Beating Cabin Fever

Krista Connor

These indoor and outdoor activities will get the blood pumping and help you conquer the winter blahs

We’re well into another long, cold winter, and that means many of us are suffering from cabin fever. Never fear! O&A is here to help you conquer the winter chill with these 11 fun activities.

First, let’s look at some things you can do indoors—away from the cold.

Trampoline Park
Luckily for adults, jumpers of all ages are welcome at the Stratosphere Trampoline Park on the Wilmington Riverfront. Trampolines and two tumble tracks, along with dodgeball, arcade, hurricane simulator, aeroball, mechanical bull, Velcro wall, laser maze, and speed wall options, and more, are available. Tickets range from $10-$22 for 30 to 120 minutes of jump time for the main trampoline area.

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Roller Skating
Christiana Skating Center in Newark is a classic and inexpensive option for indoor fun. 92371182Some specials include Friday evening sessions, which are $8 per person, 7-10 p.m. Sunday matinees are 1:30-4:30 p.m. for $7. Parents are admitted free. And Sunday adult night is 8-11 p.m., $5 per person, for skaters ages 16 and older.

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Dance Lessons
Take The Lead Dance Studio in Hockessin offers a stimulating environment where participants of any skill level can learn ballroom dancing, Latin, swing and more. Private, group or combined lessons are available.

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Martial Arts
Whether you want to embrace your inner warrior or just get out of the house and burn a few calories, martial arts is a great wintertime activity that refreshes the mind and body. 140410093
Delaware Dragon Martial Arts in Newark specializes in traditional programs: Taekwondo, Aikido, Ju-jitsu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Arnis, and samurai sword training.
Additionally, a mix of techniques for children’s lessons promote and improve balance, coordination, focus, respect and teamwork.

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Indoor Pools
The YMCA’s indoor pools are the perfect wintertime spot to swim laps or take lessons. View pool schedules for details.

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Olympiad Gymnastics in Wilmington offers a program called FLiP KiDZ that helps children develop coordination, body awareness, strength, flexibility, balance and confidence in a fun, positive and safe environment. Classes are designed for children ages 3 to 17 and include instruction on tumbling, trampoline, balance beam, vaulting and bars. Classes and programs are available for all skill levels.

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Empowered Yoga
Located in Wilmington, Newark and Glen Mills, Pa., Empowered Yoga offers a variety of options, including a new beginner course, essentials, stationary sequences, community 149027826classes, sacred music, Vinyasa, and balanced athlete classes. Improved function of the body, clarity of mind, and a greater sense of awareness are the intended results.

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Delaware Rock Gym
Intro to climbing classes at the Delaware Rock Gym are regularly offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Rock Gym in Bear, and by appointment during the week. The class includes two hours of instruction, harness and belay-device use, a day pass, and a coupon for 10 percent off any equipment purchased from the pro shop. Plan to stay and climb after the class to make the most out of the pass.

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Get Outdoors!
What better way to beat cabin fever other than…going outside? Don your winter gear and step out into the cold. The hot chocolate will be waiting upon your return.

Riverfront Ice Skating Rink
The new Horizon Riverfront Rink, a temporary outdoor ice skating rink between Justison Street and the Christina River in Wilmington, is a perfect outdoor winter activity. Open through March 1, the rink includes a nearby warming tent, skate rental options, 474297881concessions and twinkling lights. The rink is open Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday from 11a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission ranges from $5-$8 and skate rentals are an additional $3 per pair.
The rink is named for sponsor Horizon Services, a home-services company, and is installed by the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware and Light Action Productions Inc.

Delve into winterscapes and participate in a growing hobby that’s fun year-round —bird watching. Wander through snowy forests and meadows or watch from your back yard or window for beautiful cold-weather feathered friends. 177538457

To get started, we recommend contacting the American Birding Association, a non-profit organization that helps birders increase their birding knowledge and bird-watching skills. ABA is now headquartered in Delaware City, after a recent move from Colorado.

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Kalmar Nyckel Sailing Lessons
The recreated version of the 17th century Kalmar Nyckel is maintained and sailed mainly by a volunteer crew – and no experience is required to start. More than 300 volunteers support the ship, education program, and Kalmar Nyckel Foundation annually.

152170443Winter classes are at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard in Wilmington for nine all-day Saturdays from mid-January through mid-April. Experienced sailors can choose other options.

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