Physical Activity is a Year-Round Priority for Children’s Well-Being

November 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The warm, lingering sunlight of summer has given way to shorter days and cooler temperatures, and each day offers fewer hours of sunlight for children to run and play outside. But the need for regular physical activity for children isn’t seasonal, says Claudia Hollander, owner of The Little Gym of Livingston, NJ. So it’s important to make it a priority all year long.

Hollander recommends that parents and caregivers look for fun, safe and creative ways to get kids up and moving, even when busy schedules and fewer hours of daylight mean bringing the activities indoors.  “Let your children crawl through ‘tunnels’ made out of cartons or scale ‘mountains’ built with couch cushions,” says Hollander. “Or put on some up-beat music, push back the furniture, and dance!”

The Little Gym of Livingston, NJ is another great option for busy families, according to Hollander.  With fun programs that channel children’s energy into developing new skills, The Little Gym gives parents a year-round solution that fits easily into hectic family schedules.  In addition, many locations offer Holiday and Winter Camp programs during weeks when school is not in session. Each camp day features a different, creative lesson plan – and parents can sign their kids up for a full week or just a day at a time.

Sign Up for E-News

With the holidays just around the corner, The Little Gym also offers some unique gift ideas to keep kids active:

  • The Little Gym Gift Certificates are a creative way to provide the lasting gifts of friendship, confidence and self-esteem.
  • The Little Gym Music, available on CD at Walmart stores and through or via digital download through iTunes and  These originally composed music CD’s include classic The Little Gym songs designed to get kids moving, learning and having fun.

“Regular physical activity in childhood not only offers immediate benefits, but also has a long-term impact on a child’s well-being as an adult,” says Hollander. “Instilling healthy habits at an early age can help reduce the risk of developing serious illnesses and contribute to the development of a healthy body image. It can also help children perform better in class and can be critical to children’s future emotional well-being in both their personal and professional lives.”

Gift Certificates, and Holiday and Winter Camps are available at select The Little Gym locations. For more information or to speak with a team member about enrolling in classes, please contact Claudia Hollander at The Little Gym of Livingston, NJ, located at 4215 Town Center Way, at (973) 422-1722 or or visit them at

About The Little Gym

The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children.  The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today The Little Gym International has nearly than 300 locations in 29 countries.  For more information, visit The Little Gym at

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


New Eyes for the Needy in Short Hills Receives $100,000 Matching Gift from Anonymous Donor

December 6, 2016

SHORT HILLS, NJ - New Eyes for the Needy, a Short Hills-based non-profit organization, has received a substantial matching gift for donations received in the year-end fund raising appeal. An anonymous donor will match all donations received through January 2017 (up to $100,000).

Founded in 1932, New Eyes has been able to assist more than eight-million children and adults in financial need ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Don't Sacrifice the Environment to Fund the State Treasury

November 23, 2016

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program is an incredibly important and necessary program rising from the state’s history of incremental spills and discharges, as well as historic industrialization. 

NRD requires polluters to go beyond the mandated cleanup and to pay damages for restoration and compensation for the public loss of use of natural ...

Friends of the Livingston Library Restocks Its Ongoing Book Sale for December

December 1, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friends of the Livingston Library has fully restocked its Ongoing Book Sale for the month of December. On a monthly basis, Friends takes down all stock and replaces it with entirely new inventory. 

This is the “Friends flip.” Approximately 1200 items of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs, and CDs are available at great ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on


George: A six lb.

Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.  

Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...