With the weather starting to warm up, it’s a great time to take on a new sport, but we aren’t talking about your usual soccer, basketball, softball and swimming. Why not have your kid try out a new sport? If sports haven’t been your child’s favorite hobby, maybe these will kickstart (literally!) some inspiration.
For the kid who enjoys weight lifting or working out in general, the kid classes offered at Crossfit Richardson can be a great way for them to get their energy out and build strength. Craig Sandy, famed 2017 Richardson Independent School District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Education Agency Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year, leads kids through their instruction, incorporating games to create a fun exercise environment.
Cost: Members, $40 a month for the first child, $30 a month for additional children; nonmembers, $55 a month for the first child, $45 a month for additional children
When: Monday at 4–4:30pm for ages 9–12, Thursday at 4–4:30pm for ages 5–8
Where: 970 N. Coit Road, #3073, Richardson, 972/234-1376; crossfitrichardson.com
Crossfit Odyssey, 4202 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 214/234-0299; crossfitodyssey.co
Crossfit Panther City, 7400 Oakmont Blvd., #100, Fort Worth, 682/233-3109
2531 Weisenberger St., Fort Worth, 469/850-4149; crossfitpanthercity.com
Reveille Strength and Conditioning, 12803 Harmon Road, Fort Worth, 817/993-9743; reveillestrength.com
At Deer Creek Stables, kids ages 6 and up can begin their riding journey. The barn emphasizes the importance of responsibility, respect and care for horses, riders, the facility and equipment. The basics of safely approaching, grooming and tacking a horse is vital. The goal, as the barn says, is for students to be independent from their trainers. Once your little gets the basic skills under their saddle, they are welcome to join a group lesson. For parents interested in easing into horse ownership, the barn offers lease and half-lease option as well as consultation and assistance.
Cost: Trainers will meet with the new student and parent to get set up, and prices will be quoted at that time.
Pro tip: Send an email to Lessons@DeerCreekStables.net with your child’s age, height, approximate weight, and any previous riding or horse experience.
Where: 2190 Oak Grove Road E., Burleson, Training@DeerCreekStables.net; deercreekstables.net
Home of the UNT Equestrian Team of 2019, Hillcrest Farm offers individually-based English riding lessons. No experience is needed—just make sure your kiddo age 6 and older is wearing a shoe with a heel (a boot is preferred). Children will learn the basics of riding—all things tacking and trotting. After a couple of lessons, trainers will encourage parents to purchase gear. This is a show barn, meaning their goal is to get kids experience in shows (however, it does cost money to ride in shows). Note: If your little is afraid of dogs, this barn might not be for you. There is a plethora of dogs roaming at all times, but they are all friendly.
Cost: $65 per lesson, additional packages are available.
When: Lessons are offered Tuesday through Sunday and are each about 45 minutes to an hour long. Schedules are set with trainers depending on availability (usually from early in the morning until 8pm).
Where: 211 W. FM 1830, Argyle, 817/291-3885; hillcrestfarmtx.com
Confederate Park Farms, 9410 Confederate Park Road, Fort Worth, 817/320-2969; confederateparkfarms.com
Curragh Equestrian Center, 5595 Ben Day Murrin Road, Fort Worth, 817/443-3777; curragh.com
Dallas Equestrian Center, 8787 Park Lane, Dallas, 214/304-5750; dallasequestriancenter.com
Full Circle Riding Academy, 6301 Chapman Road, Watauga, 817/223-6036; fullcircleridingacademy.com
North Dallas Equestrian, 615 Highridge Lane, McKinney, 972/548-7022; dallasequestrian.com
Stony Meadow Equestrian, 10484 W. Cleburne Road, Crowley, 817/800-4607 (or 817/800-0986); stonymeadowec.com
Trinity River Farm, 8375 Randol Mill Road, Fort Worth, 817/683-5610; trinityriverfarmtx.com
At Cutting Edge Fencing Center, kids ages 5 and up are welcome to try their hand at the Olympic sport. Exclusively for jedis, knights and pirate wannabes, children will learn the basics of fencing, and before they know it, they will be ready to defend the galaxy (or castle or ship).
Cost: Classes for ages 8–12 and 13 and older, $99 the first month for two sessions a week, then $130 a month for two sessions a week, $170 a month for three sessions a week; Musketeer program, which is for littles ages 5–7, $75 for six-week sessions (check the website for the five different sessions held throughout the year); homeschool fencing for ages 8–17, $75 for one session a week, $100 for two sessions a week. Pro tip: free class every last Friday of the month for newcomers to try it out
When: Classes are Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30–7:30pm and Saturday from 9am–noon; Musketeer classes are Thursday from 4:30–5:20pm; homeschool classes are only October to April on Tuesday and Thursday from 2–3:30pm
Where: 7601 Blvd. 26, Suite 131, North Richland Hills, 817/428-5599; cuttingedgefencing.com
To challenge your kid mentally, physically and emotionally, attend the Fencing Institute of Texas where they learn about fencing through rigorous conditioning, games of concentration, drills, private lessons and bouting. FIT prides itself on being a lifelong sport, and when is a better time to start than while young? There are exclusive tournaments for ages 10 and older as well as special programs for homeschoolers, afterschool and wheelchair fencing.
Cost: Beginner classes for ages 6–8, $105 a month; beginner classes for ages 10–14, $160 a month (children might be selected to advance into intermediate and advanced programs) Pro tip: free classes are offered every Friday from 7–8pm for newcomers.
When: Beginner classes for ages 6–8, Saturday from 9–10am; beginner classes for ages 10–14, Saturday from 10–11:30am
Where: 1000 W. Crosby Road, Suite 134, Carrollton, 972/242-0399; fenceintexas.org
Dallas Fencers Club, 14540 E. Beltwood Parkway, Dallas, 214/629-5358; dallasfencers.com
Gold Blade Fencing Center, 500 N. Kimball Ave., #103, Southlake, 817/416-0822; goldbladefencing.com
International Fencers Alliance of Dallas, 2640 Old Denton Road, Suite 212, Carrollton, 214/669-9592; ifafencers.com
Lone Star Fencing Center, 600 Data Drive, Suite 102, Plano, 469/855-1281; lonestarfencingcenter.org
On top of learning martial arts, at Dallas Capoeira, kids learn Portuguese through music and studying the origins of martial arts in Brazil. Children will also learn acrobatics with handstands, cartwheels and back handsprings, and of course, they will pick up self defense tactics.
Cost: For ages 3 and up, an intro program is $20 per individual or $25 for the whole family; monthly tuition begins at $129 (depends on the program)
When: Kid’s program runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6–6:50pm; family classes are Saturday from 10–11am
Where: 4505 McEwen Road, Dallas, 469/232-7753; dallascapoeira.co
This family-based school has students use their martial arts skills as a way to gain confidence and self love. Korean Tiger Martial Arts has four masters, unlike others who might only have one, to ensure kiddos master their moves. In addition to classes, the school has an afterschool program as well as sparring and demonstration teams, which do cost extra. If competitions interest your child, join the team to travel to regionally and nationally (tryouts are required).
Cost: Little tiger classes for ages 5–6, $119 a month for six months, $99 a month for a year or $79 a month for three years; kids’ classes for ages 7–12, $129 a month for six months, $109 a month for a year or $89 a month for three years; classes for ages 13 and up, $119 a month for six months, $99 a month for a year or $79 a month for three years.
When: Class times vary by belt, but every student will attend three classes; open classes for little tigers and kids are Monday and Wednesday from 8–8:45pm; open classes for 13 and up are Tuesday and Thursday from 8–8:45pm
Where: 8633 N. Beach St., Fort Worth, 682/557-8740; mykoreantiger.com
Built upon the “ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance” (A means avoid potentially dangerous situations, B means be calm and breathe, C means communicate with confidence and lastly, D means don’t make the situation worse by fighting), Marcos Santos Academy teaches focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory, discipline, fitness and coordination. During classes, kids will be divided in their age groups.
Cost: A trial period for ages 5–15 is $59 for online or in-club classes for four weeks (two classes per week); membership for ages 5–15, $149 a month for a year, in-club only, (three classes per week)
When: Classes are Monday through Friday from 5–5:50pm
Where: 2537 Weisenberger St., Fort Worth, 817/339-6609; fwbjj.com
Kids sometimes need a boost in their confidence, and Spicar’s Martial Arts has leadership training that teaches littles to become a better public speaker. With about 100 kids currently enrolled, the class focuses on speaking in front of large and small groups along with gaining communication skills, such as tone of voice, hand gestures and body language. Aside from their leadership training, the school teaches kids ages 4 and older the art of martial arts. In the Ninjas program for ages 4–5, kiddos build physical and emotional strength, spatial awareness, social skills and learn how to deal with disappointment and victories as well as focus. In the Juniors program for ages 6–11, boys and girls learn more self-defense and bully-defense skills to build their confidence and self-esteem. They will also build short- and long-term goals, such as earning a new stripe on a belt to earning a new belt to, eventually, receiving a black belt.
Cost: For both the Ninjas and Juniors program, it’s $169 a month for two classes a week, or $199 for five classes a week; Ninjas can attend up to five times a week, and Juniors can attend up to six times a week. Pro tip: sign up for a free week-long trial to see if this is right fight for your kid.
When: Ninjas classes run for 30 minutes, and Juniors classes run for 45 minutes. Times vary between the two locations. Find the full schedule here.
Where: 2120 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite B, Southlake, 817/488-6009
1125 Davis Blvd., Suite 300, Southlake, 817/329-2255; idokarate.com
Dallas Academy of Martial Arts, 9644 Plano Road, Dallas, 214/343-3000; dallasama.com
Dallas Martial Arts, 18484 Preston Road, Suite 300, Dallas, 972/964-5425; dallaskarateacademy.com
Mezger Martial Arts, 13344 Preston Road, Dallas, 214/954-0022; guymezger.com
Monaghan’s Taekwondo, 4010 William D. Tate Ave, #112, Grapevine, 817/627-8098, m-tkd.com
Pro Martial Arts, 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 420, Dallas, 214/269-3464; promartialarts.com
Texas IsshinRyu Karate Academy, 6709 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/900-0405; ftworthkarate.com
Zero Dojo, 1352 Mims Road, Rockwell, 972/951-2526; zerodojo.com