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    Kids Activities/Sports

    What kinds of activities do you guys have your kids enrolled in?

    I've got 3 young kids, 2 girls and a boy. I want to get them involved in some things so they can discern which activities they enjoy and want to continue further.

    So far the wife and I have brainstormed playing an instrument, girl/boy scouts, gymnastics, jiu jitsu, sports.

    I dont know what we will end up signing them up for but coming from a family that didn't have much $$ growing up, I want to give them every opportunity to try things. Looking forward to hearing some thoughts from you guys.

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    Hockey.

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    My daughter hates pretty much all activities except for dance. Tried soccer, tae kwon do, gymnastics....asked if she?s be interested in softball, hockey and that?s a no go. I don?t know why she is not interested in participating in sports especially since that?s all i watch, my wife watches, she?s started going to sporting events from 11 months old, loves going to games with us. I think it might be she doesn?t like the ?pressure? or failing. So, moral of the story, don?t push so hard, they may eventually find something that they will enjoy.


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    Try a bunch of them. Use things like Facebook and Groupon to find deals or free sessions, "Try Hockey for free day", or a lacrosse clinic for $30 that comes with a stick, etc. Kids might not like it immediately, and you're not committed to an entire season, nor do you have to buy equipment. They'll eventually decide what they like after trying a bunch.

    Kids should play multiple sports. 1 should be athletic/cardiovascular and 1 with hand-eye coordination.
    You don't want that kid that swims and skis but can't catch a ball. And you don't want to end up with the fat catcher that plays offensive line.


    And don't forget about yourselves as parents. Do you want to spend hours upon hours at dance recitals? Tball games? Be a little selfish. Your money and your time - unless they're incredibly talented at that sport or its the only thing they're interested in.
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    No things until COVID is over. Then martial arts and seasonal... Things where concussion risk is minimalized.

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    Music is always a good option. I played in band and orchestra throughout my school years and recall most vividly getting totally lost in the orchestra music. Whenever we practiced or performed shows it transported me to places otherworldly. Geeky? Maybe so but I really liked how the instruments would ?talk? to one another throughout the piece we were playing.

    I realized typing this that maybe I?ve found why Grateful Dead jam-band style has become some of my most favorite things to listen to (and Pink Floyd) because of that transportive quality.

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    I had two in hockey. Well, one in hockey and one in learn to skate/hockey intro. That's all on hold.

    Daughter is in dance, and is, unfortunately, quite good at it. Dance is incredibly expensive at competitive levels. It's actually quite fucking insane. Good news is that she's dead set on playing hockey, so should have three in hockey next year.

    Summer is a bit lame. Soccer is lame as hell, and baseball seems too tedious to learn. It's a commitment, though I'll probably have two in baseball this coming summer as well lol.

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    Golf is another I'm going to start pushing hard to my entire family. It happens on your schedule, and it's a life long adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    Golf is another I'm going to start pushing hard to my entire family. It happens on your schedule, and it's a life long adventure.
    Was just gonna ask about golf. Golf can be expensive, but for kids it's not bad - at least recreationally there are tons of deals because places want kids playing. If they start getting competitive, I can see it really adding up though as with most things.

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    I like the idea of activities that I can control and not have it be a huge commitment with time and travel. Skiing, golf and music all seem to be fitting.

    My daughter tried dance and didn't love it. She liked cheerleading and wants to try gymnastics. My son wants to play hockey and tried soccer but didn't love it.

    I'm not really comfortable with anything inside at this point but plan to sign my son up for t ball this spring.

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    My girls were doing various "non competitive" sports at the Y pre-Covid. Then we cancelled our membership unfortunately for the time being. Other than that, my 5th grader has been playing violin for a few years. We also do private lessons for her and she really is excelling for her age which is great to see. My younger daughter is in girl scouts. My older one was in that for a few years but found it boring and wanted out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphinity View Post
    Was just gonna ask about golf. Golf can be expensive, but for kids it's not bad - at least recreationally there are tons of deals because places want kids playing. If they start getting competitive, I can see it really adding up though as with most things.
    If you're OK with playing a goat track, with crappy used equipment, which is what we'd do, golf is actually not really that bad. Between dance/hockey I'm pushing $600/month, and that doesn't include equipment, gas, etc.

    You can play a lot of golf for that.

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    Cadets is another option. Dunno what it's called there, but my 11 yo wants to join the Air Cadets. It's free, and would probably teach more important life lessons than everything else combined.

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    My kids are doing Dek Hockey right now, and they have played soccer and baseball in the fall. Baseball signup is this weekend, so we are signing them up again for it.

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    Is everything not shut down there? LMAO. You guys keep rolling, and we're getting state enforced curfews, schools are closed, there's not a single activity available to do.

    We were at friends on the lake this weekend playing shinny for hours, that's about all they get. We were half worried the cops were going to show up and arrest us, which has happened. Don't laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    Is everything not shut down there? LMAO. You guys keep rolling, and we're getting state enforced curfews, schools are closed, there's not a single activity available to do.

    We were at friends on the lake this weekend playing shinny for hours, that's about all they get. We were half worried the cops were going to show up and arrest us, which has happened. Don't laugh.
    Most was shut down last summer. In fall, most started coming back with the necessary precautions. Hockey rinks were the first to re-open in my area. Late June. No masks when on the ice.
    Youth hockey in NY isnt allowing games. "Scheduled practices" and "learning practices" are the terms used this season. No play between teams, so no league games. So they are between teams within the same organization. Travel teams are going out of state for tournaments, but a lot of that slowed around Thanksgiving.

    Other kids activities in the area didnt require masks (for kids) until the last month or so.

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    I am older than most of you.

    My son is a senior in college; this was supposed to be his final year of NCAA D2 football. His conference is trying to schedule a spring season of 6-8 in conference games, but this would not be sanctioned by the NCAA and there would be no championship tournament. Which is the way most "club" sports work in the US. Rugby for example. but remains to be seen if that will happen.

    We do have some fun taking our other older son and wife's 3 year old daughter to museums and musical things. Many are open in the NYC area. We took her to the Brooklyn Children's Museum last weekend. It isn't free, but it's not expensive and it's 2-hour sessions after which they sterilize the place before the next session. This is also true of the Bronx Zoo and NY Aquarium. Check these places on line to see when and if they're open, limitations , and ticket information. Anyone over 3 has to wear a mask, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphinity View Post
    Was just gonna ask about golf. Golf can be expensive, but for kids it's not bad - at least recreationally there are tons of deals because places want kids playing. If they start getting competitive, I can see it really adding up though as with most things.
    NYC Parks courses are open and pretty reasonable. but the weather is hit or miss.

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    Reading this thread almost gave me a panic attack, thanks. My son will be 4 in July and my daughter 2 in April. As it is I feel terrible that we haven't gotten them into anything yet. I have no clue how we're going to be able to handle taking them from this to that with the work schedules my wife and I both have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    No things until COVID is over. Then martial arts and seasonal... Things where concussion risk is minimalized.
    This. There's a great marital arts place right by us I want to get Owen enrolled in, but not until after Covid. From that point, we'll try other things like soccer to see if he likes anything.
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