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To ask what 'active' activities you do with your family when the weather's bad?

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Satina Sun 31-Mar-19 19:43:38

I'm trying to get more fit and healthy and also trying to help the kids (4 and 7) to grow up active and healthy.

We had a fantastic time at an inflatables event yesterday.

I'm trying to plan some activities that we can all do as a family over the Easter hols.

If the weather's good, we'll get the bikes out or go for a walk.

I'm looking for suggestions of things we can do if the weather's terrible.

What are you favourite active things to do as a family in winter?

Thank you

EllieNor Sun 31-Mar-19 19:45:56

We love a soft play a little journey from us, over 3 floors so it's huge. Hours of fun as we join the kids in there. Trampolining is also a go to activity for us if the weather is awful.

ZippyBungleandGeorge Sun 31-Mar-19 19:46:26

Ice skating, bowling, swimming, cinema, local aquarium, roller disco , jump giants family day

BiscuitDrama Sun 31-Mar-19 19:47:52

Walking in woods as it’s sheltered from wind and rain, up to a point. You can always try and find a geocache or walk to a certain point or something to make it interesting.

anniehm Sun 31-Mar-19 19:49:00

Waterproofs and exactly the same activities - or go swimming

iloveredwine Sun 31-Mar-19 19:49:11

our pool has an inflatable course that you can use.

PotsOfJoy Sun 31-Mar-19 19:49:41

We seem to sit round smoking Bensons, drinking Debowe Mocne and watching reruns of The Bill.

NannyRed Sun 31-Mar-19 19:50:40

Trampoline park, swimming, a walk through the woods is still nice, even in dull weather.
Loads of indoor activities where I live, rock climbing, bungee trampolining, caving etc.
Cycling, metal detectoring, go carting.

juliej00ls Sun 31-Mar-19 19:52:35

Huddle watch long films and wait for nice weather when we are out all the time.

Leeds2 Sun 31-Mar-19 19:52:39

Indoor climbing wall. Swimming. Ice skating.

Shoppingwithmother Sun 31-Mar-19 19:54:44

Visiting waterfalls is good to do when it’s been raining a lot, as they look much more impressive

EatsFartsAndLeaves Sun 31-Mar-19 19:55:26

Me and my nearly-4 year old walk in the rain and jump in puddles, go swimming, walk to the library, walk round shops, walk to council run places that aren't too expensive, basically walk everywhere!

AndOfCourseHenryTheHorse Sun 31-Mar-19 19:56:00

Soft play and swimming. But neither are my favourites. Tbh, the weather has to be diabolical before I won’t wrap them up and brave it.

CherryPavlova Sun 31-Mar-19 19:57:20

We used to (and still do) the same activities pretty much.
Walking. Lots of walking on hills, beaches, the Downs. If it’s chilly we’ll find somewhere for a hot chocolate at the end.
Swimming- outdoors. Preferably in the sea. From about March to December. Sea and river temperatures in January and February are a bit too cold. We sometimes go somewhere with warmer seas to tide us over but use lido’s as well. We’ve been swimming outside in a lovely pool last week.
Then badminton - hired a court at the local sports centre. Four might be a bit young. We did tennis as well - short tennis when they were tiny.
Ice skating occasionally.
They all had structured activities during term times plus summer schools, so it was mainly only holidays.
I never liked soft play areas and there weren’t trampoline centres then.

Girlicorne Sun 31-Mar-19 19:59:23

we just get wrapped up and go out anyway country parks, woods, national trust, theme parks (two near us are open all year) everywhere is so quiet in winter I love it! indoor options are usually swimming, ice skating, trampolining, bowling but I find indoor stuff costs as much for a couple of hours as outdoor stuff does for the full day!

Satina Sun 31-Mar-19 20:22:14

Some great ideas. Thanks. Really want to brave ice skating, but a bit nervous about having enough arms to support DH, who's rubbish, and both kids.

greenelephantscarf Sun 31-Mar-19 20:28:01

if the weather is not too bad, we still do fair weather activities.
cycling and walking is still pleasant with a slight drizzle.

Rubusfruticosus Sun 31-Mar-19 20:31:06

If it's just light showers we will go out in packable rain jackets (well I will, DC is usually just in a fleece) but head for woodland rather than open areas. We only stay in if it is 'proper' rain.

greenelephantscarf Sun 31-Mar-19 20:46:16

there is nothing nicer than coming inside to have a hot chocolate after a blustery and rainy walk.

MrsDrudge Sun 31-Mar-19 20:50:19

Free indoor activities - treasure hunt around the house, building a tent with sheets/chairs and indoor picnic, active games -Twister, charades, hide and seek, exercise/dance dvd, dance contest, Simon says game etc

CherryPavlova Sun 31-Mar-19 20:57:07

You won’t need to hold the children up on an ice rink. It would be the other way around usually!
You could do a dry ski slope or snow dome too, if funds allow.

BiddyPop Mon 01-Apr-19 09:19:07

Put on more layers and wet weather gear and go out walking, cycling, sailing...

And then look forward to hot coffee and hot chocolate at the end of it.

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