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How to Host a Summer Neighborhood Block Party

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Gather your family and your neighbors and spend some time outside together this summer. Plan a few simple activities and provide delicious snacks to keep everyone fueled up to make fun summer memories.

We have lived in our current neighborhood for 6 years. Las Vegas is a very transient town and we have had a lot of great neighbors come and go. Right now, our neighborhood is full of kids.  On any afternoon or weekend we have at least 10 kids outside running around and playing together.  I’ve been wanting to get the parents outside with their kids to have some fun and spend time with our kids. It was time to put together a block party with a fun play date set provided by Quaker.

I sent around some invitations and simply invited families to come outside to play together on a Saturday morning.  We opened up our backyard and set out a few items for families to play with, if they chose.  Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars sent us a huge basket full of outdoor fun including a bocce set, sidewalk chalk, a puzzle, a Nerf ball and a bubble machine.  Of course, we had lots of Quaker Chewy Granola bars on hand to keep everyone fueled up and ready to play.

We set the bubble machine up in the front of the house on the morning of our party.  That machine put out bubbles like crazy and the kids came streaming in to play.


Once they found the Nerf ball a huge game of soccer ensued in the street.  The tired kids eventually made their way in to the backyard for a snack.  Quaker Chewy Bars are delicious grab and go snacks.  They contain 8 grams of whole grains in every bar and come in a lot of fun flavors like Chocolate Chip and S’mores.

Throwing a block party is a great way to meet your neighbors and spend some time playing with your kids.  To help inspire families’ playtime together and fuel fun, Quaker is inviting parents to participate in its Keep Playing! With Chewy promotion for a chance to win $25,000 to make over their family’s play space. To enter, parents are encouraged to submit a photo of their family’s favorite play space and share how they would like to see that space made over and why.

Now through June 13, 2015, parents can visit to enter for a chance to win a $25,000 grand prize to make over their family’s favorite play space – plus, weekly chances to win a $500 gift card. No purchase necessary. See for official rules.

Would you like a chance to win the same play set we used for our block party?  Enter in the widget below for a chance to win!

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  • Jessica Beard
    June 8, 2015

    We love going on many adventures as a family, but one of our favorite times is simply playing in the backyard. The kids love the swingset and sandbox. They would love this bubble machine and Nerf toys.

  • Maria Beas
    June 3, 2015

    Family reunions is our best way to spend time together. The kids and I also enjoy going to the park to play for a couple hours, Thanks for the chance to win this amazing prize pack.

  • ILona
    June 2, 2015

    We love swimming, baseball, softball, anything outdoors!

  • Heather
    June 1, 2015

    We love to play soccer, swim, and watch movies together as a family!

  • shelly peterson
    May 30, 2015

    We enjoy going to the park and playing ball and going swimming.

  • Jessica To
    May 30, 2015

    My son and I like to play ball together or corn hole.

  • Leigh Anne Borders
    May 30, 2015

    Our family enjoys hanging out together. We enjoy camping and hiking with fur babies.

  • David
    May 29, 2015

    We have a great network of trails in our area so we like to go on family bike rides.

  • Lauren
    May 29, 2015

    We like to go camping together.