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Toddler Sport Activities
updated: Apr 12, 2014, 2:10 PM

I'm looking for sports activities to enroll my two year old son. What type of sport activities are available for toddlers in Santa Barbara?

 COMMENT 510630P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 03:30 PM

As a former gymnastics coach, I would advise against enrolling your son in organized "sports" activities. Toddler is too young for "sports" -- but just right for movement. Maybe we're just using different terminology...

Take him on walks. Go to the beach with him. Get down on the floor and play around with rolling over (both ways, side to side, and head over heals), crab crawling, etc. If there's a small tree nearby, or a slide, learn to climb. Play catch. Learn to swim at Swim With Fyn (Old Town Goleta). Kids need to be kids, and learn how their bodies work, before they learn any organized or formal sports.


 COMMENT 510650 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 04:30 PM

I think 630P gave great advice. I'm a mother of two active teenagers and that's what we did when they were young.


 COMMENT 510670 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 06:48 PM

Cloud 10, the new trampoline center thingy might be something to look into for some active fun, if that's what you meant. They have a section just for the little ones, so you don't have to worry about your child being trampled. I've dropped off my older kids there for birthday parties and I was surprised at how clean and organized they were.


 COMMENT 510673 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 07:11 PM

full contact karate...or what 30P said.


 COMMENT 510680 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 07:40 PM

Select several high paying sports, get them an agent, a trainer, and a coach. Prepare to wager friendly sums at their games. No dessert unless they win.


 COMMENT 510683 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 08:07 PM

How about those ride on toys that are propelled by leg power. Maybe a tossing game with light and safe objects and going for hikes strapped in a child carrier on the back of the mom or dad. Playing in a wading pool is fun.


 COMMENT 510684 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 08:09 PM

digging for sand crabs at the beach, throwing pebbles in a creek, rolling in the grass at shoreline park, to name a few.......


 COMMENT 510686 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 08:12 PM

Cloud 10 also has parent and tot classes so your little one could practice gross motor skills and social skills (turn-taking, following directions, etc) in a more structured environment. Since the club is new, the classes are still nice and small.


 COMMENT 510702P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-12 09:59 PM

Isn't there a pre-kindergarten rugby group for toddlers in Hope Ranch? I guess it wouldn't matter if they lose a few teeth. since their permanent ones haven't grown in yet.


 COMMENT 510727 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 07:29 AM

OP….start them in swimming! You are NEVER too young to learn to swim! I love some of the other suggestions for 'activities' for toddlers, that said, you can learn to swim and even start to master the 4 strokes at a very early age. Swimming is a sport you can do for life, and some kids (mine) really take to it! Swim kids get benefits too numerous to mention here from the sport of swimming, but take my word for it, they are all good! Good Luck, and don't take the naysayers too much to heart.


 COMMENT 510741P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 08:29 AM

Toddling. A toddler can do it anywhere.


 COMMENT 510762 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 10:06 AM

I teach a toddler gymnastics class on Saturday mornings at the Santa Barbara Gymnastics Club. It is great fun and the children have a blast! We do obstacle courses, bars, balance beam, rope swing, parachute, zipline, tumble trampoline and more.


 COMMENT 510763 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 10:09 AM

Check out myGym. My daughter was there at age 2 and just loved, loved that place! Great management and staff!


 COMMENT 510766 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 10:19 AM

Both serious and humorous responses; I have to say this is one of the best threads I've read in a while.


 COMMENT 510775 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 10:59 AM

Tackle football? If you looking for more individual types rather than team sports, how about greco-roman wrestling or boxing? Never too young to get them started.


 COMMENT 510792 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 02:11 PM

MMA, preferably the newly minted "team fighting championship" currently being pioneered in europe. 5 on 5 full contact toddler brawls!


 COMMENT 510838 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-13 08:45 PM

Spend time with mommy. The alternative, create a monster.


 COMMENT 510859P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 07:12 AM

Is it true that the Polo Club is sponsoring water polo classes for toddlers on ponies?


 ABOMB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 09:36 AM

How old is the toddler? The city of SB offers a few different sports programs for toddlers:

Little Shredders skateboard camp starts at age 4. Soccer clinics start at age 4
Golf camp starts at age 3

Check out the SB parks & recreation website for a full list.


 COMMENT 510957 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 12:12 PM

Try ClimbTime Yoga - although the last couple of times I've tried to go, the place was closed, so maybe call/email ahead to make sure!



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