Modified Stage 2: Ideas on how to stay active

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

Update: As of Nov 7, team sports, gyms etc. can have up to 50 people. Many teams sports and other activities will re-open as a result.

In-person activities for kids this winter will include:

- Indoor soccer

- Ice sports, like figure skating, hockey, ringette, curling (no contact allowed, no games/competitions/tournaments)

- Outdoor rinks will be opening in late Dec or early Jan.

- Skiing/snowboarding: Both x-country and downhill

Downhill skiing: Grade 4s and 5s can ski almost for free:

- Indoor ultimate frisbee and other "dome" sports

- Snowshoeing

- Basketball

- Court sports like squash, badminton, etc.

- Martial arts of all kinds (karate, jiujitsu, muay thai, taekwondo, wrestling--all focused on skills development instead of person-to-person contact)

- Dance

- Parkour and strength training

- Horseback riding

- All kinds of music, art, science classes, though most are still offered remotely

As of October 10, 2020, Ottawa reverted to a modified Stage 2, which means a lot of kids' sports are closed again.

Because our kids are learning from home and physical education is hit-or-miss from our teachers, it's up to us to ensure that our kids are getting enough daily physical activity to stay health and happy.

Here are some ideas to keep moving.

What's still open?

Some lucky classes weren't affected by the shut down.

  • Swimming lessons, either private or city-run

  • Dance studios (re-opening as of Oct 20th)

  • Some hockey (for example, Stittsville minor hockey is running with reduced sizes)

  • Football, lacrosse (I believe their seasons may be over soon though)

  • Soccer

  • Figure skating

Virtual classes/groups

  • Girl Guides and Boy Scouts

  • Cross training/body strengthening classes for kids

  • Martial arts

  • Dance

What can I do during the day or after school?

The two recess breaks are not long. The key to fitting in a few minutes of activity during the school day is to have meals and snacks ready-to-eat. Whether they're prepping food or you are, having a "lunch box" prepped at the beginning of the school day will save time and help get them out the door. Set a timer that separates eating time from recess.

  • Stretching, burpees, squats, plank, pushups, sit ups

  • Handstands

  • Jogging

  • Soccer

  • Skipping

  • Chalk drawing your own games (hopscotch, for example)

  • Biking

  • Rollerblading

  • Walking, with or without the dog

  • Basketball

  • Street hockey/ringette

  • Frisbee

  • Trampoline, ninja line

  • Nerf battles

  • Skateboarding/rollerblading

  • Lawn tennis/badminton

  • Making snow forts and snow slides (soon!)

  • Snowshoeing through the deep snow (soon!)

  • Any number of YouTube learn-to-dance, yoga, or exercise videos

  • Drawing sidewalk/driveway art

  • For the DIYs in the group, build a backyard obstacle course (there are some crazy ones out there)

For younger kids:

  • Mini scavenger hunt (inside or outside)

  • Quick trip to the park

  • Little Sports on YouTube

  • Gathering leaves, pressing them between a book's pages

  • Twister (age appropriate variations are available or make your own)

  • Draw a line of chalk and get them to "balance" on it as they walk across

What can I do on weekends?

This is actually tricky, because everyone is trying to do the same things in the same places right now. Most hiking trails are pretty busy (Oct 2020).

  • hiking

  • orienteering

  • mountain biking (fat biking in the winter)

  • geocaching

  • hockey/ringette drills in the driveway (your coach can probably provide you with practice plans to help sketch this out)

  • snowshoeing

  • x-country skiing

  • downhill skiing (Quebec has the green light to open ski hills!)

  • golf (sadly, I think we're in the last couple of weeks of golf)

  • all the things on the other lists

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