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2018 Family Favorites: Sports and Fitness

Fun and skill-building combine with fitness in these activities that get your child’s body moving. Readers recommend these local programs when it comes to sports.

Baseball or T-Ball Program

Top Five*
Winner: YMCA

From preschool to middle school, little sluggers learn the fundamentals of America’s favorite pastime in the league’s weekly practices and games. The co-ed divisions encourage communication and respect while feeding the participants’ baseball skills, plus hand-eye coordination, cardio, strength, and overall awareness of their body’s wellness. Nine Colorado locations.

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Basketball Program

Top Five*
Winner: YMCA

YMCA basketball programs are available throughout the year for boys and girls in third to eighth grade. In clean safe environments, participants develop their skills in dribbling, shooting, and passing while learning other important life skills, such as teamwork, self-awareness, hand-eye coordination, and overall health. Nine Colorado locations.

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Martial Arts Studio

Top Five
Winner: Tiger Kim’s Academy

Practice discipline, respect, perseverance, and self-defense with the programs available at Tiger Kim’s. Students develop a keen awareness of their self and their capabilities when challenged with the sport’s tests in physical, mental, and emotional strength. 1480 Steele St., Denver. 303-388-1408.

Ski Lessons for Kids

Top Five
Winner: Keystone

Professional coaches at Keystone’s Kids Ski & Ride School teach confidence in the sport along with plenty of fun and hot chocolate on the side to make their student’s experience even better. Game-aided learning keeps lessons lively and safety is woven into each lesson. Keystone is only 72 miles from Denver, making it easy for metro families to get there and back in a day. 1202 Jones Gulch Rd., Keystone. 855-603-0049.

Soccer Program

Top Five
Winner: Skyline Soccer

Encourage your child to take part in the world’s most popular sport with Skyline’s soccer program. Kids will learn the fundamentals of the sport with increasing challenges fit for their skill level. As they get older, kids can choose to stay with recreational programs or switch to competitive teams. 2130 S. Bellaire St., Denver. 303-691-5662.

Swim Lessons

Top Five
Winner: Ocean First Swim School

Ocean First Swim School offers lessons for children six months and up with five different levels of programs. The lessons build on one another, developing kids’ swimming skills as they advance until they are confident to swim on their own and can become future competitive swimmers, snorkelers, and lifeguards. 3015 Bluff St., Boulder. 303-444-7234.

Tumbling or Gymnastics Program

Top Five*
Ta Da Gymnastics

Kids ages one to 12 can stretch, jump, flip, and twirl through the gymnastics classes offered at Ta Da Gymnastics. Recreational gymnastics and tumbling programs are available in addition to ninja agility classes that take kids through a series of obstacles. Look into their birthday party packages as well as events and summer camps to keep your kids active. 4433 W. 29th Ave., Suite 103, Denver. 720-772-8232. 

TIGAR Gymnastics and Cheer

Choose from cheerleading, tumbling, and recreational or competitive gymnastics classes. TIGAR provides co-ed classes as well as individual programs for skills in boys’ and girls’ gymnastics. They also have summer and spring break fitness camps, open gym, events, and the TIGAR Cub Club. 4860 Van Gordon St., Unit B, Wheat Ridge. 720-898-4427. 

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Other Sports Program

Top Five
Winner: Project Rise Fitness

Through Project Rise Fitness’ Teens Program, youth ages 10 to 17 learn proper nutrition habits and confidence in their bodies through endurance, strength, and cardio training. The four-part classes prepare teens for maintaining the long-term fitness of their bodies and minds, all while bonding with other like-minded teens. 2115 S. Birch St., Denver. 805-798-4919.

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