Mother-Daughter Activity Guide
By Karen van Kampen
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No matter what season it is, there are tons of sports and activities to try. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Preschoolers (ages 2-5) Join a dance or gymnastics class with your daughter and have some fun while you get moving. Vivian Lee of Manhattan says her little girl Hannah, 2, loves tumbling and rolling on the mats, diving into a pool of colorful plastic balls, hula hooping, singing and moving to music.
When they have a day all to themselves, they head to the park to run around and go on the swings.
Grade-schoolers (ages 6-10) Plan a hike along city paths or nature trails, encouraging your daughter to help choose the route. She can figure out what kind of terrain you will come across, the length of the hike and the supplies you will need. Riding bikes is also lots of fun. You can explore your neighborhood together or find local bike paths in your area. Incorporate biking into your life, riding to school and the supermarket together.
If it's really cold outside, spend the afternoon at your indoor public pool or head to your local ice rink and go skating.
Tweens/teens (ages 11 +) Dance! Put on some of your daughter's latest tunes and ask her to teach you some moves. Then teach her the retro ones you remember!
Looking for active adventure away from home? You can learn to surf, ride a horse or white water raft. The Sugar and Spice Ranch Camp in Bandera , TX is a retreat exclusively for mothers and daughters. Bunk with other mothers and daughters and learn how to groom, feed, bathe and ride a horse. In the spring and fall, Camp Seafarer in Arapahoe, NC offers Family Camp Weekends that are ideal for mothers or fathers and their daughters. Activities include hiking, creative arts, archery and athletics.
Emily Kaufman specializes in great mother-daughter travel ideas. She suggests learning to surf at Surf Diva in San Diego , CA , the first all-women's surfing school that offers beginner lessons. For more travel ideas, pick up Kaufman's The Travel Mom's Ultimate Book of Family Travel. If you're staying close to home, find your local indoor rock wall and go climbing.