It’s officially the season for hibernating, eating more and exercising less. When curling up on the couch seems far more appealing than heading outside, it takes a little motivation and preparation to keep the family active throughout the winter months.
Here are some ways to keep your family active:
Try skating as a family. Ottawa has many indoor and outdoor ice surfaces that offer family and recreational skating. The website has searchable schedules by community. Family skating is a great way to meet people from your neighborhood and keep active. Always remember to wear your helmets when ice skating. Ottawa Public Skating Schedule.
Visit the Community Centre The city of Ottawa operates over 50 Community centres that focus on recreational, social, and cultural activities for everyone. Check the schedules for each location to learn more about ways you can stay in shape and learn new skills. Many centres offerer special programs during school breaks and holidays. Ottawa Community Centres.
Take your kids climbing. There are lots of indoor places to climb, a perfect activity for days when the weather is not so agreeable. A quick lesson on the basics of climbing and you’ll be set. Kids use their whole bodies while climbing and it is a great activity to teach problem-solving and help build confidence. And if the kids love it, you can move the adventure outdoors in the spring or summer. Try Vertical Reality or Coyote Rock Gym. There is also a small rock climbing wall at Fun Haven.
Make a splash. Kids love to make a splash in the winter time. There is nothing more exciting than swimming at an indoor pool while it is cold outside. Family swim times are available throughout the week at city pools. City of Ottawa Website. It can also be an adventure to visit the indoor water park at Travelodge or the Wave Pool in Kanata.
Bring it inside: There are so many wonderful indoor playgrounds in the Ottawa area and each one is unique. From trampolines to bumper cars, bowling and everything in between, there are many great offerings to keep a family active. Keep your eye on their websites to find specials and coupons that come up from time to time.
Walk around the block. Bundle up and get out for a walk with your family. Take a look at all of the beautiful decorations going up around your neighbourhood. Gaze at the stars or just have a great talk while you walk.
Celebrate the first snow. Make tracks. Make snow angels. Make a snowman. Often the first snow does not last, so embrace it. Kids will be excited to get out there and catch snowflakes on their tongue and dance around. Find your inner child and remember just how fun those first snowfalls can be.
Getting outside and being active with your kids is important. It sets them up for a lifetime of active living. If you make it a habit for them now, it will continue as they get older. Weather can make this challenging, but if you get out as the weather gets colder, it will be even easier when it warms up again. Being active as a family also creates so many great memories they will cherish and keeps the conversation going as the kids get older.