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Best Activities For Kids To Work Up A Sweat In Las Vegas

September 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: my-gym.com)

(photo credit: my-gym.com)

Kids love to have fun playing and taking part in physical activities and sports. While Las Vegas is often marketed as an adult playground, the city is overflowing with an abundance of activities appropriate for children of all ages. Be it Zumba, martial arts, sports, hiking or gyms specially designed with children in mind, there’s no excuse for any child to be a couch potato in Vegas. It’s time to take action and engage children in their choice of extracurricular entertainment that does more than exercise their controller finger and thumb.

Zumba 
Whitney Ranch Recreational Center

1575 Galleria Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 267-5850
cityofhenderson.com

Zumba is the wildly popular dance and fitness craze that entices Las Vegans to move and groove. Zumbatonic Zumba 4K is geared toward children aged three to six and six to 13, and offers instruction in easy dance steps used to put together routines and combinations. Classes for individuals aged 13+ are high-energy and feature dancing to music from Latin rhythms to top 40 tunes, including warm-up and cool down. Register at your local Henderson Rec Center or check online for times and dates. Offered at a variety of locations.

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Martial Arts
Whitney Ranch Recreational Center
1575 Galleria Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 267-5850
cityofhenderson.com

Martial arts is far more than simply learning to fight and is not intended as a weapon toward any other person. Tae Kwon Do improves reflexes, coordination, strength and stamina while emphasizing kicking techniques. This is a discipline of mind and body where students strive to achieve courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and spirit. As you advance, additional costs may apply. Introductory karate teaches Chun Kuk Do, founded by martial arts expert Chuck Norris, which embodies the values of discipline, loyalty and respect. Li’l Dragons (aged three to under four) is a child’s first experience with this form of martial arts. Students learn self-defense, coordination, how to follow instructions and enhance their listening skills. These programs are offered at a number of Recreation Centers in Henderson and Las Vegas.

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Kids’ fitness center
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

2255 Village Walk Dr. Ste 123
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 547-7495
my-gym.com

My Gym is a fitness center specially designed for children’s growing bodies. The experts have developed fitness programs that enhance growth, self-esteem and development in safe, enjoyable, age appropriate classes. Gym classes are offered for children between three to 13 years of age. They can even celebrate their birthdays here. Programs include Mighty Mites, Whiz Kids, Champions and Cardio Kids. This is the place to go to have fun, learn new skills and work up the healthy sweat that promotes physical fitness.

Walking or Hiking
The Pittman Wash

Henderson, NV
4+-Mile Trail

Not all children enjoy engaging in planned fitness classes or routines, but most enjoy getting to explore with nature. The Pittman Wash in Henderson offers trails throughout much of Henderson, bordering Las Vegas. In one special portion between Green Valley Parkway and Valley Verde Drive, the City has left the wash undisturbed in its natural condition. There has been talk of putting in concrete barriers to alleviate erosion, but so far it’s still pristine. Nature trails run along the floor of the wash, winding through Mojave desert brush and trees. You can cycle, walk, hike, run or take the dog for an outing while benefiting from the natural desert environment and shaded pathways which offer the occasional bench or picnic tables for you to enjoy lunch or a snack. Just remember to be mindful of the wildlife (including quail, song birds, lizards, and occasional snakes, coyotes or wild dogs in the evenings) and keep your dog on a leash and the kids nearby.

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Organized Sports
Las Vegas Coyotes Baseball Club
5220 Red Glory Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 374-3638
www.lvcoyotes.com

Most children don’t necessarily dream of reaching the major leagues, but they do play baseball for the love of the game. The Las Vegas Coyotes Baseball Club was formed to teach kids fundamental baseball skills while fostering character, a sense of community, good will and a healthy dose of competitive athletics. This club plays at a variety of locations and is geared toward kids between the ages of 10 and 13. If your children love baseball and has a keen interest in playing on a team with like-minded friends, this could be just the right club for them.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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