If you’re like most parents in New Zealand, you want to the best for your child. Research shows that keeping your child active as part of your weekly routine supports the development of their health, happiness and resilience.
Read on below to find out why and then click over to our Top 25 Most Popular Kids Activities in New Zealand to find out how parents in your area are choosing to keep their kids active. NOTE: Find your home suburb, region or state using the menu on the left hand side.
- Good Health and Wellbeing
Levels of childhood obesity have been rising, partly due to the increased intake of processed and sugary foods and a reduction in the amount of time spent moving. Keeping your kids physically active with sports, dance or other activities supports good health and fitness.
- Skill Development
Kids who develop a skill that they love - such as a sport, musical instrument or any of the performing arts - can access a channel of experience that positive psychologists term the “flow state.” It helps them produce happy brain chemistry, build a strong self-identity and supports the development of resilience over time.
Taking part in activities outside of the home or school environment is an important way for kids to connect with and be part of the wider community. Being part of the wider community means provides a place of belonging where friendships are made.
- Confidence & Self-Esteem
Developing skills, building community connections, keeping fit and cultivating a strong sense of self are all factors fuelling confidence and healthy self-esteem.
To calculate the Top 25 Most Popular Activities list, we’ve used the 2015 activity of our ActiveActivities clients. These interactions include viewing, saving, reviewing, rating, emailing and calling the kids activities listed on our website during the year.
We hope you enjoy checking out your local Top 25. We look forward to compiling this interesting data again throughout 2016 to release a new list for next year and beyond.
For more information on why and how we calculate these lists, please read our Top 25 FAQs here.