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Our middle little turned 4 this year during quarantine. All our plans to do some sort of mash up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle / Spiderman / Super Fast Cheetah (he likes to run) birthday party went out the window when Covid-19 drove everyone indoors.
We did invite some family and friends to do a drive-by birthday party for him, but when he looked into our eyes and sweetly asked for one of those super cool electric cars or jeeps some kids in the neighborhood were riding on our afternoon bike rides... we couldn't help but at least research them.
The thing is that, typically, electric toy cars can be pretty expensive, bulky, and they don't go all that fast. Thankfully, Danny found this gem! The Rollplay 12V Nighthawk Electric Ride On Toy Car.... whew the title of it is a mouthful! Despite the long, very descriptive name, it's a winner in our book and we love it... let me count the ways:
This toy ride on car is pretty fast! It goes 6 miles per hour which is great if you want to get your jog on with your kids riding alongside you early in the morning. (I say early because that's what we typically do to avoid the harsh heat of mid-day and avoid traffic in the neighborhood.) Actually, if you're not a runner, your kids might just smoke you! I've been training for a 10K and it was intense at the end to keep up with these guys!
It has an accelerator and brake pedals that allow the child riding to control the speed with ease.
2. Core Workout
Most toy ride on cars don't incorporate any kind of actual exercise on the child's part. The Nighthawk allows the rider to maneuver around obstacles with it's steering technique of leaning - lean left or right for quick turns while holding unto the handlebars to remain secure. The kids can't help but lean left and right to do figure 8's and to swerve around cones, it's fun and it's an excellent core exercise!
The Nighthawk is pretty compact. It's 31.1" x 25.2" x 8.4" and weighs about 20.5lbs. We charge them standing up against a wall and they don't take up very much space. When they're not charging, we store them under a rack of shelves in the garage. The footprint they take up is pretty small which helps my slightly obsessed-with-organization husband feel supremely proud about this purchase.
I say the following 100% acknowledging that what is expensive and inexpensive is completely subjective to one's financial situation. After researching other toy ride on cars, we found the price tag for these to be just right. They're not cheap, but considering that we didn't spend the money on the big birthday party, this gift was on the inexpensive side... for us. They're sold in multiple places, Amazon, Target, Walmart to start and some other places too. We bought our first on Ebay for the birthday boy because we were on a time crunch and needed it in by a certain date.
You can check out the listing on Amazon here:
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We took the kids for a ride in an empty parking lot and let them loose recently. It was probably the most fun they've had on these guys since they didn't have to be hyper vigilant of cars about to back out of their driveways in our neighborhood.
Hope you enjoy our day out and see this awesome Ride On Toy Car in action. Let me know in the comments below if this is exactly the sort of thing you've been looking for. Honestly, I kind of wish I could ride on it myself! #WeightLimitIssues
Mom of three beautiful kids, married to my best friend, finding daily ways to bring joy!