, don’t forget The Little Gym of Germantown, which also offers ways for kids to get physical. thelittlegym.com/germantowntn
For my money, a bike is one of the best gifts you can give a child. Bikes offer exercise, fun, and a world of adventure. Kids can usually begin riding a two-wheeler with training wheels around age 5 (although some start younger). Let them get acclimated by riding in level, open spaces. Once a child finds his balance, it won’t be long before the training wheels come off and the adventuring begins. Best of all, it’s free.
Where: Shelby Farms Greenline, a 6.5-mile linear trail that connects Midtown (at Tillman) to Shelby Farms Park. shelbyfarms.org • Or explore the Wolf River Greenway at Walnut Grove and Humphreys. For our review, see memphisparent.com.
More: The Peddler Bike Shop offers public rides, info on family cycling and useful tips on kids and helmets at peddlerbikeshop.com.
The martial arts — such as karate, taekwondo, or judo — help kids develop concentration, coordination, and confidence as they learn how to refine a variety of moves and forms. Some programs, like Midtown Taekwondo, even offer after school programs for kids that include transportation from the school to the center. Definitely cool.
More: Midtown Taekwondo, 200 N. Evergreen, 725-5552 • midtowntaekwando.com. Prices vary.