Hawthorne (914) 592-2324; westchestergymnastics.net
Got little ones who just can’t seem to stop moving and shaking? Regardless of their age or ability, there’s sure to be a class to suit them at the longest-running gymnastics training center in the County. Programs include parent and tot classes, high-school cheerleader tumbling class, junior Olympic-track competitive teams, and a variety of programs for kids (ages 18 months to 17 years) with special needs. These classes will burn that unspent energy and help keep your kids fit.
Creative YogaShine for Kids
Valhalla (914) 769-8745; yogashine.com
Vitalah Simon has been practicing yoga for over three decades and has more than 20 years’ teaching experience. This licensed creative arts therapist and M.Ed in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy will guide your youngsters through a program of Kripalu-based movement, plus creative dance, dance-movement therapy, and imaginative games—while they stretch, breathe, and learn to “center” themselves.
White Plains (914) 304-4052; byardsports.com
Offering four seasons of programs, including basketball, tennis, soccer, and baseball, Backyard Sports covers it all. But not only will the folks here help develop your budding athlete’s skills, they’ll also stress the importance of emotional and social development. For children with special needs, ages 5 to 15, there is the Backyard Sports Plus Program, which helps kids to learn and enjoy team sports in a safe environment, all while developing athletically. With a teaching ratio of 1 to 1, the program will help build children’s skills, confidence, self-esteem, and a love of sports and fitness.
Westchester Fight Club
New Rochelle (914) 355-2618; westchesterfightclub.com
The mixed martial arts (MMA) program at Westchester Fight Club does more than just get your kids in shape. It focuses on respect, self-discipline, and confidence—all vital assets for kids to more effectively solve problems, set goals, and succeed in life. Children ages 5 to 13 learn self-defense techniques and the importance of fitness in a safe environment, and develop character traits they can take with them into the world.
Fairview Golf Center
Elmsford (914) 592-1666; fairviewgolfcenter.com
If you want to introduce your little ones to the game of golf, why not do it in a fun environment where they’ll actually stick with it? Fairview Golf Center’s Junior and Pee-Wee Clinics are designed to teach kids all the fundamentals—from proper grip and stance to driving to chipping and putting—while keeping it light and fun with different competitions and games. If your little one becomes the next Rory McIlroy, you’re welcome.
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