One of the endless battles in our house is prying Zak away from his beloved screen time and out into the fresh air. I’m going to sound so old when I say this but I just don’t get it. When I was his age, as soon as breakfast was done, I wanted to be outside playing and the only time I would make a reappearance was to fill my stomach again. So when it was time for New Year’s resolutions to roll round, I wanted to make ‘time outdoor’s’ a big hitter on the list.
Easier said than done but when the nice people over at Micro Scooters got in touch and offered Zak the chance to try out one of their scooters, he did put his iPad down for just long enough to get excited.
The Micro Scooter website is bright and fun looking but initially comes across as though it is geared up for much younger children. Zak is 11 and everything is about the ‘cool factor’ these days so he was a bit dismissive on first glance. However, once I showed him that there was a stunt scooter section, all was well again and the eye rolling was replaced with lots of “whoa that’s cool”-ing. Win.
In the end Zak settled for the MX Core stunt scooter and we waited patiently (or not so patiently in his case) for it to arrive.
The ordering process on the website seemed easy, intuitive and user-friendly if you are thinking of choosing a scooter for yourself or your children. When the scooter arrived, Zak couldn’t wait to get stuck into it!
I was less enthusiastic however. Anything remotely DIY-ish fills me with dread and horror.
The scooter had arrived on a week when Shaun, who is the DIY King in our house, was away on a work trip so I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and put the scooter together. Fortunately, the Micro Scooters website has some handy how-to video instructions so after watching a few, I was beginning to feel like I might be able to make a success of it. Maybe.
However, I needn’t have bothered worrying. By the time I’d watched the video’s and poured myself a glass of
wine courage, Zak had assembled the whole thing. Atta boy! Step aside Shaun – we have a new DIY King in Casa del Chaos!
It’s fair to say that I don’t know a whole lot about scooters. Or nothing. Yeah, pretty much that.
Not so of eleven year old boys however. They know EVERYTHING about them. And everything else too apparently but that’s a separate subject…
So I’m going to hand you over to Zak and he can tell you a few things about his shiny, new Micro Scooter:
“The best thing about this scooter is how lightweight it is. Seriously though, that’s really important in a stunt scooter. If it’s heavy you can’t do a thing or a trick with it. This one is as light as anything.
The worst thing about it is the handle grips – to be honest they aren’t that comfy. But that’s kind of a minor point.
Overall, I’d give the MX Core Stunt Scooter a 9.8 out of 10.
Can I take it round to Jamie’s house now? He will be well jealous.”
And there you have it – that from an eleven year old is about the best praise you are going to get. The scooter now lives in his bedroom (weird) and takes pride of place in the showing off department when friends visit. He whizzes to and from school on it and is outside almost permanently flipping, kicking and whatever else you do with a stunt scooter – scooting presumably?!
He is happy and perhaps best of all, there has been a notable lack of screen time in our house as of late.
A big thank you to the team at Micro Scooters for making that happen!