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School Holidays Don’t Have To Be A Complete Circus!

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School’s out and without their usual after-school play dates, sports and activities, how are your kids going to beat the boredom and stay active? Easy, Virgin Active is introducing circus themed activities these Easter holidays. This fun holiday programme will ensure your child is both mentally and physically stimulated.

The philosophy behind the successful Club-V and Club-V Max facilities at Virgin Active Health Clubs is that active minds and active bodies translate into happy children.

“For Club-V we’ve created a 3-hour programme designed for children ages 3 – 7. We’ll keep them busy with awesome activities, from creative arts, crafts and colouring in activities, to games to get your kids moving and having buckets of fun,” says Catherine Coupar, National Junior Member Manager of Virgin Active.  “For Club-V Max (children ages 3 – 13), kids can look forward to 4 hours of fun that balances mental and physical stimulation.”

Why it’s important to get kids to move more

Although screen time and technology is an essential part of being a kid in 2015 and beyond an important part of having a well rounded lifestyle is to take some ‘time out’ from sitting at a screen and get active and moving. It’s vital to interact with others, play and exercise … here’s why:

  • Helps to develop strong muscles and bones
  • Controls their weight
  • Lowers their chances of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Helps them sleep better
  • Gives them more confidence and a better outlook on life
  • Makes them more mentally alert and improves their likelihood of being academically motivated and successful.

‘Being at the Circus’ activities will be held daily from April 7 to 10 but, in addition to this, Virgin Active is hosting a special family class on 11 April.  It’s the ideal way for moms, dads and kids to spend time together … whether it is an exercise class such as KAOS, TwentyFour Family or a fun Twisty Tales activity, there’s nothing better than getting active as a family.

Booking for the ‘circus’ holiday camp experience is essential and on a first come, first served basis, so if you are Virgin Active members, sign your kids up at Club-V or Club-V Max, or chat to a Club-V team member for more information.

Club-V and Club-V Max

Virgin Active offers two ‘kids’ clubs:  Club-V (6 weeks-7 years) and Club V-Max (6 weeks-13 years) which are dedicated indoor play and activity areas, essentially a ‘mini-club within a club’. The aim is to take a holistic look at keeping children aged up to 13, entertained and active through creative, fun, interactive programmes designed specifically for different stages of their development.  The staff are fully trained in early childhood development and have paediatric first aid training.

Check your local club for details on www. virginactive.co.za

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