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Change4Life Kent, Easter 2018: How to get the kids active in the holidays

By KentOnline reporter

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Kids are typically eating and drinking three times more sugar than they should be. At Easter time it’s likely this number will be higher!

With so many Easter treat temptations around, spring is a great time to get your family active.

Staying physically active helps children to build social skills, improve their mental wellbeing and maintain good bone and heart health.

Children who achieve a healthy weight tend to be better able to learn and are more self-confident, both fantastic reasons to get out and about as a family this Easter holiday.

1. Visit a Country Park

They don’t call Kent the Garden of England for nothing. The rolling hills and downs are enough to entice even the least intrepid explorer to venture out of doors. Why not start by exploring one of Kent’s beautiful country parks, boasting impressive views, a variety of habitats, play areas and family friendly facilities to enjoy.

2. Take part in an egg challenge in Folkestone

Join the traditional Easter (hard-boiled) egg rolling competition on Sugarloaf Hill on Folkestone Downs, or have your little ones conquer what promises to be an eggcellent egg assault course on Samphire Hoe. Both events are under £2, making them great value activities to get your kids outdoors and active.

3. Visit an outdoor gym and get fit for free

Outdoor gyms are a great way to improve your fitness completely free of charge. They can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages and abilities at any time of the day. Simply bring your family and have fun getting active. Find your nearest outdoor gym here

4. Indoor play activities with Disney

This list wouldn’t be complete without suggesting an idea for indoor playtime; after all, along with spring comes the often inevitable April showers.

With 10 Minute Shake Ups you don’t have to let the rain stop you from keeping your family active. Kids need to be active for 60 minutes a day, which make Shake Ups the perfect indoor activities.

These 10-minute bursts of fun feature kids’ favourite characters from Disney Pixar’s latest animation, Cars 3, as well as Disney’s Moana, Frozen Fever, Zootropolis, Beauty and the Beast and The Lodge.

Every 10-minute burst of exercise can make a real difference in helping your kids reach the 60 minutes they need each day.

Explore the Shake Ups here

4½. Sign up for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids

Sometimes half the job is simply signing up, so making its way to the final position on our list is the Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids in Maidstone. The event takes place on Sunday, July 8, but it’s is an activity you can sign your kids up for this Easter holiday

Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids is a brilliant muddy obstacle course just for little ones. They can take on the obstacles, crawl through the mud pit and have fun with friends, all the while helping raise valuable funds towards beating cancer. Sign your kids up here.

For more fun ideas and simple tips for busy Kent families join the Change4Life Kent community on Facebook.

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