Safety & Fun Toddler Extra-Curricular Activities
What is a parent to do when they have a fearless (and slightly stupid) climber on their hands?
We registered our little climber for toddler gymnastics! Starting this weekend, he will have 45 minutes per week from now until Christmas to climb to his heart’s content. And in that 45 minutes he will also develop skills and confidence. And with skill and confidence will hopefully come safer climbing.
Now, I should have thought to do this a few months ago when the real gymnastics clubs opened their fall registration. But, clearly I didn’t. Needless to say, by the time I thought to do this, they were all full.
But, after searching every possible option, I discovered a class with 1 open spot left. It’s at a community recreation centre just minutes from our house – it’s so close we could even walk there on a warm fall day. The class is specifically for children under 2 years old. It’s held in a multi-purpose gymnasium, so maybe it wont be as “good” as a real gymnastics club which is permanently set up specifically for gymnastics. But, the way I figure it, he’s not even 2 years old – he’ll have no idea how this one compares with other locations. In fact, at his age, he’s just going to love being able to climb, he presumably wont even think about other possible places to play. So, I think this is a perfect win.
I also discovered I missed swimming registration…again. Ops! When it comes to water, Little MPB loves it. And he has absolutely no fear of water – to the point of being very worrisome given his age and skill level (or lack there of). In fact, he loves the water so much we joke that he must be part fish. As far as I’m concerned, swimming is a basic life-safety skill, so I was determined to find him a swimming class for the fall. Needless to say, I managed to find an evening class with a spot left, at a location with a heated baby pool. The class starts at 5:30 so it’s going to be a rush to get him home, fed and in bed by 7pm, but we’ll make it work somehow. So, once again, I got lucky.
And so this fall, the Adult MPB’s are going to be busy teaching Little MPB to be safe while climbing and in the water. It should be fun!
Oh, and on another exciting note, I discovered that the really close recreation centre has a introduction to skating that Little MPB will be old enough to take in January!! We had planned to just take him skating on our own to teach him how to sake, but I have to admit I am so excited to put him in baby/toddler skating. I had no idea such a thing even existed, it’s going to be so cute!! As I suspect this is a very popular activity in this Canadian winter city, to ensure I don’t forget to register him I’ve marked registration day in my calendar.
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