Spring has sprung! Shake off that cabin fever with a family hike, throw open the windows while you freshen up the house or plan a picnic complete with a fire and s’mores, of course! It doesn’t matter how you go Tech-Free this April, as long Life’s Best Moments are spent together.
Go On a Hike
The days are getting longer, which means more time for you to spend outside! Pack a snack and head out to the great outdoors for a family hike through a nearby park or nature preserve. Watch for the leaves budding out on the trees, spring blooms and birds building nests and foraging for food.
Check out the below park district websites for local hikes:
Cleaning isn’t always high on everyone’s list of fun, but when the whole family pitches in and you turn it into something more than just scrubbing and mopping, you might be surprised at how much fun you can have! Let your kids pick the playlist, open the windows for some fresh air, and set the timer – see how much you can get accomplished by the time it goes off.
Breaking things down into manageable tasks and time-frames helps keep everyone motivated, and teaching kids life skills like how to clean and organize is never a bad use of your time!
Have a Picnic
It may still be too chilly to spend all night camping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat outdoors and enjoy an evening around the fire! Pack up a cooler or picnic basket full of sandwiches, a couple thermoses of warm beverages, and of course – graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows for s’mores! Build a fire and settle in for a night of treats and talking with the ones you love.
And, “April showers bring May flowers,” so here’s a bonus idea for those rainy April Tuesday nights! Check out this page at Parents.com where you can search for indoor activities by theme, ages of your kids and materials you already have on-hand!
Here’s what others around the Tri-State are doing on their Tech-Free Tuesdays:
- “Reading with my daughter if it’s cold, going to the park to ride our bikes or working in our yard if it’s warmer.”– Erika R.
- “We will be going outside on nice days to walk or hike some trails. On days it rains we will stay inside and play games, and have the kids help make dinner.” – Bonnie S.
- “Trying to decide what colors to paint the house, homework with my daughter and actually watching her soccer practice instead of texting.” – Jane J.
- “We usually like to play board games as a family. But since the weather is warming up, I’m sure we will be heading to the park and taking walks in the woods.” – William E.
- “Playing game after game of basketball, as well as cooking my girlfriend a great meal over a fire. Doesn’t get any more tech-free than that!” – Alex H.
- “I will be prepping my meals for the rest of the week.” – Mia V.
- “My daughter and I will be doing some canvas painting with a great glass of wine!”– Melissa M.
- “Reading stories aloud to each other, as well as drawing and writing our own stories to read.” – Toni C.