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Making Exercise Fun for Kids

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Exercise is important for your general and mental health regardless of your age, but it is a good idea to form healthy habits at a young age. The best way to get your children to exercise regularly is to make it a fun experience. Read on to learn a little bit about making exercise fun for kids.

There are countless different ways that you can exercise, such as on a team, by yourself, or with one good friend. In order for kids to commit to physical activity, they need to find the type that they find the most fun. It is important to remember that exercise does not need to have rules; an hour spent jumping around on a trampoline can increase your heart rate and bolster your physical health just like a high school football game. Encourage your child to experiment until he or she finds the most fun way to exercise.

Bounce U offers the ultimate opportunity for fun exercise. We specialize in children’s field trips, open bounce sessions, and kids’ birthday parties in the Farmingdale area. Please feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (516) 986-4518 to find out how we can make exercise fun for your kids.

A Look at Gift Registries and Children's Birthdays

Christmas gift

Parents have differing perspectives on whether it’s appropriate to create a gift registry for a child’s birthday party. Some parents feel uncomfortable registering for a child, while others enjoy knowing that they won’t be stuck with too many unwanted toys after the party.

In general, if you’re worried that gift-givers might be unfamiliar with your child’s age, interests, or developmental capacity, it might be a good idea to offer a list of age-appropriate gifts. This is especially helpful for grandparents or other relatives who do not interact with your child on a daily basis. Creating a list of gift suggestions can be done easily through many online shopping websites. 

Are you looking for the best place in Long Island to host your child’s birthday party? If so, contact BounceU in Farmingdale by calling (516) 986-4518 today. Visit our website to learn more about our open bounce sessions and kids’ birthday party options.  

Healthy Birthday Party Snacks for Kids

Food Table Ready For Party With Lots Of Goodies

Hosting a kids’ birthday party is a great opportunity to encourage healthy eating in a fun environment. If you’re like many parents who are concerned about sugar-related health and behavioral issues, you might choose to cut out the soft drinks and sugary birthday treats. Here are some healthy and delicious snack ideas for your upcoming kids’ birthday party:

“Magic Wand” Fruit Kabobs
This snack offers a perfect way to encourage kids to enjoy eating fruit. First, cut bite-sized pieces of strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes, and pineapple. Next, load up kabob sticks with the fruit pieces. Use cookie cutters to cut out star-shaped watermelon pieces for the top of each “magic wand.” Serve with vanilla yogurt dip.

Veggies and Dips
A great way to encourage kids to eat their vegetables is to provide a colorful selection of delicious dips and sauces, such as hummus, artichoke dip, eggplant spread, or guacamole. Arrange cut pieces of celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and snow peas in giant smiley faces or hearts on trays, and watch the kids go wild for vegetables! 

Mini Muffins
Instead of cake, why not make muffins? Muffins make it easy to sneak in healthier ingredients, like shredded carrots, zucchini, or sweet potato. Muffins can be sweetened with honey instead of sugar, and recipes are easily amended to include nutritious ingredients such as walnuts, flax seed, coconut flakes, or raisins.

Who doesn’t love popcorn? Combine snack time with arts-and-crafts by providing theater-style paper bags for children to decorate and then fill with homemade popcorn. The list of popcorn toppings is endless, so be sure to provide lots of options. Popcorn can be topped with salt and pepper, cinnamon, parmesan cheese, butter, or brewer’s yeast.

At BounceU, we offer a wide range of birthday party services. Our awesome staff handles all of the details so that you can relax and enjoy the fun with your birthday star. Call us at (516) 986-4518 for more details about our children’s birthday party packages in Farmingdale. 

Decorating for a Tween Boy's Birthday

Are you planning a birthday party for a tween boy? Planning for tweens can sometimes be challenging for party hosts, given that tweens often aren’t interested in childish party themes but still want to have a lot of fun at their birthday celebrations.  

In general, it’s good to play it safe with classic themes and colors. By making some simple centerpieces and adding a few fun accents, parents can create a no-fuss festive look, perfect for any tween birthday party or celebration. Check out this video for more great design tips.  

Are you looking for a kids’ party place for your teen, tween, or child? BounceU was voted Long Island’s best kids’ birthday place, and we take birthday parties to the next level. Contact our Birthday Party Pros at (516) 986-4518 for more information about our open bounce sessions, children’s birthday parties, and inflatable fun! 

Exercise May Help Lower Stress in Children

Small Boy Climbing Ladder on Obstacle Course

Children are exposed to high levels of stress because of school, testing, and extracurricular activities. Studies show that regular exercise may be the key to managing the physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms that come with stress. At BounceU, we take pride in providing a stress-free environment for kids to have fun and be active. Here are some other benefits for children who exercise on a regular basis:  

Better Sleep
In order for children to perform well in school, it’s essential that they sleep well at night. Children who wake up refreshed after a full night of sleep generally exhibit more positive attitudes and make better decisions during the day. Exercise has noticeable effects on sleep patterns, as kids who exercise regularly tend to sleep longer and fall asleep faster than kids who don’t exercise.

Better Grades
A study conducted in Spain found that students who engaged in regular fitness activities were more academically successful than students who were less physically active. Specifically, grades in math and language were higher among the physically fit students. A different study, conducted in Texas, showed a clear correlation between a healthy heart and lungs and students getting better grades.

Fewer Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
Physical activity causes the release of endorphins, which are chemicals that create positive feelings in the body. The regular release of endorphins leads to a more consistently positive mood and a general sense of well-being. Children who exercise are better able to maintain healthy weights and increased energy levels throughout the day, which contribute to positive self-image.

Lifelong Exercise Habits
Children who participate regularly in physical activity tend to continue those exercise habits into adulthood. Stress increases with age, so it’s important to encourage children to get a head start in learning to manage their stress with healthy physical activity.

One great way to encourage exercise is to let your kids bounce away their stress at BounceU in Farmingdale. We offer open bounce sessions, field trips, and kids’ birthday parties. Contact us at (516) 986-4518 for more information about our bounce options and party packages. 

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