U-Stand all-in-one umbrella, gear, and drink holder

Finding shade on our adventures is tough, which is why I’ve tried virtually everything on the market for bringing shade with me. New favorite? The U-Stand all-in-one umbrella, gear, and drink holder that makes bringing your own shade to the beach, pool, or park easier than ever.

Summer activity with kids: Scooter Town

When I was young, we used to play Scooter Town in our little neighborhood multiple times a week. Basically, game goes like this: the scooters are the cars in the town, and they must obey the laws of the road. Like a real car, the scooters need to fill up with gas at the service station {aka the air pump}, go through bank drive-thrus, navigate around traffic cones, and they must stay on their side of the dotted lines we draw on our sidewalk.

Earn the Junior Ranger Night Explorer Badge from home

Celestron telescope by water

Want to keep learning after you leave the National Parks? Did you know you can earn the Junior Ranger Night Explorer Badge from home? See how we use the Celestron StarSense telescope to explore the night sky with kids.

Add a tent to your trampoline for next level fun

AlleyOop Sports Tent

I think I’ve finally outdone myself with the addition of the AlleyOOP Outback Trampoline Tent to our JumpSport Elite Trampoline. The kids have had so much fun bouncing in and around the AlleyOOP tent for hours, playing all sorts of games, and now are so excited to take their trampoline camping to the next level thanks to this awesome tent that gives all the fun of trampoline sleeping, without all the bugs.

Year-round water fun with Coconut Pool Floats

Coconut Float Floatopia Party

Now that we’re in full summer swing, our awesome new Coconut Floats have already gotten quite the workout at our friend’s lake house and at pool dates. I knew the kids were going to love them, but I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with them myself. But, I find their floats are perfect for relaxing in and getting in all the kiddo snuggles I want, without worrying about whether or not it will survive our play.

High Trek Adventures: Seattle’s largest ropes course and zipline park

High Trek kiddo crossing

If you’re looking for a great date night, a family experience, or the best team building activity in the Seattle area, look no further than High Trek Adventures in Everett, WA. Located approximately 20 minutes north of Seattle, High Trek is an aerial adventure park that boasts two ropes courses, 3 ziplines that circumvent the park, and over 60 aerial elements that will have you climbing, balancing, and swinging from heights of anywhere from 15 to 50 feet.

Parents: get in on the fun with the Swagtron K8 Titan kick scooter

Swagtron riding

Not just another kids’ ride, the K8 from Swagtron was built to withstand grownup weight and accommodate grownup heights. No longer do we need to take turns or throw out our backs scooting about the neighborhood, because the K8 gives me my own lightweight and foldable scooter with adult-sized adjustments that has all the bells and whistles that I could have ever asked for.

Closing the digital divide with Comcast

Comcast bloggers with Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux

Have you heard of the digital divide? We sat down with Comcast to discuss their Internet Essentials program that provides low-cost high-speed Internet service to families in need in order to close that divide. Olympic gold medalist Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux were there to tell us all about what’s to come with their partnership with Comcast as well as their hockey aspirations.

31+ awesome trampoline games and activities you can do alone

Trampoline activities

Looking for the BEST ideas for enjoying your trampoline solo? Check out this list of 31+ ideas and activities for trampolines that only require one person. From playtime to workouts and even for relaxing, there are so many fun things to do on a trampoline alone