Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

Kids Outdoor Activities // Tag

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07 Nov

Winter is here and it’s getting colder and darker – but it’s still a great time for getting children of all ages outdoors. We just need to EMBRACE the weather!

Have a playful and positive attitude towards the winter season; show your children that winter can be fun. Try to model ways to be playful …. stamp your feet on ice patches or in puddles, have a snowball fight, play in the rain, make snow angels or snowmen! Take a breath of that cold winter air and remember that whatever you do outdoors you are supporting your children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

During the warm spring and summer months, it seems natural to allow children to play outside. However, when winter comes along, parents and adults are often more hesitant to let children outside to play. There are plenty of ways to encourage children to play outdoors, and there are several health benefits that accompany winter playtime:

Seeing the outdoors from a new perspective BREATHING FRESH AIR AND AVOIDING GERMS vitamin D exposure INCREASES EXERCISE new experiences NEW CHALLENGES playful fun! 

Wrap up warm and embrace the play opportunities that winter brings. Creating and engaging in winter play activities is fun for both you and your child, and very easy to do!


“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

Ranulph Fiennes

27 Sep

Please see information about a new programme to be held at People’s Park Portadown.

We are offering 20 FREE places for boys and girls aged between 5-8 who do not play for any club at present.

This four week programme will offer coaching plus free equipment at the conclusion of the four weeks. Please note we can only offer 20 FREE places and registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Kids will also receive a FREE Messi football, activity book and a set of four cones.

To request an application/registration form please contact the IFA Regional Grassroots Development Officer Ken Duncan using the email

Dates are as follows – Thursday 18th, 25th October and 8th, 15th November from 4.00pm to 5.00pm.

21 Jun

Outdoor activities at Craigavon Watersports and Golf Ski Centres

The key benefits of establishing outdoor activities as an important part of your child’s life have a wide range of benifits across health ,social and wellbeing areas. By undertaking adequate outdoor activity you will see an increase in health and physical development by improving sensory development, reducing obesity and stimulating blood cells.

In an age, where children are so tech savvy, it can be challenging for parents to take children away from television, computers and video games.

On top of that only 30% of the UK population are active enough.

Craigavon Watersports and Golf Ski Centre Children’s Summer Activity Days and Weeks.

Staff at the centers make outdoor activities fun according to your child’s interests. In doing so children slowly learn the importance of the great outdoors. In the longer term people can carry on been active in the outdoors long after involvement in traditional competitive ball sports end.

How we match our activity’s to the main benefits.

Health benefits

Outdoor activities help children stay fit and active which will benefit them in the long run. This can ward off health problems like obesity and heart ailments later in life. Some children frequently fall ill, being active in life will helps children stay healthy, feel hungry and have meals on time. Also being active helps children feel tired by the end of the day so they will sleep on time too!

Outdoor activities provide a physical element which raises the heart rate and burn calories, sports such as Tubing, Canoeing and cycling all achieve this.

Makes them competitive/ set targets & goals

When children play outside, they gain a sense of mastery and competency skills. Learning a new skill like climbing can help build a childs confidence. Playing games with a winner helps kids develop developing winning spirit.and boost self-esteem as well.

Archery, Footgolf and Climbing all have an element of competiveness by beating their own previous score, height gained or group winner.

Learning working in groups / social skills

When kids play with other kids, they learn to interact in groups, learn building strategy to win. They learn to adjust with kids of different temperament. This will help them when they grow up, in both their professional and personal life. Often when kids play, they have a lot of loud interactions and physical movements with other kids. On our summer activity days quite often they will not know the other kids they have to play with and that helps them develop social skills. They learn to be cordial and try and work well in groups often developing qualities like leadership and co-operation. They learn to interact with other children, often bonding over games and developing long lasting friendships.

We understand children like adults need to let of a of steam and make a bit of noise. This is achieved in a safe manner by staffs understanding of a child’s ability and understanding whilst all the time closely monitoring safety. Our activities like Aqua Park, Banana Boating and Tubing are particularly good for group work

Giving a sense of freedom

When kids play outdoors, adults are generally more lenient with them. With this sense of freedom children feel more enthusiastic, energetic and want to discover themselves.

Activities such as Sailing single handers and Snow Skiing are a favorite with kids and give a great sense of achievement and independence.

Learning to appreciate nature

Parents should take their kids for treks and nature camps. They will understand nature and science better. Helping them relax and sooth all five senses as well as teaching kids to respect nature.

Our Canoeing, climbing activities and Leave No Trace ethos helps them to understand and develop a love of nature.