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Spring Sports Season

Boys eating snacks during halftime

It's time for outdoor sports, fun, and games again. Are you ready?

Your Guide to a Successful Season
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Help stop bullying in sports

Tuesday April 22, 2014

I am not really the worrying kind of parent, but there are some things that scare me every time I think of them. One is bullying, and another is head injuries. Since my kids play sports, they are susceptible to both. I, of course, do what I can to prevent either one from happening. But I can't do it alone. I need help from my kids themselves: They need to follow safety rules, and let me know if they get hurt. And I need coaches, officials, and other parents to be on their guard too.

That's where the National Alliance for Youth Sports comes in. In honor of Youth Sports Safety Month (April), NAYS has made available two important training courses--one on concussion prevention and the other on bullying awareness. The courses are free and anyone involved in youth sports can take them. You can also read my Q&A on bullying by teammates, which contains tips from NAYS.

Celebrate national parks

Thursday April 17, 2014

Girl hiking in the woodsThis Saturday, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation kicks off National Park Week in the USA. The theme for this year's celebration is "Go Wild"! Celebrations include:

  • Fee-free entrance days this weekend (April 19 and 20)
  • Special events at the parks all week: tours, classes, walks, and more
  • Extra Junior Ranger* activities for kids, especially on National Junior Ranger Day (April 26)
  • Premiere week for Disneynature's new "true life adventure" movie, "Bears." It was filmed in several national parks in Alaska, and for every ticket sold during opening week, Disneynature will make a donation to the National Park Foundation.

*The Junior Ranger program helps kids and families get more out of their visits to National Park Service sites through hands-on, guided, and self-guided activities.

Photo: Catherine Holecko

Earth Day idea: Swap your sports gear

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Little League baseball catcher with protective gearSpring sports are upon us and Earth Day is next week. So it's the perfect time to do some reusing and recycling via a sports gear swap. It's easy: bring outgrown equipment (or, let's face it, stuff your child has simply lost interest in) to a swap so another child can use it. While you're there, catch some deals of your own: Pick up gently used gear that your kid can use now. It's a win-win for families, and can even serve as a fundraiser for your youth sports organization.

Find out how to organize your own sports gear swap. It's simple to do and brings benefits to your whole community--not to mention Mother Earth.

Photo: Ryan McVay / Getty Images

Active games for your Easter party

Thursday April 10, 2014

boy with Easter basketFor the past few years, my family has been lucky enough to attend an Easter egg hunt hosted by a family with a lot of land--and a lot of eggs to hide. The kids have a great time roaming the property in search of eggs and treats.

But of course, egg hunts aren't the only way to enjoy an Easter party. I've rounded up nine more ways to have fun as you celebrate Easter with kids. All of these Easter games and activities require physical activity, so get hopping!

Photo: Stockbyte / Getty Images

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