25 Sports To Get Your Kid Active This Summer
Depending on where you live, the weather is finally going to start getting nice in the next 6-8 weeks. That can only mean one thing… it’s time to get your kids outside, get them active and start playing sports. It doesn’t really matter if they like intense sports, or something a little more laid back, all that matters is that they get out and get the blood flowing.
If you’re wondering what sports are out there to get your kids active, here is a list of 30 great activities that you and most importantly, they can consider. Let’s jump in.
When it’s hot outside, the only place your kids want to be is in the pool. Whether swimming competitively or not, swimming is a great way for your kids to get exercise.
Tennis can really be played any time during the year, but kids tend to enjoy it more when they can get out on a court and enjoy the sun.
If you live near a cul de sac or live on a street with minimal traffic coming through during the day, then your kids might enjoy getting out and playing street hockey. This sport can be played on foot or with roller skates or rollerblades.
Rugby is a sport that isn’t played as much in the United States but is still a great spring sport to get kids out and going. Just keep in mind that this sport is very aggressive and high contact, so it’s better for kids that are more athletic in nature.
Baseball is an American classic and a game that can only be played when fields aren’t soaking wet from rain and snow. Kids can play this sport in a team setting or there are different variations of playing on the diamond with fewer kids.
Along the same lines as baseball is softball. This can be played in a team setting or with fewer kids.
Wallball is a sport played by kids all over the world. All you need is a wall ball, a solid wall, fence or garage and some hand-eye coordination to get started. It too is a great activity to get kids moving and the blood pumping.
Soccer, also known as futbol, is a sport that can be played year-round, but is most popular during the spring months. Even if your kid isn’t into team sports, they can get a soccer ball and practice dribbling drills in the front yard.
Assuming you live near mountains or at least some foothills, mountain biking can be a great way for kids to get out and get some exercise. If you don’t leave near any mountains or hills, road biking can also be a great way to get out on a bike.
Football can be played with or without flags, although the first is a little safer. If you live near a field, football can be a great option for a group of friends or even 2-3 who just want to get out and pass/run around.
Frisbee golf is a sport that is often forgotten, but you’d be surprised how many courses are around. The trick to getting exercise while playing frisbee golf is to play the game while jogging lightly.
It’s a little easier to get exercise by playing ultimate frisbee than bye playing frisbee golf. Chasing down frisbees is a great way to get your kid's heart rates up and start burning some calories.
Unfortunately for many kids, the option to surf is a pipe dream. Surfing is an excellent activity for kids living near the ocean/beach.
There’s really two kinds of rock climbing, indoor and outdoor. Indoor courses are a little safer for young children who want to engage in this sport. Outdoor typically requires some additional skills and equipment, however, it’s also a great option for kids looking for something active to do.
Paddleboarding is a sport that is starting to become quite popular with kids all over the country. All you need is a body of water and board to get started. This can be the ocean, pond, reservoir, etc.
Similar to paddle boarding, kayaking is growing in popularity and all that is needed is a body of water and a kayak. In addition to the ocean, pond, and reservoir, you can kayak in rivers if they are not too fast.
Volleyball is a year-round sport, with most indoor leagues happening during the winter months, however, kids can get out and start playing in a backyard or on a sand court as soon as the weather starts warming up.
Archery is one of the spring/summer sports that are easy to get started with. You can rent or purchase a bow, arrow, and target and start doing your thing in a backyard or at an archery course.
If your kid is looking for a team sport played in the water, water polo is probably right up their alley. Similar to soccer, water polo is played with a ball and each team is trying to score a goal on the opposing team's net. Water polo is one of the best activities in the pool to get some intense exercise.
Although golf can be played year-round, most kids would prefer golfing during the summer months. Just about every golf course provides paid lessons for kids looking to get into the sport.
Skateboarding is a sport that can pretty much be done anywhere. Hitting the streets, parks, or even a dedicated skate park is a great way to get some exercise.
Similar to skateboarding, longboarding is a sport that can be done just about anywhere. Many cities have paved walking/running trails throughout canyons and communities that can be a great place to go.
Running is probably the easiest sport for any kid to start doing. All it takes is a good pair of athletic shoes and a pair of legs. They can start by lightly jogging and then working their way up to running.
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Similar to tennis, this is played on an outdoor court. Many communities are starting to put in pickleball courts as well as many families are starting to put courts in their backyards.
Similar to skateboarding and longboarding, roller skating and rollerblading is a sport that can be done just about anywhere with a sidewalk or smooth road.
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