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There's always that saying about "time flying" when you have kids, and the same applies to running this website. It was two years ago this month that I first shared our love for the innovative spill-proof travel mugs and bottles produced by Chicago-based CONTIGO, and here we are again. The folks at Contigo can't stop improving, and thus comes the latest additions to their Contigo Kids line - the 14oz AUTOSEAL® Gizmo Sip Water Bottle, and the 10oz AUTOSPOUT® Flip Chill Water Bottle. Each has its own set of benefits, and the technology packed into each bottle is the same great spill-proof action that my wife and enjoy each and every day in our own bottles and mugs. To get summer started off right, the folks at Contigo have provided me with two of each of these new bottles that we're going to give all of you a chance at scoring. Two (2) lucky readers will receive a prize pack that includes one (1) AUTOSEAL Gizmo Sip and one (1) AUTOSPOUT Sip Chill. Let's rock...

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DynacraftNow this is cool. A lot of you know how big both movies and rides (cars/bicycles/powered ride-ons/scooters/etc) are here at Rock Father HQ, and when you combine the two into a fun night outside for families, I'm totally on-board with that. Last weekend, the folks at Dynacraft launched their Experiments in Fun series with a "Ride-in Theater" in Atlanta's Piedmont Park. They transformed the park into a car-less drive-in theater, complete with a 40-foot screen, where families could try out the latest bikes, scooters and ride-ons - the first part of a movement to invite families to "rethink what's possible with their favorite wheels." Take a peek at the highlight video below...

Published in Rock Father Rides

THE ROCK FATHER is a Step2 Brand AmbassadorAs a Step2 Brand Ambassador, my kids and I get to check out a lot of great new toys (here's the latest) - but there's no way we could possibly check them all out. Fortunately, I've met the other Step2 Ambassadors, and between the 10 of us, we've pretty much got the full line on lock. On a recent trip to Step2 HQ in Ohio, we took a look at the Neat & Tidy Cottage II - the enhanced, latest version of of the popular playhouse - complete with a charming exterior the resembles stone and wood, and plenty of built-in play features to give your kids (and the neighborhood) endless tools for quality, imaginative play. My friends and fellow Step2 Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro have teamed-up to host a giveaway for the Neat & Tidy Cottage II, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on the action, sharing your chance to win one of these great playhouses below!

If there's one thing that all parents (or anyone that's been around kids) can agree on, it's that kids love bubbles. It doesn't matter if it's from a simple container or an elaborate blaster, the appeal of bubbles is just universally accepted... but bubbles blasting from your bike? The concept alone is worthy of a mind-blowing response from the little ones, so when the crew over at Skyrocket Toys asked us to take a look at their new FUZE Bike Bubbler, the power of the bubbles was impossible to resist.

This adventure is brought to you by Walmart. THE ROCK FATHER is a Socialstars 2014 #WalmartAuto Ambassador. The Armor All products featured in this story are all available at your local store or at Walmart.com.

Ten years ago, SCION made it's debut here in the U.S., and I - deeply embedded in the entertainment world at the time - found myself enamored by the Scion XB, aka "The Box" after seeing it on the streets of California, where it arrived early. I ordered one brand-new, completely loaded and set to be delivered in June of 2004. In fact, I'm told it was the first black version to be delivered and sold in the state of Wisconsin (and imported to Illinois), but I've never been able to confirm that. I had it decked out with red LEDs to capture that KNIGHT RIDER vibe I dig so much, along with racing pedals, additional performance features, and the top-of-the-line Pioneer sound system. Upon arrival, I bestowed upon it a red Autobot insignia, displayed proudly on it's rear window... a throwback to the TRANSFORMERS debut in 1984. The car and I were ready for adventure, and many adventures were had. Now, in 2014 - I still have the Autobot in my driveway, but things are different. The bazooka tube is out of the trunk (room for a stroller), and in the back are a pair of car seats. 160,000 miles later, my Scion is still rockin', and it's Daddy and Addie that keep it that way.

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When it comes to summer travel with kids, it's pretty certain that there will be some toys along for the ride. With that in mind comes the My Secret Play Box collection by PLAYMOBIL - an assortment of small, self-contained playsets that neatly fold up into lockable boxes. They're portable, fun, and come in styles including a Princess Castle, Police Station, and the one that the folks at Playmobil USA sent us for review - a Horse Stable.

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