As the days get shorter and the cold weather arrives, it can be difficult to motivate children to stay active. The good news is that Dundee has some fantastic facilities where the whole family can have fun and stay fit together.
The new MTB trails in Templeton Woods are a great reason to pump up your tyres and get riding. There is a variety of tracks and obstacles to suit every ability, giving experienced riders a challenge and providing a safe space for newer mountain bikers to improve their skills.
The simple pastime of climbing trees offers evergreen fun. Not only do kids love it, but climbing improves strength, balance, coordination and spatial awareness. Camperdown Park and Templeton Woods are both a favourite destination for a day out but, if it’s raining, go to the indoor climbing walls at Avertical World.
Dundee Ice Arena has regular open skate sessions and also run lessons for novices and skaters who want to improve so that you can refresh your skills or learn something new as a family.
You don’t have to leave the house or even get out of your pyjamas to be active. Young children love to dance so put on your favourite tunes and have your own disco at home. Older children can feel self-conscious boogying with their parents but may be lured by a console game like Just Dance.
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Instead of sitting in the car for 10 minutes while automatic brushes wash it, give the kids a bucket and a sponge and get them to do it the old fashioned way. The same goes for raking leaves instead of using an outdoor vacuum. You can halve your workload, spend quality time with your kids, get them active and moving, and end up with a clean house and shiny car.