With school is back in session our days are super busy! We start our days off super early with the first bus pick up at 7am! WOW! Last year my kids weren’t even up at 7am.

This year it’s all different since we moved across town – the schools start earlier but it means they get out earlier, too! I’m ok with that! But, as soon as everyone gets home, the race is on to fit in all the things we can before it’s time to get in bed –  homework, dinner, after school activities and the best part, playtime!


Playtime is the best part of the day, no matter how old you are. Whether you’re my almost 11 year old who loves jumping on the trampoline in the backyard, my 8 year old who can’t wait to pick up a ball and toss around with his buddies or my 4 year old who just loves to swing, slide and climb  in the backyard – everyone loves to play! And I love that they LOVE to play outside and keep active!

Instead of sitting inside in front of the TV or playing video games, my kids are getting outside as much as possible and creating healthy habits year round! I remember as a kid playing outside year-round. We hardly ever played inside. And if we did play inside, it wasn’t for long.

Outside is where imaginations are formed. I have memories of climbing trees, riding bikes, making necklaces out of the clover in yard, collecting rocks and leaves, and playing flashlight tag on summer nights. Those are the memories I want my kids to have, too!

My kids also love to grab a snack as soon as they get home. They always seem starving! Do they not eat their lunch and snacks I sent them to school? ha! It’s really because they are so active and growing – they need food to keep them fueled. One of their favorites that I feel really great about giving to them is CLIF Kid Zbars!


CLIF Kid® makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.


Whether on the run from soccer practice, or in between homework sessions, CLIF Kid Zbars are perfect for growing kids (and busy parents!)  CLIF Kid snacks feature nutrients that active kids need in flavors they crave! My favorite thing about them is that they are:

  • Made with organic ingredients
  • Non-GMO
  • Have important nutrients for active kids
  • Appropriate portion size for kids in flavors they love
  • Have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors (or synthetic preservatives)

All of the above makes CLIF Kid Zbars the perfect snack any time of the day! We even send them to school for snacks more often than not!


Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient, and successful society that starts when they’re kids.

Play is disappearing at home, in school, and in communities. 70% of moms played outside when they were kids, but studies show that only 31% of their kids play outside today. That is really surprising to me!


It’s difficult to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school brings, but by getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long!

Check out this video from CLIF Kid on getting kids outside to play!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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