7 Ways to Celebrate Screen-Free Week!
Ever feel like your family could use a little time to unplug?
We at Kids at Heart love Screen-Free Week, a reminder for all of us to take a little break from our devices and TVs. We’ll be celebrating the simple joys of play by giving away a super prize basket, filled with some of our favorite toys and books.
Come by Kids at Heart and enter to win! We will draw for our lucky winner on May 4th. Good luck!
Need some ideas for Screen-Free Week? Here are seven ideas we have for things to do with kids in Portland, no screen needed, one for each day.
Put on family game night. If you need something new, come by the store to ask for a recommendation and take a peek at our board game wall. Toddlers can play matching games, or “help” a family member with their turns at something more advanced.
Volunteer. Check out Hands On Greater Portland for family-friendly volunteer opportunities for all ages.
Hang outside. The weather is nothing if not fickle in May in the Rose CIty, so locals know we need to get out there and enjoy it as long as it lasts. We love taking stomp rockets to the park and seeing how far everyone in the family can make them fly.
Arts and crafts. Mother’s Day isn’t too far away (hint hint). Your kids will feed off your example of being creative, so draw along, and show them that mistakes are part of the artistic process.
Put on a show! The grownups can perform a puppet show off the cuff, or the kids can write and perform a play of their own.
Work magic with a science project. You can use everyday household items to demonstrate scientific concepts, or swing by Kids at Heart to grab a kit and make your own slime (eeew!).
Sunday Parkways. On Sunday the 10th, take the family out for a bike/walk/roller skate in East Portland. Wave to the Belmont Goats in their new home in Lents, and check out the new Foster Floodplain Natural Area.
Why unplug for Screen-Free Week? Children with less access to screens tend to fall asleep faster, eat better, get more exercise, and do better in school, according to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Less screen time means more family fun time, more time to interact and bond, and more time to explore, run, jump, be creative, or just daydream and chat.
What are some of your favorite ways to spend screen-free time with your family?
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