Summer family fun

6/24/2011, 9:13 a.m.
(ARA) - Even if you work through the summer, longer days and warmer weather entices...
Summer family fun

(ARA) - Even if you work through the summer, longer days and warmer weather entices us into a vacation frame-of-mind. Regardless of our age, we can't help but anticipate fun in the sun and the promise of a few months of carefree living.

For parents though, the summer season might be met with trepidation. Trying to work, stay fit, and keep kids active while they're on summer break can be challenging without the structure of a school day and the schedule you've spent the last nine months perfecting.

Unless you're a member of Life Time, the Healthy Way of Life Company. This family fitness and wellness resort with 92 locations in 21 states across the country, has the ultimate design on summer family fun and fitness for parents and kids alike.

"I'd say we belong to a country club at an affordable price," says Allyson Corchado, mom of three and a member of the Life Time Athletic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Corchado likes to take a yoga class before her son's swim lesson. They can both be active under the same roof. No need to drive across town from one place to the next.

"The LifeSpa is also a bonus," Corchado says. "I can get a manicure and pedicure with peace-of-mind thanks to the child center."

Margarita Pripilitsky, another Life Time Athletic member in Scottsdale, says she joined Life Time because she wanted more interaction and age-appropriate activity for her 8-year-old son. "With the recommendation of a friend I came to Life Time and was blown away. Can I skip running on the treadmill and just hang out at the child center?"

Whether parents decide to play with their kids, work out or get a hair cut at Life Time, they know their children won't be sitting around in the Life Time Child Center, where more than 6,000 square feet is designed in such a way that kids will be too busy having fun to miss mom and dad. Infants, three months to one year have their own space for napping, rocking or tummy time and toddlers can play with developmental toys and participate in activities like parachute games. Active play is always in order and at certain times during the day children ages 6 to 11 can enjoy the Kids Play program, activity that encompass sports skills, games like scooter hockey and crab tag, even kids yoga. They are pint-sized group fitness classes.

Life Time also offers an array of sports and fitness classes for kids, from martial arts and gymnastics to dance and rock climbing. Instead of spending time and gas money shuttling kids to different studios each week, parents can come to one place and have something to do while they wait, whether that's meeting with a personal trainer or reading a book pool side. Whatever it is you choose to do, you won't have to interrupt your summer fun. Staff will escort your child from the child center to their class. That means kids get two hours in the child center plus the class time. That translates into more time for you to workout, relax and enjoy everything summer is supposed to be.