Bite-sized parenting: Staying active as a family – Ideas and how to do it
We all sometimes experience a lot of inertia as a family to move and lead more active lives. Who is usually drawn to the sofa and the screen? Raise your hand if you want to have fun with your kids while staying active as a family!
Here are eight activities to try! Getting fit together means getting stronger together!
Ideas for staying active as a family
1. Walk in the Park
The easiest and most straightforward way to stay active as a family is to go to the park and take a walk as a family. Pick a park – whether it’s one nearby or one you’ve never been to, timing steps together can help with fitness and relationship building. Parks we recommend include Thomson Nature Park for its Hainanese village ruins, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Botanical Gardens.
2. Climb a wall
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It’s time to drive everyone into the wall! We mean climbing the wall as a family of course.
Climbing in gyms such as Floor climbing is a fun family affair. There are routes for beginners and family members can encourage each other. Usually kids end up cheering on their parents, especially those who are afraid of heights. Parents can also accompany their children when belaying is necessary! Prefer bouldering? There are also bouldering walls to try as well as a children’s play area!
3. Bike, Scooter, Roller
Choose your choice of wheels and set off to explore by bike, scooter or inline skates!
A popular route to take is the Marina Bay, Sentosa and Punggol-East Coast area.
4. Jump in a trampoline park
A simple way to get your heart pumping is to head to a trampoline park! All you need are socks and energy to get your heart pumping!
5. Head to an Obstacle Course or High Elements Ropes Course
Overcome your family fears! Head to a High Elements ropes course such as Adventure HQ, Houbii at Singapore Zoo, Forest Adventure, Mega Adventure, Clip N Climb and more! Playgrounds such as SuperPark and Xcap8 are also great for families.
6. Water park time
How about cooling off in the heat and having fun at the water park? Spots like Adventure Cove and Wild Wild Wet, Hydrodash or even water playgrounds in Kallang, Singapore Zoo and Toa Payoh are great fun!
7. Play a sport together
Active SG Singapore frequently organizes activities for the whole family. Check This site for the latest family-centric events, which you can attend for free! Alternatively, how about picking a sport you played in your youth (ahem) and teaching it to your kids? Book the desired sports facility, prepare the equipment and the viola – sport becomes a special family ritual!
8. Find your tribe
Sometimes we all need a little peer pressure to start something. Find your tribe and join a club so the like-minded community can give your family an active start. It could be a running club, a group of cyclists or even a community of hiking enthusiasts. Join an existing group so everyone is encouraged to participate in the activity together!
For instance, Mummy Nation Adjustment organizes activities for mothers and their children. Moms who want to lead a more active lifestyle can also participate in mom-centered activities outside of family events.
Become stronger, in relationships and in the physical
We hope these ideas will help your family move together with the ultimate goal of enjoying each other’s company! I wish you a lot of not only physical strength, but also stronger bonds between your loved ones.