Keeping the Kids Active Through the Winter

Winter has settled in for a long stay and it’s likely your kids are getting restless. While snuggling on the couch is fun for a few days, after a week or so of being stuck indoors, kids need to run and jump. Unfortunately, doing this inside the house is not always an option, and sending the kids outside may not be either.

If you find yourself stuck in the house and slowly drifting into a funk this winter season, it might be time to find some ways to get out and let the kids run around. Need some suggestions on how to go about this? Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Find an Indoor Playground — The first and most obvious option is to find an indoor playground. Not sure where one can be found? Check out Chick-Fil-A or McDonald’s. If fast food isn’t your thing, you might prefer Dynamo Gym in northwest Oklahoma City, where you can pay $5 to play on a gigantic play structure. For those with young kids, the small play area at Quail Springs Mall is great, and Unpluggits in Edmond is an amazing place to both play and do some crafts.

Invest in a Membership — A membership at the Oklahoma Science Museum is a wonderful investment. Add on the Oklahoma Museum Network option and gain access to a variety of area museums—some with playgrounds—where your kids can run, jump, and learn.

Head to the Gym — No, we don’t mean you need to take your kids to the nearest Gold’s Gym. However, finding a local church or school that is willing to open their gymnasium to visitors could be an option. Call around and see if you can find a place where the kids can let loose and run off their energy. If you do find a place, you might even help some other parents out by setting up a homeschool meetup.

Sign Up For a Class — There are tons of choices when it comes to classes that help kids expend some of their pent-up energy. Gymnastics and dance lessons are easy to find, as are sports teams. We even have the option of yoga with Emily right here at The Loop, and boy is it a great option!

We hope these tips help keep your kids active and happy, and also help save your sanity this cold season. After all, homeschooling is no fun at all if everyone is crabby. So what are you waiting for? Get out and start moving!