So, you’ve already got your workout squared away. Now what about the kids, who in winter’s grip have taken to playing full-on soccer in the living room? Here are four (indoor) north suburban spots to get them moving, grooving and even picking up new skills.
Get ready to shake, rattle and roll, be it through gymnastics, dance or karate. The Little Gym is all about encouraging kids to move, whether they’re 4 months or 12 years old. And it’s not just movement for movement’s sake––the facility’s philosophy centers on nurturing the whole child through physical activity, from building self-confidence to mastering listening skills.
1368 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Obstacle courses, tire jumps, wall climbing, monkey bars … if this place doesn’t crash your kiddo at bedtime, well, I feel bad for you. Hot Ground Gym isn’t a big complex filled with fancy equipment. It’s a an obstacle course in a compact space that aims to build kids’ creativity, stamina and critical-thinking skills. (I’ve yet to take my own free trial class for adults…I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes.)
1938 Raymond Drive, Northbrook
Inside My Gym’s colorful walls, little ones can get out even the most serious case of the wiggles––and work on balance, agility and coordination while they’re at it. And if you needed an excuse for date night, here’s a fantastic one: My Gym offers “Parents’ Night Out,” a kids-only party involving dinner, games, gymnastics and more––while you head out for a fancy cocktail.
1622 Barclay Blvd., Buffalo Grove
Even total novices can find a class at Lakeview Martial Arts, including several options for parents and kids to learn new skills together. Why martial arts? It’s a physically active way for both boys and girls to learn self-control, self-respect and respect for others.
1614 Deerfield Road, Highland Park