Hugh and Ava Jackman's Scooter Style

03/21/2009 at 04:00 PM ET

Hugh Jackman joined 3 ½-year-old daughter Ava for a quick spin on their scooters Wednesday in New York City, carefully crossing the street together.

Along with Ava, Hugh and wife Deborra-Lee Furness are also parents to son Oscar Maximillian, 8 ½.

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mslewis on

Shouldn’t Ava have a helmet on?

sara on

Ava is so cute!

Lisa on

Aw Ava is so cute and it is so nice to always see her out with her parents and brother. She seems like an active little girl. Having said that my only negative response to this picture which i normall dont do is that she is 3 years old and is not wearing a helmet. I know dad is right next to her but with Natasha Richardson you see how precious your head is and how important it is to wear a helmet while biking/skiing/scootering etc. Anyways I love this family

Lisa on

and also this is New York City which makes it 10X more dangerous

Lis on

Oh how I love him :o)

Sarah on

He looks like such a great dad and is so gorgeous!!

liz on

Cute, but days after Natasha Richardson’s death you can’t help but point out the obvious; where are their helmets????

Lauren on

Maybe I’m being extra sensitive, but I sure wish this adorable twosome had helmets on. It can’t hurt, put it that way.

Karen on

The no helmets-thing kinda blows me away….!

Nina on

Oh I love them! I do wish she was wearing a helmet though, but so sweet!
I love Hugh’s recent interview where he talked about adopting his kids, I thought is was so sweet and his children are very lucky!

emg on

Know they are from Oz, but child should have a helmet on.

dolphin4711 on

Too cute for words!

T on

She should be wearing a helmet. End of story!

Anna on

They look great and happy and they don’t need helmets.
Soon enough you will be asking for people walking on the side walk to wear helmets.

Jase on

Lol it’s a manual scooter. It would be pretty hard to fall off it!

Jeni on

… I never wore a helmet when I had a scooter. Given I was a few years older than her so that might factor into things.

But that is a tri-wheeled scooter. And yes I know other factors can come into play (traffic, other people, etc) that could harm her, but dad is right there. I’m sure she was safe the whole way.

This is such a beautiful family, I always love seeing photos of them.

CelebBabyLover on

SHE should be wearing a helmet? What about her dad? Yes, Ava should ideally be wearing a helmet, but so should her dad!

eternalcanadian on

oh that is just so wrong. i don’t care how “carefully” hugh and ava were, they BOTH should be wearing helmets. as we all saw with the utterly tragic death of natasha, even a little fall on that hard pavement can turn tragic. shame on hugh, shame on him. that is all i can say in light of recent events. all parents should take heed and start putting helmets on both their kids and themselves. i put a helmet on my head for the first time in a long time when i went skiing over the weekend, and i will continue to wear one. natasha’s death scared me, and it should scare everyone. oh i can’t stop typing about hugh noot having ava wear a helmet. one can be the most careful they can be and things can still go deadly wrong in the blink of an eye. you can still have loads of fun with helmets on.

jacky on

i can’t believe people on here honestly think a 3 and 1/2 year old doesn’t need to wear a helmet. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that those people don’t have children or remember how clumsy a child that young can be. also, the whole point of a helmet is to protect you if you have an ACCIDENT. no one plan on having an accident, but hey they happen no matter how careful you are, so you should wear a helmet to protect yourself in case something does happen. As for her dad, he should wear a helmet too. not only to protect himself, but to set a good example for his daughter. on

My two oldest children have those scooters and LOVE them ( And although there are three wheels, they have taken their fair share of spills…good thing they wear helmets…just in case!

Anna on

The thing is, the chance that you get a serious head injury from riding on these scooters is probably not bigger than the chance of getting a head injury from falling when walking. It both can happen, but are you going to put a helmet on every time you step out the door? I hope not. You could also start wearing a helmet inside your car, you never know it could save you one day.

Richardson’s accident was tragic, but it was an accident and it is no reason to start wearing helmets for every mundane daily thing we do. Accidents happen and sometimes they end badly, it’s just a fact of life.

Lis on

Hi Anna – I’ll back you up, as I completely agree with everything you are saying🙂

Jeni on

I’m just speaking from my own experience from when I was younger. And I never wore a helmet while on a scooter (and mine was only a two wheeled one like Hugh’s but with smaller wheels), and I never fell. That’s just from personal experience.

Sarah on

I understand why everyone is being so cautious about Ava not wearing a helmet, but I have to agree 100% with Anna and Lis. Growing up I had one of those scooters and trust me it is impossible to get up to a speed where you could be seriously harmed. I fell quite a few times but i never got more then a scrape on the knee. I think that Hugh and his wife know how to raise their children and the rest of you just need to cool your jets and focus on your own lives.

T on

My daughter is the 3 1/2 has the same exact scooter as Ava (right down to the pink color) and took a really bad fall going down a small hill, and hit her head so hard on the driveway, her helmet cracked. She was totally fine, thank god! If just that one time, she was not wearing her helmet she would have been seriously injured or worse. I can still hear the sound of the helmet meeting the ground and cracking. I will never foget it and I will never forget to put her helmet on when she is riding a scooter or bike. If you are a parent, I do not understand why you would take a chance like that!

Kelly on

I completely agree she should have a helmet on. But she’s his kid, and therefore his choice. If she gets hurt (God forbid) it would be his fault and not ours.

Jennifer on

I agree that she should be wearing a helmet. That being said, Ava is a beautiful little girl, and those bows are too cute!🙂

cris on

oh!!! what a great, hot dad!!!!

eva on

Ava is so cute!

Lauren on

Anna and Lis, what you choose to do with your kid is your business. It’s just that when a kid is on a device designed to let them travel faster than their two feet would normally allow, it’s a sensible idea to make them wear protective head gear. To say that we would also want kids to wear a helmet walking down the street is an insane reach. Using the slippery slope arguement to disagree is juvenile. I don’t care what adults do, what choices they make, so long as they don’t expect the taxpayer to pay for an emergency room visit (or God forbid, something worse) if our fellow “let-me-do-my-own-thing” citizens should need our help. In California we have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law and seatbelt law because we go tired of paying for these fools’ medical costs. And you know what? The number of folks needing assistance because of not protecting themselves has plummeted. If you want to go helmetless, just bring along your credit card, or put a blank check in your kid’s pocket. Because I don’t want to pay for your choices.

sara on

stop telling fake stories to prove a point. kids can injure themselves badly even they are not riding a scooter. they can also fall down the stairs at home. more kids are injured at home than falling off a scooter each year, yea, maybe WE all should start wearing helmets at home. give me a break!

g!na on

jacky, i agree with you! First, the child is 3 1/2 years old! They are still so new to walking and can be clumsy at that young age! second, it’s not like they are riding the scooter down their driveway, they are crossing a busy street in NY! and even if it was their driveway this child should have a helmet on because WHAT IF she lost her footing because she was going to fast for her little feet and fell! She could crack he rhead open! My neice was 7 & was riding the same type scooter down the sidewalk! She hit her head on the handle bar & got 6 stitches on her forhead! Were not saying children should wear helmets when they are walking that is insane but anytime you are riding an object or toy that make go faster or has wheels you should wear a helmet! roller skating & ice skating involve some falling & can be dangerous for kids without a helmet! I want to stress again this child is 3 yrs. old and is riding a rolling toy across a busy street! What if she fell & a car couldn’t stop in time? What if he hit a rock & he stumpled on top of her? Pavements aren’t always smooth & I wouldn’t want to see something happen that could be prevented!

Anna on

So Lauren what if your kid falls while wearing a helmet, but she breaks her arm? You’re going to pay with your own money? Because hey she didn’t have to be on a scooter?

Riding a scooter is not more dangerous than crossing the street. I have been on a bicycle daily since I was 3 years old and so have all my family and friends and I don’t know anyone that fell of it.

Lauren on

Anna, this is going to do it for me today, because my head is starting to hurt from inane arguements. You cannot equate the medical bill for a broken arm or leg to even the slightest head injury. And more importantly than that, a head injury can impact the quality and lenghth of life, unlike most broken bones. Yeah, I did a lot of stuff growing up in the 70s without a helmet and I survived. But times change. I also didn’t wear a seatbelt. Or sunscreen. Do your own thing. Be a rugged individual. Go through life being defiant to common sense. That’ll show the rest of us how truly stupid it is to try to protect ourselves from BRAIN injury.

T on

Anna, I would bet money, you do not have any children. If had children who have had accidents, falls, etc.. just “kid stuff” you may have a different point of view. Just maybe…don’t be defensive, I am suggesting you may feel differently if you experienced clumsy toddler-hood.

CelebBabyLover on

Sara- I agree with your viewpoint about being overprotective and such, but I think it was really harsh of you to call T’s story fake. You have nothing to prove that it was! I mean, how would you like it if YOUR child got hurt like that…and when you told that story to someone, they said you were lying? You probably wouldn’t like it one bit!

I agree with Ana, Jeni, Lis, and Sarah. My brother also had one of those manual scooters when he was a kid, and he never wore a helmet when using it. Just like Sarah, the worst he ever got was a scraped knee. Also, from watching him use that scooter, I can assure you that, as other posters have said, manual scooters do NOT go that fast at all! In fact, most skateboards go faster than that!

Anna on

Well Lauren just because you are so sure you need to wear a helmet on a manual scooter does not mean it’s the absolute truth. You have been ingrained with that idea for years so you believe it but I don’t. You are right I don’t have children but all my nieces, nephews, friend’s children don’t wear helmets ever.

Actually I don’t know any child that wears a helmet on a scooter or bicycle. But I guess you think all the people in my country (and many others) are “rugged individuals”…. on

I don’t have my children wear helmets while riding their scooters because they go fast, as most of you are suggesting. I have them wear helmets on their scooters because it’s a new thing: They’re learning to steer and have gone into crevasses on the sidewalk and fallen…they’ve gone off curbs and fell because they didn’t remember where the break was in the back…and they’re daydreaming little toddler dream while riding their scooters looking around, and have forgotten they were on a scooter, and hit something.

I know they sound clumsy, but really they’re quite coordinated. Riding a scooter isn’t like walking, running, or riding a bike. It’s a new form of transportation. Just like you cover sharp edges or stand nearby when your child is learning to walk and tumbles quite a bit, you’d put a helmet on your child learning to skateboard or ride a bike or scooter.

If you choose not to have your child wear a helmet, that’s obviously your choice. But certainly you can see that you shouldn’t get down on those of us who do. It’s one of those, “If you have nothing nice to say…” situations, in my opinion.

Anna on

Exact;y that is our choice and apparently Hugh’s choice. I was not getting down on anyone for their choice, but people here were blasting Hugh for making a choice about his daughter. And there is nothing wrong with his choice, was all I wanted to point out.

CelebBabyLover on

Anna- I’m sorry you’ve gotten picked on. Given that you said, “in my country,” I’m assuming you’re not from the U.S. People need to remember that different countries have different views on things like helmets.

CelebBabyLover on

Oh, and Anna, just to make it clear, my last sentence was referring to the people who picked on you, NOT you!

Rachel on

In partial defense of Anna: My 4 year old daughter scooters nearly a mile to school nearly every day, in London, using exactly the same model as Ava is pictured riding on. [I am American, though.] I think that what protective gear you choose to give your kids needs to be adapted to them and their circumstances. We have our daughter wear a bright reflective safety vest, but no helmet. In our opinion, the chances of her falling on her head are minimal.

My guess is that most people complaining about the lack of helmet are suburbanites. There, kids have the space to go fast, there are hills, and traffic isn’t as intense. In a big city, there’s really no way to gather much speed – there are just too many pedestrians, and blocks are too short. But there are tons of opportunities for a car to hit you. The vest is to ensure that cars really do see our daughter when she crosses the street – even though we cross each street holding her hand. In a big city during rush hour, the risk of an inattentive driver is just too big.

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