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It's Play Time

Calling parents and caregivers with toddlers and preschoolers
Family tobogganing

7 Ways to Get Outdoors with Your Family this Winter Break

Lots of great North Shore ideas!
Mother and child playing in the snow

15 activities to help you Happy Better this holiday season

Beat back the holiday blues with movement
Young child playing in fallen leaves

The Serious Need for Play

Why play is essential, especially in times of stress
Happy rock

20 Great Local Activities for August

Making the most of our unusual summer
Family

7 ways for busy families to stay physically active

The family that plays together, stays together
Kids playing

Boost Your Children’s Brainpower with Exercise

Read the research - plus tips on how to encourage physical activity
Basketball kids

Physical Literacy - the ABC’s

Learn the ABC's of physical movement
Outdoor Fitness

20 Ways to take your Fitness OUTDOORS this Summer

Enjoy your fitness in the great outdoors!
Preschoolers

5 Benefits of Music and Dancing for Preschoolers

How music and movement help our kids grow and develop

It's Play Time

The importance of both free and guided play

Young children develop optimally when they can engage regularly in both free play and guided play. In free play, children practice moving at their own pace and discover their own areas of interest. With guided play, they learn to listen, to share and interact with their peers. 

“Play is the highest form of research,” Albert Einstein once said. Pediatric studies agree, suggesting different forms of play contribute to every aspect of a child’s development to help them reach for their full potential. The many benefits include:

Boost Your Children’s Brainpower with Exercise

Kids need exercise for optimal brain development
Mounting data shows that aerobic exercise increases levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a substance necessary for brain cell growth, stimulates the birth of new neurons and enhances brain plasticity (ability of brain to change neural pathways). Research shows that exercise improves:
  • Thinking and learning 
  • Attention and focus (corelates with higher academic achievement)
  • Emotional regulation and self-control (stress management)

7 ways for busy families to stay physically active

Having fun adventures together strengthens relationships and builds memories. It’s also a great way to model an active lifestyle to your kids. As obesity rates rise in both adults and children, making movement a part of your family’s lifestyle is important. Keep in mind, too, the Canadian movement guidelines for kids (ages 5-17 years) include 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, while adults should be getting at least 22 minutes a day in bursts of 10 minutes or more.

5 Benefits of Music and Dancing for Preschoolers

1. Music and dance engages the brain
Children learn new things, like sounds, words and patterns through music. And with dance, they can explore and control their body movements.  These activities are great for development and stimulate connections in the growing brain.

2. It helps cultivate communication skills
Bringing together kids with songs, rhymes and actions lets them discover how to interact and connect with others.  They develop listening and social skills that will give them self-confidence and better prepare them for school.

Why I Love Improv

What I love most about improv is how truly collaborative it is. I get to share the stage with a troupe of very skilled performers who I also get to call my friends. We bring our own ideas, energy and talents to the table and support each other when we are performing scenes or playing games. 

It isn’t just that though. We also get to build a unique show with the help of people in the audience. 

I will often tell the audience at the beginning of a show, "The more that you give us, the more that we can give you," because it couldn't be more true. 

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