Editor’s Note: Earlier in the week, a hoard of dads and their kids flocked into Central Park for an EPIC, sports themed playdate with TimeToPlayMag.com. Even Iron Man made an appearance as he soared over 200 feet in the sky! Enjoy this guest post by active NYC Dads Group member, David Kleinman, recapping our amazing experience.
|EB Brands, Chris Wilson, gives kids tutorial on flying Iron Man|
|Dads & Kids prepare for the world debut of RC Extreme Hero Iron Man|
TimeToPlayMag.com once again provided an EPIC event for the New York City Dads Group. Jim Silver and the rest of the Time To Play team has partnered with the NYC Dads group several times over the past year to allow our children to be exposed to educational, interactive, and engaging toys that they otherwise may not have an opportunity to play with. These events have allowed me to compile a collection of bubble machines which provides hours of fun for my little guy.
Today’s event enabled children from 4 months to 8 years to explore their inner athlete by playing with (and eventually taking home) sporting equipment ranging from footballs to golf to batting tees with baseballs. With the sports theme prevalent, many fathers were trying to teach their children how to throw a football, swing a bat, or toss a frisbee, while others were watching their young ones socialize and interact with other children close to their age.
The highlight of the event came half-way through the experience when Chris Wilson from EB Brands unveiled the new Iron Man: RC Extreme Hero Flyer (see Iron Man in action in the NYC Playdate segment below).
|EB Brands RC Extreme Hero: Iron Man|
This product doesn’t hit shelves until September and based on the reaction of both fathers and children alike, this product will cast as much interest as the trilogy of Iron Man films. Both dads and their children had a chance to kick the tires with the amazing product. Chris spent roughly 30 seconds with me to provide insight on how to control Iron Man in the air. Fortunately, after his brief tutorial, my first attempt with the Remote Control Iron Man was a huge success! Iron Man (at just 19 inches tall) was soaring around Central Park’s famous Great Lawn zooming by innocent tourists who were just trying to have a leisurely or romantic stroll. This went on for about 10 minutes, and when Iron Man finally landed, I realized my son gave up on chasing it around the park and was frolicking with the other kids his age.
As a father, it’s great to see my child have the opportunity to play with a variety of toys and other children. It’s also refreshing to meet and converse with other fathers who are raising children. For me, speaking with other dads, sharing experiences, and sometimes asking for advice on how they handle certain situations with their children is a an important aspect of attending these events. I hope that the partnership with Time To Play and NYC Dads Group continues because the opportunities both groups provide for children allow them to grow in such a positive way…and that’s a primary goal of these events, to help our children play, learn, and grow.