Getting Active & Summer Time Fun At the Park #TakeItToThePark

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Coca-Cola in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

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My kids could be outside from the moment they wake up until their eyes are finally closing because they are so exhausted.  We are constantly heading to different parks to explore new play areas and towns.  Don’t get me wrong my kids are more than happy to spend time in our yard, but I like parks because there are all those other kids they can play with and so much more to do.  About 15 minutes from our house is a 500-acre park that doesn’t have the traditional swing sets or sandboxes, but rather it has tons of big tanks.  Yes real tanks that kids can climb on and run around.  My boys are amazed every time we go there!  We’ve brought picnic baskets, frisbees, balls and anything to keep us busy and active.  I look at it like the point of going to the park is to explore and play, so I try to keep my kids busy.


Coca-Cola wants to inspire others to get active and rediscover their favorite parks so they have launched the “Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park” campaign.  The campaign is looking for “America’s Favorite Park” with the park that wins will receive the title and a $100,000 recreation grant.

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The 2nd and 3rd place park will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants.  Finally a $15,000 grant will be given to a lucky park chosen randomly.  It is super easy to vote for a park, just search for it on the Coca-Cola campaign website and click Vote.  You can also earn points for the park by Checking In via Foursquare and Getting Active at the park via MapMyFitness.  How awesome would it be for the park in your community to get an upgrade!  I think it is awesome of Coca-Cola that they are encouraging people to get active.


Since we’ve had such crazy weather here in Chicago, we took advantage of a few hours of nice weather in our front yard:

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So now that the first day of summer has passed, make sure you are getting out and enjoying the weather because before we know it cooler temperatures will be here!

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  1. Charlene Kuser says:

    I get my family active by riding bikes

  2. Bryan E. says:

    We play volleyball & swim with the kids !

  3. I take my children to the pool often

  4. Heather S says:

    we go for walks together

  5. Breanne says:

    Going to the park or beach

  6. Kim Smith says:

    We go on family walks in the evening

  7. Jeanette H. says:

    We take bike rides and go on nature walks at the beach (:

  8. we run half-marathons!

  9. we swim and play baseball alot

  10. lilshuga2001 says:

    we stay outside 😉

  11. T.h.Ransom says:

    We go to grandpa’s house and go swimming!

  12. Sherry Conrad says:

    Swimming, bike riding, whatever.

  13. we go for bike rides, swim and go to the park!

  14. Tabathia B says:

    We go to the park at least 3 times a week, go for walks and play kickball/softball

  15. Kristy Thiel says:

    we try to get out to the park when it’s nice out!

  16. susan smoaks says:

    we take walks and ride bikes together to get and stay active.

  17. Eileen Burke says:

    I find that as long as I’m active the kids will follow along

  18. Les Johnson says:

    We usually go for evening walks and talk about our days.

  19. Teresa Thompson says:

    I plan activities and give them little choice but to join me.

  20. wendy r says:

    we like to ride bikes!

  21. Tracy Robertson says:

    We go to the gym several times a week (I insist on it!)

  22. dani marie says:

    we go to disney and run around all day.

  23. going to the park or the pool

  24. Kaelyn L. says:

    Even when we watch TV they know when a commercials come on they get up and dance and be silly. It has become a game!

  25. Kathleen S. says:

    By walking the dog every day.

  26. We like to stay active by swimming

  27. I like to get out and play frisbee

  28. K. Finn says:

    We are most active during the warm months, because we love amusement parks, water parks, zip lining, bike rides, golfing, etc.

  29. Angela cisco says:

    We go to the park and to the lake a lot in the summer

  30. Kim Reid says:

    We like to go to the walking path and playground at the park!

  31. Michelle W says:

    Evening walks are great in the summer

  32. Rebecca Peters says:

    we like to go for walks

  33. Nancy Sloan says:

    we go swimming just about every day

  34. Sharon Kaminski says:

    to the beach on weekends

  35. Tiffany Hearn says:

    We walk to the park and walk the trails.

  36. Addison Kat says:

    We like to go for a walk after dinner

  37. Nicole D. says:

    By swimming in the pool on hot days!

  38. Lesley F says:

    We do a lot of hiking

  39. Brittney House says:

    Family bike rides!

  40. We love to be outside whenever we can!

  41. Terra Heck says:

    We spend a lot of time outdoors walking along trails at and swimming in the pool at the campground. Thanks.

  42. My boys love to play outside so I don’t have to do much to keep them active. We go for walks pretty much every day, play soccer, tennis, frisbee, and baseball together.

  43. kathy artis says:

    Going for a walk.

  44. BonnieP says:

    We walk to the city pool

  45. We go to the pool and play a lot of basketball.

  46. chelesa sims says:

    I take my children to the park and we play out in the yard with their ball.

  47. Ava Chavez says:

    We spend a lot of time on our bikes together!

  48. Wanda McHenry says:

    My husband and I take a walk around the neighborhood with the dog.

  49. Theresa D says:

    Very easy to be active in the nice weather, we go biking or to the beach almost daily.

  50. Kristyn Martin says:

    My son rides his bike along side me while I jog! It’s great exercise for both of us!

  51. Carla D. says:

    Walks and slip and slide time.

  52. Francine Anchondo says:

    we play sports together and go for bike rides

  53. Angela W says:

    We go outside and play tag, soccer and/or basketball (at least an hour or two a day).

  54. katklaw777 says:

    We go to the park, ride our bikes and go camping and hiking.

  55. Kelly H. says:

    We go swimming in the pool!

  56. Kerry G. says:

    We take them to the park or the lake

  57. Selene M. says:

    Kids are now grown, but I use to make them go outside and they always found some activity to do after a few minutes of being bored.

  58. We go hiking a lot.

  59. Kate F. says:

    We take walks.

  60. Ellen B says:

    we like to go hiking

  61. Linda W. says:

    We’re always outside playing hockey or soccer with the neighborhood kids.

  62. Anastasia says:

    We like to play dance games together on the Xbox 🙂

  63. I get my family active by doing lots of work in the yard, walking the dog and swimming.

  64. We spend a lot of time at the local parks swimming, biking and hiking.

  65. Kyl Neusch says:

    go park and have a picnic.

  66. going to the park to play

  67. Amber L. says:

    We go swimming in our pool and when the weather is cooler we go for walks or bike rides.

  68. We ride bikes and play a lot of Bocce’.

  69. Jennifer b says:

    We all just love being outside

  70. Jennifer Slagle says:

    We like to go for a walk around the neighborhood in the evening.

  71. Tanya White says:

    We take nightly walks, weather permitting.

  72. Josie Hink says:

    We have a swimming pool and a basketball hoop…and they play school sports!!

  73. Melanie Montgomery says:

    We go kayaking!

  74. Andrea Henry says:

    we do laps at the track

  75. We play golf.

  76. Krista W. says:

    Lots of walks in the park and trips to the pool!

  77. Karen Massey says:

    Walking and talking together daily!!

  78. Betsy Barnes says:

    When my son was younger, we used take our son to the skate park with a picnic lunch and the dogs, made for a nice, fun day. 🙂

  79. Carolyn Colley says:

    wish I had a good answer for that, but they are the one’s that try to keep me active any more

  80. Katherine says:

    Try to walk alot and drink more water

  81. Jan Lee says:

    We go outside and ride bikes or go to the park, then of course there’s swimming 🙂

  82. Janet F says:

    We like to go for fitness walks.

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  83. We like to go rollerblading!

  84. Nicole Larsen says:

    We do lots of camping in the summer and enroll our daughter into gymnastics class!

  85. Christine H. says:

    Doing a lot of outdoor activities! There’s so many different options! Walking running and sports!

  86. We take walks around the lakes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  87. Gayle S says:

    The best way to get the grandchildren going is to take them to the park. When we go camping we take lots of walks and play at the beach.

  88. Lisa Ehrman says:

    Kids love to play tennis.

  89. Ashley Tucker says:

    My husband and I run and go to the gym

  90. kelly mcgrew says:

    i go to flea markets and walk pretty much all day! also yard work is a good body sculptor!!

  91. We go swimming and run around outside 🙂

  92. Ashley A says:

    We all do taekwondo together.

  93. Christine says:

    walks every night

  94. bran font says:

    we swim a lot and alternate outdoor activities so no one gets bored

  95. Karen M says:

    Our favorite activities are swimming and bike riding. Thanks

  96. Samantha Remington says:

    We love to walk the dog as a family.

  97. We play badminton and frisbee whenever we get the chance.

  98. Wild Orchid says:

    We have regular afternoon trips to the local park. My son has a great time!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  99. christine jessamine says:

    we love to go swimming

  100. Heather says:

    We play outside every evening. We walk, play soccer, or play catch.

  101. Soccer games, riding bikes, walking the dogs and swimming.

  102. sandra davis says:

    we go to the park and go fishing

  103. We go for a lot of walks

  104. melissaandkeith miller says:

    we like to go swimming and on nightly walks. I also encourage the kids to play sports such as soccer, softball, baseball and basketball

  105. Kristin says:

    Play outside with water. Stay cool as we are playing.

  106. Debra F says:

    We go on walks — since it is just my husband and me.

  107. Daniel M says:

    going to the beach!

  108. Terry Cross says:

    Ride bikes and swim in the pool

  109. we love to go swimming

  110. Denise S says:

    I sign the kids up for classes at the rec center.

  111. Monique Rizzo says:

    We plan weekend outings.
    Thanks for the chance.

  112. Glenna F says:

    I get out and play with my kids which encourages them to get out to play.

  113. I take my family to the beach, and it is amazing how active we can become.

  114. Stephanie Ann says:

    we love to ride bikes or go swimming!

  115. Charlene S says:

    We ride bikes.

  116. We play catch!

  117. Amie Olson says:

    We get our family active by playing tennis, baseball and walking with them. We also have them in track and tennis classes. We try to limit their screen time and other technology to help get them outside more. In the summer they go swimming and bikeriding, too.

  118. Holly C says:

    In the summer it’s all about water, swimming, water skiing, slip and slides, water balloon fights…

  119. My son and I hit the pool almost every day during the summer and we go to WDW a couple times a month as a family.

  120. stephanie says:

    We go on family walks!

  121. Felicia Escobedo says:

    we go to the park and take walks

  122. danielle Johnson says:

    We are lucky enough to have a swimming pool which helps to keep my children active in the summer

  123. Janna Johnson says:

    walking the dog

  124. June Lislej says:

    We like to walk around at flea markets and go to city events at the park.

  125. Stephanie Larison says:

    We like going out riding our bikes together.

  126. Mike Bratek says:

    We go to the fitness center a couple of hours on the weekend or go rollerskating.

  127. Jennifer M says:

    We swim in Grandma and Pap’s pool all summer!

  128. Stacey B says:

    My kids love playing outside. I have tons of stuff for them to play on/with out back so that encourages them to go out back and play!

  129. We go to the park and go on nature walks

  130. We love to go for family walks and bike rides!

  131. Wendy Hark says:

    Plan lots of outings that include hiking, playing ball or swimming.

  132. We ride our bikes to the park and play!

  133. Dawn Monroe says:

    I like to take them to play disc golf. They love it and dont realize its excecise.

  134. We play outside!

  135. Sarah L says:

    I stay active by swimming 3 times a week
    Thanks for the contest.

  136. The girls and I swim all the time, but we also go to the park a lot! We had a scavenger hunt last month at a local park.

  137. I try but no one wants to do anything together

  138. Candace B says:

    Swimming and going to the park.

  139. Lillian says:


  140. Erica Best says:
  141. Erica Best says:

    going to the park and have fun

  142. I love taking the kids to the beach and to the park.

  143. Virginia Rowell says:

    We go on a lot on nature walks and go to the public pool a lot.

  144. We walk around the neighborhood every night.

  145. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    we take walks together
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  146. Sarah Hall says:

    We like to play basketball with my grandsons.

  147. We go out to fun places like swimming pools!

  148. Courtnie says:

    We take the dog for walks!

  149. shaunie says:

    Play hide and seek and other outdoor activities

  150. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    we go to the park together

  151. We like to go outside and play in the water

  152. we try to plan fun family activities early in the morning since it gets so hot as the day goes on. We like the splash pad to stay cool.

  153. Vunda V says:

    we love going to the beach

  154. Sara Floyd says:

    We love playing beach volleyball

  155. we like to do fun activities in the summer when it gets dark, fire flies and flash light tag!

  156. I take my kids for a walk everyday and we love to play basketball a couple nights a week together.

  157. The only thing that might get my husband moving is an earthquake. And all it would do is get him to duck underneath his computer desk.

  158. Paol Trenny says:

    we go walking or biking daily plus they spend alot of time in the swimming pool

  159. ELIZABETH C. says:

    We like to rollerblade or bike ride at the park.

  160. Debra Hall says:

    we plan outdoor activities and when its o hot we play games or watch movies

  161. Sherri Jackson says:

    we love to play tennis a couple of times a week

  162. Danielle D says:

    we go for long walks to the park!

  163. Carmen S says:

    We like to go hiking in the woods. Thanks for the chance!

  164. Robert Brown says:

    We like to go for walks to a pond to feed the fish

  165. Thomas Murphy says:

    we go on bike rides.

  166. jennifer wexler says:

    we go on after dinner walks every night

  167. cheryl lister says:

    we go for bike rides

  168. Katie K says:

    we hike together

  169. Christine Herrera says:

    We go swimming and to the local parks.

  170. Jessica Todd says:

    we play in our pool a lot during the summer!

  171. Katie Morris Crider says:

    I have my children play in the backyard.

  172. We live by the beach and have lots of local parks and rivers, so we do water activities and go hiking.

  173. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We spend a lot of time at the park!

  174. sherry warlick says:

    go to a park and have a picnic.

  175. Mary Casper says:

    we walk and bike a lot

  176. April Brenay says:

    Saturday is TV/Computer Free day, you have to find something else to do. Our kids play outside all day!

  177. I go on walks with my husband and boys.

  178. Sindy Murray says:

    we go for a walk after breakfast and play outside two times during the day!

  179. tracey byram says:

    My family enjoys getting outside to ride bikes or play volleyball.

  180. Kelly D says:

    I play frisbee and basketball with my kids.

  181. We hit the trails for a bike ride which they think is the funnest thing in the world.

  182. Crystal F says:

    We go out play or practice softball. Thank you!

  183. Ashley Morrow says:

    We go swimming and play basketball at the recreation center.

  184. Rebecca Graham says:

    We go on bike rides.

  185. Michelle Kinsley says:

    We stay active by riding bikes around the neighborhood

  186. Petra Starr says:

    I keep my twin boys and myself active by going to our pool. We play basket ball, ride bikes and go for long walks.

  187. Suzanne K says:

    I used to take my daughter on walks in the local botanic garden, not to mention the many, many sports/activities (dance, gymnastics, swim, cheer, track, horseback riding, volleyball…..)

  188. tracy p. says:

    WE go bowling together. Also go outside and play in the kiddie pool.

  189. Ellen C. says:

    We like to go metal detecting and walk through the state forest. Thanks!

  190. nannypanpan says:

    we go swimming alot

  191. Veronica L. says:

    With having 4 boys, we are always on the go. We love to play outside, go swimming or just walking around the neighborhood

  192. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    We Take Trip To Our Local Park For Active Fun!

  193. Kathleen says:

    lots of swimming

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  194. going to zoos and walking thru parks.

  195. To start, I limit tv watching. It is easy to get them outside to play fetch with the dog. We love to go swimming.

  196. We bike!

  197. FRANK S says:

    Take a hike.

  198. Leah Shumack says:

    We love going on walks and heading to the playground!

  199. Jessie C. says:

    We love biking together

  200. Ashley Nolan says:

    My family activities are riding bikes and walking as much as possible.

  201. karen b says:

    cook outs then a bike ride

  202. Jennifer T. says:

    We try to go on hikes, walks around our neighborhood and to the park, swim, and play games.

  203. Robert Lloyd says:

    We swim a LOT during the summer!

  204. Cindy Merrill says:

    We stay active with gardening and wild berry picking in summer- food prices are so high, that I even forage for edible weeds, too.

  205. rich morris says:

    i take ’em to the park as often as i can…usually a couple times a week

  206. By traveling and going to jump in the beach waves, or tackling an outdoor project.

  207. trisha kilpatrick says:

    I take them swimming at the home of a family from church each Tuesday. I try to make a point of going to a park, berry picking, tennis court, etc each weekend.

  208. neighboorhood walks.

  209. We love playing in our back yard. Hubby just made a tire swing for us!

  210. we have a season pass to the water park

  211. We go visit the zoo and parks, etc. Places where we can’t just sit on our duffs!

  212. Mary Calabrese says:

    We turn off the TV and get outside!

  213. Christina Sparks says:

    We go on hikes and camping

  214. Tari Lawson says:

    We like to go for hikes.

  215. Barbara Montag says:

    One of the things we do is turn on the Wii and have fun with Just Dance.
    Thank you.

  216. WE have many outdoor games that we play together

  217. take long walks together

  218. Angela Kinder says:

    We love to take evening walks!

  219. Kristi C says:

    We like to go hiking in the local mountains.

  220. We take walks and go to the park

  221. Allyson Bossie says:

    We garden, Zumba wii and just lots of fun games

  222. Cynthia C says:

    I used to take my kids to the playground at the park.

  223. We like to go outside and play in the sprinklers.

  224. Dianne McVetty says:

    We go swimming together whenever we can 🙂 Thanks.

  225. Ann Fantom says:

    I get my family active by going on family bike rides.

  226. Cheryl Abdelnour says:


  227. We exercise together.

  228. adventure walks

  229. jamie braun says:

    we get the kids active by being outside as much as we can. playing games, walking, biking, ect.

  230. We go on daily walks together to the neighborhood park. We then have a picnic at the park and we play at the park playground.

  231. Jessica Cox says:

    We get active my taking nightly walks

  232. We are walking every afternoon in the park.

  233. Becky Richied says:

    I keep them active by dropping by their rooms first thing in the morning, we like to get things done early around here that way we have the whole day…I have teen daughters so we grab a cup of java and CHARGE!! the world awaits…

  234. Sue Hull says:

    You have a beautiful home and yard. When my daughter was little I took her to the park,an amusement park for little kids and to grandmas house. We’re having a big heat wave here for the next 3 or 4 days.Yikes! Thank you 🙂

  235. pep talk them into doing fun activities and being together

  236. TawndaM says:

    We do a lot of walking…

  237. Emily Adams says:

    We take walks together and my daughter loves playing softball!

  238. We like biking and walking

  239. Ciara B. says:

    we take our dogs out for walks

  240. Karen R says:

    We walk the dog, play on the swings, and jump rope.

  241. Jessica To says:

    We get outside and play games!

  242. Jennifer Marie says:

    we like riding bikes!

  243. We run 5ks together

  244. We like to take walks with the dog after dinner

  245. We like baseball.

  246. Tiffany W says:

    We go out hiking in the woods.

  247. We like to hike and bike the local trails.

  248. Lisa B. says:

    We like to take our new puppy for a walk and go to the park!

  249. Go for walks and play with the dog.

  250. Pauline M says:

    We luckily have a pretty nice pool at our condo so we love to spend our days there.

  251. Vicky D says:

    We like to ride our bikes.

  252. Sacha Schroeder says:

    We play on the trampoline together, bike rides, swim and walks!

  253. We go on family bike rides a lot!

  254. Stephanie Phelps says:

    We go to the park over at the lake and play!

  255. Jennifer says:

    We make a weekly schedule and all the kids chime in on what they want to do! Every day we have something to look forward to- bicycle rides, swimming, soccer, trips to the zoo or park… you name it!

  256. Dorothy Teel says:

    Our veterans park in Moore was damaged in the tornado and it needs a lot of help. It was a great place to take our children.. Veterans Park Moore, Oklahoma.. I like for my grandkids to visit historical and state parks to support our economy…

  257. Lots of playing at the park…or running around in the yard, playing ball.

  258. Christina says:

    We love going on family bike rides. We also love playing basketball and soccer as a f amily.

  259. Lacey Burd says:

    We go to the park and take nightly walks

  260. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    We go to the playground a lot and have some fun!

  261. jeri boss says:

    my son loves subway

  262. Sandrea Igess says:

    We like walking and riding our bikes in the park.

  263. we play baseball or swim
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  264. We like to go hiking at historical sites.

  265. Janet W. says:

    I get my family outdoors and go on walks, bike rides, play games in the backyard with my grandsons, etc!

  266. Candice says:

    Swimming in the summer.

  267. Tammy S says:

    We go to the park most days and also go swimming everyday. It also helps to keep them busy. 🙂

  268. Gina H. says:

    Go for walks & bike rides.

  269. We like to take walks or go biking together.

  270. Crystal Rose says:

    We go on walks together.

  271. sports!

  272. jennifer horn says:

    We get outside in the evenings and play ball and my daughters all play sports.

  273. Cynthia R says:

    we go swimming and take trips to the park

  274. Julie Wood says:

    I get my family active by riding bikes and taking walks with the dog, and going swimming!

  275. Aimee Marie says:

    My daughter & I take daily walks together

  276. I the summer we like to go to the community pool.

  277. Mary Happymommy says:

    We take walks together.

  278. Marti Parks says:

    Playing with our dogs keep us active.