Skip the Trike, Toddlers Can (Balance) Bike!

Have you ever seen a tiny tyke dashing along on a two-wheeled bike, looking barely old enough to have left the baby stroller behind?  Behold the power of the toddler balance bike, a new outdoor play phenomenon that delivers some easy, worthwhile, and exciting benefits. My son just turned 3, has truly found his stride on his balance bike, and loves every minute that he spends on it.  Frankly, he sheds almost daily tears whenever we need to remove him from it and head back indoors.  But that's a good thing. I can't take credit for the initial discovery of balance bikes.  It was my parents who had admired wee riders from afar, in their local parks, watching them impressively darting along on their Strider bikes. Grandpa thought this was a very cool trick, indeed, and had the balance bike purchase all planned out.  (I'm pretty sure this occurred a few  hours after my son's birth.) Toddlers Can Balance Bike! I won't get into the engineering details here, I primarily wanted to … [Read more...]

Coca-Cola’s “America Is Your Park” Campaign #TakeItToThePark

It’s summertime and Coca-Cola is issuing a challenge to all Americans. They are asking people to “Take It to the Park,” get active and vote for your favorite park to win $100,000 as part of the America Is Your Park campaign. An offshoot of their Live Positively initiative, I appreciate that the Coca-Cola company reaches out with campaigns like this, both to try and contribute to the preservation of our natural parks and environment, as well as encouraging an active lifestyle for families. Coca-Cola's "America Is Your Park" Campaign Does your family have a local park where you enjoy spending outdoor play time?  Get your vote in and help your favorite park win up to $100,000 from Coca-Cola.  The money won by "America's Favorite Park" will be a recreation grant to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in the park. There are three ways to vote, including an easy daily click.   Other options will gain even more votes, such as checking in from your park with Foursquare, … [Read more...]

Kids Create a Backyard Game ~ Win a Bike & Trip to San Diego from CLIF!

Looking for outdoor play ideas, now that your kids will soon be out of school on summer break?  I've recently learned about the CLIF Kid Backyard Games Contest, and wanted to pass along these exciting details for your own child to participate.   There are great prizes, and a neat website full of inspiration on backyard games to play. Create!  Play!  Win!  Get outside and dream up a fun backyard game. CLIF Kid Backyard Games Contest This contest is for kids ages 6-12, and is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside.   Not only will your kids have fun participating by creating their own backyard game, but they can also get new ideas of other games to play by checking out entries from previous years. To enter, have your child dream up a fun backyard game for them and their friends to play.  No fancy equipment, just use basic things like balls and hula-hoops.  For inspiration, you can check out past winning game ideas, and even download instructions on how to play them. You … [Read more...]