It’s a Friday morning at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum and fitness instructor Hilda Young is ready and waiting. In yoga pants and tennis shoes, she moves quickly throughout the 9-1-1 Action Theater exhibit space, setting up exercise circuits. She turns on upbeat music and the scene is set for an hour-long workout.
Her participants? The toddlers of Get Moving!™
The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of activity a day for children age 2 and older, and the children arriving for Get Moving!™ are here to do just that. If you’ve ever wondered what a group fitness class for toddlers looks like, this is it: a safe, open, supervised space for little ones to work out their wiggles. During their time in the class, kids who are expert walkers up through age seven can move from station to station doing activities like:
Bunny Hopping Through Hula Hoops
Stepping Through Tires
Crawling Under a Parachute
Walking Across a Mini Balance Beam
And of course, for children seven and under, there’s plenty of caregiver involvement, too. Parents and grandparents cheer their little ones on as they perform various activities—and can even join in themselves. In fact, there may have been one mom getting funky with a light-up hula hoop during Friday’s class, and a grandma who showed she’s still got it by doing a somersault on the tumbling mats.
Every week of Get Moving!™ looks a little different. In addition to the circuit-style workout, kids can expect to spend some sessions playing interactive games or learning dance steps. Many of the activities are the kind that can be done anywhere, so the fun can continue at home!
This all plays into Hilda’s ultimate goal for the class. As she explains, “The mission of Get Moving!™ is to help children from a young age to develop a healthy lifestyle, and incorporate fitness as a natural part of their lives by making fitness fun.” If children can learn that physical activity is something to look forward to, their future will be in a good shape—literally!
Join us for Get Moving!™ every other Friday at 10:00am at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum for $5 per child. See the museum’s event calendar for all upcoming dates.