In our society, physical activity through play is valued as an important part of the early childhood development of social, physical, cognitive, and emotional skills, but that focus seems to diminish when it comes to teens and pre-teens.
But exercise has particular benefits for pre-teens and teens. It can:
- Reduce anxiety, stress, and depression
- Improve self-esteem
- Boost academic performance
- Help establish lifelong healthy habits
Additionally, fitness helps teens manage their weight, build muscle strength and bone mass, and keep their blood pressure under control. That’s why teens and pre-teens must engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day.
Are you having trouble finding activities to enjoy as a family this winter? Here are a few ideas:
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but Georgia is delightful, and since there’s no place to go, here are a few activities you can do with your kids this winter in Atlanta, GA!
- Play Indoors
Head on over to the Metro Fun Center where you have 120,000 square feet of fun!
- Go Ice Skating
- Play in the Snow
Check out Stone Mountain Park where visitors can tube down snow-covered hills and make snowmen. In addition to the snow tubing hill, there is an ice skating rink and a fire pit with s’mores at License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands.
- Attend the Youth Life Center’s Holiday Camp
Now, this is an event we can all get excited about!
Youth Life Center’s Holiday Camp is all about holiday cheer, STEAM activities, winter arts and crafts, and field trips! We’ll be holding two sessions that cost $125/week. Session one goes from December 20th to 23rd, and session two is December 27th to 30th or January 3rd to 4th.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are all included!
The team at Youth Life Center wants to ensure kids of every age can have fun, which is why we aim to raise $125k between November 1st, 2021 and March 1st, 2022 to build an obstacle course playground for middle schoolers on our campus.
With this playground, we hope to give kids a safe, active space to combat the effects of the pandemic lifestyle and the way it has exacerbated the childhood obesity crisis in Atlanta.
This campaign will also emphasize the importance play and activity have on tweens and young teens for mental and physical health. Head over to our donation form if you would like to support our campaign, remember to keep an eye on our social media pages and website for any events that might pop up, and stay safe this winter!