18 Jan 2015

Push Away The Screen: Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon 2015

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Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon

Fit Kids Playground Youth Triathlon Training Tips

We wanted you to be the first to know that we have opened up registration for this year’s Kids Triathlon. This event will take place on March 21, 2015 at Busch Gardens’ Adventure Island!

If you want a heads up on how awesome this youth sports event is, check out our recap of 2014 here.

Be sure to register early as prices increase February 1st.

To register, or find out additional information, please visit: http://www.tampabaykidstriathlon.com/

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Click here for tips on training for a youth triathlon.

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16 Jan 2015

Push Away The Screen: Monster Jam 2015 Tampa Bay

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Monster Jam returns to Tampa Bay TWICE this year! Saturday, January 17 and Saturday, February 7 are the dates set for the ultimate monster truck shows at Raymond James Stadium. Get your kids away from there new tech toys and go have fun watching these 1,500 horsepower, 10,000-pound monster trucks compete in side-by-side racing and the fan-favorite freestyle competition where each monster truck gets up to 120 seconds to “wow” the crowd with huge jumps, wheelies, truck-spinning donuts, flips, and the destruction of cars, vans, buses, motor homes and more.

The two Tampa shows are completely different. All 16 monster jam teams will be at both events too! What a fun event to push away the screen! If you’ve never been to a Monster Jam, you are missing out! Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

Speaking from experience, it’s a family friendly event that will keep kids captivated and excited!

At Fit Kids Playground, we encourage everyone to start pushing away that screen! According to Kids Health and the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8- to 18-year-olds watch about 4.5 hours of television a day. And the average kid spends 7 hours on all screen media combined (TV, videos, and DVDs, computer time outside of schoolwork, and video games).

If your looking for more great ways to push away the screen in Tampa Bay, visit Tampa Mama for her advice on the most fun things happening all over town!

16 Jan 2015

Bolt Family Carnival in Tampa Bay Support Lightning Foundation

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Fit Kids Playground has always been very thankful for the support of the Tampa Bay Lightning and tier community partnership for supporting the Fit Kids Playground event over the course of the last 5 years! Now it’s our turn to support them!

Support the Tampa Bay Lighting and make a difference in our community by coming out to the Lightning Foundation and the fist annual Bolts Family Carnival at Amalie Arena on Sunday, January 18, from 1pm-5pm! Sounds like the perfect Sunday Funday activity in Tampa Bay!

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You’re entire family will be treated to a good ol’ fashioned day of fun under the big top (Amalie Arena). All your favorite Lightning players and personalities will be on hand for autographs and more. Fun carnival style food will be available for purchase (all proceed go towards the Lightning Foundation) and popcorn is on the house!

With carnival style games and awesome photo ops (with the Stanley Cup, of course) you’ll be excited to be a part of the action all while supporting a great cause, the Lightning Foundation. They works with over 250 local non-profits to distribute funds and services. So come out and get excited about hockey season being in full swing! Can’t wait to see you there!

To purchase tickets in advance (prices vary based on the length of time you’d like to attend) click here for purchasing and additional details.

Follow us on Twitter the day of the event at @TampMama using #BoltsFamilyCarnival and as always, @TBLightning.

14 Jan 2015

No Recess? NO WAY!

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Are you joking? Seriously, have any of the education leaders from the Orange County School District in Florida ever actually been in a classroom? Or spent time with 20 5 and 6-year-olds? Or 20 10-year-olds for that matter? It really doesn’t matter what age (I need a little break from work too and I’m 35!) How is this even a possible option!?

The latest news out of Florida is that the teachers need more time to cover state mandated curriculum and just need more time (who doesn’t). But the higher ups aren’t seeing any other way than to eliminate recess for elementary school kids in order to allocate more time to “book work.”

Absurd. Absolutely, positively absurd. Kids NEED playtime. It is vital for their development, socially, emotionally and physically. How are kids supposed to recharge?! I couldn’t imagine having to tell my kids that they would have no recess time at school. I truly think it’s cruel and unusual punishment that no child deserves.

As the founder of Fit Kids Playground, I founded this project because I believe in unstructured free time and free play to not only be a way for kids to get healthy but to just have fun being a kid. There are so many pressures and stresses in our world today that our children are subjected to, that sometimes, they just need to be a kid. Play with friends. Laugh. Smile. Run free without anyone telling them what to do. It’s a break from rules, structure and routine. It might not come often, but it’s a necessary part of childhood that is critical for the well-being of all children.

To the parents of Orange County School kids, I stand with you and the fight to restore recess and free play for kids. If my kids were in that situation, I would be making more noise than firecrackers on the Fourth of July. This is not right. It’s just not right. And when something is not right, you fix it. And you make it right.

If only kids could have their say about having recess taken away. What would they say? Have you asked?

Sign their petition today and let’s give the kids back what is rightfully theirs: their childhood.

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This is MY Kindergardener, Shelby. She’s happiest playing with friends and loves to learn and loves school. Don’t take that away from any child. I want her to love school. Not despise me for sending her there.

24 Nov 2014

Fit Kids Approved: The Bentgo Kids Lunch Box Review

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My kids go to waste free school and I have packed their lunches everyday, with occasional hot lunch every once in a while. I don’t mind packing and they don’t seem to want the other option so everyone is happy!
I have have become a lunch packing professional as now we are up to three lunches each day. I’m always on the look out for new lunch boxes or containers and new ideas for items to pack! I had the opportunity to test drive the Bentgo Kids Lunch Box this past week and my first reaction was, “Genius!” and my daughters, “I LOVE IT!”

Here are a few reasons why I LOVE this Bentgo Kids Lunch Box (and you will too!)

1. Two Pieces! That means no separate lids, different containers or rogue containers in the cabinet waiting to be used because of a missing piece. Dishwasher safe and the perfect size for a lunch.

2. Perfect Size. It’s the perfect size to fit into a lunch box (fits perfect into the LandsEnd EZ Wipe Lunch Box) to additionally add with it a milk, GoGo squeeZ and Pirates Booty snack. The meal fit perfectly inside and the whole lunch fit perfectly in the box.

3. Easy To Open. We have test drive a few other one and two piece lunch boxes, but the Bentgo Kids Lunch Box was the easiest to open for my five year old. She is sold on this being HER everyday lunch box.

4. Ideas! When purchasing the Bentgo Kids, you also get access to a free e-book that has amazing ideas for lunch! While it might be hard for me to be a lunch box ninja, I love simple ideas as to other items I could add into their lunches to not make them “so boring” day after day. Great idea to include a free e-book.

Great product. Made well in super cute colors: purple, blue and green. Pre-order sale is going on now for Bentgo Kids starting at $27.99. A very reasonable price for the product you get. We love waste free lunch products and we love making sure our kids are getting a good start to eating healthy on the go.

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