This is a sponsored post on behalf of Let’s Play, but all opinions are my own.
Are you as excited as me that the warmer weather is here and the kids can get outside and run and scream and play? Did I mention they are going outside and the sweet sounds of them screaming and playing are more distant resulting in one massive sigh of relief? Isn’t it awesome?
I’m partnering with Let’s Play, an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) to provide kids and families with the tools, resources, places and inspiration to make active play a priority. Through Let’s Play, DPS partners with two non-profit groups, KaBOOM! and Good Sports to build and improve playgrounds and to provide grants for sports equipment. This year marks their 5 year anniversary and since they began in 2011, they’ve committed more than $28 million through Let’s Play – impacting millions with hours upon hours of fun and play.
It’s an incredible effort, one that I will get to take part in and bring to you here on the blog as well as social media as I’ll be attending a playground build day later this year. I cannot wait to see how it all happens. I mean, I’ve played on many a playground, but the designing and building? I can’t wait to see what goes into it and what it all takes to go from just an idea to the real thing with kids playing on it.
I want you to think back to your childhood. You more than likely went to an elementary school with a playground and frequented the neighborhood parks. You crossed the bridges, slid down the slides, and swung across the monkey bars. Maybe it was a pirate ship, maybe the ground was lava and you had to stay away. Maybe you pretended the whole structure was a house, with various rooms and everyone had jobs and things to take care of. Maybe you just ran until you felt like your lungs were going to explode and collapsed at the bottom of a slide, trying to muster the strength to climb up it. The playground was, and still is, such a magical place. It lets kids explore, daydream and use their imaginations. It lets them make new friends, mend rocky ones, and then someday revisit with their own children and reminisce about their childhood.
Do you see why it’s so important that our children have access to safe and appropriate play spaces? That’s why I love what Dr Pepper Snapple Group is doing and why I’m so excited to partner with them and bring you fun play ideas for the next few months.
If you want to get outside and get your kids active, I say start with some wheels and hit the streets for a fun city exploration! Whether you have bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skaters, or those cute little ride-on push cars for little ones, any set of wheels will work! It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in something physical and create memories along the way.
Take a look at my first post for Let’s Play all about getting outside, grabbing those wheels, and exploring!