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Summer Fun with Redbox Giveaway

To celebrate the official beginning of summer, Redbox is asking moms of the blogging world, “What’s your favorite video game to play with your family?” In addition, they are rewarding fun-seeking families with the opportunity to win $10,000 as part of their Summer of Fun & Games Sweepstakes.

Video games are a tough sell to a lot of moms, and many of my friends have banned all video games from their homes. Video games have a reputation of encouraging negative or violent behavior, and of discouraging kids from active play outside in the fresh air.

I have happy childhood memories of playing Atari games with my brother, and I fondly remember buying the original Nintendo gaming system and the excitement we felt playing it for the first time. Perhaps my positive experience with video games as a child has influenced my moderate attitude towards gaming.

I wouldn’t want my children to play violent video games, but I value video games that teach strategy or encourage active play. My favorite video game to play with my family is Dance Dance Revolution for the Nintendo Wii. We don’t have to pick between playing a fun video game and being active–we can do both at the same time! Not only does it keep your heart rate up, but it can help teach your little ones coordination and balance skills while they’re keeping up with the steps that go along with the fun music and flashy scenery. There are no bad guys to kill or graphic images, it’s all in good, healthy fun. And my three year old sure gets a kick out of watching mom try to dance.

My husband is a pro at Dance Dance Revolution, and he can obtain near perfect scores even on expert level. I lack his athleticism and coordination, so I prefer the Disney version of Dance Dance Revolution. Since the Disney version was designed for kids, it gives only positive encouragement even if you miss a step (or many steps). My preschooler is too young to play, but he dances freestyle to the Disney music and enjoys himself while mommy exercises.

Redbox, America’s favorite destination for movie rentals, is now renting video games in 21,000 kiosks nationwide for $2 a day.  We have 2 sets of 5 free video game rentals as a giveaway for our readers. Comment on this discussion by 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2011 to let us know what  your favorite video game to play with your family is, and we’ll randomly select three winners.

Redbox is celebrating summer family time with a great line up of family-friendly titles, awesome savings and two chances to win $10,000 as part of the Redbox Summer of Fun & Games Sweepstakes.*

4 Easy Ways to Enter:

1.  Enter your email address at

2.  Rent a movie or game at a redbox kiosk (and provide a valid email address at checkout)

3.  Reserve a rental online at

4.  Text ‘SUMMER’ to 727272

Enter to win today!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Redbox. The opinions and text are all mine.

*Each item rented earns one entry, regardless of how long it is rented, up to three entries per day. Limit 3 entries per day, regardless of entry method. The sweepstakes begins May 27, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends on August 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT. No purchase necessary. See official rules at

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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