Outdoor Activities For Children Chowchilla CA

Our children need to get outside and play for more reasons than just exercise, though that is a very important one. Children also need to get outside of their heads and just be. They need to run and jump and climb and explore.

Berkeley YMCA
(510) 848-9622
2001 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA
Cost
Enrollment $50-$150; Monthly membership $30-$112
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Indoors, Kids Resources, Leagues & Teams

My Kids Clubhouse
(858) 668-2838
12636 Poway Road,Suite 4
Poway, CA
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat and Sun 10am-5:30pm
Cost
First child $8; $6 each additional sibling. Adults free. Playgroups with more than 7 kids $6/child.
Ages
8-Jan
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Indoors

Susan Seiguer's Family Daycare
(619) 226-1887
4418 A Montalvo Street
San Diego, CA
Hours
Mon-Fri 7am-5:30pm
Cost
Rates vary.
Ages
0-5
Services Available
Childcare

Karate 4 Kids USA
(818) 755-4573
5215 Bakman Avenue
North Hollywood, CA
Hours
Check website for current schedule.
Cost
Moderate; Family discounts available
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Parents Resources

Mollycoddlers, LLC
(949) 275-5437
4310 Deer Valley Way
Newport Beach, CA
Cost
$$
Ages
0-13
Services Available
Childcare

Okie Dokie Kids Salon
(818) 340-7771
20929 Ventura Blvd,Suite 41
Woodland Hills, CA
Hours
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm
Cost
Children (12 and under) $18; contact the Salon for party package prices.
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare

Childcare Resource Service
(800) 481-2151
San Diego, CA
Hours
Mon-Thu 8am-4pm; Fri 8am-12n
Cost
Free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare

Angel's Day Care
(818) 884-8445
7748 Loma Verde Ave.
Canoga Park, CA
Hours
7:30am-5:30pm
Ages
0-6
Services Available
Childcare

Jeanne's Daycare
310.839.0432; 310.634.8646
8646 Olin Street
Los Angeles, CA
Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm
Cost
Weekly fee $250 (ages up to 2) to $225 (over 2); Part time fees $10/hour or $50/day.
Ages
0-9
Services Available
Childcare

TLC Companions
(760) 207-3142
4425 Mission Ave E-111
Oceanside, CA
Cost
$$
Ages
0-14
Services Available
Childcare

Outdoor Activities For Children

Are you concerned about the amount of time your children are spending indoors on sedentary activities? If you were to name the last game he or she played, would it be electronic? Our children need to get outside and play for more reasons than just exercise, though that is a very important one.

Children also need to get outside of their heads and just be. They need to run and jump and climb and explore. (You and I both know they will do that in the den, but if they do it outside, you’ll both be happier.)

They need to get their daily allotment of sunshine to reset their body’s inner clocks, which will help them sleep better at night.

They need to go fast and feel the breeze on their face.

They need to go slow and see the clouds move across the sky.

They should ride a bicycle or a skateboard or a foot peddled go cart.

They should sit still while they catch their breath from going fast.

Your children also need you to get out there and join them. Throw the ball around, take a walk, go for a family bike ride, set up one of those portable basketball hoops in the driveway or walk up to the local playground. Children learn by doing and watching what we do. If we sit on the couch and watch television after we send them outside, we are not sending a consistent message. Most children’s faces absolutely light up when Mom or Dad join them outside in their games.

If you are not into playing games, then just step outside and sweep the sidewalk. Be out there with them for at least a little while. Maybe you could spend an hour a day all week pulling weeds out of your flowerbeds while the children play. They may join you for a bit while you work, but be prepared for them to wander off to play.

They need to explore their environments and spend some time close to nature. No, you don’t have to go camping or fishing if that isn’t your thing. Take a walk by the edge of the retention pond and look at the minnows. Talk in a hushed voice when the egret lands so you don’t disturb his dinner.

Notice the baby frogs hopping away from the pond towards the edge of the wooded area. Pick one up gently for a minute, but insist that it must be let go to be happy. Notice the fantastic spider web with the magnificently humongous spider in it. Agree that spiders are not for petting. Listen to the chatter of your child as she notices the things around her.

All outdoor activities don’t need to be exercise, but some of it should. Follow your child’s interest. If your child is social and enjoys the rules and competition of sports games, then sign her up. If he would rather hang with a few friends and set his own pace, then that basketball hoop is a solid investment for one on one for years to come. Even a rousing game of freeze tag can be considered exercise if it lasts long enough.

Most importantly, send your child outside to play. Whatever game or activity works for you and your child, do it. Life isn’t in that little electronic box, it’s outside waiting for the both of you.

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