30 Apr, 2014

AACtion Kids arrives at Adelaide Aquatic Centre

A new land-based children’s program aimed at tots from 6 months to 8 years will commence at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre on 28 April, continuing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday with enrolments open now.

The program, divided into three groups: from 6 months to walking (Bouncybubs); confidently walking to 5 years (Aactioncubs); and 5 to 8 year olds (AActionaces), is aimed at building children’s confidence as well as further developing their communication and gross motor skills.

City of Adelaide’s Active City Program Manager Matt Rechner says this program is a first for the Adelaide Aquatic Centre and a great way to keep active during the cooler months while the Centre is undergoing its major facelift.

“We are keen to keep people coming to the Aquatic Centre and are providing an alternative activity for parents and caregivers who would normally be bringing their children to swimming lessons during this upgrade while some of the swimming areas are unavailable,” Matt said.

“The program is designed to give children confidence by assisting in their learning and body awareness through play and movement to music.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the program already, so parents should book their child’s place without delay to avoid disappointment,” he said.

Aquatic Centre Acting Manager Anne Kurzel believes play based activities give children a great start to their educational journeys.

“One of the great things about Aactionkids is children participate in a class-group that reflects their individual skill level, gradually extending their skills as their confidence grows,” said Anne.

“We want to provide a launch pad for our children to continue to be health conscious and fit, by encouraging them in an environment filled with music, movement and inspiration,” she said.

Qualified primary school teacher Vicky Knight, with experience in other Centres and a passion for children’s fitness, has led the development of this program.

Classes will have an instructor for every 10 children in each session. Bouncybubs and Aactioncubs sessions require parental or caregiver participation while children in AActionaces can participate independently.

To find out more about Aactionkids. go to adelaideaquaticcentre.com.au/enjoy/aaction-kids

The $4.9m capital works project at the Aquatic Centre is expected to be completed by mid 2015.

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David Hill