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Kick, Leap, Climb, Fly: Unusual Sports Classes for Kids to Try

One of the perks of living in a major metropolitan area is that kids can choose from a huge range of activities, each with distinct benefits for kids.

Sometimes a sport that’s off the beaten path is a better fit. Take my 11-year-old, who dislikes competition but loves to do tricks in the water. She has never agreed to swim team, despite numerous discussions. Last summer she enjoyed a synchronized swimming camp, and then signed up for a fall class.

Now I am pondering circus arts for my younger daughter who dislikes team sports.

The five activities covered in this article — rock-climbingkarate, parkour, synchronized swimming and circus arts — are really the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unusual, exercise-style class offered in in the greater Seattle area (or any city). We'd love to hear from you about the classes your kids are enjoying; post a comment!

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