School is out and summer break is officially here! I always plan a big Kick-Off to Summer Celebration at the end of the school year, a day in which our family and friends put down the electronics and spend time together outside. Sometimes these celebrations entail going to a destination, such as a park or beach. Other times, like this year, we choose to stay home and just enjoy the company of family in our own surroundings. Since we didn’t want to celebrate alone, we invited two other neighborhood families to join us in our celebration. This year, Quaker sponsored our Kick-Off to Summer party, sending us an awesome Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor play items to help us in our summer celebration. It included lots of goodies, including a bubble machine, sidewalk chalk, a puzzle, a NERF Bash Ball, a classic Bocce Ball set and a nice variety of Chewy Granola Bars for snacks.
We kicked off our celebration day with some ball games. We had fun playing soccer, football, kickball and even some games made up by the kiddos. Most of the balls we had on hand, but the big hit was the NERF Bash Ball from the playdate kit. It’s a multi-purpose ball, perfect for everything from volleyball to dodgeball to even soccer. We all loved the versatility of this ball!
After everyone had their fill of ball, we changed it up and brought out our new Bocce Ball set. If you haven’t had the chance to play this game, it is perfect for families. It has four different colored balls, allowing all four of my family members to play together. I love that – no one was left out! It was obviously apparent that we were having a blast because after awhile, all of the neighborhood kids wanted to join in on the Bocce Ball game as well! The more the merrier, I say!
After two fun activities, it was time to refuel with some yummy Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars. My kids love these and I love that they are perfect to grab-and-go. Each Quaker Chewy Granola Bar contains 8 grams of whole grains and comes in delectably fun flavors such as S’mores, Chocolate Chip and, my favorite, Oatmeal Raisin. Quaker realizes just how important it is for families to spend quality, fun time together. These hassle-free snacks were the perfect food to recharge us, giving us the energy so that we could get back out and keep playing together! I do want to note that Chewy Granola Bars may contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts. If you have anyone with any allergies, make sure to read the label. 😉
Since everyone eats at a different rate, we had water station, chalk station and even a bubble station that everyone could enjoy at their own rate. Afterwards, the kids started asking to get their ride-on cars out. Some were experts, but some wee ones had the opportunity to ride them for the first time – with some adult help, of course!
Sometimes we all get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle that we don’t spend as much time together as we would like. That is one reason I look forward to these celebrations. It is a time for us to reconnect as a family and enjoy quality time together. These family days are a great way to enjoy each other’s company and you don’t have to spend a bundle. If you are watching your budget, plan a day around items you already have. Or, if you want to venture out, head to your local park to check out what outdoor activities they offer. We have a local park that offers paddle boats during the summer and the kids love them! The point is, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it together as a family.
You don’t have to have a big fancy play space in order to spend time with your family, however, it would be nice, wouldn’t it?!? To make this dream happen, Quaker has kicked off their Keep Playing! With Chewy promotion. Now through June 13, 2015, visit www.ChewyKeepPlaying.com to enter for a chance to win $25,000 to make over your family’s play space. To enter, parents are encouraged to submit a photo of their family’s favorite play space and share how you would like to see that space made over and why. They are also giving away weekly chances to win a $500 gift card. See www.ChewyKeepPlaying.com for all of the official rules.
Win Your Own Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit
Now, who wants to win their own #KeepPlaying Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit? One lucky Simply Savvy Living reader will get their very own Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit (a $100 value!) – just like the one we enjoyed. Your kit will include:
- A Chewy Playdate invitiation pack to plan your next playdate
- A classic Bocce Ball set for endless hours of outdoor summer play
- 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 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
Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not adminstered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by Simply Savvy Living. To enter, just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite family activity.
Disclosure: I was provided the Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit as part of our Kick-Off to Summer Celebration. Although this post was sponsored, all opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.