Having active children is so important to their health. One of our favorite ways to do this for our younger children, and as they grow is to explore roller blading for free afternoon activities.
Explore Roller Blading
Roller blading is a great exercise, but it is also fun for children. When we first explore roller blading, I start with a training inline skates, as well as the safety gear and a helmet to protect bones when failing, which is part of learning.
We literally start in the house, on the carpet and then on the hard wood, to allow the confidence to grow, as well as the technique.
Once I see that they are able to maneuver through the house without falling, I will try roller blades in the house or just see how they do with the training ones outside in our long driveway or at parks trails. (most parks do not like bikes, roller blades or skate board on painted surfaces, so be respective of these things)
Over the years, our children went through a lot of roller blades, but we saved a whole lot of money by purchasing most of them at yard sales and storing them in a large bin for the next child to use, as they grew. It was only a few sizes that we purchased new because they loved to use their free afternoon activity time in roller blading.
One thing to also know, assuming you may want to go to a roller skating rink is that they do not allow skates that have been used outside on their rink.
We have used ours more at our home or outdoor places than indoor rinks, so for us it was worth using them the way that fit our needs.
Don't forget to enjoy the other free afternoon activities ideas in this 31 day series…