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How to Get Your Kids Outdoors - #SchwinnSmartStart


Tried getting your kids outdoors and it's not working? We share some tips on how you can get your kids outdoors in collaboration with the Schwinn SmartStart™ bicycle.

As a parent, one of my greatest frustrations are my children not wanting to leave the house. OK, I understand them wanting to be indoors during the winter, but once the weather heats up I expect them to go outside and be kids. I would bring up the story about me growing up and playing outdoors until the sun went down. We didn't have iPads and cell phones or video game systems. We played with jump ropes and whatever we could play with and what fun we had! I know that times are different now, but I live in a very safe neighborhood, in a cul-de-sac, no less, where the only people who come in are the people who live there. Everyone knows everyone and there's even a neighborhood watch. However, getting my children to go outside can be like pulling teeth. They'd much rather sit down with their electronics or on their video games. One of my biggest pet peeves is my 12-year-old watching people play video games on YouTube, the very same games that he owns. Or my 5-year-old watching unboxing of candy and toys, or even grownups playing WITH toys. It drives me crazy! When that happens, I know it's definitely time to go outdoors. So how do I get them to go out? I'll be sharing a few tips with you, and I'll also be introducing the newest lineup of Schwinn, the Schwinn SmartStart™ bikes for your little ones.


Give Technology Incentives
This is great for older children who may not want to ever go out. For every hour they spend outdoors, they may get an extra 30 minutes for their video games or other tech. This always seems to work. It's also a win-win. They get the outdoor time you want them to have, and they get the tech time they think they need.Win-win!

Turn Off Their Tech
For the stubborn older children sometimes turning off their tech might be the only option. Take away the video game systems, the cell phones, the tablets and send them outside. I know in order for my 12yr old to go outside, I would have to turn his Xbox off completely, it seems to be the only thing that works with him.

Make Outdoors Enticing
Make your backyard or front yard, a place where your children would actually want to play. If you have a big enough yard, you may want to set up a play-zone with a swing or trampoline. If your children are into basketball, you may also want to have basketball hoop where he can practice his jump. If your child knows there is actually something he enjoys doing outside, they might be more inclined to go outside.

Get Involved
Practice what you preach! If you go outdoors, your children are more than likely to follow your example. You can't expect your children to want to go outdoors if you're always stuck in the house as well. Get outside and play with your kids. Skipping ropes, play hopscotch and have fun with your kids, go for a walk or even ride a bike.


Bike riding is one of the things that can bring the family together and get them all outdoors. For your little ones Schwinn has a really fantastic line of bikes called SmartStart™. Unlike other bikes which are really just a smaller version of adult bikes, the Schwinn SmartStart™ is modified to fit a child's unique body type.


Madison at age 5 is learning how to ride a bike and I want her to have a good experience. She's been riding balance bikes at a very young age, but now needed to learn how to actually pedal. It's very important that when you purchase a bike for yourself or your child, that you're purchasing the one that is best suited to your needs. For example, I never noticed before that the handlebars on her older bikes were more more suited for bigger kids. I've never paid attention until the Schwinn SmartStart™ which has a smaller handlebar which makes it so much easier for her to grip and in turn steer. When you're a preschooler with small hands, you want to be able to hold things properly, especially your bike. You want to be in control, and not have the bike control you.

The seats are also designed to match and support her smaller stature, they also have narrower pedal positions that match the width of her hips. Seeing that Madison is very tiny, although rather tall for her age, it's good to have a bike where her legs aren't spread too far apart while she pedals. What that means for her is that she is seated a lot more comfortably on her bike. The Schwinn SmartStart™ is also lighter than other bikes so it's easier for her to control.


I can't begin to tell you how much her confidence has grown since she's started riding her Schwinn SmartStart™. She still has her training wheels on which I plan on removing since I can see how much she enjoys riding, and I think she's ready. She has been riding now on a daily basis, unless the weather isn't great of course, but there has been such an improvement in her bike riding skills thanks to her new Schwinn SmartStart™. She has been showing me how much easier it is for her to stop and turn and demonstrating all her cool moves. Now she loves going outside, if only to ride her new bike.

So get your kids, get your bikes out and enjoy the great outdoors. Schwinn has a great bike selection for the entire family so no-one is left out, however, don't forget your safety helmet!


What are your impression of the Schwinn SmartStart™ and how do you get your kids outdoors? 

Annmarie John
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  1. When the weather is nice my kids prefer to be outside, so once they are out on summer vacation next month - they will be outside all day long :)

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  2. My niece and nephew are notorious for flocking to the nearest ipad, computer or TV screen so when they come to my house they are all banned and I pack them in the car and head straight to the park! These are some great ideas :)

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  3. What great tips and finally the weather is nice enough here to actually enjoy outdoor time here. Oh and Madison looks adorable on her bike!! :)

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  4. These are awesome tips. Practice what you preach is a great one. Lead by example and your kids will learn to enjoy the outdoors if they you doing it as well!

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  5. These are great tips. I had a rule that if the weather was good, we had at least 30 - 45 minutes of playtime outside each day. We spent a lot of time playing in the sprinklers.

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  6. I love these tips. WE love to get out when the weather gets nice. We all love to ride bikes and get out and hike through the woods.

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  7. Wonderful tips! My son loves his devices an often time it is hard to tear them away from it all! but since the weather is getting nice.. I just turn off the A.C. lol that gets em outside!

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  8. My son used to be so active outdoors when we had kids his age in our neighborhood. Unfortunately they moved away and now there really isn't anyone his age to play with so he stays indoors and plays his video games. But he is also a teenager so what can you expect .

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  9. I love these tips. With all the video games and apps out there, it can be hard to get the kids outside.

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  10. This looks like a great bike for Madison. Soon I will be looking at bikes for my granddaughter!

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  11. This is a great post. I wish we had space for a bike, my son needs to learn how to ride!

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  12. That is a super cute bike. My own personal bike is a Schwinn and it is over 30 years old. Love it!

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  13. My kids always loving going outside - I rarely have to convince them. These are some great tips for when they don't want to go out.

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  14. I love getting my kids outside when the weather is nice, there is no place id rather be!

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  15. What a cute bike! I know my kiddos would always want to be outdoors to ride their bikes.

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  16. These are great tips! My kids love getting outside when the weather is great. But sometimes they get easily bored. Will try these tips next time. :)

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  17. How cute is that bike?! My older son loves his bike, I really wish our neighborhood had sidewalks he could ride on but we do make it to the park sometimes.

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  18. I have never seen a schwinn kid's bike before and let me tell you, that is adorable! Looks like a blast!

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  19. I do notice that the increasing technology we have goes into increasingly younger hands :).
    Kids seriously know how to work the tech so well, it's scary.
    I like your incentives though to get them outside for some good ol' fashion activity.

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  20. I remember my very first bike was a Schwinn. I loved it so much. Kids do love their tech these days, but hopefully they will realize that seeing the world from your bike is a lot more fun.

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  21. My kids are all grown up now but I can imagine the agony! It's all of these gadgets that's causing them to stay at home and be less active. I think it's important that we get them things that will entice them to go outside. This bike is definitely one of them.

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  22. I think it's really important that we have activities ready for the kids especially during their summer break. It's tough having to compete with all the technology but it's something we have to win eventually if we want our kids to be more active outdoors. Love these tips of yours!

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  23. That bike is darling. These are all great tips and I agree that getting involved is so important. Kids will for sure enjoy outdoors more if their parents are enjoying it with them.

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  24. That bike is cute! I love her serious, focused face too! Go Maddy with yo cute self! I plan to get the boys outdoors this summer! Although I know they plan to spend time playing video games, they will be outdoors playing basketball and riding bikes!

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  25. I hate when my oldest relies on his Kindle for entertainment. Luckily, he still loves to go outside but he also needs to get a bike. I think he's going to get on this Summer.

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  26. Often it takes me getting out there with my kids. It's worth every minute though. They need it!

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  27. I don't have kids yet. However, these are perfect tips from experience with my relative's children.

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  28. I love the Technology Incentive tip. That is definitely a win-win. My kids are grown ups now, but when they were young, there were not a lot of gadgets (if there were any, it was too expensive at that time), so they spent most of their time outdoors. It was TV time that I had to limit then, especially during school nights.

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  29. Kids these days are really dependent on gadgets and internet unlike our childhood days. These are really great suggestions!

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  30. I remember owning a Schwinn bike when I was a little girl. Oh, I had so much fun! Looking at your daughter's photos reminded me of those days! I love that she has a helmet on, that's good. Safety first!

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  31. The outdoors are really are fun way of bonding with kids and more true bike ridding. I loved every bit about teaching my girls to ride. Kids of nowadays want to just stare at gadgets and its great that you have suggested the gadgets as incentives.

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  32. My husband and I get frustrated with my son too. He also loves being in his room playing with his video games and cell phone all day. The bike idea is brilliant! I love the colors of your daughter's Schwinn SmartStart bike.

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  33. I have the same issue with my kids - getting them to leave the house is a task at times. We're a homeschooling family so we spend a lot of time inside as is, but we've recently made it a goal to get out at least 2 times during the weekdays and on Saturday and Sundays too. Evenings in the summer we always spend outdoors though. I love this bike... it would be great for my daughter - especially now that she's showing interested in bikes, and roller skates, and shooters and all of that! Super exciting to see her showing interest in things that allows her to get active and take in more fresh air! Glad to see how much your daughter enjoyed riding her bike - she seems sooo focused!

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  34. Great tips! My daughter is one of those that chooses electronics over anything and everything. I have to force her outdoors. I will have to try a few of your suggestions out!

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  35. Your daughter is too cute. My children love to go outside, ride bikes and play basketball. Im happy they are really starting to love nature more and more too. Your daughter and her bike are are cute! I want to get a bike with a big basket on it too.

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  36. That bike is adorable! My daughters love family bike rides together. Our two year old will be ready for something bigger soon and she wants to be just like her big sister!

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  37. This bike is seriously cute! I love taking the kids I nanny for on walks to the park or on a bike ride. Fun fun!

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  38. Bike riding is the ultimate kid activity! I love watching Des progress on his bike.
    We keep them outside a lot in the summer with all of Cassidy's fascinating projects. And with the exception of TV, they're not clued into devices.. yet. I'll see if I can keep this going. It's hard!

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