Going somewhere this summer?
I'd like to invite you to remember back to your own youth when screen-free travel was the ONLY kind of travel. Well, I suppose that depends on your age. I forget sometimes that I have customers born in the early 90's who have children of their own. And those parents probably did do some traveling with Gameboys and DVD players as companions. Alas, can we just agree that there was a day and age when families took to the road with nothing more complicated than a pencil, notebook, favorite book or magazine, maybe a deck of cards for the hotel or campsite... Surely most of us can remember the simpleness of those times.
Listen, I'm not even traveling anywhere this summer farther away than my hometown which is only an hour trip. So this technology high road is easy for me to take. As a matter of fact, I packed a bag of things to keep my own two kids busy today AT A TOY STORE. (Lucky me...It isn't even "National Bring Your Kids to Work" Day) Obviously, my kids are spending the day in place full of PLAY (bubbles, no less than 18 games, craft supplies, books...). Knowing that even the vast play options here wouldn't be enough to engage them for the 4.5 hours they'd be with me, I packed up their library books and couple of painting projects from home. I also snuck the iPad in the bag. Just. In. Case. Because, let's face it, whether we're at work, in the car for more than six minutes, or just having "one of those days" at home, we are all just spoiled enough to justify breaking out the wicked device and thrusting it toward a peacefulness offending child. "I mean, I'm trying to work here. Fine. Just find something appropriate on Netflix."
Problem solved. Or is it?
So, ignoring the 21 boxes chock full of FABULOUS goodies waiting for me to open, enter, and lovingly place each and every item on the shelves, I've reminisced, brainstormed, and researched a list of classic games and activities that your whole family will enjoy. You're welcome. Again, if I'm being honest, I have to tell you that I would probably struggle as much as my kids when it comes to putting away the phone/device and just having some good ol' fashioned road trip fun. So, lead by example and keep that phone tucked away. These are REALLY good suggestions. Some will be very familiar and some might be new. Aside from a couple of recommendations, they have nothing to do with things I sell in the store. (For the record, because I like to pay my bills, we ARE having a SALE on items that make great travel companions.)
Without further ado, her are my suggestions. In no particular order.
Seriously, that seems doable right? Imagine the social media bragging rights if you can endure an 8+ hour car ride with nary a device. Your friends will be so impressed. #screenfree #nodevices #weareallstillalive On the off chance you do break down and get out the iPad, admit that too. #thestruggleisreal #insanity
We aren't pioneers. Embrace the gift of silence offered by just a little screen time.
If you have a good game, tip, or suggestion for passing long hours in small spaces, share it in a comment below!
Side note: They made it through the WHOLE work day without that contraband iPad. We took a bubble break outside. They road scooters. They went to our favorite coffee shop and candy store. Read lots of books. Put on a puppet show (until the fake voices became unbearable for me). Played pretend something in the play kitchen area. And asked me LOTS of questions. But, we did it. No easy way out for us today. Wonder what they are doing at home with Dad now...