With the arrival of fall, the weather is getting colder, and soon your athletic and energetic kid will be climbing the walls unless you find some other way to help her expend her energy. The usuals, soccer, dance, swimming, etc., are always good bets, but if your child has tried all of these and is looking for something new, or if she wants to be on the cutting edge of the latest fitness trends, we at Kidz Central Station have some suggestions. Below we’ve laid out our picks for some exhilarating fitness and sports classes for kids being offered this in New York City this season.
The road to Mt. Everest begins with a single climb at New York Kids Club. Climbing comes naturally to kids, and their low body weights make it easier to scramble up. Students ages 3 to 5 work on coordination and strength while learning about world geography. Every week, students tackle a different mountain on NYKC’s 20-foot, state-of-the-art rock climbing wall.
- Martial Arts
There is a plethora of martial arts training opportunities available to children around New York.
Krav Maga, a form of martial arts and self defense developed in Israel, is becoming popular in New York. The Krav Maga Federation in Chelsea now offers a class which allows children from ages 5 to twelve to try Krav Maga for themselves. Over the course of the class, which offers continuous registration, students improve motor skills, flexibility and balance. As students focus and commit themselves to mastering techniques and progressing through the belt ranks, they gain discipline, respect for self and others and self-confidence. The practice of Krav Maga also encourages awareness of one’s environment, and importantly, recognition of when and how to disengage from a conflict without combat.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art; although it doesn’t always get as much attention as karate, it offers a full mind and body workout. The objective of the classes at Yang Taekwondo in the Murray Hill area is to help students (classes are offered for children ages 3.5 to 5 and ages 6 to twelve) grow up strong and healthy with a solid foundation in martial arts and physical fitness. Students are taught to answer their instructors with “Yes, sir” or “Yes, ma’am” from the first day and are subsequently slowly introduced to the other basic courtesies and ethics of martial arts practice, a mode of instruction geared toward developing self-esteem, kindness, confidence and spirit.
Karate, a Japanese martial art that many parents have been enamored with since Daniel defeated Cobra Kai in the 1980’s, fosters a true sense of self-confidence, cooperation and achievement as students learn Karate techniques in a safe and non-competitive environment. New York Kids Club offers three class levels (starting with Intro to Karate) for ages 3 through 7 in the Financial District, in The Flatiron District, and on the Upper West Side in Manhattan as well as in Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn.
Can’t decide which martial art most suits your little warrior? Try Panda Kidz Martial Arts in Chinatown, whose classes for students ages 2 to 5 give students a general introduction to martial arts. Class sessions consist of stretching and warm up exercises, counting in Japanese and Mandarin, kickboxing and Taekwondo techniques, and martial arts games and focus exercises. Instructors lead safety discussions on various topics like stranger danger and bullying.
Zumbini is a brand new fitness experience adapting Zumba for children ages zero to 3 and their caregiver, designed to help kids make fitness part of their lives from the very start. Classes with Sindi, offered on the Upper West Side, are fun, energetic, and full of contemporary music with world beats. Children learn to dance, sing, and move through class using their bodies, rhythmic instruments, and scarves to enhance the rhythm and feel of the music.
Sometimes parents and their kids could both use some inner peace. The whole family, from children ages 2 months to 15 years old, can balance their chakras together at BellaVita: Fitness & Wellness. Yoga improves fitness while developing focus and concentration. The class also includes yoga games and is taught in a way that all participants can understand and enjoy.
These recommendations should be enough to get you started on exploring the class offerings listed at Kidz Central Station.. KCS does the work of finding and researching kids’ classes for you. Sort offerings by activity type, age, price, schedule, and location and peruse the in-depth descriptions and reviews to identify the perfect class for your child.