Spring is showing signs of herself here in the Bay and thankfully it looks like this week her loudest exclamation will be that of the rain we’ve been desperately needing for such a long time. Yes, my friends, rain is forecast both here and in our catchment areas this week and nothing could make us happier.
The forecasted rainy days do mean something else though: cabin fever! And for those of us who love to use the outdoors as an energy outlet, rain that lasts for days can drive us a little stir crazy.
Fret not though, my active friends, here in the friendly city there are plenty of ways to blow off some steam without having to resort to jogging with an umbrella.
And the best part? These places are GREAT for family outings and will keep the kids entertained as well so you don’t even need to find a babysitter.
1. Valley Crag Indoor Climbing Centre
This is one of my favourite new features in the city. With only a year under their belts, The Crag is thriving. And they have recently (just in time for this weather!) opened up a brand new section of climbing walls so that there truly is space for everyone to climb their hearts out.
So I’m completely aware that I am a grownup and therefore I possibly have no business jumping on trampolines like an eight year old who’s indulged in too much sugar, but what can I say: I’m a kid at heart sometimes. And yes, I make no apologies for that.
Gravity is pretty awesome though. And they totally let you jump even though you’re a grownup so it’s actually the awesomest. I reckon apart from being a GREAT way to burn energy it’s a fantastic way to shake out that colon if you’re having tummy problems because it’s very hard to do all that jumping and then not find yourself needing to go to the loo afterwards (regularity is important, guys!)
3. Ice Skating at Baywest
While I’m quite sure that walking through malls could be considered a sport on its own, if you’re looking for something to do with the kids or you’re looking to burn a few calories yourself, then ice skating at Baywest is a pretty decent choice. The cold, for one, is makes for a good challenge – as in skate until you get warm! And don’t forget that all that balancing does wonders for your core muscles. Those long strides are great for your thighs. And honestly, that crazy happy music is great for your demeanour. All-in-all it’s a win!
Just take care, of course, and try not to let fear get the better of you. And if you’re a little nervous, ask someone who works there for a rundown on ice etiquette so that you know what’s expected of you out there.
And most importantly of all: Have fun and keep yourself active!