Last month, May, was a busy month for the boys as they along with Dad and I have been participating in the Mark Warner’s Family Active Challenge! The boys are very active already attending weekly football, gymnastics, badminton and running clubs but these are clubs that they attend on their own with their friends and not with the family.
This month we have enjoyed being active as a family, spending time together and enjoying each others company.
I have tried a game of Tennis, which i really enjoyed doing, i got a little out of breath running around the court but it was enjoyable and fun and a fabulous way of bonding with the boys. Joseph has been learning how to catch a ball properly, we have enjoyed bike rides, days out at the parks, a visit to Hyde Park and a trip in an amphibious vehicle down the River Thames. Oliver got wet in the garden when the waterbomb burst in his face and Jak has been learning how to play Badminton.
Here is a video clip of what Jak thought of our Active month
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It’s week 3 of the Mark Warner Family Active Challenge and this week it’s get Sporty, the boys are very sporty participating in many sports weekly so this week has been a good one them. Me on the other hand, am not very sporty in fact i don’t compete in any sports whatsever! My life is very busy with working and looking after the family so i hardly have time to join a club or take up a sport although if walking with the buggy or ironing was a sport i would be very good at it!
Jak loves all types of sport and enjoys a little competitiveness but he is also a very good team player, he has played football with a team since he was 5, he has just taken up badminton and he likes to go out running.
There is one sport that he has been pestering me to start and that is Tennis, so i raided the garden shed and found a couple of rackets and a ball and thought that it would be good for Jak and I to play together. We don’t normally do active sporty things together that’s Dad’s job and i usually just sit at the side and watch and i haven’t played tennis since i was a teenager.
Just behind Jak’s Drama club there are some lovely big tennis courts, so we arrived at Drama an hour before it started and made our way to the courts.
Joseph was our ball boy so he sat at the side and ran after the ball when it went out of the court which happened quite a bit for me lol.
He said he was the manager as well shouting out where we was going wrong and giving us a running commentary on what we was doing, he was making us laugh. I can’t quite remember the rules of the game but it didn’t matter as we had fun just hitting the ball to each other, we started with seeing how long we could keep the ball up in the air for and then Jak was getting a little bit competitive and was trying to hit the ball away from me so i would have to run for it, I think i shocked him a few times as i got to the ball in time to hit it back to him catching him out!
We managed to keep the ball up 8 times in total, not many i know but not bad for the first time and when we eventually played a game after all the messing around, I can announce that i won although i think Jak will say he did! 😉
Playing Tennis with my son was really enjoyable, we laughed together and had lots of fun, we got to spend some quality time with each other whilst we was keeping fit and staying healthy. Jak has asked if we can do it every week and i think that it will definitely be something that we will be taking up as a family. Jak said that it was the first time in along time that he has seen me enjoy myself and have fun, i did feel relaxed and i did really enjoy it.
As Joseph is 5 years old he was a bit too small to play the game, he could even see over the net, bless him! so i taught him how to hit the ball with the bat, he done really well and i have promised a game of rounders this week so he can get some more practice into hitting the ball with a racket.
Next week is Take To The Water! What will you get up to? Join in on Twitter and share with us a photo o what you are doing to stay active with the family use the hashtag #mwactive
It’s the second week in to our Mark Warner’s Family Active Challenge and this week we have been given Active Playtime as our Activity to take part in. If you haven’t read our first post about cycling in London, you will find it here, we had a lovely day out in the sunshine and enjoying each others company. This week has been harder than i thought trying to find the time in our busy schedules to fit in an hours worth of play, but after thinking about what we would do for our post about i realised that the boys actually already do alot of active activities! So our post this week is going to be our normal weekly routines but with a few extra little activites thrown in!
Active playtime is about having fun with lots of laughter, it’s about learning new skills, it’s about improving physical abilities and keeping fit and healthy. It doesn’t have to be too strenuous and it doesn’t have to be outdoors! Playing hide and seek, hopscotch, dancing, setting up obstacle courses indoor and out and enjoying the company of others are all active enough to keep healthy and fit. Playtime is about imagination and creativity, Active play is important for children to develop naturally, just 60 minutes a day will get their heart beating faster than usual.
Our active week has consisted of:
Monday – Jak had rehearsals in London which consists of beach games, once home Jak went for a run with his dad and after the boys enjoyed a bounce about on the trampoline in the garden
Tuesday – We all travelled into London in the rain by train for a fitting for Jak’s Theatre show. Nanny bought Oliver his own little trampoline so we brought it into the living room so Oliver could have a bounce, it plays music and counts your jumps, Oliver loves it!
Wednesday – We all spent some time in the garden, I cut the grass whilst the boys jumped on the trampoline. Joseph is learning how to catch a ball, so Jak was throwing it to him and they was counting how many times they got to keep it up in the air.
Thursday – Jak had after school football lessons and then we made our way to our nearest leisure centre where Jak had Badminton lessons whilst Joseph had Gymnastics classes where Joseph passed his level 7 proficiency award. We bought a couple of hoola hoops from the shop, Jak was really good at keeping up the hoop around his waist and Joseph done well considering it was his first time as he has never shown an interest in one before. Jak got to keep his hoop up for 2 minutes swinging his hips to and fro, I gave it a go but it just seemed to drop to the floor 🙁 Maybe I need to practice my hip movement a bit more!
The boys had a jump about on the trampoline playing games with each other and making up adventure and imagination games where they are superheroes. Nanny brought an old bike over for Joseph that had been in her garden and had belonged to Jak, once it had been serviced by daddy, Joseph went out round the block for a cycle ride with daddy testing out his new bike.
Friday – It was Daddy’s birthday today and Jak had rehearsals in London, We took Joseph’s scooter to keep him occupied whilst we waited for Jak to finish. He found a ramp that he could run up and down and he even plucked up enough courage to scoot down it!
Saturday – Jak and daddy competed in a parents versus children football match over the park, whilst they were kicking the ball around Joseph played in the park. It is a fairly new park which has a zip wire, climbing wall and a swing that was more like a fairground ride.
Once football was over we dropped Jak off at Drama classes and we all went off to my Nephews 2nd birthday party where the two young ones played with their cousins in a pop up tent. It’s surprising how much fun can be had in a tent with a ball!
Later in the day we played some music and had a dance in the livingroom to our favourite songs. We played Musical Dance dress up where you have to put on as much clothes as you can once the music stops, this was so funny, i couldn’t stop laughing watching Jak trying to move about with all his clothes on. Jak managed to put on 8 items of clothing and Joseph did 5, we had lots of fun full of giggles and the boys definitely worked up a sweat! The boys finished off the day by bouncing on the trampoline.
It was so much watching Jak wriggle around on the floor trying to get up and dance, I haven’t laughed so much in ages! We sped up the video as they were dancing for over 3 minutes lol.
Sunday – It’s parents and toddlers class at our local gymnastics club where all of the boys get to play in a big hall full of soft play shapes, trampolines, balance beams and bars, floor area and a 3 level soft play area with slides and tunnels.
Daddy took the boys over to Fairlop Waters for a cycle ride around the lake, they enjoyed climbing the big boulders there and found some trees to explore as well, once they got home Jak set up an obstacle course in the garden using some garden toys.
The boys had to do:
10 jumps on the trampoline
1 minute trying to keep up the hoola hoop
10 catches with the ball
Scoot to the back of the garden and run back
Back to the trampoline for 1 seat drop, 1 back drop, 1 knee drop and 1 somersault
Run back to the hopscotch area and pick up the baton to finish
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our active family playtime, we have had lots of fun staying active together.
Next week is Get Sporty! I am not a very sporty person but I am going to give it a go and have fun in doing so. Why not join in and let me know what you will be up to next week?
Why not share your pictures or tweets with Mark Warner on twitter using the hashtag #mwactive @mwholidays
We have recently been set a challenge by Mark Warner Holidays who specialise in active family holidays, their packages provide superb childcare with kids clubs for all ages and free evening creche service. Chalet hotels in ski resorts are hand picked for their location and charm and the fabulous beach resorts are in gorgeous locations chosen for the superb water sports and tennis facilities.
Whilst on a family holiday it is easy to find the time to enjoy a range of pursuits especially at Mark Warner where you get to try out windsurfing, swimming, tennis or cycling but it can be tough once back at home to make the time to stay active, which is why Mark Warner have launched ‘May Active Family Month’ to encourage families to enjoy getting active together.
The challenge is a big one! We as a family are to participate in a weekly activity which is set by Mark Warner, throughout the month of May there will be a new challenge set for us to spend an hour doing, this week is Go For A Spin!!
Going for a spin could mean many exciting fun things depending on how you want to interpret it! Rollerskating, cycling, scooting, skateboarding, spinning in circles until you get dizzy, bowling a ball in cricket, kicking a football or even zorbing!
On Bank holiday monday the sun was shining so we set of to the park where Daddy was meeting his running group for his weekly training session, whilst Daddy was spinning his legs faster and faster like the road runner with his pals the boys and I had fun in the play area. I had never noticed before how many apparatus in the park actually spun around until that morning:
They also spun around and around the roundabout and spun on balance plates that were on one of the climbing frames, after an hour at the park the sun was getting warmer and the sky as blue as the sea so we decided to hit the bikes and go for a cycle ride.
As a family of five with three boys under the age of 10 it isn’t easy to go out for a bike ride with all of us on our own bikes trying to think of safety and speed! Joseph is really good on his bike and has ridden a bike without stabilisers for two years now but he can still be a bit wobbly and he does forget to use his brakes choosing to his feet most of the time, Oliver is only 21 months old and although he is a little whizz on his scuttlebug it isn’t ideal for him to be on a family cycle ride on his own, we wouldn’t get very far! Daddy is a keen cyclist often entering cycling events one of which will be the Prudential RideLondon 100 this summer and he commutes into London everyday clocking up 100 miles on his two wheels. Jak takes after his dad and loves to ride his bike too, he is a very active young lad and enjoys taking part in many sports and then there is me! Well i am not a very sporty person but i do try to keep up with the rest of them, I like to enjoy a cycle ride taking in sights around me . I do get that sense of achievement after going out on the bike although my bottom and legs ache the next day it does feel good! Cycling is a fun exercise and a great way to get around and the whole family can participate.
Back at home Daddy got to work checking and pumping up the tyres and setting together our mode of transport. We have two bikes for all 5 of us! We have a very special bike that the boys call a ‘Golden Bike’ it is a trailor bike with a difference! Daddy rides on the main bike which has a tag along attached to it at the back for Jak to ride on and Joseph sits on a seat that is on the cross-bar of the main bike, in between Daddy and the handle bars. Although Jak does have the stamina to keep up with us on a bike ride it gives us a peace of mind that he is attached safely, also the tag along has pedals so he is still using his legs and keeping active. Oliver has a baby seat attached to the back of my fold up bike.
I packed up a small lunch in a ruck sack for us with extra water as it was a hot day and our helmets and we was ready for our day out in the City. We decided to go to London and have a leisurely Sight Seeing cycle ride down the Embankment and Southbank. The Southbank is located to the south of the River Thames, it is very cultural and is a significant place for tourists. It stretches along the river and has become a district for entertainment and arts, Take a spin on the London eye, visit the Sea Life Aquarium, watch the skaters in the undercroft and enjoy the views from the river bank. The Embankment runs along adjacent to the Southbank and has a much wider pavement and is a lot less busier making it easier to cycle along. The views of the Thames is beautiful, watching the boats go by and taking in the sights of all the top attractions , The Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, The Shard and The London Eye.
We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed being together, we laughed, we smiled, we saw lots of interesting things and we also stayed fit.
Please watch the video below of our day out on the Bikes.
What will you be doing this weekend? Why not take to your bikes as a family and enjoy the sights near you!
Next week is ‘Active Playtime’ Please join in with us 🙂
Hope you enjoyed reading my post and hopefully it has inspired you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. This post is a part of our entry into Mark Warners Active Family Challenge.
I have been set a challenge along with nine other bloggers to commit to spend a minimum of one hour per week taking part in a designated activity as a family.
From the W/C 6th may for the rest of the month of May I have been asked to share our chosen family activities with you all hopefully inspiring you all to join in with us. I promise you they will be fun and enjoyable!
Week 1 (6th – 12 May) Go for a spin – active family on wheels
Week 2 (13th – 19th May) Active playtime – active family playing lively games and perhaps learning a new skill
Week 3 (20th – 26th May) Get sporty – active family healthy competition
Week 4 (27th May – 2nd June) Enjoy a splash about -active family in the water
I have been handpicked as one of 10 hand-picked bloggers to spear-head Mark Warner’s Active Family month to help encourage children and parents alike to stay fit and healthy
Hopefully you will all enjoy my active family posts and join in with is!
Keep an eye out for the first post – coming shortly 🙂