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Published on Monday, January 9, 2017 by

playcentre240When the rainy season arrives (or in this years case…snow) and it is pouring rain outdoors resist having the family spend endless hours in front of the TV. Instead of dealing with the ongoing boredom and complaining, get into the habit of switching up the pace at an indoor play centre.

Fun-Filled and Educational Too
An indoor playground is full of fun and exciting activities for your children; however, it’s also a place where they can explore and use their imagination. You will notice them getting creative, solving problems and acting out scenarios because there is a great deal happening behind the scenes. Your children are learning vital skills that will help them throughout life. The activities are strengthening cognitive connections and boosting their learning ability by helping brain cells grow and thrive.

Playtime also helps children to use their academic learning through imaginative play and hands-on activities. The environment helps them learn self-control; build language skills and understand instructions and rules. It also gives them the opportunity to use their social skills amongst their peers.

Healthy Benefits
Physical activity every day is a must. And rainy days, snowy days, hot days and cool days are no exception. The idea is to just get their heart pumping for at least an hour a day. So no matter what the weather is like outdoors, you always have an indoor alternative with an inviting and expansive area to play in. Let them safely explore interactive play areas where they can navigate through mazes; troubleshoot problems; and use their imagination through various age-appropriate activities.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children:

  • 0-1 years should be active several times throughout the day in activities such as floor play.
  • 1-4 years should be physically active for at least 180 minutes each day, with activity spread across the day.
  • 5-17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

Creates Happy and Confident Children
Studies show that children who engage in regular physical activity are not only healthier physically, but also mentally. Good physical fitness helps motivate them in school, to tackle each day with an alert mind and willingness to face problems head on. Sports provide a great way to stay active too. However, you can get your family participating in a healthy lifestyle by simply throwing a ball in the back yard or taking a long walk in a nearby park.

Three Indoor Play Centre Tips for Parents and Guardians:

1. Always be Prepared: Make sure pack a bag with extra diapers, wipes, change of clothes, water bottle for you        and your little one, and socks. For hygienic reasons, some indoor centres require children and parents to wear    socks whenever they are on the play area.

2. Teaching your Child to be Polite: Sometimes an indoor play centre may get overly busy and your children may not have access to favourite equipment or toys. Teaching your child to share; be polite and follow the rules, will ensure he or she learns to get along with others.

3. Put your Cell Phone Away: Taking your child to an indoor play centre is not your opportunity to let your child run loose while you engage on Facebook posts. Keep in mind that parents and guardians are responsible for the behaviour and well-being of children in their care. Although the play area is monitored by trained staff, children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Photos courtsey of The Great Escape www.thege.ca

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