Get Moving: Family-Friendly Indoor Physical Activities

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Just a couple of weeks ago, many folks were watching to see if the groundhog saw his shadow. According to the tradition, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter, but if he doesn’t, an early spring can be expected. Whether you are a follower of this tradition or not, I believe we will see more cold days. As such, parents will continue to keep the little ones inside when the forecast calls for rain, snow, or downright chilly temperatures.

Don’t let your family’s activities be hampered by the weather. There are many indoor activities that are weatherproof alternatives guaranteed to keep you and your children occupied until the sun starts shining again. Here are a few inexpensive examples of great indoor activities you and your family can enjoy.

Museums are a great indoor playground for curious young minds with lots of hands-on offerings for children. If your family is interested in history, science, the arts, or culture, the museum may be for you.

Theaters and tours are other great options. Escape indoors and get lost in your local theater for an hour or two. There are many options around town that cater to the young and the young at heart. The only challenge is to decide what to see! Look for special seasonal promotions such as 2-for-1 ticket deals, free admission for kids of a certain age, and same-day discount deals. Take a tour of your city’s local attractions. You may see something that you didn’t see before.

Concerts and comedy shows are also good choices. From kid-centric musical performances to a comedic troupe that caters to younger ages, there are family-friendly options in most towns and cities. If you live in an area where your options are limited, have your own concert or comedy show at home. Dance, sing, and laugh any inclement weather away.

Libraries and bookstores are wonderful opportunities for indoor activities. Instead of curling up at home with a good book, add a little excitement to your family’s reading repertoire at bookstores and libraries. Find storytelling sessions and other events such as performances, screenings, and workshops at these popular book retreats for young visitors.

The bowling alley is another indoor activity that will spare you and your family from the inclement weather blues. Most bowling alleys are open during the day, evenings, and on the weekends. Check with your local bowling alley for discounted rates on certain nights of the week. Younger bowlers also get assistance from ramps and bumpers.

Play spaces make great indoor options where kids can burn off excess energy. At many of these places, there are opportunities to play sports and to explore imaginative environments. A little inclement weather is no excuse for an empty agenda. Get up and get moving…even if it’s indoors. What other ideas and suggestions do you have for family-friendly indoor activities?

For more information, please contact Tamika McLean, Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program Assistant with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 671-3276, by E-mail at Tamika_McLean@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/. North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.