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Crystal Howes

Get your JINGLE on!

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Special Event, Youth

Happy Holidays everyone!

Do you love running and all things Christmas while raising awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability?! If so, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the perfect way to spend your Saturday!! On Saturday, December 1st, we will be raising money for the Arthritis Foundation through this festive, fun-filled 5K run/ walk taking place at Courts Plus Community Fitness. It is not too late to register! Courts Plus members, family and friends will receive $5 off registration by using “Courts” when registering online. This run will begin at 8:00 am. Please join us by wearing holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to your tennis shoes. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause!

Interested in this event, but not wanting to participate in the run/walk? Be a volunteer!! We are always looking for more help to join in on all of the holiday festivities. Please email Britt Ingersoll at bingersoll@arthritis.org.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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The Benefits of Using the Child Care to Help YOU “Unplug.”

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Youth

Have you ever just wanted a quick break away from your kids to relax, reboot and re-energize yourself, ALONE?! If so, the Courts Plus Child Care is the perfect solution!

I cannot tell you how many “thank you’s” I have received from parents for having this amenity here at Courts Plus! It is not that we all do not love our kids, but sometimes we just need that little break and honestly, so do they. At Courts Plus we offer a maximum of a 2 hour visit per day where you can go work out inside or outside of Courts Plus, go to a Group exercise class, play tennis, pickleball, racquetball, go into the gym, read the newspaper, or just simply sit on the sofa by the fireplace and do absolutely nothing! Our members have done it all! Heck, we even have parents who work from home that use the two hours to actually work and that is just fine too! Not only do the parents love this break, but the kids are constantly busy, creating friendships, socializing and learning on a daily basis. It’s a win-win! If this has not persuaded you enough, here are a few more benefits of “unplugging,”

  1. It gets you out the door- This may seem small, but if you are a parent, you understand and I know I hear it often! It is hard to get the kids out of the door in a timely fashion. If you can get them fed, dressed and ready for the day, all while getting out, it is a huge game changer for many parents!
  2. Socialize with other moms/dads- We have many parents here at Courts Plus who have created lifelong friendships with other parents because of the child care. It is a great way to meet other families with kids who are close in age with theirs.
  3. Motivation- Simply said, many of us need a motivator and we have plenty of personal trainers, members and employees who will gladly help out!
  4. The kids get to socialize with other children their own age- The child care holds a maximum of 20 kids at a time. That gives the children many opportunities to socialize with one another.
  5. Creativity- In this type of child care, we simply cannot plan out the childrens day with members constantly coming and going, however, we have endless of activities for the children to do whether that be art crafts, reading, playing dress up, building puzzles, blocks, tracks, running around the track, playing in the gym, utilizing the playgrounds, coloring, you name it!
  6. Increase Energy & reduces stress- exercise promotes increased energy and while you are doing that, your kids are in a different room having their own kind of fun which helps reduce a parents overall stress for those two hours.
  7. Taking a shower in peace- This may sound silly, but I do have parents who will bring their child in solely to take a shower and get ready in peace. You do not realize how special and valuable this is until you have children. It is a huge perk.
  8. Indoor & outdoor play area available!- This amenity is mainly just an example for Courts Plus, but it is a huge benefit for the kids and you! We have an indoor 7 level playground as well as a new outdoor fenced in play area available for the child care kiddos to use for free while in the child care.
  9. 2 for 1- your membership pays for both your gym time as well as a “sitter” for the kids. If you add that up, that is a huge savings!

I hope this article has proven to you how important that alone time is and you feel confident in giving the Courts Plus Child Care a try!

** On a side note: We are seeking a fun, loving, and caring candidate who wants to make a difference in a child’s life. We are looking for someone who is available in the MORNINGS from about 8am-2pm or 9am-3pm who has the ability and flexibility to work with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 8 years of age. Daily attendance, being punctual and responsible is a requirement. First Aid and CPR certified is preferred but not required to get the job. If you are interested in applying, please do so at our website!

Thank you!

Benefits of Child Care

By | Membership, Youth

With many new moms coming in the gym lately, I thought a fun topic for this week would be to discuss a few benefits of bringing children to a child care center/ facility such as Courts Plus Community Fitness Center! I know many people automatically think of germs and colds when they think of child care. While that is an obvious fact, there are many other reasons that outweigh that “scary” factor. Here are a few benefits:

  1. Socialization- In my opinion, there is no better place to socialize your children then a child care facility. At Courts Plus, we have 20 children max at a time. This makes it nearly impossible for every child to not be able to find someone to play and socialize with on a daily basis. Socializing helps children learn how to share and get along with others. We have had countless children enroll as a shy, quiet child and now walk into the room with a big smile and “Good Morning” to the teachers and the kids.
  2. Structure and routine- Children thrive on structure and routine. Whether you decide to take your child to a center or just drop them off to play for 2 hours at Courts Plus, you are helping teach your child (ren) consistency. I can definitely tell when a family has been on vacation and away from the gym for a week based on the child’s mode and behavior. It does not take long for them to get back into the normal daily routine, but it does disrupt them enough to the point where they can act out. Children and parents NEED consistency and I believe child care benefits from that!
  3. Academic readiness- Child Care is full of learning opportunities. Kids are introduced to the basics of math through counting numbers and/or colors, physical fitness through continuous activities, art through art projects and communication with others in the room. Just about everything in a center promotes education and learning which helps children of all ages to grow to their fullest potential.
  4. Stability and reliability- Child Care centers/ facilities have set hours and are always staffed accordingly. It is nice to have a reliable place to bring your children where you can have peace of mind that your children are being taken care of and loved while you get your work out in.
  5. Parent support- Courts Plus is a great example of this benefit! We have many moms who have a monthly “mom’s night” where they will get together because of the family they have gained through the child care. We are much more than a gym and you can see the relationships and trust that has formed throughout our parents.
  6. Promotes creativity and imagination- There is no better place to promote creativity and imagination in a room full of children and teachers who have a true passion for loving children and helping them grow to be the best they can be. At Courts Plus, we know how to be silly and “weird” because we know that is what it takes to make the kids day. We love to do things such as sing songs, make up fun games, play tricks on the teachers, dress up with our friends, play dolls, build tracks, play cards, make forts, do art projects, go for walks, tell stories, read books, play on the playground and so much more!

 

* If you are interested in learning more about our child care here at Courts Plus feel free to visit our website or come on in for a tour!


April showers bring May flowers

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Youth

SPRING, or shall I say summer is FINALLY here! We have waited what seems like years for this warm weather and sunshine to come and now that it has finally arrived, I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS want to be outside. Unfortunately, rain and cooler temperatures have to make a visit every once in a while as well, so I figured a great topic of conversation for this month would be spring and summer activities that can be done indoors on those gloomy days when you are stuck indoors and don’t know what to do. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas for indoors at home and out in the community:

  1. Put on a fashion show- Give the kids a certain amount of time to raid your closet and come out in a few outfits of their choice for a fashion show right in your living room. You can even make it a contest to make it more interesting!
  2. Big Blue Family Time- Your family can challenge each other and have a blast on Big Blue and our ninja obstacles. Instructors at Courts Plus will not lead the class, but will be available for assistance and to demo the obstacles available. For the months of April and May, classes are Thursdays from 6:00PM-6:45PM and Saturdays from 10:30AM-11:15AM.
  3. Date Night!- We have Parents Night Out and Kids Night Out two times per month on Saturdays from 5:00PM-8:30PM where we will watch the kids while you can take a break and go on a date, to a movie, run errands etc. Their night will be packed with activities, games, sports, pizza and a movie. Contact Katie Trottier at ktrottier@courtsplus.org to sign up!
  4. Penny and Pals- Every kid loves Penny and her musical pals, Rockin’ Robot and Bernie the Bear! Come wiggle, giggle and sing with Penny. Learn songs, dances and work with props. Then show off what you learned during the workshop at a special performance at the end of each session for families and friends. Be sure to register before June 7th at the Depot or online at FargoParks.com.
  5. Build an indoor obstacle course! – Want to stay home and stay active? Use pillows, blankets, cushions, chairs etc. and build an obstacle course throughout the house. This is something fun not only would the kids enjoy, but the parents too! It’s a chance for everyone to bond and a great way to get the heart rates up if you include speed and a timer.

I hope these ideas help break that rainy day blues as well as create some creativity and memories whether that is at home or out in the community! If you are interested in more ideas feel free to visit Courts plus or Fargo Park District websites and remember, April showers bring BEAUTIFUL May flowers!

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S is for SUMMER!

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Tennis, Youth

With the warmer weather coming around the corner, I figured many parents would be starting to think of summer activities to help keep the kids entertained while school is out so I thought it would be helpful to make a list of options available around the F/M area. What comes to mind when thinking of fun summer activities here in Fargo/ Moorhead? The zoo? Thunder Road? The park? If you are stuck on those three ideas, here are 6 more outdoor activities for you to enjoy:

Visit the Buffalo River State Park Buffalo River is a quick 20 minute drive to many fun summer day activities. The man made swimming pond is open from May 26- August 19 of this year. There are also camping options, picnic tables, fishing, and beautiful walking/biking trails.

Canoeing and kayaking on the Red River Enjoy canoeing or kayaking right here in Fargo! All vessels are rented on a first come, first serve basis and are used at the Hjemkomst Landing only. Rentals are available from May 29- August 28 and are $15/ person if using a rental or $10/ person if you provide your own. Children 5 years and under are free!

Swimming- Free Swimming to our pools/ outdoor waterparks through Fargo Park District with your Family membership as long as the kids are included on the membership. These pools include Davies, Fargo North, Fargo South, Island Park, Madison Pool and Splash Pad, Northside and Southwest pool.

Outdoor Tennis- Star junior tennis has two sessions and three different levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) available to children in the summer. The first session begins on June 5- 29 and the second session starts July 10- August 4.

Party in the Park Party in the Park is a Fargo Parks event that is held every Tuesday starting July 10- August 14. They are held at a different park each week and include an evening of family fun! Free hot dogs and beverages are provided while supplies last.

Courts Plus in the Parks- Free community fitness classes open to the public. These events are throughout the summer. The first one starts at 5:30PM on June 7 at Milwaukee Trail North Park for adults and at 6:30PM for families.

I hope that these ideas inspire you to get outside and have some fun in the sun with your family! There are endless options throughout the F/M area. If you are interested in more ideas feel free to visit Courts Plus or Fargo Park District websites.