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10 Reasons to Take the Scooters on the Next Family Trip

10 Reasons to Take the Scooters on the Next Family Trip

Should you take your scooter travelling with you? 

The answer is simply, yes!

As all parents know, travelling with kids can be quite an experience. The truth is, you never know what you are going to get. A seamless journey with minimal traffic, happy kids and happy parents. Or a trip of the depths of bad places with copious amounts of traffic, grump kids and even grumpier parents. 

Sounds like fun right? Well, we have the top 10 reasons why you should take the scooters with you on your next road trip.

    1. They are compact. When setting off on a road trip, space is always an issue. Cars can only fit so many toys, food, luggage and sports equipment.The great thing about scooters Scooter in Suitcaseis that they can either fold or be quickly and easily taken apart, therefore are nice and compact, even for the busiest of family cars. If you are travelling by air, scooters (especially the mini scooter) are easily taken apart and small enough to be packed in a suitcase. 
    2. They are light. Once again, the very nature of scooters make them a great travelling companion as they won't load down your car with excess baggage. 
    3. They are a good pit stop option. Make pit stops a breeze and bring out the scooters to stretch those legs. Long car rides can be tough on little legs that are used to running and moving all day. A quick 10 minute scooter stop and the kids will be feeling refreshed for the next leg of the journey. 
    4. On-hand entertainment. Once you have arrived at your destination, scooters are an instant activity while you unpack. Those lazy afternoons you'd like to spend relaxing, the kids can scoot off for an afternoon of easy, free activity.
    5. Social interaction. Nothings says meeting new friends like bonding over scooters. If there are kids where you are heading, no doubt there will be other scooters in tow, which means instant friends for the kids. 
    6. It gets kids off screens! Having a scooter on hand means your kids will be encouraged to get out more. Instead of staring at a screen for the afternoon, kids can head off for a scoot and get in precious exercise to get those bodies moving. 
    7. All round activity. Some days may be gloomy or slightly overcast to head to the beach or the pool. Scooters can pretty much be used in most weather conditions (unless torrential rain is in sight!) So, if the clouds have come over and the kids are antsy, scooters are on tap ready to go. 
    8. They help little legs! Active family holidays can include long walks and sightseeing, which although great for the parents, can get tiresome for the kids. Scooters offer a great alternative to walking for kids that will help extend the length of those walks.   

 

  1. Light traffic areas make great scooter parks. Holiday destinations such as caravan parks and resorts often have very light traffic and many pathways, which offer great scooting areas for kids. It's a safe and secure and enclosed place for the kids to scoot.
  2. The trip home. Scooter pit stops are a great incentive on the ride home when everyone is a little tired and over being in the car. Nothing says happy, quiet kids than the promise of a scooter with an ice cream at the next stop.

So if you are sitting on the fence about taking your scooter on your next road trip, fold or take it apart and throw in - you won't regret it!

Hosting an Active Kid's Birthday Party

There is no doubt that entertaining kids at birthday parties is no mean feat. Whether it be at your home, at an indoor play centre or an outdoor activity, kids certainly have energy to burn. So, why not host a party where the main aim is for kids to be active and having fun all at the same time!

Better yet, it won't cost you a fortune... 

Hosting a Scooter Birthday Party 

For those active kids who like to get out and about on their scooter, nothing could be better than having a scooter party with all your mates!

It ticks all the boxes - active, fun and simple!

To get started, all you need to do is select a park with a great scooter track. Importantly, one that is visible to parents, especially with young kids. (You can check our our previous blogs on the best scooter tracks in our major cities)

Secondly, make it clear on your invitation that it is a scooter party and to BYO scooter! If everyone doesn't own a scooter, bikes are a great substitute. If both are lacking, kids can easily take turns throughout the day. That way it gives the little legs a rest! 

On the day, have some scooter games up your sleeve. Or, if the kids are young, the pure act of scooting is simply enough! For the older kids, you could host a scooter relay, scooter races and trick displays. 

The best part is that your child and their mates are sending an active day outside celebrating their birthday. It encourages exercise and being active and enjoying healthy activities with their friends. Without even knowing it, you are helping to build positive attitudes towards their health and fitness through fun.

Better yet, parents will be stoked to receive their child back at the end of the party nicely worn out. 

So next time you're wondering what birthday party to throw your child, get right back to basics! Host an active, outdoors scooter party - it'll be the best and easiest party you've ever hosted! 

Benefits of Early Exercise in Toddlers

Benefits of Early Exercise in Toddlers

There is no doubt that there is an incredible amount of information out there on raising happy and healthy kids. What's also to be noted is the degree of information and advice available - from gluten-free to sugar-free and grain-free diets to recommended amounts of screen and sleep time.

However, one true fact remains undeniable.

That is the effect of early exercise in young children and the benefit it has in creating healthy, well-adjusted kids that can grow into active adolescents and beyond into adulthood.

The Benefits of Exercise For Young Children

Getting your kids active and outside can make a huge impact on their little minds and bodies. Exercise in kids is also different to what it may be in adults. We tend to think of gyms, running, swimming or organised sports for older kids and adults. But for young kids, it can be a simple as riding a bike, scooting around the block or going for a walk or run to the park or playing tag. It just needs to get them up and about and their little hearts pumping. 

  1. It builds their muscles and bones - Exercise is vital for the development of young muscles and bones. It increases their strength and flexibility.

  2. It lifts their levels of happiness and self esteem - exercise causes our bodies to produce endorphins which give us a natural feeling of elation. These chemicals interact with the receptors in your brain to reduce your perception of pain. What better way to create happy kids than to exercise! It seems almost too good to be true.

  3. It can be a form of bonding - exercising as a family is a great time to bond. Going for a family bike ride of an afternoon after school or a scooter session in your local park brings family members together with positive effects on your bodies and minds.

  4. Works against childhood obesity - exercising gets kids moving and off the couch! Australia has a childhood obesity problem stemming from the increased amount of screen time and decreased physical activity. Replace screen time with some scooter time for a happier and healthier family!

  5. It helps their brain function - regular physical activity has been linked to better concentration and academic results in the classroom.

  6. It becomes part of their lives - active kids have a greater likelihood of becoming active adults, which in turn will lead to a healthier nation. Being active as an adult is not seen as a chore, but as a way of life. 

So next time your kids are glued in front of the TV or ipad, grab them and head for a family bike ride or scooter around town. Their little bodies will thank you for it! 

Best Places to Take Kids Scooters and Balance Bikes on the Gold Coast

Best Places to Take Kids Scooters and Balance Bikes on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Scooter and Bike Tracks for Kids

The Gold Coast is the home of sun, surf and sea - but it is also jam packed with great scooter and bike tracks for kids! These Gold Coast scooter and bike trails have the added benefit of seaside views and ocean breezes combined with an epic choice of cafes and restaurants nearby for an after-scooter and bike ride treat. 

Coolangatta Foreshore 

Image credit: Families Magazine 

There is a flat bike, scooter and walking track that runs from North Kirra all the way through to the southern tip of Coolangatta where it connects to Rainbow Bay. Every weekend and after school you'll find families and active enthusiasts alike, pounding the pavement and enjoying the sun and ocean breezes. It's all completely flat and easy for the kids to navigate. 

Broadwater Parklands 

Image credit: Discover Queensland 

If there is one place that will delight kids of all ages it is the Broadwater Parklands. Not only are there multiple scooter and bike tracks, nicely tucked away from the main highway, but it is also surrounded by a cafe for the parents, huge playgrounds and activities as well as water play areas and even a broadwater equivalent of a wet n wild theme park. You could spend all day here. 

Surfers Paradise Foreshore

Image Credit: Weekend Notes 

Surfers Paradise is the tourist hot spot on the Gold Coast, but it is also home to a long scooter, bike and walking track that stretches from the heart of Surfers Paradise right through to Main Beach. The kids can definitely get a great little workout with lots of cafe options along the way with the ocean right there for a dip to cool off. 

 Galleon Way Park, Currumbin 

Image credit: Families Magazine 

Yet another family friendly park that has the added benefit of teaching kids road safety rules. The Park at 59 Galleon Way in Currubin is the perfect way to spend an active morning, then sit back and relax with a family picnic in the lush surrounds.  

Burleigh Foreshore 

Another top scooter, bile and walking track is along the Burleigh foreshore. With parks dotted along the way, cafes on every corner, picnic grounds, toilet facilities, direct beach entry and even exercise equipment stations, this track has something for everyone. 

This photo of Burleigh Heads Beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Best Places to take your Kids Scooters and Balance Bikes in Perth

Best Places to take your Kids Scooters and Balance Bikes in Perth

Perth is setting the benchmark with innovative, custom scooter and bike tracks for kids. The below are just a few options for kids of all ages in Perth to get a great scooter or balance bike experience without being overrun by big crowds and older riders. Better yet, there is playground equipment, shelters and nice spots to enjoy the views for Mum and Dad. 

Wembley Sports Park 

Wembley sports track scooter park

Image Credit: Kids Around Perth 

Kids of all ages love Wembley Park with a built in scooter track surrounding a playground equipped with heaps of climbing features, trampolines and a flying fox. It is adjacent to large sports fields to then expel dome more energy with a game of soccer or just running around! 

Amberton Pirate Ship and Scooter Park 

The park and scooter track at Amberton Estate in Eglinton is another favourite amongst Perth locals. With a scooter rack made just for scooters with lots of gentle slopes and mounds ideal for scooters. 

Amberton scooter and balance bike track

Image credit: Kids Around Perth Facebook page 

Pitstop Playground, Banksia Grove 

Future racetrack riders get ready! The Pitstop Playground at Banksia Grove features a full scooter and balance bike, two way track that runs around the playground. Complete with road markings and twists and turns for scooter and balance bike riders to strut their stuff. There are even built-in chalkboards to record your quickest lap time. 

Pitstop Playground scooter and bike track

Image credit: Mums Grapevine 

Kings Park 

Kings Park is a definite family favourite! Spanning over 400 hectares, there are multiple spots to stop and enjoy everything this park has to offer. Choose from playgrounds, BBQ areas, a tree top walk, botanical gardens and lots of wildlife along the way. Bike hire is also available. 

Rendell Park, Koondoola 

Rendell Park in Koondoola is another great park with a custom scooter and balance bike pathway complete with road traffic signs. It sits amongst the Koondoola Regional Bushland so a nature walk after the park is another must-do. 

Rendell Park scooter track Perth

 Image credit: Kids Around Perth 

Are helmets compulsory when riding a bike or scooter?

Are helmets compulsory when riding a bike or scooter?

Mandatory Helmets - are they to stay?

Australia is one of the first countries to implement mandatory bicycle helmets. Research has shown that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 74% in motor vehicle crashes (Transport NSW) However, despite the research and their effectiveness in protecting our heads when riding, helmet laws continue to be a matter of debate in Australia. 

Research undertaken by the Bicycle Network, Australia's largest bike-riding organisation has found that 60% of cyclists believe they should be able to wear, or not wear a helmet when they ride. They believe the decision should be theirs and theirs alone. Not only that, they state that if given the choice, more people would ride a bike if helmets were not mandatory. Their research stated 30% of people would ride more often if helmets were not mandatory. 

The debate continues, but for now, helmets are here to stay. 

How to Know if Your Helmet is up to Scratch 

Australia has stringent helmet safety tests, and all helmets must display a sticker or label saying they have met these guidelines. You'll find a sticker stating they have met the Australian and New Zealand standard (AS/NZS 2063). It is illegal to sell a helmet in Australia that does not conform to AS/NZS 2063.  Be wary of this when choosing a helmet.

State by State 

Australian States have different bike riding regulations, from riding on footpaths, bike bells and more. Their stipulations and fines vary from Sate to State on some issues. However, the one rule that remains the same is in regards to bike helmets. It is stated that: 

Cyclists must wear a helmet at all times, unless you have medical, cultural, or religious reasons not to

The only diversion from this rule is in the Northern Territory. Their regulations state:

Cyclists under 17 must wear a helmet at all times
Cyclists over 17 are only required to wear a helmet when riding on the roads but are not required on footpaths

 

For now, mandatory helmets are here to stay.  Time will tell if the mandatory helmets regulations are reviewed or not. But for now, wear your helmet or cop a hefty fine. 

When it comes to scooters, the Daily Telegraph published an article in 2015 reporting that "In the 12 months leading up to the article article, 80 kids were admitted to Westmead hospital with serious head injuries. 75% of the scooter riders were not wearing helmets." Read more about it here.

 

The Difference in Steering Between a Two and Three Wheel Scooter

The Difference in Steering Between a Two and Three Wheel Scooter

There are a few things to consider when it comes to the decision on whether to purchase a two or three wheel scooter. Unlike bikes whereby training wheels are used as a learning tool, three wheel scooters offer a completely different riding experience to a two wheel scooter. A three wheel scooter is not simply a training tool prior to moving up to a two wheel scooter. They offer a very different and unique scooting experience of their own. 

Understanding the way that a three wheel and a two wheel scooter steers is important when deciding which scooter will best suit your child. It will also help in your understanding in the way in which they scoot, as the steering mechanisms are very different.

The Steering Mechanism of a Two Wheel Scooter 

The two wheel scooter is great for kids who have developed their confidence and balance on a scooter. With a two wheel scooter, you turn the handles in the desired direction you wish to go.

The steering mechanism of a two wheel scooter is much like that of a bike. So if your child has learned to ride a bike, then the steering mechanism of a two wheel scooter will be familiar.

An important factor to remember with a two wheel scooter is learning to adapt to the steering mechanism correctly and confidently. If the wheels are turned too sharply on a two wheel scooter, it will result in a very quick turn, or even in the scooter falling over. This can be particularly dangerous for young kids who may not have yet perfected the turn of a two wheeler, especially when travelling downhill at speed. If a child panics, they tend to naturally turn the wheels sharply and fall. So it is essential to ensure your child is old enough, and skilled, to manage the turn mechanism.  

The Steering Mechanism of a Three Wheel Scooter 

The three wheel scooters are self-standing scooters with a lean-to-steer mechanism which delivers a fairly dynamic scooter steering experience. It is relatively easy to pick up a three wheel scooter and ride, however with practice, the three wheel scooter can offer a rather intricate and dynamic ride.  

The lean-to-steer allows children to lean in the direction they wish to turn and the scooter's wheels will turn in that direction. It helps to develop coordination and confidence before they advance to tighter and faster turns and carves. The three wheel scooter has been likened to snowboarding, surfing and skating in the similar way you lean your body weight to turn. 

So there you have it. A quick and simple guide to the difference between how to steer a two and three wheel scooter. With a little practice and confidence, your child will pick up their newfound skill quickly and you won't be able to stop them. 

Safety Gear for Balance Bikes and Scooters

Safety Gear for Balance Bikes and Scooters

Taking falls and tumbles from bikes and scooters is all part of learning. There are bound to be some accidents along the way, scraped knees and elbows and a few bruises. It is important to know how to keep your kids safe when learning to ride, and continuing to ride their balance bikes and scooters. There are 3 main items to tick off your list:

  1. The right safety gear
  2. Lessons
  3. Riding in appropriate locations

Choosing the Right Safety Gear for Balance Bikes and Scooters 

Helmets 

Safety Standards

There are minimum safety standards when it comes to helmets. Look for the Australian standards label to ensure it is compliant with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2063:2008. If not, leave it behind and find one that is. A good helmet ensures that your child's head is protected from falls and any impacts. 

The Right Fit

When fitting your child's helmet, be sure to take them with you to ensure the correct fit. Try and push the helmet front, back and sideways to see if it moves. If there is too much movement once the straps are fastened, then the helmet is too big. A snug fit is best where the helmet won't move around. 

Buy New Where Possible

Always opt for a new helmet, not a secondhand one. You never know if it has been involved in any previous accidents and therefore the condition is compromised. If you have an accident or impact with your existing helmet, always replace it for a new one. 

Elbow and knee pads 

The main consideration for elbow and knee pads is to buy good quality ones that are the right size and fit for your child. Good quality pads will enable free movement and won't constrict them or be uncomfortable. 

Lessons 

Once your child is set with the right safety gear, the next step is to teach them in a suitable environment. Head somewhere quiet like a cul-de-sac or low key park for the littlies to start learning. Try and find a level surface free from bumps and that doesn't have too much incline. Starting on grass is always a good option as it provides a soft landing place for falls. 

Road Safety 

Once your child has learned their new found skill, be sure to instil the road safety rules. Teach them the basic road rules so you can be confident they can cross roads when required. 

Be a Good Role Model 

It is all very well to teach our kids about bike and scooter safety, but remember, they learn from what they see. Be a good role model to your kids and wear your own safety gear hen heading off for family rides and scoots. Practice what you preach! 

Best Places to take your Kids Scooters and Balance Bikes in Brisbane

Best Places to take your Kids Scooters and Balance Bikes in Brisbane

The heat in those summer days is starting to taper off - which means lots of time to scooter and balance bike ride around the numerous parks and tracks that Brisbane has to offer. So if you are looking to get the kids active this weekend, here's our top 5 places to scooter and balance bike ride in Brisbane. Remember, these recommendations are nice long tracks so perhaps Mum and Dad could also jump on their bikes or scooters for a complete family adventure! 

Red Hill to Newmarket

Woolcock park Brisbane

The Red Hill to Newmarket track is a lovely and shady track that winds for around 7km from Woolcock Park through to the Banks Street Reserve in Newmarket. For those who want to burn some extra energy, there is a small bike trail area about half way along. Great for the little ones as it is mostly traffic free except for one small section which is a nice quiet side road. 

Photo Credit: http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/

Wynnum Foreshore to Manly

Wynnum Beach kids pool

The Wynnum foreshore track starts from Oyster Point in Wynnum and winds through around 10 kilometres of track all the way through to the Manly Marina. Whatever end you start or finish at, a highlight is the Wynnum water park with heaps of fun activities for the kids. Along the way you'll find lots of BBQ spots and playgrounds for a rest or bite to eat. 

Photo Credit: https://www.weekendnotes.com/

South Bank 

Southbank kids scooter track

South Bank is a winner for everyone. Packed with lots of beautiful and scenic spots to stop as you scooter along the riverside path. Finish your scooter or bike ride with a dip in the man-made beach with ice cream, coffee and treats nearby - a winner for everyone. 

Photo credit: https://visitbrisbane.com.au

Redcliffe Peninsula 

Redcliffe Foreshore Kids Bike and Scooter paths

Brisbane's north offers an extensive offering of amazing bike trails along the nearly 40km foreshore. Some sections are more child-friendly than others but with a little exploring you'll find the spots that suit your rider levels the best. 

Photo credit: http://www.harboursidebb.com.au/

For the Littlies - Perrin Park, Toowong 

Perrin Park Brisbane

Perrin Park in Toowong is perfect for both big and little kids alike. The little ones can practice their new skills and cruise around the figure 8 track that surrounds the playground. The bigger kids can then master the bigger track that surrounds the entire park. Once everyone is tired out they can enjoy a play in the playground. 

Photo Credit: http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/

So get out and get active with the kids around Brisbane and make a day of it.

Top image credit: https://visitbrisbane.com.au

Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Easter

Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Easter

Creating a Happy and Healthy Easter with your Kids

Easter is without fail a time to indulge. Trying to resist those Easter Eggs and bunnies wrapped in brightly covered foil can be an often futile task for parents. The key to ensuring your kids stay fit and healthy this Easter is to do everything in moderation. 

Don't Overdo It! 

Now we don't want to be the equivalent of the Easter Bunny Scrooge but it is easy to get carried away with buying our kids copious amounts of chocolate at Easter time. In our house, a fair proportion of the Easter haul ends up being given away to others or secretly stashed in the garbage bin. The benefit of limiting the chocolate is also limiting the major sugar crash that will invariably come with it. 

Get Outside 

There is no better way to wear off that vast intake of sugar than to get outside and get active! Get the kids on their bikes and kids scooters and get moving. The fresh air and physical activity will be a nice antidote to the high sugar and fat content in those delicious bunnies. 

Even it Out 

Sure thing, go nuts with the chocolate at Easter. It is the day of the year that chocolate for breakfast really is OK. But counteract it with healthy meals throughout the day. Throw in some veggie sticks with hummus, some good protein like eggs or chicken wraps and lots of water! 

Above all, enjoy the special time with your family. Easter is a time for families to come together and celebrate being together.