Monday, July 27, 2015

Denver 6th best city for kids to play outside

There are more than 35 million kids between preschool and eighth grade in this country. Remove however many are at summer camp right now, then double the remaining number, and that's how many parents are currently trying to figure out what to do with them.

For generations, the answer was "go outside," but that's no longer necessarily the case. Everything from suburban sprawl to the rise of video games and social media to a hyper-competitive educational environment have conspired to put real downward pressure on how much outdoor play kids get, and the result is obvious: The CDC says the percentage of overweight or obese children in this country has doubled in the last 20 years, and there's plenty of evidence that kids gain more weight during summer break.

Fatherly's 25 Best U. S. Cities For Kids To Play Outside takes a close look at the state of play and play spaces in America today. The report includes a data-driven ranking taking into account everything from parks access to the rate of violent crime, plus insights from some of the leading thinkers on play science and playgrounds.

It's a by-the-numbers assessment of what works and where it works best for parents, because the last thing your kids should be doing this summer is anything by the numbers.

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