The hybrid scooter is propelled forward by pushing the board with both feet in a teeter-totter motion.
Photo: Space Scooter
Photo: Space Scooter

Two fun motion toys that keep kids outdoors and moving this summer

It's summer, the kids are out of school and, no doubt, spending far too much time indoors and in front of a screen instead of romping in the sunshine.

Clearly, they need some motivation; here are two new methods of motion that should get them moving.

It's not surprising that the Space Scooter was designed in Holland since the Dutch ride more than they drive.

"As we launch the Space Scooter here in the U.S., it is our goal to help inspire a whole generation to put down their electronics and discover a new way to move and have fun outside," said Marielle De Silva De Freitas, global marketing manager, Space Scooter.

The hybrid scooter is propelled forward by pushing the curved board with both feet in a teeter-totter motion. In other words: pump and go. It takes you there much faster than a traditional kick scooter (which it also converts into), and you easily can keep up with friends on bikes.

Space Scooter is completely foldable in just a few quick steps, making it easy to carry, stash and take with you anywhere.

The rugged scooter comes equipped with a hand break and air suspension. Colors for the X580 series include black, white, orange, pink and blue.

Recommended for kids 8 years and up, Space Scooter holds riders weighing up to 200 pounds. They're priced at $149.99 and available at most major toy stores, including Toys"R"Us. You can check out videos and also order Space Scooter online here.

Yvolution Neon Street Rollers put a new spin on traditional skates and transform kids' favorite shoes into heel skates. Street Rollers feature innovative wheel technology with vivid light-up LEDs in pink, blue or green, which glow with each turn of the wheel; no batteries needed. Easy to master, the heel skates allow kids to control how fast they ride. To stop, they simply put their foot down.

"The idea was created from a simple demand. Kids wanted cool heel skates to ride, and parents did not want to keep buying shoes with built-in skates every few months as children grow, because that can get to be expensive," said Analei Samaseia, Yvolution's senior marketing manager.

Neon Street Rollers are easy to use, work with just about any flat-soled shoe and they're adjustable, so they grow with your child's feet.

They look cool, colorful and fun, but do they offer a good source of exercise for kids?

"Absolutely! These are great exercise for your quads and calves. You also work your core as you ride, as you are stabilizing yourself," said Samaseia.

Neon Street Rollers are recommended for kids ages 6 and up, with a maximum weight of 132 pounds. Priced at $29.99, and currently available at Toys"R"Us and Walmart. You also can order online and watch demonstration videos here.

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