Here’s how to help your kid...
Be the next Misty Copeland.
At Seattle Dance Fitness, through kid-friendly hip-hop and interactive lessons, kids learn dance steps, confidence, and leadership. Maybe that’s in Move and Grow classes that incorporate BrainDance rhymes, a full body-brain exercise developed by a fellow Seattleite. Or they can explore rhythm instruments like drums.
Train for Mini Mudder.
Up in Everett sits High Trek Adventures, an aerial adventure park with a high ropes course and three zip lines. Reaching as high as 45 feet, kids seven and up can test their limits on the three-level Captain’s Course with an accompanying parent, while for those four and up, a flat 20-foot-high Cadet’s Course awaits.
Run away to the circus.
At Georgetown’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, no precarious skill is off limits. An introductory class teaches children as young as two to wire walk, juggle, tumble, trampoline, and master the rolling globe. For the more adventurous, the trapeze class delivers some high-flying adrenaline.
Be the next Michael Phelps.
Every great swimmer starts somewhere, and chances are it’s the community pool. Take, for instance, Mountlake Terrace Pool’s youth lessons, which begin at nine months old (accompanied by a parent) and go through teens. The pool also offers one-on-one lessons to help those with individual needs integrate into group lessons.
Climb the walls.
Four years old might seem a tad young to scale a rocky mass, but at Seattle Bouldering Project even toddlers get taught by boulderers, who provide tips and climbing fundamentals specifically for the young. They can even join the climbing team and participate in local, regional, and national competitions.
Relax and get limber.
Eight Limbs Yoga Centers encourage children to connect with their inner yogi. With locations in Wedgwood, Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and West Seattle, classes—either for kids or for the family—teach posture, breathing, and behavior. Games introduce yamas (how to treat others) and niyamas (how to treat yourself). And, yes, child’s pose is part of the practice.
Be a future foot commuter.
Skip the car and join a Walking School Bus to keep your child and the planet healthy. You can look to Magnolia’s Lawton Elementary School as inspiration with its formalized routes, weekly schedules, and safety guides.