This might sound like an odd thing to moan and groan about now, but I’m not exactly looking forward to summer vacation. A couple of years ago my kids went to town camp. The bus would pick them up in the morning and have them home by mid-afternoon. Not only did it give me a breather from the constant “Mom, I’m bored, what can I do?”, but I also found comfort in knowing my kids were being active and having a great day. My kids no longer go to camp. My daughter aged-out of the program and my son doesn’t want to go because he’s bored with the same trips and activities they do year after year.
I don’t mind the kids being home all summer long, per say. But I do wish they would participate in some kind of a summer time activity. I don’t care if it’s jumping rope or shooing hoops. SOMETHING is better then NOTHING.
During the summer I try and take my kids to the local park as often as I can. The kids play basketball, ride on the swings, ride their bikes or just zip around the park on their scooters. One of the parks near us has a three mile walking trail that we try to walk every few weeks.
It is very important to a child’s well being to get out and be active. Sitting around at home playing with computer games or texting is not healthy. Being inactive leads to obesity which could ultimately lead to health problems like Diabetes, high cholesterol or even heart disease. Not only that I think that getting an hour or two of physical activity in per day helps children to let off steam and “de-stress”. It’s also fun and a great way to socialize with their peers, or bond with their family.
Our local parks are very valuable to my family, and many families like mine. We live in a condo and do not have any kind of property whatsoever. We don’t have any place in our complex for the children to play. I WISH we did! We rely on our local playgrounds to provide our family with activities and a chance to be outside and have fun.
Have you heard about the Sprite Spark Parks Project? The Sprite Spark Parks Project is a multi-year commitment to build and restore play environments where teens, families and neighbors can get outside and be active. The main idea of this campaign is simple: play, be active, be inspired and have fun.
The Sprite Spark Parks Project is going to help refurbishing public play spaces and basketball courts. Later on this year they will also on parks and school playgrounds. That sounds like an awesome campaign!
To kick off the Sprite Spark Parks Project, at least 21 courts will receive funding in 2011 for items such as new rims, backboards, blacktop surfaces and art installations created by local artists to inspire play.
The campaign actually kicked off several weeks ago where readers had the opportunity to nominate their courts. Now they need your help by voting to determine which parks will get the funding. If you want one of those refurbished courts to be accessible for your child, all you have to do is head to The Sprite Facebook Page and VOTE! It’s easy enough to do and it will make a world of difference to the families who will benefit from this special program. Who knows, one of the 21 finalists could be a park near you!
If you are a Facebook user PLEASE consider voting. It only takes a moment of your time and think about the many years of fun your vote can create. Please visit www.Facebook.com/Sprite, then follow the online instructions to vote. Voting ends on June 10, 2011.
To get you excited about this campaign I have a $50 gift card to www.Nike.com to give to a lucky reader, compliments of the Coca-Cola Company. Not only can you purchase sneakers and shoes at Nike.com but you can also purchase apparel.
To enter please comment on something fun that you and your family to at your local playground.
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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and will end on May 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen.
You can find other really great giveaways on the right side bar under “Win It”.
*I received a gift card for this post. The prize will be provided by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this sweepstakes.