50 For A Reason #14: We Like To Start Them Early!
Nicki takes a look at the fab, fun range of activities we have on offer for your wee ones and find’s out why Active Steps is such an important part of the Live Active Leisure mix.
Wee springers. A class with a name so darn inviting it is one of the few things I’d be willing to go back and do it all again for! I first discovered Wee Springers when my best friend’s eldest son was a toddler. Kelly is woman who loves sports, running and keeping fit and passing on a love of exercise to her kids has always been an important part of parenthood for her. Hilariously, eldest son would lounge with his feet up in his buggy, uninterested in running round the garden with his active mummy.
That’s when she discovered Wee Springers and with other children his age running round, climbing, balancing and playing suddenly he was more inclined to move! That was 8 years ago and in that time LAL has developed their Active Steps programme for parents and toddlers beyond recognition. In the same way that we all like something a bit different, so too do kids and as well as wearing them out a bit (admit it… that is a very large part of why you take them!) it also starts their relationship with exercise, with interacting and socialising and with Live Active venues – we plan to be around for another 50 years so that’s a good thing!
In case you don’t know, Active Steps is the programme LAL created especially for pre-school kids. Starting at around 18 moths, this is a fun-packed programme that is perfect for little minds, hands and feet. As well as playing and joining in with other kids (HUGE in a child’s learning curve) Active Steps classes allow your child to explore new and fun activities in a safe environment with trained instructors.
I always think a good indication of how great a class really is comes from internal recommendation (go to the class the instructors do and you’re getting a workout!). So when I was chatting to Kelly Parker in the LAL Marketing Team about this blog and she told me she’d get a pic of her wee boy, Jake, for it then I knew we were onto a winner!
Jake loves Wee Springers (as you can see!) and goes along with his Granny to Bell’s Sports Centre. Which of course, is another great element of Active Steps. Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and Mum’s Best Friend will all love watching on as your wee one joins in the fun of learning, playing and making new friends.
The award-winning programme covers sportshall, playtime and pool based activities and will introduce your child to a whole new world of energy-packed, fun-filled classes and groups.
If you have a wee one then why not call up and find out about how you can get involved? There are waiting lists in some of areas so do get your name down nice and early! We’ve pulled together a list of availability to help you find a class now and you can keep up to date with this by clicking over to Active Steps and checking out what’s going on. Have a look in your area; Perth, Kinross, Strathearn, Highland Perthshire or Blairgowrie.
It’s also really worthwhile signing up to the newsletter and asking for Active Steps info.
I may well see there with a borrowed child in tow!
Wee Springers at Coupar Angus Town Hall: Fridays
10:00 - 10:30am 18m-3yrs
10:30 – 11:25am 3-5yrs
11:30 – 12:00 18m-3yrs
13:00 - 13:30pm 18m-3yrs
13:35 – 14:20pm 3-5yrs
Kickabout at Blairgowrie:
Wed 16:15 – 17:00 3-5yrs
Sat 09:00 – 09:45 3-5yrs
Wee Springers at Glenearn Campus: Saturdays
9.30 – 10:00 18months to 3 years
10.15 – 11:00 3-5 years
11.15 – 11:45 18 months – 3 years
Wee Springers at Bell’s Sports Centre:
Mon & Wed 12mths – 3yrs 11:30 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 13:30
Thurs 12mths – 3yrs 13:00 – 13:30
Wed 3-5yrs 13:45 – 14:00
Bouncearound & Playtime at Bell’s Sports Centre:
Tue & Thurs 09:30 -12:00 – No booking necessary. 12mths - 5yrs Drop in session, parents and child can come anytime for as long as they want.
Kickabout at North Inch Campus:
Sat 18mths – 3 yrs 11:00 - 11.35
All Stars at Live Active Loch Leven:
Mon 18mths -3 yrs 11:30 – 12:00
Mon 3-5 yrs 14:00 - 14:45
Bouncearound at Live Active Atholl:
Tue 12mths – 5 yrs 10:00 – 12:00