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09 Apr 2016

A Healthy Rainbow Party

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We attend a super fun healthy “rainbow party” sponsored by Gerber Lil’ Beanies! Such a great snack to feed your lil’ ones (and big ones) with this super great snack made from beans!  We loved being part of the fun!

Pair healthy rainbow fruits and veggies with fun planting and coloring activities and healthy snacks and you’ve got a perfect play date!  Check out the fun her and online at #LilGerberBeanies

26 Feb 2015

NCAA, Final Four, USF Athletics Partner to help Feeding America Tampa Bay

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Fit Kids Playground is proud to announce that we will be helping the NCAA, USF Athletics and Feeding America Tampa Bay to pack bags for our community! There will be an NCAA Community 101 event next Monday, March 2 at USF to feed local youths in the area with Feeding America Tampa Bay. Kids will come together and help “pack the bags” in a competition with each other to help provide weekend meal bags for local students. Players from the USF women’s basketball team will be in attendance and they will speak to the girls at the beginning. Group tickets to the game are also available for purchase.

Each participant and their parent/guardian/ chaperone will receive a free ticket to the USF vs. UCONN Basketball game!

Must be 10 years and older. Please register here.

The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held in Tampa Bay April 5 & 7 at the Amalie Arena.

Visit Tampa Bay Sports Commission for more information.

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.