Remember Recess? How about P.E?

active kidsRecess and P.E look a lot different today as more and more schools are actually cutting the amount of time kids are active during the day. Kids are now more likely to come home from school and either work on homework (probably not) or (more than likely) bury their faces into screens from phones to iPads to televisions.

According to, there are many benefits of regular exercise for kids. These benefits include:

  • strong muscles and bones
  • weight control
  • decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • better sleep
  • a better outlook on life

Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. Additionally, physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

What happens when school is out for the summer when the limited amount of time kids have for recess or P.E suddenly disappears? How do kids stay active both mentally and physically?

We are here to help with options to get kids away from their screens when the final school bell rings to the first day of summer camp!

A new option this year is Camp SPARK! Camp SPARK is a unique camp run by kids for kids. SPARK stands for Strong, Powerful, Athletic, Rockin’ Kids. The camp was founded in Dallas, Texas by brothers Ryan and Blake Lieberman. The camp is as much about sportsmanship as it is sports, where the kids learn important messages and social skills in a cool, fun way. The camp provides kids between the ages of five and thirteen with a great experience during the summer that they will cherish for a lifetime. There are options during both of the first two weeks of June! Visit the Camp SPARK website for more information and to register.

Need some fun program solutions before Summer Camp begins on June 15? We have plenty of J Summer Pre Camps that are filling up fast so sign up TODAY.

Kids need to be active and the summer is a time where they can do it while enjoying not being in school. Say no to screens and yes to an active lifestyle this summer!


About jccdallas

The Jewish Community Center of Dallas is part of your extended family, your home away from home − providing programs and services for all ages and stages in life. Within our walls or around the world, our members gather together to meet, play, learn, celebrate, and be part of the Community. Everyone, regardless of age, race, religious affiliation, or any other protected status, is welcome.
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