Get the children moving with this list of physical activities for kids! They are categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these physical activities for kids can be enjoyed by those who are ready and willing to have fun and get some exercise. How did you like to stay active as a kid? What physical activities do you do with your your kids? Let us know!
Animal Dance is the kind of experience that will engage and delight the whole family and especially those who are very young. As part of their Early Childhood Initiative, Peter Brosius and Ann Carlson have created a unique piece that speaks the truth, “Dance is EVERYWHERE!”
A 40-minute show, there is no plot. It’s simply enjoying life through vibrant eyes.
World-renowned choreographer and performance artist Ann Carlson playfully, gently, and thoughtfully interacts with animals in many of the same ways that children do: with curiosity, a sense of wonder, and reverence for animals.”
Hey, everyone, this is Andy, and I’m 10, and I’ve had a bit of roller rink experience, and I’m here to tell you about 6 awesome roller skating rinks (a couple of which I’ve been to) that I’ve unearthed some information about. This is my first blog and with some help from my dear mom, we’ve been able to put this together. Hope you find it useful!
When: Ongoing Sundays • 6-8:30pm Ages: All ages Cost: $4 admission plus skate rental (regular $1; inline $3) Details: I went there for a b-day party, and I LOVED IT! Sunday is a great day to bring the whole family, Fridays are more teen/tween.
When: Ongoing Saturdays • 10am-12pm Ages: Ages 6 and under Cost: $5, skates included, in-lines $4, light-up razor scooters $7 Details: Cheap Skate also holds other events, such as Friday GLOW party, and Throwback Thursdays.
When: Sat, 10-10pm, Sun, 11-4pm, Mon, 12-8pm, Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, Fri, 4:30-9:30pm Ages: All ages Cost: $5.50-$10 per youth depending on the day, skate rental $3 extra Details: Also has an arcade and events every day. While your older kids are off skating, the youngsters can play on this multilevel bonanza! You can also purchase both skating and playing on the playground for a discount.
When: Tues, Wed, Fri, 5-8pm, Sat, 11-4pm, 7-10pm, Sun, 12:30-4:30pm Ages: All ages Cost: $5-$7, skate rental $3 extra Details: Christian contemporary music on Sat 7-10pm, and during Family Fun Skating there is clean music.
When: Ongoing Fridays • 6-9:30pm Ages: All ages, children under 12 need to be supervised by responsible person Cost: $16 Details: Includes unlimited roller skating, pizza, pop, and laser tag (pizza and pop only served until 9). Upgrade to in-lines for $2. BlackOut skate is also at 9, with glow stick, flashing glasses or pacifier available for purchase. You can also bring your own.
When: Ongoing Saturdays • 10am-12pm Ages: Best for younger kids 6 and under Cost: $5 plus $2 extra quad rental, $3 extra for in-lines Details: This skating rink also holds other events, which are Family Fun Skating, and Adult Night.
Again, I hope you’ve found this useful. Enjoy the roller rinks!
Rainy day and indoor games for kids of all ages! This list is categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these indoor games for kids can truly be enjoyed by anyone who is ready and willing to have fun. What indoor games did your family love to play growing up, and what indoor games do you play now with your kids? Let us know!
Note: Most of these games are classics that can be played without any fancy equipment, but if you would like to purchase a game, we have included links to our Amazon store. While your price does not change, we receive a small commission on any purchases made through our site.
A great game for your child to get to know the world around her. For a child who has never played, you can start by picking out an object within plain view, not mentioning the object, and saying “I Spy something blue.” If there is only one child, then she can keep guessing until she gets it right. If there are multiple children then they can take turns looking around and guessing. The first child correct gets to spy something next. Simple and fun!
Variations – Limit the number of guesses each child gets. Or, say things like “I Spy something that is a circle.” The difficulty is easily changed by what you are actually spying (smaller or less obvious things) and how you describe what is spied (bumpy or soft things, for example).
2. Balance Beam
This is more easily set up than you might think. Go get the masking tape, tape down a line of any length, and have a blast! Challenge your child to only walk on the line all the way to end. And definitely tape down further lines at different angles. Spirals and zig-zags are always fun.
Variations – The fastest child without stepping off, walking it heel-to-toe, walking it backwards, with eyes closed (socks off so they can feel the line), and jumping down the line (both feet still on!) are all great variants. If you want to get real about it, you can certainly lay down and secure 2×4 pieces of wood!
This is a great way to focus young kids on the sense of touch in a world so focused on the sense of sight. Get their mind to associate information to something other than just the way it looks. The point here is to put interesting objects into containers that a child must reach into and identify without looking at them. You’ll most likely want to use shoe boxes for the container as they are usually readily available, can be easily cut with scissors, and do not let any light through. Making the boxes can actually be part of the fun – have the kids color, paint, or draw on them, but make sure to cut out a child-sized hand hole on the side of the box beforehand as we don’t want good art to be cut out J! Put an item in each box and have your kids take turns guessing what the items are. Encourage questions and offer clues as needed. After identifying the objects you can have one of the children go get the items to put in next.
Variations – Offer points to those that guess correctly, or put in foods that may be wet, like spaghetti noodles or grapes.
Stages Theatre Company always makes me happy, but rarely does it take my breath away. The Little Mermaid, Junior did just that. With Dash on my lap, we gaped at the scenery and all the oceanlife included in the show.
It’s a professional show done mostly by young actors and my kids loved it. Some characters were slightly less believable than others, but it didn’t matter. The whole story is a fairytale. It’s all about magic and fun! We enjoyed every minute of it. Me and my kids ranging in age from 5-10.
It’s a great story for both boys and girls! (just ask my reluctant 7 year old son who didn’t want it to end)
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You are not going to be disappointed with Three Rivers Parks’ Halloween Fun. Some things are a little spooky, but otherwise, these activities are perfect for your family! We are having a hard time picking which events we should try. Good luck choosing just one. When you have made your choice, call 766-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference the activity number listed for each program.
Hyland’s Spooks and Ladders Trick-or-Treat Trail!
Saturday, October 12, from 5-8 p.m., at Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. Walk on a short trail with animal puppets and games leading into the play area. Enjoy a junior “fear factor” maze, meet our friendly dinosaur, and warm up by a campfire. Bring and use flashlights during the second time slot. Come in costume and bring a bag for goodies. Cost is $5 for those who pre-register (bring confirmation), $6 for registration the day of the event (based on availability). Children under 2 are admitted free. Reference activity number #463007H1.
Friday, October 18, from 6-9 p.m., at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee. Walk along candlelit streets in the Village of Eagle Creek. Visit historic buildings and hear costumed interpreters share folktales, legends, superstition, and local history. Enjoy refreshments and the warmth of a campfire. Enter the park through the West Entrance. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. This program is for ages 12+. Reference activity number #438407-20.
Old-Fashioned Trick Or Treat
Saturday, October 19, from 4-8 p.m., at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee. Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths to 20 treat stops. Begin your journey on the trolley pulled by Percheron horses. Collect a variety of traditional treats and toys. Finish your celebration with cider, a cookie and entertainment in the Town Hall. Costumes are encouraged and bring a bag for goodies. Cost is $9 for pre-registration with treats (children) and $5 without treats (adults). Day-of registration is $10 with treats (children) and $6 without treats (adults). Children under 2 are admitted free (without treats). Reference activity number #438407-32.
Saturday, October 19, from 1-9 p.m., at Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain. Hours and hours of Halloween fun! Participate in a round of Ghoulish Golf, throw spears, solve a skull mystery and play other games of chance. Carve a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, or try the fish pond. Challenge yourself on the climbing wall, then head out on a GPS course or a techie scavenger hunt. Take time to decorate your campsite and march in the costume parade, followed by trick-or-treating through Baker Campground. The evening will be filled with campsite awards and prizes sponsored by Hoigaard’s. Interactive entertainment by Kidpower with the dynamic duo of Rachel and Jan. Cost includes campsite for Saturday night and unlimited activities from 1-9 p.m. Reservations are required by October 11. Cost is $77.20 for a non-electric site, $82.54 for a 30-amp site, $85.75 for a 50-amp site and $120.75 for a camper cabin. Reference activity number #410007-X2.
Little Folks Halloween
Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Halloween fun for the little ones! Meet costumed animal characters on the woodland trail and go on a scavenger hunt in search of special pumpkins. Dig for the golden acorn in the corn pool, jump in a straw pile, play games to win prizes, and meet live animals. Join a DJ for a dance party. Enjoy a puppet show, refreshments, and a fall craft. Dress to be outside. Start anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. Cost is $5 and reservations are highly recommended. This program is for ages 2+. Reference activity number #412207-01.
Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis. They aren’t just for eating and carving anymore! Participate in some pumpkin science, then turn a mini pumpkin into a boat. Send a pumpkin boat down the Mississippi River and take one home to amaze your friends! Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Reference activity number #416901-02.
Lowry’s Enchanted Forest Halloween
Saturday, October 26, from 5-9 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Join Lowry Nature Center and Gale Woods Farm staff to celebrate Halloween! Bring your family in costume to trick-or-treat along a character trail through the enchanted forest. Enjoy popping corn and storytelling by a bonfire, meet a live owl, and decorate a cookie to eat. Watch the mad scientist skit, and laugh as Lowry’s puppets put on a show. There will be games, music, a craft, and fun for all ages! The mad scientist skit and puppet shows will run intermittently throughout the night. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost is $9 for children, $5 for adults and children under 2 are free.
Saturday, October 26, from 5:30-10 p.m., at French Regional Park, Plymouth. Halloween fun run for all ages through the wooded, lighted trails of French Regional Park with many spooky surprises along the way! Walkers are welcome, too. Costumes are encouraged! Festivities also will include a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and hot apple cider. Strollers are welcome; no pets please. Cost is $10 for the 5K for ages 10 and up; $2 for the 1K for ages 2 and up. Pre-registration is encouraged; registration the day of the event will be available. Reference activity number #425135-00.
Big Woods Halloween
Saturday, October 26, from 6-9 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve Dayton. Meet costumed animal superhero characters and collect treats along the woodland trail. Visit the Gross-Out Grotto to attempt the Eat-A-Bug Challenge, Cockroach Races and the Gross-Out Station. Meet live animals and dig in the Animal Graveyard. Play Bone Bingo and other Halloween games, and follow the Pumpkin Trail to refreshments at a bonfire. Be entertained by the dancing of the Illumination Fire Troupe. Arrive between 6pm and 7:30 p.m. Trail closes at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for children and $5 for adults who pre-register and $10 for children and $6 for adults who register the day of the event. This program is for ages 6+. Reference activity number #412207-04.
Pumpkin Carving for Families
Sunday, October 27, from 1-3 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Family pumpkin carving fun! We provide the pumpkin, patterns, carving tools, and the space to create. You get to take home a jack-o’-lantern masterpiece! A skilled pumpkin carver will help you create a fun design together and provide tips and tricks to good pumpkin carving. Children under age 12 should work alongside an adult. Cost is $8 and reservations are required. This program is for ages 4+. Reference activity number #411301-04.