While many gyms across the area embrace a ‘whole’ approach to wellness, acac is taking a new approach the adults-only gym mentality. You might call it, a whole-family approach.
The company recently acquired the MAC gym space and has been busy transforming it into a flagship health and wellness center for Baltimore families. (They have a satellite location in Hunt Valley, but it’s much smaller). Their first renovating project? Completely re-thinking the Kids Zone so it’s a place not just where your kids can be safely watched while you work out. Instead, it’s a place where they can jump, play, and get the wiggles out, too. Additional facility upgrades are planned for 2017.
Here are some fun ways your whole family can beat the winter blahs this winter — right at acac!
bounce and slide in the kids zone
We mentioned that recently debuted their brand new Kids Zone. It’s the place your kids will beg you take them. Trust us. Why? While you log in a few miles on the elliptical, your kiddos can bounce off all that energy in their state-of-the-art climbing structure. And as one of the caregivers told us, “It looks easy, but it’s really challenging!”
While those in the bounce house structure must be potty trained, ACAC has activities for kids ages 6 months to 12 years — including a quiet space for babies that need to nap, arts and craft space (new crafts every day!), large magnetic board, toys, and more.
Kids Zone admission is included for those with ACAC family memberships. The daily rate for non-family members is $10.
As part of their commitment to promoting family health and wellness to the greater Baltimore Community, acac offers frequent Kids Night Out opportunities and special events. (Yes, they ARE planning an epic nerf battle where kids ages 6 to 9 can face off on an obstacle course… how (cool)!))
nufitz: nutrition + fitness for kids
Kicking off this week at acac is a new 6 week nutrition and fitness program designed specifically for kids. 20 minutes of nutrition coaching followed by 4o minutes of movement feel good, high energy games. (Emphasis on the fun!) When we asked about what the nutrition coaching involved, we were told kids will do activities like exploring how vitamins benefit their health, and then sorting fruits and vegetables that provide those vitamins by health benefit.
Older kids (those 9 and up!) can take advantage of Youth Fit! acac Members ages 9 to 11 can work out on select cardio machines with the supervision of a parent or adult after completing a training session. Once they have completed the training session, Youth Fit members can exercise on pieces of cardio equipment designated by an orange Youth Fit sticker. Members age 12 can begin using designated strength training equipment after completing a training session.
Summer will be here before you know it — so winter is the perfect time to learn to swim! Group lessons are for children of all ages: from infants & toddlers, to rising third graders. Designed to introduce children to the water and teach them basic swim skills. Lessons are scheduled in 6-week sessions throughout the year, in groups of 3 – 4 children. While the club offers a schedule of swim class programming, they also let you create your own swim lesson group!
acac also provides special family swim hours in their therapy pool on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Definitely mark your calendar for February 18th for Dive in Movie night! Families are encouraged to bring their rafts and inner-tubes as we screen a popular family film. Lifeguards will be on duty at all times, children must adhere to swim rules for Kids Night Out to participate. Free for family membership members, $10 for acac members without family memberships, and $15 for non-members.
Photos by Laura Black