Miniature golf is often used as a fun-filled family entertainment activity to pass some time, and it certainly fits the bill, but did you know that there are many benefits to playing mini-golf with children?
Young children are continuously learning, developing new skills, and engaging with the world around them at all times, and an exciting round of mini-golf is an excellent opportunity to naturally encourage that behavior.
Mini-Golf Develops Social Skills
Learning to follow the rules is an important skill, and mini-golf encourages learning and playing by the rules, taking turns, and good sportsmanship. When sharing the course with their own family, as well as other families, children will gain experience with patience and consideration for others. Your children can learn a lot about social etiquette just from a round of miniature golf. Playing a friendly game of miniature golf is also a low-key opportunity to encourage healthy competition in a fun environment. Encourage and cheer each other on during the game, and help your kids learn how to win or lose gracefully.
Educational Skills Are Woven into the Game
Many people recognize the educational benefits of board games, but physical games like mini-golf are no exception. Understanding and following the rules helps children follow the sequencing and order of events. Math skills are reinforced with number identification and number order, counting strokes, and keeping track of the score.
Mini-golf has the additional benefit of helping kids with a variety of soft skills too. Soft skills are somewhat intertwined with social and interpersonal skills, but can also help children academically as well. Some ways your children will practice their soft skills during miniature golf are focus, problem-solving and decision-making. Miniature golf requires a lot of thought to be put into how hard to hit the ball, which direction to aim, how to avoid obstacles, and more. It can certainly be interesting and entertaining to watch children strategize and plan their next move!
Mini-Golf Promotes Physical Activity
Miniature golf is an excellent way to get in a little extra physical activity. Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf Course has an average of 100 stairs up and down. “Adventure style” mini golf has more physical challenges than a typical mini golf course. While there is a lot of walking involved, it doesn't feel strenuous for kids, because it is a fun activity, and they will have the opportunity to rest while they wait for others to take their turns. An outdoor course lets families enjoy the fresh air together, burn off excess energy, and burn a few calories at the same time!
Mini-golf is also helpful for a variety of gross motor skills. A round of mini-golf will have children strengthening hand-eye coordination, balance, and physical depth perception. Gross-motor skills and physical development are linked to brain development, so continuing to strengthen these skills will have a variety of long-lasting benefits.
Adventure Builds Relationships
Playing miniature golf as a family is a great way to continue developing strong family bonds. It's an activity that can be enjoyed by kids, parents and grandparents alike. Mini-golf is appropriate for all skill levels and abilities, and is easily adapted or modified for those who may need modifications. This means that the entire family can share the experience together, and make lasting memories.
Smuggler's Cove has five unique 18-hole miniature golf courses across Florida that feature a pirate ship, caves, waterfalls, and even live alligators! You can find us in Fort Myers, Madeira Beach, Indian Shores, Sarasota and Bradenton. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and a rousing game of mini-golf, feed the alligators in our educational American Alligator Exhibit, and make new memories that your family will continue to cherish for a lifetime. Contact us today for more information about beginning your next family adventure!