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Exercising with children

Ideas to get children moving

Physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore you can make it fun for all the family.

Here are some of the many ways children can get active in Barnsley.

Parks and green spaces

Discover our parks, green spaces, farm parks and play areas that have a variety of facilities for you to enjoy.

Find out about almost 450 miles (750km) of public rights of way in Barnsley, including footpaths, bridleways, and byways.

Read about Barnsley's parks and green spaces.

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens

Download the free sensory map to explore the Cannon Hall parklands.

Learn to ride a bike

Bikeability is today's cycle proficiency programme. It gives young people the skills and confidence to ride safely, especially on roads. There's also adult training available. It’s never too late to learn!

Learn to ride a bike

Barnsley Junior Parkrun 

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (Four to 14 year olds). It's held every Sunday at 9am in Locke Park, Park Road, Barnsley.

Read more about Barnsley Junior Parkrun

Barnsley Virtual Family Hub

On the directory you'll find things to do for all the family, including clubs, groups and leisure activities.

Visit the Barnsley Virtual Family Hub.


Exercise ideas at home

You don't always need to go out of the house to exercise.

Here are some of the many ways children can stay active at home.

Disney Dance-Alongs 

This Girl Can has partnered with Disney and real families across England. They've captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love. You can learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.  At the end of the day, it’s about breaking a sweat while having a bit of fun!

Find out more about This Girl Can's Disney workouts.


Change4Life have lots of fun activities. Take a look at ‘The 10 Minute Shake Up’ that you and your children can do to get active at home or in your local area.

The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is an inclusive, free and simple initiative which improves the physical and mental health of children. It’s a social activity where the children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day. 

Cosmic Kids

Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation designed for children aged 3 and over. Check out the videos that use famous cartoon characters and movie songs!

CBeebies - Oti's Boogie Beebies

Oti Mabuse motivates pre-schoolers across the country to get moving and dancing from her own front room!

Check out Oti's Boogie Beebies.

Cbeebies - Andy's Wild Workouts

Andy travels the world to amazing places and learns to move like the animals he meets on his wild adventure.

Check out Andy's Wild Workouts

Children in park playing football with their dad
Parents dancing with 2 children
2 girls skipping through the park