Tips For Keeping Your Kids Active From A Boston Fitness Professional

February 16, 2013 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

The cold winter weather can keep your kids inside, but don’t let it keep them inactive. Help your kids have fun and burn some energy with these tips from Boston fitness professional Tom Bisbee. A kickboxing/boot-camp style fitness instructor, Bisbee keeps his students engaged with his witty humor and ability to change up every class. He learned his discipline in the military and has carried that through to his healthy lifestyle. Bisbee believes in practicing what he preaches so his students can look to him as an example.
1. Bundle up and get out into the fresh air.

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

Boston Common Frog Pond
84 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 635-2120
www.bostonfrogpond.com

Price: $5 adults/children under 13 free

Boston Common Frog Pond is an ice skating rink and skating school during the winter months. Keep your kids active while getting them out in the fresh air at this spectacular rink. Skate rentals and group or private lessons are available upon request. After a day of skating, warm up at the Frog Pond Cafe. It serves hot chocolate, snacks, sandwiches, and soups and offers free WiFi. Enjoy your treat outside, even in the cold weather, under the heated jumbo umbrella.

2. Try something new and exciting.

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado

MetroRock
69 Norman St.
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 387-7625
www.metrorock.com

Click here to view rates.

MetroRock climbing center is a unique way to keep kids active during the cold weather. The experienced staff keep kids safe and challenged, while providing professional climbing instruction. Children build physical fitness, confidence, focus and trust through fun and games. Older children will enjoy the challenge course, which includes physical challenges and rope obstacles set high over the ground. Parties, programs, and private instruction are also available for children looking to climb regularly.

Related: Winter Camping Guide For Boston

3. Take an outdoor activity indoors.

(Photo credit: Roller World)

(Photo credit: Roller World)

Roller World
425R Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 231-1111
www.roller-world.com

Price: $7.50

Roller World provides a warm alternative to ice skating when the temperature gets a little too cold. Beginners and younger children can practice on the kiddie rink, while experienced skaters and older children use the bigger rink. The price includes skate rentals, and for an extra fifty cents you can rent a locker. If the kids need a rest from skating, there is a snack bar and arcade games to keep them busy. Roller World also hosts birthday parties, which includes skates, admission, cake, ice cream, soda, and invitations.

4. Make an activity a learning adventure.

(Credit: Mass Audobon Society)

(Credit: Mass Audobon Society)

Blue Hills Reservation
695 Hillside St.
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 698-1802
www.mass.gov

Price: free

Bundle up the kids and take them for some winter hiking through the Blue Hills Reservation. There are over 125 trails to explore, so hikers of all levels can experience different terrain. Children can learn about trees and flowers, explore swamps and ponds, and perhaps see some wildlife on their outdoor adventure. This scenic excitement will keep kids interested in the outdoors despite the cold weather. After your hike, warm up at the Trailside Museum, where you can view live animals, and natural history and cultural exhibits.

5. Engage the body and mind.

(Photo from Happy Tree Yoga For Kids/Facebook)

(Photo from Happy Tree Yoga For Kids/Facebook)

Happy Tree Yoga For Kids
10 Colonial Road
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 618-0594
www.happytreekidsyoga.com

Click here to view rates.

Yoga for children is a gentle way to keep kids active, while teaching focus, coordination, flexibility, and relaxation. Children of all ages and personalities will enjoy the benefits of a yoga class. Games and stories keep them engaged, while breathing techniques and poses help to clear the mind. Drop in for a class or sign up for a six week session. Birthday parties are also available and include a one hour class of games, poses, breath work and relaxation techniques.

Related: Boston’s Best Places For Outdoor Winter Activities

Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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