Karate, Gymnastics and other Sports Your Kids will

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Your kids want action! In order to bust boredom this summer, consider enrolling your little tykes in a unique sport that will challenge and excite them.

Forget the lazy days of summer. We#ve compiled a list of some great activities that will keep your kids off the couch and away from the tube. These sports will have your kids jumping, jiving and diving their way to an active, fun-filled summer.

Dive, baby, Dive!

Are your youngsters fascinated by the underwater world? Give them a close up look at marine life by enrolling them in scuba diving. Southeast Scuba in Loganville will teach kids ages eight and up dive safety and how to work the equipment.

“Some people call it a hobby, but Scuba is a great family sport,” said Bill Ganning, owner at Southeast Scuba.

Classes cost $175 and are being held at Bogan Park this summer, but certification takes place in the deep blue sea. Are your kids ready to dive in? Call 770-466-9624 or visit Southeast Scuba on the web at

Lord of the Dance

If your kids enjoy dancing, but are bored with the ballet bar, let them take a step in another direction. Clogging Connection in Snellville offers instruction in clogging and Irish step dancing for kids three and up.

Clogging is now a Junior Olympic sport. Going for the gold is as easy as signing up for summer classes. “Clogging is its own dance form,” said Heather Bartlett, co-owner of Clogging Connection. “It#s a percussive footwork # kind of like tap.”

Unlike traditional dance classes, Clogging Connection incorporates traditional, Canadian and Irish step dancing into their footwork. “It#s very unique,” said Bartlett. For summer dates and rates, call 770-982-4636.

It#s Tee Time

Golf isn#t just for grown-ups. Little ones as young as 4 years old can learn to swing at The Golf School in Duluth. “It#s a sport that can change their lives,” said Mark Castillo, owner.

The facility boasts an indoor and outdoor facility, and teaches in easy-to-understand steps.

“We#re going to teach them how to hold the club, what to do at the top of their swing, what they need to do to swing through the golf ball so they can hit it,” said Castillo. More experienced golfers will learn to maneuver slopes and other obstacles.

Summer sessions last six weeks, and cost approximately $300. For more information, call 770-232-4612 or go online at

Kids for Sail

Are your kids getting cabin fever? Put your kids for sail. Let them be the captain of their own boat as they learn to set sail at Lanier Sailing Academy in Buford. Little skippers will learn in a 22-foot sailboat, and must be at least 12 years old to participate in the program.

Kids will navigate their way through the four-day course as they learn the different points of sail, how to change the direction of the boat, and even how to recover a crewmember if they were to go overboard.

“They#ll learn maneuvers to stop their boats and adjust their sails so that they can always sail under control,” said Ron Rose, general manager. Kids will be certified through the American Sailing Association upon completion of the class, which costs $475. Call 770-945-8810 to register.

Flip for Fitness

Kids will flip for My Gym, the newly opened children#s fitness center in Lawrenceville. They#ll learn gymnastics, tumbling and other sports skills in a place geared specifically for children.

“We will do a combination of things # relays, sports skills, games, tumbling and gymnastics,” said Fun Coordinator Jen Whitson.

For $35, kids can romp and tumble for three hours. Summer fun sessions begin on June 2, but kids can get a one-hour free trial at the gym before signing up. For more information, call 770-682-9802.

The Art of Discipline

Discipline is not a word kids want to hear during the summer. But at Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts in Buford, kids wil

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