Active Play for Kids 1-5 Years Old

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Physical activity plays an important role in maintaining good health and a healthy weight. If physical activity can be enjoyable for children and teens, it will help them develop a lifelong appreciation for its benefits.

Active Play Gets Kids Moving!

  • Provide time for physical activities for your child everyday.
  • The type of active play depends on your child's development and age.
  • Encourage, but don't push too hard if your child doesn't want to do something.
  • Be safe. Use safety equipment, like a helmet, to prevent injuries.
  • Be active together as a family. Parents are strong role models.

Things you can do with your child:

  • Kick, toss, or catch a ball
  • Jump, hop, skip or run
  • Pedal a tricycle
  • Tumble
  • Swim
  • Dance to music
  • Swing
  • "Tag and Youre It"
  • Play Hopscotch
  • Crawl through a homemade obstacle course
  • Build a sandcastle
  • Pick up toys
  • Go for a walk
  • Help around the house or in the garden

Places to Call for Group Activities

Ask for scholarship information if financial assistance is needed.

Santa Rosa Recreation: Finley Center(707) 543-3737
Santa Rosa Recreation: Steele Lane(707) 543-3282
Petaluma Community Center(707) 778-4380
Rohnert Park Recreation Department(707) 588-3456
Sebastopol Community Center(707) 823-1511
Town of Windsor Recreation & Parks(707) 838-1260
YMCA Office(707) 544-1829
YMCA Gym/Swim Center(707) 545-9622
  • Parks and Recreation are listed in the light blue front section of the phone book under:
  • City Government Offices Recreation & Parks
  • County Government Offices Parks Department
  • California State Government Offices Parks & Recreation Department
  • United States Government Offices Physical activity information 1-888-232-4674

These Fitness Fun Guides, developed by the Sonoma County Family Nutrition Task Force, provide information on the many ways families can participate in physical activity.