It’s Play Time!! May 11th Is the National Family Playdate


I love playing with my son, and I know that even though I’ll be getting slower as the years go by, I’m going to want to continue playing with him and being active with him as much as possible.

He already watches me jump around doing Jillian Michael’s dvds, and Insanity workouts. And he gets his workout in by running in circles around me chomping on my towel as I do the exercises. John and I know how important it is for him to not only have playtime with us, but also see us being active and doing healthy things independently. We ain’t raisin’ no couch potato! :)

Merck Consumer Cares launched  the  Active Family Project with celebrity spokesmom, Elisabeth Hasselbeck to promote the importance of making time for active family play.

I had the awesome opportunity to attend the kickoff event and participate in a “roundtable style” discussion with Elisabeth and the team from Merck. The group was very positive and encouraging for busy moms to be more active, consistently with their children.

Some takeaways:

  • Calendar it – Schedule family play in to our life as you would a business meeting
  • Sneak it in – It doesn’t have to be hours, 15 minute play sessions through the day are just as awesome
  • Be creative – There’s no need to make a big production when playing “make believe” is enough
  • Coach ‘em – Moms can get even more involved by coaching teams usually coached by dad

05/06/2013 Active Family Project

I asked Elisabeth about dealing with the mommy guilt some moms can feel around not being able to be as active with their children as they feel they “should” and she said: (and I’m totally paraphrasing here):

“Screw the guilt and get out there any way you can. 10 minutes there, 15 minutes here, play their game, make up a “game” (like, everyone pick up the toys on the lawn as fast as we can!) and be sure to get the active fun into you and your children’s life somehow, fitting around your busy schedule.”

That’s great advice for an entrepremom, a stay at home mom, or a mom who works outside the home!


I made Elisabeth laugh, so naturally, we’re totally besties now.

While May 11th is the date for the National Family Playdate, it is the aim of the initiative to get families active together on a regular basis. To help you with generating ideas, Merck Consumer Cares has launched an extremely useful website which looks up activities in your area by zip code. So you can have some active family fun nearby, all year round.

John has a big test this Saturday, so I’m taking Roey to my parents’ house for our extended Family Play Date! We’re going to run around the backyard and play with beach balls with grandmom/grandad/Uncle G until the baby passes out!

What are some of your favorite Active Family Fun activities?

Will you be having a playdate with your kids this Saturday, May 11th?

“I received product samples and a $100 gift card from Merck Consumer Care, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.”

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  • Maggie C

    Even the simplest pleasures of kicking a ball back and forth are overlooked! We will be having one HUGE playdate with our family for a combined baptism/birthday party. But I resolve to go play tag with my kids. :)

  • Jenny

    I had no idea that May 11th was National Family Playdate day!! I think I’ll celebrate by taking my kids on a nice long bike ride with a picnic at the half-way point :)

  • Mrs. Pancakes

    awww how fun!!!

  • Eliza Ferree

    I didn’t know there was a date for that but thinking about it I do see why more people need to be reminded. So many lives are going at 100MPH these days because they have to, not just that they are busy because they want to be busy. This Saturday we planned on doing a BBQ, one of my family’s fav. things to do. We normally walk the creek, play tag, etc.