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Earth Day Activities for Kids

Happy Earth Day! We thought of some fun ideas for you and your kids to enjoy the outdoors on Earth Day.

Plant seeds outside (or create a mini indoor garden)

Working on a garden with your child can be a very exciting outdoor activity for kids. Take your child to a gardening store and let them pick out some seeds. Find a nice area in your backyard that will get plenty of light and will be easy to water. Reading and following the instructions on the seed package will help you get started in the planting process and help your child’s executive functioning skills. Digging holes for the seeds, watering and caring for the plants are also great for your child’s motor skills.

Nature scavenger hunt

This can be great for your child’s communication development. Use our Earth Day Scavenger Hunt or make a list yourself! Walk around your backyard with your child and see if they can find everything on the list. Have them talk about the things they find and point when they see something. For example, if they are searching for a leaf, make sure they are talking about the color and size of the leaf when they find it. This is also a great summer program for kids!

Download our Scavenger Hunt!

Build a bird feeder

This is a great activity because your child can watch birds eat on something they created! First, go outside with your child and find a pine cone of any size. Before you move onto the next steps, make sure to put down a paper towel or newspaper because it may get messy! Then, take the pine cone and put peanut butter all over it. This is great for your child’s fine motor development as they scoop and rub the peanut butter all over. Finally, roll the pine cone in bird seed and then you are ready to hang it up in your yard. Make sure to hang it somewhere that your child can watch it from a window in your house.


If you are interested in your child completing projects like these at Camp NAC, fill out our form below for more information!

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Gymnastics: The Path to Success

Many parents who enroll their children in a sport or fitness class think about the benefits in terms of health and activity. The reality is that children have the opportunity to gain so much more from participation in these programs. Gymnastics is one sport in particular that provides children with a variety of opportunities for success in school and the future.

How can learning to do flips, tumbling, and routines on the balance beam possibly help children to be successful in school?

There is much more to the sport of gymnastics than just learning how to master your back handspring. Gymnastics helps children develop important values and characteristics including determination, accountability, a strong work ethic, persistence, and more. These qualities are necessary for good academics and success in other areas of life.

  • Determination: Through their training, all successful gymnasts will develop determination as a key skill. It can take thousands of attempts at a skill for a gymnasts to finally be able to say that they have truly mastered it. Determination also helps children succeed in school by helping them to keep trying, even when it seems impossible.
  • Accountability: Typically, gymnasts practice multiple times a week in order to reach their full potential. It is up to them to show up to practices and competitions. Having a strong sense of accountability can also help gymnasts succeed in school. If they want to succeed, they will feel like they are responsible for getting things, like their homework and studying, done.
  • Work Ethic: Gymnasts are taught to have a strong work ethic through their structured practices. Because gymnasts have to be very self-motivated to improve their skills, they must have a strong work ethic. This translates seamlessly into academics as well.
  • Persistence: Try, try and try again! Gymnasts must have persistence, even in the face of failure. This is a trait that can be applied to any area in life, including schoolwork.

In addition to all of these skills that gymnastics helps children develop, there is also an opportunity for serious gymnasts to earn scholarships to college if they choose to continue competing. The NCAA has minimum academic qualifications that all gymnasts must meet to supplement their gymnastics skills. While these standards are in place, gymnasts must also have high enough academic standards to get accepted to the university they want to attend.

While the gymnastics college track may not be the best path for every child, skilled gymnasts who are dedicated to the sport can have amazing opportunities if this is something they truly want to pursue. Parents can talk to their coach about the options and how to best set their child up for success. No matter what the path your child takes, gymnastics has a lot to offer in terms of academics, future success, health, fitness, and most importantly fun!

Sign up for your FREE trial class in Gymnastics or other youth programs classes below.

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7 Youth Classes to Try This Spring

We are excited to unveil all the new youth classes coming this spring! Our team took it to the next level by adding new 7 classes in Gymnastics, Dance and Kidfit. Each class is designed to appeal to all children with their individual interests in mind.

This session we have some exciting news — we are now offering youth classes on Sundays! This gives parents & guardians the opportunity to hustle and bustle a little less during the week.

Read a brief description of our new classes below:

Gymnastics

  • Boys Tough & Tumble — This class is for the boys! It will increase body strength, improve core balance and overall flexibility – all while learning the fundamentals of gymnastics & tumbling. Boys will use the trampoline tumble-trak and the gymnastics floor exercise equipment to perfect & perform gymnastics skills such as forward rolls, cartwheels and handsprings. The class curriculum will be modified based off skill level (beginners and intermediately skilled).

Dance

  • EmpowerHER- Dance Fitness (Recreation) — “Empower a girl, change the world!” EmpowerHER is a class designed for young women to enhance self-image through physical activity such as dance fitness, healthy habits and confidence building.
  • Acro Dance (Recreation) — This class combines classical dance techniques with precision acrobatic elements (tumbling). The choreography will blend dance and acrobatics to increase flexibility, strength and coordination.

KidFit

  • Just Scoot! — Catch me if you can! In Just Scoot, children will participate in all sorts of group activities and games while riding on scooters.
  • Six Zone — This class offers high paced, interval training. Six separate zones will be established each class.
  • Get Fit With Me — This is an instructional class that introduces young ones to the very basic skills and concepts of fitness and sports. This is a parent participation class and parents must remain with their child at all times. We ask parents to support & encourage their child to engage in all structured activities. Children will receive the opportunity to develop a love for fitness and sports at a young age.
  • Nets @ at the NAC — Serves up! Children will be taught the fundamentals of tennis and volleyball while gaining team building skills as they work with other children for a match point!

The Youth Plex is designed to offer both noncompetitive and competitive programs for children ages 1 through 12. If you’re interested in having your child become more active + interact and socialize with like-minded individuals, check out our new brochure when it is released on Wednesday, February 20.

The youth spring session is from March 18-June 15. Registration for Family Plus Program Members begins on Wednesday, March 6. Registration for non-members & general public begins on Wednesday, March 13.

This session we have some exciting news — we are now offering youth classes on Sundays! This gives parents & guardians the opportunity to hustle and bustle a little less during the week.

Try a free trial class before the next session! Fill out the form below…

5 Family Resolutions for the New Year

The New Year is upon us! And with it comes New Year’s resolutions, those notoriously difficult to keep self-improvement promises that we make ourselves each year. One way to combat giving up on your goals for 2018 is to surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable. What better people to do this then your very own family? Check out these five resolutions that you can make with your family this year.

 

1. Set up non-food rewards

It’s a pretty common practice for parents to use treats to reward a child for good behavior or grades. However, by doing so you may be undermining the healthy eating habits that you are trying to teach your kids. Using sweets, fast food or soda as a reward often leads to children overeating foods that are high in sugar, fat, and empty calories. It also encourages them to eat when they are not hungry as a way to reward themselves.

Instead of offering junk foods as a prize, try rewarding kids with a trip to their favorite park or a family outing to the movies (skip the candy and popcorn). Instead of taking them out for ice cream, take them ice skating or to a sporting event. This will keep them active and teach them healthy ways to reward themselves for a job well done!

 

2. Make a conscious effort to eat dinner together

Work, play dates, soccer practice, and other after school activities can start to consume all of our time. It can be difficult during the hustle and bustle of the week to coordinate schedules and get everyone to sit down to a meal together. Making that one hour out of the day a priority can make a huge difference!

Recent studies have shown that eating dinner together can lower the rate of obesity and eating disorders, and lead to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression. “Over the past 15 years researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time: sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members.” says Anne Fishel, PhD., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. “What else can families do that takes only about an hour a day and packs such a punch?”

 

3. Play hooky from school and work and spend the day together

Weekends are supposed to be a relaxing time for families across the board. However, between errands, sports games, parties and chores it may be hard to find any down time at all. A family day off could be exactly what you need! While we wouldn’t recommend making this a habit, committing to doing it once or twice a year can be a real life saver, especially during the winter months approaching where vacation days are limited.

Take a day to go out and spend time doing your favorite family activities, or stay at home for a movie and board game day. Either way, a great time is sure to be had by all.

 

4. Eat more vegetables

This one seems pretty obvious, right? Every year this comes up as a common New Year’s resolution but it’s definitely easier said than done, especially with kids! Try incorporating veggies into the main dish of your meal instead of using them exclusively as a side. For example, broccoli and macaroni is a kid favorite and a great way to get something green into them. Another trick you can use is making eating veggies a game. Assign points every time your child eats their veggies, then at the end of the month reward them with extra screen time or one of the non-food rewards listed above!

 

5. Exercise together!

Taking family trips to the gym can encourage kids to stay active and exercise in a healthy way. This doesn’t mean you all have to participate in the same activity. Sign your kid up for Youth classes like swimming, dance, or martial arts to get them into the habit of exercising regularly. While the kids are in class, you are free to explore the different classes, equipment, and activities your gym has to offer.  Or sign up for a Mommy and me class for some quality time together. Exercising more is notoriously a difficult resolution to keep, so make it a priority!

 

Looking for fun family classes? Check out our youth programs brochure and sign your child up for a free trial class.

Santa, Olaf and Elsa visit the NAC!

Each year, Santa Clause comes to the Newtown Athletic Club every year in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It’s a holiday event for kids of all ages and the whole family! This year Olaf and Elsa from Frozen joined Santa Clause too. For more on family events in Newtown, PA.

 

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6 Youth Classes To Try This Winter

What’s new in Youth Programs? This winter, we have revamped an already great program – and we have done so by adding 6 new classes to our schedule! Interested in musical theater, yoga, eating healthy or art? If so, check out what’s up & coming in the youth fitness industry and at your club. Check it out:

  • Gymagine
    • A brand new gymnastics class that gives children a glimpse of what it is like to perform a gymnastics routine on the balance beam and the floor. Instructors will incorporate the children’s very own ideas and creativity into a routine that they will get to show off on the last day of their class!
  • Musical Theater
    • In this class, we will educate children on the theatrical dance style that blends dance techniques and acting. Using broadway and other popular musicals, you’re kid’s will love this new addition to our program! They will learn how to tell a story through dance by being introduced to various dance and acting exercises.
  • Mommy & Me Yoga and Youth Yoga
    • Designed to give children the physical benefits of yoga. Did you know yoga helps enhance physical flexibility and balance? It also promotes physical strength, because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways.
  • Healthy Parent/Healthy Child
    • NAC Registered Dietitian, Lisa James, focuses on evidence-based strategies that empower parents and children to make healthier lifestyle choices. In a small-group setting, participants will connect with other families, create and taste fun new recipes and learn new tools that they can implement each week at home!
  • Kids Create
    • Let’s get creative! Children will have the opportunity to explore their artistic side + their ability to think outside the box. Each week, they will participate in an activity with food, art, and/or science.
  • Irish Dancing 
    • Back by popular demand! Children will be introduced to the basic movements of Irish dance including jumping, skipping, and pointing. They will be exposed to and develop the Irish dance technique; focusing on coordination, musicality, and balance through various movement exercises and choreography.

 

Already established classes are also returning this winter and you can find the full schedule of this winter’s classes here! Registration for our Family Plus Programs Members begins on Monday, November 26. All other memberships & general public registration begins on Monday, December.

Ready for your kids to try a youth programs class at the NAC? Complete the form below!

6 Ways to Get Active Before Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means football, family-fun and food! If you’re looking to add to your Turkey Day, fitness is something that can be fun for the whole family! The kids will have a blast getting active before dinner is served and parents will be happy to burn off some of that Thanksgiving feast. Check out these kid-friendly games & activities to get moving before the holidays…

  1. Flag Football Match: This one is a no-brainer; nothing goes together better than Thanksgiving and football. Get the whole family together, divide up into teams, and let the games begin. The winning team gets the first slice of pie after dinner!
  2. Participate in a Turkey Trot: Many towns and neighborhoods host local 5ks or 1-milers on Thanksgiving morning. Spend time together as a family before the chaos of cooking ensues later in the afternoon, while also enjoying the fresh air and exercise.
  3. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: This one takes a little bit of preparation before the big day. Hide toy-sized turkeys around your house or yard with clues attached. These can be anything from simple exercises (do five push-ups) to silly things (show off your best turkey dance). When they reach the end children will receive a special prize.
  4. Family Bike Ride: Cycling helps you enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. Riding with your kids or tandem biking with your spouse can help spark a new bond and can be competitive and fun for all! The best part of all is – it’s free once you have your bike!
  5. Turkey Walk: This game is great for younger children. Play music and all the children dance around. The adult can encourage children to dance like various types of turkeys (BIG, small, happy, sad, crazy, etc.)
  6. Pumpkin Roll: This relay race game is harder than it sounds. Each player gets a pumpkin and a stick or broom. All players start in a line and they must race to use their stick to roll their pumpkin to the finish line. The first one with their pumpkin across wins!

No matter what your plans are for Thanksgiving, there are tons of ways to stay active. Share your favorite ways to spend time getting fit with your family!


Keep your family active through the holidays! While you get in your weekly workouts, have your children also stay active by enrolling them in youth classes at the NAC! Registration for our winter session begins Monday, Nov 26! Click here to view the youth winter schedule!

We offer a variety of classes including gymnastics, dance, Tae Kwon Do and KidFit (sports, art & STEM)! For more information, contact the Program Desk at programs@newtownathletic.com or 215.968.0600 x112.

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Youth Sports: Why Participate?

When kids play sports, they develop skills beyond the field and pool.  Through healthy competition, kids can discover their personal best, have fun and be a part of a team – modeling fairness, cooperation, and hard work.

At the NAC, our sports programs are designed to expose kids to an active lifestyle and help them gain more knowledge of sports than just the rules. Lessons learned in sports can impact kids throughout their life. Here’s how sports can impact kids beyond the field or the pool:

Self-Esteem

Sports coaches give praise and encouragement to kids. They also learn about their abilities and experience the rewards of pushing themselves in a healthy way. This translates to higher self-esteem and a willingness to try new things throughout life.

A Healthier Lifestyle

We all know that being active can reduce the chance of childhood obesity. However, statistics also show that kids who participate in sports are less likely to abuse drugs or smoke, and in particular, girls who play sports have a more positive body image.

Academic Success

There’s a clear connection to kids participating in sports and excelling in the classroom. Hard work and dedication pays off on the field/in the pool, and kids quickly realize that working hard in the classroom leads to better grades. One study even said that children who played in sports through high school are three times more likely to have higher grades, graduate and get through college.

Healthy Habits Start Early

At the NAC, it is our mission to make lives better by creating the ultimate recreational, social and healthy lifestyle experience. Participating in sports begins to plant the seeds of living a healthy lifestyle early. Kids who are active early are more likely to continue to live an active lifestyle as they get older — so playing sports can lead to healthier habits for a lifetime!


Registration for NAC Attack Swim Team begins next week! Attend our team time trials & get your athlete registered so they can too reap all of the benefits of participating in sports. Learn more about NAC Attack.

 

Let us know you’re interest in swim team!

Ninja Nastics

Fall session for youth programs is here! After a summer of fun, we have taken the time to add new classes to our fall schedule. We offer Gymnastics, Dance, KidFit and Tae Kwon Do! Programs are designed to appeal to all children with their individual interests in mind. Our goal is for every child to feel welcome in a safe place where he/she can participate in an activity where they are comfortable enough to be themselves.

Our youth programs director, Kelly Harley, has introduced a new class called: Ninja Nastics. This class is filled with activities and training to help children acquire a better understanding of their bodies movement through obstacles, parkour, and gymnastics.

This class is going to be based on gymnastics education and lots of FUN!

Fall session registration:

Plus programs members: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Online: 7AM
Walk-in: 9AM

All members and general public: Monday, August 27th, 2018
Walk-in: 9AM

You can register on the app, online, or over the phone at the programs desk / 215-968-0600 x112 programs@newtownathletic.com