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Old 11-18-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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Keeping Kids active in not so nice weather

Looking for some new ideas on this... we live in Minnesota, and so there are plenty of days coming up where a trip to the park is just not enjoyable or needs to be brief.

We have a peanut ball for bouncing and that is a huge hit around here, so I would definitely recommend that if others are looking for ideas too.

What do you do in your family?
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This is what I do. I also take then to the local ymca and go swimming.
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My daughter has 2hrs of gymnastics and 2hr of ballet each week and my son plays hockey 2hr/week.
Our city also offers free public skating at various indoor arenas at various times, we try to skate 2-3 times a week when we don't have activities.
There are also free indoor parks in our malls or we pay $5 to go to the bigger ones in the Recreation Centers.
We have long :brr: winters with LOTS of snow so sledding, snow shoeing and ski are also great activities. We actually have a ski hill in the city limits, nothing huge but great for beginners and children
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My kids still go out unless it's frigid. DS2 is too small to go out on his own, but he is very active. He likes to ride his bike and I walk with him to keep warm. I'll be in the house with the new baby come Feb. I'm planning to put up a couple heavy duty hooks for a wrap swing to keep him entertained in the house. And we do have an xbox kinect for active indoor games as well. The local Y is a great place to get them out and be active. You don't necessarily need to sign up for a class. There is always open pool time and open gym time in the schedules.
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I should look at the open pool time at our Y. It is a really nice zero entry pool- DD liked it a lot when we were members. I know we have indoor playgrounds locally- wonder if they have some specials...

Is just dance something a 4 year old could do?
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I got two kids yoga DVDs and they do those a few times a week. They love them! I have a mini trampoline in the basement that they bounce on. I encourage them to chase each other around the house. We go to the McDonald's play area a lot...I get them apple slices and a coffee for me and I just sit and veg while they play . I have been know. To take them to the mall and just walk around for a couple of hours. We go swimming. Sometimes we go to the indoor gymnastics place and play for an hour. We go skating and sledding. We build snowmen. We dig in the snow.

Can you tell I have lots of experience with cold weather? Living in Canada you have to get creative :-)
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Thanks Megan- good to have some fresh ideas. I do have some yoga dvds, but they have been ignored when I played them in the past. I should try again-
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Thanks Megan- good to have some fresh ideas. I do have some yoga dvds, but they have been ignored when I played them in the past. I should try again-
Mine only do them when I participate
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Mine only do them when I participate
It wouldn't hurt me to be more active too
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