Archive for Fit Kids

11 Oct 2013

Elmo Can’t Stop Singing! Sesame Street Live hits Tampa Bay!

No Comments #fitkids, Back to School, Childhood Obesity, Deal, Fit Kids, Push Away The Screen, Race, Review, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Can't Stop Singing

Can’t Stop Singing

Sesame Street Live is the hottest ticket on the street in Tampa Bay! November 1-2, Sesame Street Live will take over USF and preform “Can’t Stop Singing” where all your favorite characters will become under a spell because Elmo got a hold of Abby’s Cadabby’s magic wand and now they all can’t stop singing!!!

We love Sesame Street and hope your kids will enjoy the fun loving and educational characters live in person!

Tickets are on sale today for more cities all over the US and Canada and will be going fast! Enjoy the show!!!

11 Oct 2013

The PlaySmart Challenge: Kids, Brain and Brawn in Tampa Bay

3 Comments #fitkids, Active Kids, Fit Kids, Healthy Eating, Non-Profit, Partners, Play, Push Away The Screen, Race, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tampa Bay
Playsmart's Brains and Brawn Kids Adventure Challenge

Playsmart’s Brains and Brawn Kids Adventure Challenge

We are so excited to see a new kind of adventure race! One that takes kids to use their brains on a higher level. PlaySmart, a national non-profit organization that provides athletic and academic opportunities to America’s youth, will host the 1st Annual “Brains and Brawn” Kids Adventure Challenge in Tampa Bay on November 10th, 2013 at Al Lopez Park. How much fun does this sound: climbs/slides, mud runs, slime tunnels, tire rolls, low crawl spaces, sprint races and other elements throughout the park will be what kids are challenged to achieve.

Team are encouraged to participate together to “think” about how to compete in these adventures. Have a really cool team name and gear? Could win you a prize! Healthy snacks will be provided by GoGo squeeZ. And of course, everyone who competes (ages 5-14) will receive a medal.

There is an early bird discount and honestly, it sounds like so much fun! Hope your fit kids are ready to push away the screen for a day of a REAL adventure!

Sign up today!

02 Sep 2013

What Does Childhood Obesity Month REALLY Mean?

No Comments #fitkids, Childhood Obesity, Fit Kids, National, Opinion, Play

September is Childhood Obesity month. So what big deal. Right? I don’t have a child who is obese. My kids are active. This is not a big deal. Wrong.

I launched the Fit Kids Playground project almost 5 years ago. I never realized that 5 years later I would be able to say that I really feel like I have made a difference in my community to help others, parents and children alike, to become more aware of what is going on around them in order to help them better the lives of their children or even themselves.

The Fit Kids Playground project is meant to help parents realize that they are not alone. We all have kids and we all want the best for them. We are all not registered dietitians, personal trainers or chefs creating meal plans and personal workout routines for our family. We are real. We have kids. And sometimes we need help. We want change. But how?

The mission of Fit Kids Playground is “Real Kids. Real Change. Really Simple.” Because that is what sums us up. It takes small changes to make a long term difference. Doing one thing a week. One thing a month. But make them realistic goals if you want change. It should not be stressful trying to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies. But some parents we converse with, just can’t figure out how to make this happen. But through conversations and tips of small things that have worked for other REAL PARENTS, we as parents DO learn and now are ready to tackle something bigger than ourselves.

We invite you to be a part of the movement. The “fit kids” movement. There is no pledge to sign. Nothing to sign up for. No monthly meetings to attend.

Just the idea that you get it.

You get that this is not a fad. That you will make an effort to drive BY the drive thru instead of stopping. You might get up a little earlier to make a lunch instead of buying it.

Yes, it is work, but won’t it be gratifying to see the change in your kids and know that YOU did that?

We hope that we can be part of your journey. Please sign up for our e-blasts, buy a shirt that will support our programs (for you or your child) and be proud that you will help your child live longer and healthier and happier. And you just might learn something too along the way.

And don’t forget to join the conversation with us on our social networks using the hashtag #fitkids.

02 Sep 2013

Push Away The Screen with the Girl Scout Tagalong Trot and Thin Mint Sprint

No Comments Active Kids, Fit Kids, Fun Run, Healthy Events, Non-Profit, Play, Push Away The Screen, Race, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Many of you ask about fun runs for your fit kids! We love to keep you informed of such events. Often times they aren’t put infront of the parents that would love to register! If you have one coming up, please let us know!

In the meantime, check out what the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida has created! Looks like a super fun time for your fit kids to us! Details are below and you DO NOT need to be a Girl Scout (or a girl) to register and run. And bonus, it supports a really great cause!

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot

Sept. 28, 2013, Safety Harbor Marina
110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor 34695

Click here to register

All runners, first-time racers, Girl Scouts, families and friends are invited to join us for the inaugural Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot! The event is expected to have over 500 participants from elite runners to walkers.

5K and 1 mile race events includes medals for all finishers and certificates for top finishers. Virtual race includes bib and race shirt. Proceeds from the event help support Girl Scouting! Rain or shine. No refunds. Click here for packet pickup locations!

ADDED BONUS! The top 50 male and top 50 female finishers of the 5k will receive a box of Girl Scout Cookies, compliments of FITniche!

Race Times:
8 a.m. Thin Mint Sprint 5K (no strollers please) – $25
9 a.m. Tagalong Trot 1 mile – $15

Price goes up on 9/22: $30 (5k) and $20 (1 mile). Race day: $35 (5K) and $25 (1mi)

02 Aug 2013

TradeWinds is THE Place For Families to Push Away the Screen!

No Comments Active Kids, Clearwater, Fit Kids, Partners, Play, Push Away The Screen, Review, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tampa Bay

I live in Florida. It is hot in Floria during the summer. It is even hotter outside in Florida in the summer. Therefore, when I do plan an activity for the kids and I to do outside, it typically will involve water. Lots of it too.

We took the opportunity to spend the day at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort as guests and experience what they had to offer families that stayed as resort guests. Let me tell you that summer in Florida never felt so good!

The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is located on St. Pete Beach and living in Tampa, is only about a 40 minute drive, but so worth it to drive and play for the day or the weekend.

You are instantly transported to another level of vacation, even if it was just for a little while, I felt like I was on an island in the sun with my toes in the sand. It was beautiful.

With 4 kids in tow, we hit one of the 2 pools we had access too (they do have a third and it is for adults only…I know, right? How nice!) We played and played until they wanted to hit the beach where a flurry of kids activities were awaiting!

Everything from a 200 ft water slide, to bungie chord jumps, to a water play island in the Gulf and of course the beach (and a Cabana for Mom and Dad) made this day “the BEST DAY EVER” according to my kids.

We laughed, played, had lunch on the beach, had poolside snowcones and smoothies, and enjoyed the afternoon. The St. Petersburg/ Clearwater CVB has a slogan out this summer using #WhereSummerRocks. (It’s also a sweepstakes too!) This resort must be where the main stage is for this campaign, because this day ROCKED as well as it was a full day of fun in the sun with my kids and families. I know they will have great summer memories thanks to the TradeWinds Resort!

As a parent who is looking to book a family vacation, and yes, typically I am the one scouting out the location, I like to know what I am getting into. Please read below for my version of what you will find on their website. Or take a look at my post about the TradeWinds Island Grand to see what others has to say too! Trekaroo is a travel website that has reviews from real parents about family friendly vacation spots, along with tips and more!

About the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort:
From the website:A 20-acre beachfront playground, TradeWinds Island Grand was created with fun in mind. Bask beside one of five heated pools. Let the kids play at the KONK while you indulge in a massage or a romantic dinner. Explore our impeccably landscaped grounds by paddleboat along the meandering waterway. Give our concierge a call to arrange a fishing, golf or snorkeling excursion. At the Island Grand, your choices are limited only by your imagination. You pack your things, we’ll pack your stay.

Amenities that ANY family with kids will appreciate: 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, KONK (Kids Only No Kidding) Club with daily activities and more, free minature golf, Saturday night Pirate Show, poolside BINGO and games, paddle boats, 200 ft water slide with unlimited rides, hair braiding (extra cost), beach cabannas (available for rent to guests only), 2 tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, water sports and of course, sunshine, blue skies and sugar sand beaches.

In Room Amenities That ANY Family Should Know About:
The wide range of our guest accommodations offer many of the conveniences of home. All hotel rooms and suites include new flat screen high definition TV’s, pillowtop beds, wet bar area with mini fridge or refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishware and stocked mini-bar; hairdryer and lighted makeup mirror, iron/board, wireless internet access, in-room movies, voice mail and daily newspaper. Suites have a separate bedroom and a kitchenette with a stovetop.. All accommodations are non-smoking.

We write all our reviews on our partners website, Trekaroo. Check them out for all your family travel needs!

Florida resident discounts are available as are Labor Day packages!
**I was invited out to experience the TradeWinds Resort in return for my honest opinions about the resort. All opinions are my own.