Fitness Fun for Kids 6-12 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.

Physical Activity Gets Kids Moving!

  • Try for 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Look for programs and classes that focus on abilities rather than age, since kids mature at different rates.
  • School-aged kids can play on teams, as well as participate in individual activities.
  • Encourage children to try different activities to find their likes and dislikes.
  • Be safe. Use safety equipment, like bike helmets, shin guards, wrist guards and elbow and kneepads to prevent injuries.
  • Be active together as a family. Parents are strong role models.

Things you can do with your child

  • Bike
  • Hike
  • Baseball or softball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Swim
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Walking
  • Jog
  • Fly a kite
  • Skateboarding
  • Work out
  • Work in the garden
  • Play frisbee
  • Dance
  • Jump rope
  • Rake leaves
  • Walk the dog
  • Wash the car
  • Play hopscotch
  • Roller/in-line skating
  • Play tag, twister, limbo

Places to Call for Group Activities

Ask for scholarship information if financial assistance is needed.

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

Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks:

Finley Center(707) 543-3737
Steele Lane(707) 543-3282

Boys and Girls Club

Parks and Recreation are listed in the light blue front section of the phone book under:

  • City Government OfficesRecreation & Parks
  • County Government OfficesParks Department
  • California State Government OfficesParks & Recreation Department
  • United States Government OfficesPhysical activity information 1-888-232-4674
  • Press Democrat: Check the sports section every Tuesday for Youth Sports Information.
  • Phone Book: Recreation & Parks are listed under City, County and State Government Offices in the light blue front section of the phone book.
  • Yellow Pages for Baseball Clubs, Recreation Centers, Soccer Clubs, Swimming PoolsPublic, Youth Organizations and Centers for more ideas.

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.