Make time for family fun this summer + Enter the Family Playdate Sweepstakes!

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.

family playdate sweep

I am so looking forward to summer and being able to spend some good family time exploring our local area. In fact, I’m joining The Active Family Project this year by making a pledge to share quality time with my family! By scheduling “play dates” with my family members, I’m committing to having fun with them this summer! We always make time to connect during the summer by taking off on a weekend or even a weekday. It may just be a quick day trip to the local zoo, the flea market where we sip iced coffee and slushies or a lazy day at the lake but we always have fun and enjoy the time spent away from all of the technology, television and sometimes monotonous everyday life!

feeding the fish at the Spillway

Merck Consumer Care started the active family initiative as a way to empower moms to enjoy healthy active lifestyles with their families. As part of the program, families can use the Active Family Project Activity Finder as a guide to find instant ideas and solutions to fill family playtime with fun. I used the Activity Finder and it did have quite a few good suggestions for fun family activities, even in our rural area.

Active Family Project

Many of the suggestions, such as the Battles Museum, Erie and Cleveland Zoos Tom Ridge Environmental Center and Pymatuning State Park, are ones we have visited and enjoyed many times before. I know we’ll most likely visit some of them again this year. One place I definitely want to make a play date with my family at this summer is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It’s been on our to-do list for awhile and I want to make it happen this year! The Activity Finder was a nice way to be reminded of all the local fun we can have together as a family!


Promise to share a playdate & WIN!

Through May 26th, you can visit the Active Family Project on Facebook and commit to spending quality time with your family. You’ll have the chance to enter to win the Family Playdate Sweepstakes! You just might win a Family Beach Vacation Prize Pack or the grand prize family trip to a resort located in Port St. Lucie, Florida + year’s worth of home cleaning service, a video camera and tote bags, WooHoo! Sweepstakes ends 11:59:59pm ET on 5/26/13 (open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry).

Make time to play with your family this summer!

2010 playing in the creek

Disclosure: I received $100 from Merck Consumer Care, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.


About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
With a love for the outdoors and visiting local attractions in and around NW PA and Lake Erie, you never know what you'll find in my nest! Subscribe to A Hen's Nest so you don't miss the fun!



  1. 1

    We do tons of playdates & day trips during the summer vacation, and all their school vacations for that matter. It’s fun for them and gives them something to look forward to.

  2. 2

    Port St. Lucie is a great place to play! Thanks for the FYI. The pic is great!

  3. 3

    I am in love with this promotion, it’s so important to encourage families to play together!

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