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All in the (Active) Family

10 quick and fun activities in the East Bay that will get the whole clan up and moving

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From glow stick yoga to practicing karate moves, these quick and easy activities will burn calories, tone muscles and have your family (literally) jumping for joy.

1. SkyZone Trampoline Park
With wall-to-wall trampolines, SkyZone features activities for people of all ages. Have a ball on the trampoline dodgeball court or show off your slam dunk skills with Skyslam. Afraid of getting hurt? Check out the foam zone where soft landings reign supreme. 70 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. 401-383-6000

2. Family Swim at Newman YMCA
Many locals equate swimming with summer. But thanks to the Y and its heated 25-meter pool, your family can enjoy the water all year round.Family Swim is a great way to help beginner swimmers build confidence and skills in a safe environment. 472 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-7103

3. Cardio Glow Family Yoga
This is not your basic yoga. Designed to be easy-going, fun and child-centered, CG Family Yoga features music, games, yoga poses and giggles. Best of all, moms, you finally have a place other than Target to show off your favorite yoga pants. 286 Maple Avenue, Barrington. 401-337-5471.

4. Zumba at the Swansea YMCA
Shake your groove thing in this hour-long class that combines dance, cardio, balance, muscle toning and lively music that’s designed to make you forget you’re working out. We call that a win. 271 Sharps Lot Road, Swansea. 508-678-9622.

5. Monster Mini Golf
This indoor mini golf course features glow-in-the-dark animated monsters that are sure to delight plus pop culture artwork that was specifically designed for the Seekonk course. Pop into the arcade as well, featuring state-of-the-art games plus lots of classics. 140 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-8004

6. Tennis Clubs
Feel like a country club member without the annual membership. Whether you’re beginners in need of lessons, or just want to strike out on your own, here are two options to choose from:

Indoor Tennis Courts: The court can be booked in advance for the season or rented on a will call basis. Fun fact: this historic property dates back to 1913 when the land was bought for a mere $100! 8 Blanding Avenue, East Providence.
401-434-9577

Centre Court Tennis Club: Featuring ten indoor courts that were resurfaced last summer, this club offers lessons for all ages plus the option of booking the court online. 55 Hospital Road, Riverside. 401-437-1210

7. Inside the Park Indoor Batting Cages
Well suited to accommodate baseball and softball players of all skill levels, this state-of-the-art facility offers cage and bullpen rentals as well as private lessons. Like it a whole lot? Get a six- or 12-month membership to save big. 288 Plymouth Avenue #3, Fall River. 508-674-0130

8. Walking Trail at the Audubon Environmental Education Center
If the sun is shining, kids should be outdoors and exploring nature. And they can do just that at the EEC in Bristol. Check out the walking trails and boardwalk: the short jaunt is perfect for families with toddlers. Or, continue onto the East Bay Bike Path to extend the adventure. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-949-5454

9. Fly a Kite at the Warren Town Beach
If kites aren’t your thing, toss a Frisbee back and forth, walk along the shore or have a climb on the playground equipment. Challenge each other to see who can jump the highest, or play a game of Red Light Green Light to develop lung function and listening skills. 533-539 Water Street, Warren. 401-824-6189

10. Martial Arts
Whether it’s karate, Tae Kwon Do or jujutsu, the martial arts are known for helping build discipline and confidence. Here are four local options to choose from:

Bristol’s Best Martial Art
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: In addition to kids karate and adult Tae Kwon Do, this center also offers kickboxing fitnes classes. 12 Gooding Avenue, Bristol. 401-253-6409

Rocky Silva’s American Karate
: Perfect for little champions as young as five years old, Rocky Silva’s offers kids karate as well as adult martial arts. 1275 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-6669

New England Martial Arts Dojo: In addition to regular Shotokan karate and Aiki-jutsu classes, New England Martial Arts offers a family class. 879 Arcade Avenue, Seekonk. 508-561-9289

East Bay Martial Arts: Offering programs for children as young as three, plus teen and adult programs, East Bay welcomes visitors to try a class for free. 3001 E Main Road #7, Portsmouth. 401-683-3892