Social distancing guidelines, plus remote learning, plus rainy weather equals extra stir-crazy kiddos. That’s why we’ve searched far and wide to find engaging classes to get your kids moving this fall. With strict COVID-19 protocols in place (and virtual options too), here are seven classes where kids can safely burn off energy and get their endorphins flowing.

photo: SANCA

SANCA

This year has felt a bit like a circus, but we found the real circus! There’s a local gym where your child can be The Greatest Showman. The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) offers a unique opportunity for your child to find social interaction and physical activity through their one-of-a-kind Circus Club. Students begin class with group games and activities. Then explore a variety of different circus activities like tumbling, trampoline, aerial arts, juggling, tightwire and more. Every class is unique and full of movement to get kids' hearts pumping.

Good to know: Not ready to return to the gym? SANCA offers Circus at Home online classes too.

Ages: 6-12
Days & Times: Mon.-Wed.; 2-3:30 p.m. or 3:30-5 p.m. Drop-ins welcome.

674 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, WA
206-652-4433
Online: sancaseattle.org

photo: Nadine Peters

Advantage Gymnastics Academy

If your child is constantly flipping, climbing and bouncing off the walls in your living room, gymnastics just might be their thing. Woodinville’s Advantage Gymnastics Academy (AGA) provides in-person gymnastics classes for children of all ages. From traditional gymnastics to Ninja Zone and Big Air trampoline training, AGA has you covered. This gym offers ongoing enrollment so you can join an open class at any time, and all first-time customers are invited to participate in a free trial class to make sure it’s a good fit. Learn new skills and burn some energy. It’s a win-win!

Good to know: Just in time for the rainy season, AGA's Tumble Tots and Indoor Playground programs are open for enrollment too.

Ages: 2 & up
Days & Times: Mon.–Sat.; various class times

14103 N.E. 200th St.
Woodinville, WA
425-485-4439
Online: advantagegym.com

Arena Sports

Pass, shoot, score! Lil’ Kickers and Skills Institute classes teach soccer skills to kids of all ages at five locations around the Seattle area. Lil’ Kickers innovative curriculum introduces kids ages 18 months to nine years to age-appropriate soccer skills through creative fun. Skills Institute classes takes the soccer experience up a notch, increasing skill development without sacrificing fun. Mini Lionel Messis (ages 5–12) will improve technical and tactical soccer skills through drills and scrimmaging with their peers. Both Lil’ Kickers and Skills Institute classes meet weekly for 50 minutes.

Good to know: First time customers can experience Arena Sports’ program first-hand through a free trial class to ensure it’s the best fit for your child.

Ages: 18 mos.-12
Days & Times: Mon.-Sun.; various class times

Locations in Issaquah, Magnuson, Mill Creek, Redmond and SODO
Online: arenasports.net

photo: The Little Gym of Seattle at Interbay

The Little Gym of Seattle at Interbay

Tumble on in to The Little Gym in Seattle and Interbay for virtual or in-person classes. Kids build confidence and developmental skills through The Little Gym’s world-renowned gymnastic classes. Each week, little gymnasts are encouraged to try new things that improve balance, coordination, strength and more. You’ll see their confidence skyrocket as they master new skills. And big bonus, they’ll do it all with a big smile on their face because fun is a top priority at this gym.

Good to know: The Little Gym also offers camps for kids ages 3-10 and private playdates. And, if dancing is your little one’s jam, classes are scheduled to begin soon.

Ages: 4 mos.-12
Days & Times: Mon.-Sun.; various class times

2213 15th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA
206-397-3794
Online: thelittlegym.com/SeattleInterbayWA/

Home Court

Does your child dream of being the next Steph Curry or Sue Bird? (Congrats, Seattle Storm!) Home Court in Woodinville is offering online and in-person small group basketball skill training. Classes focus on fundamental skill development including shooting, ball handling, scoring moves and defensive techniques. Well-organized, fast-paced sessions keep little players moving, engaged and challenged through a variety of drills, activities and competitions. Plus, limited enrollment maximizes the opportunity for personal attention and drill repetition.

Ages: 8 & up
Days & Times: Mon.-Thurs. & Sat.; various class times

18600 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. N.E.
Woodinville, WA
425-487-1030
Online: homecourtnw.org

MoveFree Academy

Hardcore parkour! MoveFree Academy offers a creative outlet for energy and movement by teaching parkour skills and techniques. Parkour is the practice of traversing obstacles, using your body to run, jump and vault over them. MoveFree programs emphasize the efficient use of power, agility, spatial awareness and thinking in the moment in order to overcome obstacles within one’s environment. We love that the staff focuses on how to safely develop and use these skills to minimize injury risk. Classes also incorporate yoga, mobility and strength skills, too. Students enjoy challenging themselves and learning new skills in a safe, supportive environment.

Ages: 6 & up
Days & Times: Mon.-Sun.; various class times

14787 N.E. 95th St.
Redmond, WA
425-242-8593
Online: movefreeacademy.com

American Dance Institute

Creative expression is critical for a child’s development. At American Dance Institute (ADI), dancers receive unmatched technical training, balanced with their individual creativity, to foster a love of dance. Highly trained and experienced staff teach dance–live-streamed or in-studio–in a non-threatening, non-competitive environment. ADI’s unofficial motto is, “no snootiness allowed!” Professional instructors aim to teach techniques and concepts and proper execution. Whatever your child’s dance interests might be, American Dance Institute has a class. From ballet to Irish dance, tap to hip hop… and don’t forget Flamenco! Wee ones can start with a Parent & Me class and continue their dance career all the way through high school.

Ages: 2.5 & up
Days & Times: Mon.-Sun.; various class times

206-783-0755
Locations in Greenwood, Magnolia and Shoreline
Online: americandanceinstitute.com

—Abbey McGee

feature photo: photo library

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