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Published April 24th 2012
My boy is not the type to sit down quietly at any circle time, mat time or any activity that requires him to remain still for longer than two minutes – unless it involves tractors.
Sure, persistence will pay, and if you really want your child to stick to any structured musical, gymnastic or vernacular routine, it is possible; but if you don't think it's worth your sanity, here are a few suggestions for getting through the day:
1. Indoor playground
Learning coordination through play - and making new friends
Indoor play centres are a great way for a child to release all that pent up energy and get some good exercise at the same time. With an entry fee of about $7, your child can run, jump, slide and tumble about as much as he wants. If you live in Glen Waverley, PlayZone in Noble Park and Big Slide in Knoxfield are not too far away.
2. Jells Park
If you're looking for open space nearby, it doesn't get any more open than Jells Park. Plenty of room for an active kid to run about. If he needs extra motivation, tell him about the monster in the lake – and you can race to see who gets there first. There really is a strange, snake-like creature there. If he's scared of snakes, there are always lots of ducks.
3. Swim World Here is a structured swimming programme that the kids don't even realise is structured. I think it has something to do with moving around in the water so much or having water move around them. It's not just swimming they learn but learning to take instruction, listening and understanding what their bodies can do.
The hands-down winner, so far. You can get one for under $200 from any K-Mart, Target or Toys R Us shop. Kids love it, they get lots of activity, and best of all you don't have to step out of your backyard – or your bed.