Thursday, 02 July 2015
Five things to do with active tots this summer
Got a tot who never sits still, or just looking for some fun and active things to do with the family this summer? We've got you covered.
1. Rainbow races
Fancy being the coolest mum around and snapping some amazing pics of you and your little one at the same time? Why not a colour run? Colour runs are 5k runs where you will be pelted with coloured powder until you are positively plastered by the finish line. They are taking place up and down the country this summer, perfect for an amazing day out and getting thoroughly filthy AND colourful – the little ones will love it! The biggest runs are Run or Dye and Colour Run, and what's more kids under the age of five/six (depending on the run) go free, even strollers are welcome!
runordye.co.uk / thecolourrun.co.uk
2. Tennis tots
This 1-2 August is one of three Great British Tennis Weekends, where there will be thousands of free tennis events across the country (162 events and 2,690 sessions this August, to be exact) for the whole family. Rackets and balls are provided and absolutely anyone can get involved in everything from cardio tennis to Highland Spring mini tennis, whether you fancy your tot as the next Andy Murray or just trying to hit dad with tennis balls for an hour or two appeals, there's family free play and basics sessions for little ones.
3. Little runners
There's no excuse for missing parkrun – they're on every Saturday at 9am and there's almost certainly one taking place in a park near you (unless you really do live in the middle of nowhere, in which case, why not start your own?). Parkruns are free timed 5k runs where you simply bring your own personal printed barcode along to record your times. Some runs even allow buggies and dogs – so the entire family, pets included, can get involved!
4. Olympic fun
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is putting on a special programme of 'Active August' events for the whole family. There's 'buggy fit' sessions for getting fit with your baby and your buggy, women's only buggy-friendly running groups, inclusive volleyball and cycling for the whole family and athletics sessions for kids if you reckon yours has a crack at becoming the next Jess Ennis or Usain Bolt. And for those families looking for something a bit different, there are also boccia (not the bread), curling and sitting volleyball sessions!
5. Get fit; Gofest
Get the family down to Surrey 10-12 July for Gofest, the UK's first fitness festival. Whether you and the kids want to try something new at the taster sessions, take part in a tournament, fit the whole family into a fun run – or just have a dance on a Friday night that the little ones can get involved in, it's got it all. There are even numerous inclusive activities for the disabled, meaning nobody gets left behind. During down time they're broadcasting the Wimbledon finals on big screens and have plenty of healthy food outlets.