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Keeping Your Kids Active in the Cold

Active Kids

Written by Dr. Carolyn Chang

Just because it is cold outside does not mean you and your family have to wait until spring to be active. Kids should be active for 60 minutes a day. There are many fun indoor and outdoor activities in the city to help you and your family stay active during the remaining weeks of winter—here are just a few ideas.

Indoor Activities

  • Work out or play sports at a recreational center. The Department of Parks & Recreation has the most affordable recreational centers in New York City, with programs and facilities for all ages. Check out NYC Parks website to learn what community centers are in your neighborhood.
  • Spend the day at a museum. Did you know that many museums are either free or have free days? Check out this list put together by NYC & Company.
  • For those really cold days, you do not have to leave your home to be active. Try one of these indoor exercises that you can do from your own home.

Outdoor Activities

  • Go to your local park for some snow fun. Build a snowman or make snow angels.
  • Check out your local ice skating rink.
  • Take walks in your neighborhood.

When you are having outdoor fun, be sure to bundle up, wear several layers and replace all wet clothing with dry ones after coming inside. For those long afternoons outside, consider keeping an extra pair of mittens in the pockets. Take breaks from time to time to come inside for warm drinks or food. With the right precautions, you can help your child stay safe while staying active during the wintertime.

Written by Dr. Carolyn Chang. Dr. Chang is a pediatrician at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed her residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Dr. Chang is certified through the American Board of Pediatrics.