Gone are the days where kids only choices were footy, netball or soccer with training one night a week and games each Saturday or Sunday. These days there are plenty of other valuable activities that are great for kids to take part in after school or on weekends.
Maybe your child isn't team sport orientated and they're more artistic. Get them into activities such as gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, art or music.
Perhaps they're a bit shy or interested in things like insects, animals, science, camping and learning new skills . Ease them into Scouts, Little Nippers or martial arts teaching them leadership skills.
Or you could have a child who has trouble concentrating and focussing. They may need activities to help them calm down and learn strategies to relax. Or perhaps they just need a special task to really learn how to focus on the outcome of their hard work. Look at things like kids yoga, cooking classes, swimming and again music and martial arts.
A fun way for children aged 5 to 13 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment, and offers an educational pathway through the Junior Development Program. This program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will pathway them to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport.
Lifesaver 13-15 years
You can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, become trained in aquatic safety skills, make new friends, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also help save someone’s life one day! Surf lifesavers undertake a number of roles including aquatic rescues, providing first aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public.
Other Opportunities Include:
First Aid Officer 14 years and over
Radio Operator 13 years and over
Jet Rescue Boat Crew 15 years and over
Offshore Rescue Boat Crew 15 years and over
Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver/Crewperson 15 years and over
Children also have their own stress in life and sometimes have trouble dealing with it. They lack the skills or haven't yet learned how to. Many things can cause anxiety in children, moving house, new school, another baby, separation, family stress, bullying, there are a number of things. Children need a way to manage stress and anxiety and one form of practice is teaching children yoga.
Here are some places in Adelaide offering Kids Yoga:
Activities like this is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think it promotes violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. Martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialisation skills. Many children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
Do you want to learn how to knit? Or have recently started and would like to meet some new friends to share your creativity with, all while having a good chat? Adelaide Knitting Club has classes starting in January 2019.