Summer Break 2015 Roundup: 5 Alterna-Sports

How do you keep kids active if they’re not drawn to the usual suspects like soccer or baseball? Turn them onto one of these alternatives:

Fencing
The Cincinnati Fencing Club is an all-volunteer group offering lessons from beginner through advanced, as well as weekly “fight nights” for experienced club members. Lesson fees include equipment. CincinnatiFencing.org

Raquet-teering
Some of the best players in the state can be found at The Cincinnati Table Tennis Club but the club is open to all ages and skill levels, whether you’re a reigning rec-room champ, need the basics, or are looking to compete. CincyTT.org

Climbing
Children for whom “climbing the walls” is a literal and not figurative statement, will have a blast at RockQuest Climbing Center. Adults can take a brief course in belay certification before letting kids scramble up vertically. For rope-free fun, the free-climb boulder in the center of the gym offers plenty of challenges. RockQuest.com

Swimming
The synchronized swimming program at the Gamble Nippert YMCA began in 1969 and boasts an Olympic bronze medalist among its alums. Today the Synchrogators count nearly 50 athletes on their roster and the organization provides training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and abilities. CincinnatiSynchrogators.org

Riding
The Winton Woods Riding Facility offers year-round indoor instruction in various riding styles including western horsemanship, hunt seat, contesting, dressage and more. Group, semi-private and private lessons are available, as are summer day camps and trail rides. GreatParks.org

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