Skateboarding: Not just for teens

“I gotta keep practicing, look at this one, this’ll be it!” We were at our town’s new skatepark for the fifth straight day, and I was watching my 11-year old transform from shaky to confident as he crouched, balanced, and popped his board into the air before landing firmly back down, in what he assured … Continued

Fight for your right to play

When my three kids were small, we lived next to an urban park that included a playground, a soccer field, a baseball diamond, a basketball net, and an asphalt street hockey court. We played there almost every day for a decade as I organized impromptu three-on-three half-court basketball encounters, small-sided soccer matches, and scrub baseball … Continued

Active for Life podcast: How to support your child athlete

Kids develop physical literacy in a lot of different ways, and one way is through organized sports. However, sports don’t always provide the positive experience that we might hope for our children—and sometimes, it’s the adults who are the problem. In this podcast, Active for Life editor-in-chief Richard Monette chats with John O’Sullivan, founder of … Continued

How to use a fortune teller

Do you ever come across those nostalgic online quizzes that ask, “How many toys from the ’90s (or ’80s, ’70s, etc.) can you identify?” Bop It. Skip-It. Magic Mitt. Moon Boots. Each of these toys, whether you owned one or played with your neighbour’s, brings back memories of active backyard fun. Though the chances of … Continued

Smart cycling: Start it at school!

At first glance, you might think that the Bromont National Cycling Centre (BNCC) is only for elite athletes, but think again. The centre also makes basic cycling skills a priority. The BNCC, located in Bromont, Que., gives adults and children the chance to discover all cycling sports—BMX, mountain biking, cyclocross, road cycling, track cycling, as … Continued

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