Did you kids get inspired by the Olympics to try some new sports?
Well, here's some info on how to get into lots of different sports in Perth.
Little Athletics is a great place to start if your kids like running, jumping, throwing and walking. The sports are modified to suit the age groups, the youngest of which is the under-7s.
Fees vary from club to club (expect to pay at least $120 for the full year). Contact your closest centre (there are 18 in the metro area) to find out more. You'll also need to get a club t-shirt for about $20 and a decent pair of sneakers.
It's a pretty safe sport and quite inexpensive too. Plus, because it's played indoors, it's on all year around.
Badminton challenges a player's speed, stamina and strategising skills but for the younger kids, some experts recommend not getting too involved in form. Good technique can be encouraged when kids are about eight.
Expect to pay $10 an hour for coaching. You'll also want to invest in a racquet (they start at $10) and a pair of rubber soled shoes.
There are lots of clubs across the metro area. Find one here.
GYMNASTICS Do you have aspiring twisters and tumblers?
If that's the case, check out a club like the Northern Districts Gymnastics Club which caters for boys and girls as young as two. They run Kindergym which is a program that encourages parents to help out their kids. It promotes co-ordination and confidence.
You'll also find Kindergym run out of the Loftus Centre in Leederville and from the Subiaco PCYC. Click here to find a club near you.
Kids can take gymnastics as seriously as they want to with recreational classes or competitions.
Daniele Hypólito on the Balance Beam at the 2007 Pan American Games
If your kids want to pick up a stick, then do a google for junior hockey in Perth.
There are clubs across the metro area including Fremantle, South Perth and Whitfords and most will take kids from five years old.
Somewhere like WASPs (Wesley South Perth Hockey Club) will cater for the kids who play minkey (they are year four or below) right through to the junior levels and beyond.
Unfortunately the main season finishes soon – in September, but there's also summer and indoor hockey from October to March.
Kids can start as young as a couple of months but lessons for babies are more to do with water familiarisation and fun. Parents join their bubs in the water and are expected to help out singing the songs too. You have been warned. From about three, you're no longer needed in the pool.
There are plenty of places to where kids can learn to float, kick and dive. Google 'State Swim' or 'Learn to Swim' to find your nearest.
Classes usually cost over $100 for the term and they fill up super fast over summer. Doing winter swimming is a great idea to ensure your preferred time for summer.
If swimming, riding and running sounds like your kids' idea of fun they may be keen to try 'tri'.
Have a look at the Trystars program for seven to 16 year olds. It's run at the City Tri Club, Fremantle Tri Club, Mandurah Tri Club, North Coast Triathlon Club, Rockingham Triathlon Club and Stadium Triathlon Club.
When you sign up, kids get a starter pack which includes a t-shirt. You'll need to invest in a bike, sneakers and bathers plus pay the club fees which range from $10 to $60.
The point of Trystars is to get youngsters involved in a non-competitive environment. The tough races can come when they are a bit older.
The season starts around September (although it varies slightly from club to club).
Triathlon consists of swimming, cycling, and running