Chasing your kids around the house, playground, and yard is a daily occurrence (and has sadly morphed into what is now your daily workout). Get sweating outside the house for a real workout with your speedy youngsters, all for a good cause. Here are four great fundraising walks that entertain, inspire, and fingers crossed, will lead to a long nap time for your littles.


OC Walk To Remember
Date: October 5, 2013
Location: The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin

Walk to remember those pregnancies or infants lost to unexplainable reasons and help the grieving families in need of emotional and physical support. Proceeds from the walk support 27 hospitals, organizations and families, and the walk includes important partnerships with groups like Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company. Names of those lost will be called and remembered in a special white rose ceremony.

American Diabetes Step Out Walk
Date: October 15, 2013
Location: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park

Debut those cute little Halloween costumes early at the Step Out Walk to stop diabetes! A kids costume contest, live entertainment, food, health screenings, and other activities are just the tip of the iceberg.  Register online as a team or an individual, and it’s free! You also get a 50% discounted admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as free parking.  The fundraising walk starts at the Independence Hall and makes it way around the park and past Soak City.  A shorter course is also prepared for those who feel the full course is a bit much.  Although it’s free, participants are encouraged to raise at least $125 to get an official t-shirt, and the first 600 participants to raise at least $250 will receive a complimentary Knott’s Berry admission.  There are also 3 training walk dates available and those who attend will get a free week at the YMCA and Gluco Fit Club.

Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Date: October 16, 2013
Location: Orange County Great Park, Irvine

Every 11 minutes in the United States, a child is diagnosed with some form of autism, and it is still a mysterious developmental disorder that is not well understood. Walk now to fund research to unravel those questions and help millions of kiddos fight autism. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the Great Park as well as visit information booths packed with information and fun activities for the little ones. Don’t forget to ride the free giant orange balloon!


LA Cancer Challenge 2013
Date: October 27, 2013
Location: Veterans Administration Grounds, Los Angeles

Pumpkin pancakes at 8:00 am should be reason enough to get your kiddos bright and early to this fundraiser.  For $5, the little ones can decorate their own pumpkin pancakes at the breakfast on the morning of the event. Be sure to dress the kiddos in their Halloween costumes and cheer them on as they dash for the cure in their very own Kids Can Cure Fun Run. After the finish line, the little ones can participate in a festive costume parade. Enjoy the music, entertainment, food, and health booths as a family.  General parking is across from the Jackie Robinson Stadium for $10.

Insider Tip: Bring sunblock, hats, plenty of water, shades, and strollers to help the little ones have a safe and fun walk to the finish line.

Has your family ever participated in a fun run or walk? Let us know below!

–Sommy Rhee

Photos courtesy of the L.A. Cancer Challenge’s Facebook page