4 Christmas gifts that will keep your kids active
By Brittany Anas
Your kids might call them “old school,” but we know that some of the best games come without power chords, a “battery life” and electronic scores. Show your kids how much fun some of the “vintage” (ouch, are we really that old?) games can be — and give their video games a run for the money.
Here are seven Christmas gift ideas that will draw your kids (and the neighbor kids, too) away from the video games and in the wild (cough, outdoors) for some active play time. We found some great deals at Sports Authority, which is offering holiday deals leading up to Christmas. Plus, you’ll score an extra 4 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com and get free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
- Master Pogo Stick by Fly Bar, $49.99. These classic toys date back to the 1920’s and were invented in Germany. Today, there’s an extreme sport known as Xpogo that involves doing crazy tricks on the pogo sticks. (Think: Backflips, stickflips and peg grabs). So keep your kids from typing “pogo stunts” and “pogapalooza” into YouTube, and stick to the classic jumping. The game will hone your kids balance skills and is more fun than Mario jumping for coins.
- Razor A2 Scooter, $39.99. Scooters have gotten a lot more sleek since you were a kid. This Razor A2 is a fast and fun ride for kids — and folds down so it can be stored in the garage without taking up much room.
- Baggo: Official Bag Toss Game, $99.99. Bean bag tourney, anyone? These two “Baggo” game boards come with heavy-duty bean bags — a fun game to set up in the back yard and keep the kids playing outside.
- Lifetime 90061 52 Inch Steel Framed Shatter Proof Portable Basketball System, on sale for $399.99 (marked down from $599.99). This basketball hoop doesn’t need to stay grounded in the driveway. The portable hoop relies on a heavy-duty polyethylene roller base that can be filled up with sand or water, making it easy to transport or install. Roll it out in to the court or on to the driveway and let the dunk, err, layup, contests begin.
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