Summer holidays are fast approaching, which is why this seemed like a great time for #365DaysofPlay to focus on swimming tips for tots! We started the week with this fun video from Coach Julie with a few tips for getting kids moving their arms and breathing underwater, click on the image below to check it
We’re having a party to celebrate our new North Vancouver gym on Friday, June 5th from 2 pm to 5 pm and you’re invited! It’s all free but be sure to RSVP here to make sure you’re in the draw for great door prizes from local businesses such as the Hive (we’re very excited that
It’s a great time of year to get you and your kids back on your bike! Riding a bike – and learning how to ride a bike – is a memorable childhood activity and we’ve got great tips and recommendations this week for safe, fun riding for the whole family. We’ll be updating this blog post daily so keep checking back for more ideas, tips and #365DaysofPlay cycling fun each day!
During Spring Break Play Times we challenged you to make donations to Crabtree Corner in lieu of payment and boy did you ever rise to the challenge! You used it as a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning and brought in children’s books, toys, clothes and gear. Some of you even brought in new items and donated though you weren’t coming in for Jump Play. This photo shows just a small portion of the donation.
There have been a lot of changes at Jump lately and they’re all pretty exciting – think a brand new gym in North Vancouver and great new coaches just to name a few! But one change happening this week is more bittersweet. Kalifa, our Customer Service Team Leader, who many of you know, is moving on.
Our dream here at Jump is that teaching physical literacy becomes a larger part of the Canadian sport curriculum. Sure, every kid isn’t going to become a competitive athlete, but every child should have this door open to them, just like learning to read or learning math. While we do see that change slowly coming to Canadian sport we’re not quite there yet; and in the meantime we’re committed to teaching physical literacy through our curriculum.
At Jump we’ve got big plans for 2015 starting with our #365DaysofPlay! As you may have already noticed we’re posting an active play idea every day – and we will be for the entire year – that is all about inspiring families to find creative ways to build play into our busy lives. Look for the #365DaysofPlay hashtag on our Facebook and Twitter pages to see what we’ve come up with so far.
As we jump into 2015 we are more excited than ever to continue providing programming focused on giving kids the tools to succeed in any sport and stay active for life. And we know that the key to this mission is physical literacy: the tools and confidence to move your body in a variety of environments. Experts agree that the pillars to developing physical literacy in our youngest athletes (0-6 year olds) is the balance between well-structured, developmentally sound programs (like Jump!) and as much – outdoor, ideally – free play as possible.
The Child Fitness Tax Credit, introduced in 2006, allows you to claim fees paid for your child’s sports/physical activity classes. The catch? There really isn’t one. Children must be 16 years old or younger at the beginning of the year, and enrolled in continuous classes weekly (or more often) for at least eight consecutive weeks. Camps qualify too as long as kids are registered for five consecutive days. Currently you can claim up to $500 per year; just in time for the new year the amount will double so you can claim up to $1,000 on your 2015 taxes!
North Vancouver, we have arrived!