To encourage younger children to ride on two wheels, Discovery Gateway: The Children's Museum of Utah, set up a Strider Adventure Zone in conjunction with their new SkyCycle exhibit. Stop by and check out their fun activities if you’re in the Salt Lake City area this year, perhaps during the Strider Cup World Championship July 21-22.
Strider caught up with the museum’s Marketing Coordinator, Kristin Jahne, to find out why they decided to incorporate the Strider Adventure Zone with the exhibit, and how everything went on the SkyCycle’s opening day.
How did you first learn about Strider Balance Bikes?
Our marketing team saw a Strider Adventure Zone course at a local farmer’s market a year before bringing them to our museum. We were so impressed at how organized the set up was, and how much fun the children were having! When planning our opening event for a bicycle related exhibit, we decided that a Strider Adventure Zone seemed like a natural fit for the younger children. We contacted their headquarters and had everything arranged quickly. They were awesome to work with!
Why did you decide to add the Strider Adventure Zone to the museum?
Our museum caters to a wide age range of children, from infants to pre-teens. It’s important to make sure that everyone has equal opportunity to learn from activities and exhibits specifically for their age group. For our opening event on April 22, we had plenty for the older kids and parents. Strider Adventure Zone was the perfect complement to the event, since it is geared for kids age 18 months to 5 years old!
Have you had any other cycling-related exhibits for kids in the past?
On April 22, we opened our newest exhibit, the SkyCycle. Suspended 15 feet in the air, the SkyCycle takes physics learning to new heights. Riders explore principles of counterbalance and center of gravity while taking a thrilling ride on a 30-foot track. This exhibit is aimed to older kids who meet the height requirement of 48” tall. However, we’re very thankful to have the Strider Bikes to provide for our younger crowd and teach them these same physics principles from an early age.
What do you like most about the Strider Bikes?
The Strider Bikes were incredibly easy to assemble; it took one of our team members less than a half hour to assemble six bikes! We also appreciated how secure they were once assembled. Other children bikes have the tendency to be flimsy and unstable, but Strider Bikes are durable, light-weight and functional. Cannot recommend them enough!
How did children like riding the Strider Bikes?
We had overwhelmingly positive feedback at our Adventure Zone! The parents were so thankful there was an activity for the smaller, younger children and the kids had a blast! We set cones in the center of our course so siblings could race without risk of bumping into each other. That was very successful, and riders got a lot of encouragement from parents! Plus, our staff loved teaching bicycle safety to the little kids. The photos we took were adorable.
Do you plan to use the Strider Adventure Zone in other ways?
We have so many ideas of how to incorporate Strider Bikes and the Adventure Zone in our museum that we hardly know where to start! Our first move is to put some Strider Bikes in our Move It! exhibit, an area focused on incorporating physical activity and fun through movement and play. We also plan on bringing back the Adventure Zone for our Children’s Festival Fundraiser in June.
Strider Adventure Zone to Teach Toddlers How to Balance and Ride on Two Wheels
Rapid City, SD (September 28, 2016) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, will host a Toddler Ride and Play Area at the Rushmore Mall (2200 North Maple Ave.) in Rapid City, South Dakota on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October.
Strider Sports is partnering with the Noon Optimist Club of the Black Hills to transform the Center Court (by the Buckle) into an interactive and experiential Strider Bike ride and play area for kids age 18 months- 5 years old.
“At Strider, we like supporting our local area. We're excited to bring our Strider Adventure Zone to the Rushmore Mall and we can't wait to see all the little riders climbing out of strollers and hopping on bikes,”says Ryan McFarland, Strider Founder and CEO.
The 16 foot by 70 foot full color floor graphic Strider Adventure Zone Ride and Play area will feature demo rides on 12” pedal-less balance bikes and opportunities for young children to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding Strider Bikes. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider Bike on unique terrains and obstacles. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, Strider Balance Bikes are perfect for children ages 18 months to five years. Bikes and helmets will be provided onsite.
The Strider Adventure Zone, brought to you by West River Ear, Nose & Throat and the Noon Optimist Club of the Black Hills will be open during mall hours, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sundays 11am-6pm. No previous riding experience is necessary. The Noon Optimist Club will be staffing the toddler riding area and will be accepting donations.
Strider Adventure Zones Teach Toddlers How To Ride On Two Wheels
Rapid City, South Dakota (March 21, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, invites you and your family out to motorcycle tracks around the country for exciting racing and toddler-friendly activities at the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Starting April 15 and continuing through the fall, Strider Bikes will be on-site in the Strider Adventure Zone at the tracks at Road Atlanta, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway, Road America, Barber Motorsports Park, and at Utah Motorsports Campus. Visit the Strider Events Calendar for more information.
Bring the family to the track on Saturday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or Sunday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and look for the Strider Adventure Zone, where children as young as 18 months to kids five years old can test ride a Strider Bike for free to discover that feeling of pure joy and freedom that happens when you ride off on two wheels. Children ages 16 and under are free.
Strider Adventure Zones are safe and friendly environments that encourage kids of all abilities from 18 months to 5 years old to test ride Strider Bikes and play with other kids, all while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills in a custom-designed area complete with ramps and pennants. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels, boost their confidence as they learn new abilities, and experience the challenge and thrill of riding Strider Bikes on unique terrains and obstacles.
MotoAmerica is a professional motorcycle road racing series sanctioned by the AMA and FIM and supported by Dorna. The primary goal of MotoAmerica is to reinvigorate motorcycle racing in North America, reintroducing the most exhilarating motorsport in history to fans while grooming a new generation of American and international racers for the world stage. MotoAmerica works with tracks, teams, sponsors, OEMs, and promoters to tell the stories of the racers, the engineers, and the dreamers who strive to go further and faster. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fastest, safest, and easiest way to introduce children to the world of riding on two wheels.
If you love motorcycles and STRIDER Bikes then you should definitely head to one of the ten stops of the 2015/2016 International Motorcycle Shows!
- Portland, OR - Oct 31-Nov 1
- Sacramento, CA - Nov 6-8
- Long Beach, CA - Nov 20-22
- New York City, NY - Dec 11-13
- Miami, FL - Jan 8-10
- Dallas, TX - Jan 22-24
- Cleveland, OH - Jan 29-31
- Minneapolis, MN - Feb 5-7
- Chicago, IL - Feb 12-14
- Phoenix, AZ - Feb 20-21
If you're anywhere near Austin, TX you'll want to go check out the 2013 Austin Fan Fest!
4 days of Music, Food, and Fun for all ages. Bring your STRIDER rider down for some fun in the STRIDER Adventure Zone and stick around to hear some free music and eat at one of the food trucks (which we hear is a quintessential Austin experience).
For more information and times head over to www.AustinFanFest.com
Strider™ Balance Bikes To Roll Into the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play
Strider Adventure Zone To Teach Toddlers and Kids How To Ride On Two Wheels!
Rapid City, SD (Sept. 9, 2013) — Strider Sports Intl. Inc, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, in conjunction with USA BMX, will host an Outdoor Adventure Zone at Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play on the Nethermead at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM – 4 PM.
The Strider Adventure Zone features STRIDER test rides and opportunities for kids of all ages to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the STRIDER balance bike models are perfect for children aged 18 months to ten years. STRIDER bikes and helmets will be provided.
Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play is a day full of activities, games, sports, music and PLAY! For more information, go to http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/road-to-wwdop.
Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Colorado with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 19-25
Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2013) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, in conjunction with the Axel Project, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver on August 25 and Adventure Zones to each stage of the USA Pro Challenge, August 19-25.
The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrain and obstacles.
People can find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the USA Pro Challenge route, as well as during the opening weekend festival in Aspen. Dates and locations include: Aspen, August 18 (opening weekend); Aspen, August 19; Breckenridge, August 20; Steamboat Springs, August 21; Beaver Creek, August 22; Vail, August 23; Fort Collins, August 24; and downtown Denver for the finish on August 25.
On Sunday, August 25, the Adventure Zone will transform into the STRIDER race course. Tiny two-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11 a.m., followed by the thrilling three-year-olds at noon. The four and five-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. Families may register their STRIDER riders on site. No registration fee required.
The USA Pro Challenge currently holds the record as the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race 600 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.
Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Racing and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”
For more information, visit www.StriderBikes.com or www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com
Toddlers Gear Up for Fun at the STRIDER Adventure Zone at This Year’s New York International Auto Show
Rapid City, SD, March 18, 2013 – Strider Sports International, Inc., the world leader in no-pedal balance bikes, says adults shouldn’t be the only ones to have fun at this year’s New York International Auto Show (March 29 – April 7, 2013). To prove it, Strider will bring its crowd pleaser STRIDER Adventure Zone to the show where kids from ages 18 months to five years can get in on the action for themselves.
The STRIDER Adventure Zone gives kids a chance to “swap” their car seats and strollers for their very own ride – a STRIDER ST-4 balance bike – and experience the freedom of riding on two wheels. In a safe, friendly and fun environment all young riders can try their hand at developing balance and coordination skills on a specially designed course of ramps and pennants.
“The New York International Auto Show does a fabulous job of getting families geared up to have fun,” says Ryan McFarland, Strider Founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to bring our Adventure Zone to the show this year. Our zones are engaging, fun distractions for the youngest families members but more importantly they’re an easy way for parents to let their child test ride a STRIDER bike and get an early start to a life of healthy, outdoor activities and exercise.”
Attracting thousands of families each year, the 2013 New York International Auto Show takes place March 29 – April 7 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Families can try out the FREE STRIDER Adventure Zone at Booth 1617, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. or Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
For more information about the New York International Auto Show, visit www.AutoShowNY.com
A: He heads to the Arizona desert to ride motorcycles!
We hope everyone had a great 2012...get out and ride to recharge for an even better 2013!
It has been another Amazing year at Strider Sports International! The 2013 STRIDER ST-3 was full of cool new improvements on an already (in our opinion) cool little bike. The STRIDER calendar contest was a huge hit! Look for them on the walls of STRIDER dealers all over the country, you can also order one for yourself HERE. Another highlight was the 2012 STRIDER World Championships. With racers ranging from 18 months to 5 years old from as far away as Japan and Slovakia, the 2nd annual racing weekend at Sarasota BMX was a huge success!
With almost 100,000 new STRIDER riders in 2012, 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year!
Happy New Years!
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