Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Let’s Play, an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group that provides kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority by building and improving playgrounds and donating sports equipment to groups in need. Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.
What does PLAY mean to you? I can tell you, to me and my boys play means basketball. Play means baseball. Play means climbing and running. Play means friendship. Play means communication. Play means teamwork. Play means health. Play means fun. Play means laughing. Play means learning. Play means practicing. Play is EVERYTHING. At a young age pretend playing that can be a good way for children to learn, socialize and development. It’s actually a healthy part of a child’s development. Pretend play can morph and grow into more active play as they get older.
Play can happen anywhere but what if your school, town or community didn’t have clean, safe and inspiring places to play? What if you could change that for your community or one in need? What if you could help change that with your kids by your side actually making a difference?
That’s exactly what I’m going to do with my two boys on August 18th in Trenton, New Jersey. As a mom, and a founder of The MOMS, I can bring my kids to work with me most days. They have joined me on my podcast, The MOMS. They have joined me at our Mamarazzi events with celebrities like Will and Jaden Smith, Jennifer Garner and Kevin James. But having my kids by my side building a playground and sorting and packing sports equipment for kids in need with Let’s Play is among my greatest proud mom moments. There’s nothing better than having my kids help others. I won’t have to explain or teach them about why Let’s Play was created or how important it is to help others. They will experience it themselves. They will learn by doing and see my partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and understand another aspect of my work and how lucky we are to love what we do and help a community along the way. Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families to play nationwide. Their goal is to help families achieve that balance by providing the tools, places and inspiration to make physical activity a daily priority. Anyone can apply for a grant to improve their play space or receive sports equipment.
My older son, Jaron, joined me at the planning meeting at the beginning of the summer and felt so accomplished learning and helping from the beginning stages. We will all take part in making this play space, this dream, a reality. He has asked me weekly when we will get to finish the playground. It’s something he will never forget.
Play also means planning. Play also means production. This is also play. This play makes me a proud parent. Come play with US!
Follow along with me on social to learn more about Let’s Play, and how Let’s Play is making active play a priority as Trenton kids head back to school.