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Winter Blues: How to Keep Your Kids Active in the Cold Months Ahead

01/10/2019 11:18AM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Sanford Health

To help stop you and your household from going stir-crazy, one local gym is offering a new opportunity for kids of all ages.

“For the first time, we are hosting open gym time,” says Patrick Coughlin, the director of the Pentagon basketball academy. “This will be for kids that want to sign up with a group of friends or who want to swing on out and get a little practice in. We want the Pentagon to be a place where kids have the opportunity to be active – especially in a state like ours where they can’t be outside all the time.”

If a little open gym time won’t cut it for your kids, there are several camps throughout the winter months.

“We’ll have camps running on a majority of the days that kids have off from school,” says Coughlin. “We have camps on Veterans’ Day and a special Christmas break competition camp. It’s cool to see the kids interact together outside of a more formal school setting. They’re not having to be quiet but they’re still learning.”

Your child is not an experienced athlete? “No worries,” Coughlin explains. “There are camps designed for kids in every stage.”

“We just want to get them in here as early as possible,” says Coughlin. “Once they get in here and start learning the basics and having fun with different kids, it starts to foster the love of the game and the desire to get better. We really focus on the fundamentals. Even if your child has played basketball or volleyball for several years, an emphasis on the fundamentals is something that you never outgrow.”

Right now is the prime time to sign up for camps and open gym time to keep your kids active all winter long.