Just yesterday I received this text from a friend: “And summer has arrived!!! The boys racing to the pool. (They were too fast for me to snap a picture!) The junior high girls casually walking strutting their shades! Aren’t we lucky to live in this small town.”
Yes! Yes, we are!
We’ve been out of school for a week, and it has been constant bikes in my yard, pick up ballgames of every sort, doors open and shut in rapid fire motion, and snacks flying out of the pantry and fridge. When it’s not raining, that is.
It’s a perpetual play date around here, friends!
I love it, though. With baseball tournaments this weekend and next, VBS every morning next week, 3 evening ballgames and 3 practices to prepare, sometimes our summer schedule has me spinning. But when the kids can just run and play and laugh? When they can be “free range?” That is the stuff of summer!
Last week Quaker challenged our family to have a Family Play Date with others. Once the rain eased up (what is with all the rain lately?!) it was game on! I’m not fancy (you’d never guess, right?) so it was simply a matter pulling our our new toys in the sunshine and shouting, “Have fun!” Even the baby got in on some bubble action.
Our competitive big boys (you have no idea!) played Bocce Ball, one of my all-time family favorites. There’s room for plenty of competition, but even my littles understand the rules and can toss their ball in the right direction.
When they got hungry, I tossed some Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars on the picnic table and let them have at it! Granola bars are a hassle-free snack that provide families with the fuel they want to help keep playing and sharing the fun together. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars contain 8 grams of whole grains in every bar and come in fun flavors like Chocolate Chip, S’mores, and Oatmeal Raisin. There’s something for everyone!
To help inspire families’ playtime together and fuel fun, Quaker is inviting parents to participate in its Keep Playing! With Chewy promotion for a chance to win $25,000 to make over their family’s play space. To enter, visit www.ChewyKeepPlaying.com and submit a photo of your family’s favorite play space along with how you would like to see that space made over and why. (We have a big yard ~ 3 town lots ~ with ZERO landscaping and no play set. Maybe I’ll enter!)
Want to laugh at my expense? I took a couple dozen photos for this post while my kids were out playing. It was sunny and VERY difficult to even see my screen as I was snapping away. When I got inside to scroll through and make sure I captured some good ones, this is what I found.
Two dozen DRAWINGS/SKETCHES of our playdate! Ha! It was funny only because I could go out and take more photos, after I figured out how to correct whatever crazy settings the 2yo managed to set on my phone. Oy!
I have something super fun for one of my readers, courtesy of Quaker. Want to win a Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit?
You’ll receive a $100 Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor play items, including:
- A Chewy Playdate invitation pack to plan your next playdate
- A classic Bocce Ball set for endless hours of outdoor summer play (our favorite!)
- A Gazillion Bubble Monsoon bubble machine for the whole family to enjoy
- Sidewalk chalk set to get creative outdoors
- A puzzle perfect for indoor or outdoor play
- A red storage bin for storing your family’s favorite toys
- A NERF Bash Ball for easy family fun
- A variety of Chewy Granola Bars to help fuel family play, including, Big Chewy Sweet Salty Bars and Chewy Granola Bars Variety Pack
To enter, simply leave a comment. Any comment will do, but I’d love to hear about how your crew stays entertained during the summer. How would you design your perfect play place if you won the $25,000 contest? (Can you even imagine?!)
Giveaway ends Friday, June 5. Winner will be notified by email.
Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by AmysFinerThings.com.