Why Play
is Important

Play is a vital element of a child’s well being, as it helps kids become healthy and happy through creativity, exploration and physical activity. Play is impactful and physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively beneficial. Kids who play are healthier, more confident and better performers in school. That’s why Let’s Play is dedicated to providing resources and ideas, including playground games and activities for teens, to get your family playing at all ages.

Tips for Parents During Kids' Sports Seasons

I loved playing sports as a kid. Competitive soccer provided life lessons, best friends and the ability to stand up when life (or a better competitor) knocks me down. Now that I’m a parent, I lean on those experiences to help guide my little sports players through a busy season. Here are a few...
Benefits of Playing Team Sports

Back to school is such a great time for kids. Why? This time of year brings a lot of new and exciting things, including rekindling old friendships, making new friends, and participating in new group activities and sports. This year, my kids are most excited for fall baseball season. Not only are...

After breakfast one morning last month, I gathered my sons, N, aged 11, and X, aged 7, and told them to get ready to go. “Where are we going, daddy?” asked X. He is the kind of guy who hates surprises. He likes to know as many details as possible before leaving the house. “We’re going to play,” I...

I love being cold. After getting married and having three small children who always need a temperate climate to stay healthy, I miss the “igloo-like” conditions that I once maintained in my living space. As far as playing outside during the frigid winter months, “It’s too cold, we’re going inside...

You may have thought by the title that I was talking about the Christmas and winter holidays … sorry! While that time of year is exciting, I had something else in mind. I’m not going to lie; sometimes summers on the East Coast offer a little too much heat and humidity for this guy. Sure, we...

A couple weekends ago, a very special event brought folks from all over the Chicagoland area together for one cause - to celebrate a day of play! As a Chicago-area native and mom, I know that our city is in need of more safe places for kids to play, and playgrounds are often lacking at public...

At almost 40 years old, my love for the outdoors has grown exponentially since my adolescence, and I attribute that to an amazing foundation formed by adventures, mishaps and miracles – all at the hands of Mother Nature. Maybe it wasn’t always sugarplums and lollipops, but I certainly don’t have...

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