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Screen Free Week

What it is: Screen Free Week allows children and their families to take a break from the technology they are consumed by every day. Technology is a great thing. Computers, TV’s, laptops, tablets, and cell phones help with staying connected to loved ones, directions to a specific destination, entertainment and much more, but even great things need to be used in moderation. Taking some time away from screens will benefit you! Read below to find out some alternatives to using technology.


Dates: Monday, April 30th to Saturday, May 5th

Monday, April 30:
  • Library Drop-In
    • 5 - 7 pm
    • Main Library - 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin IL 60120
    • Explore the interactive exhibit based on the extreme deep and learn about all things under the sea
    • Enjoy story time from a variety of books suitable for all ages

Library Drop-In
Tuesday, May 1:
  • Free Toddler Drop-In
    • 5 - 7 pm
    • Multi-Purpose Gym at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way
    • Stop by and play with your children in our multi-purpose gym filled with toys
  • BMX Night
    • 6 - 8 pm at The Hill BMX (Elgin Sports Complex)
    • Come out wearing long sleeve shirts and pants. 
    • Waivers must be filled out by an adult guardian/parent
    • Bikes and helmets are provided, but you can bring your own, if desired.

Toddler Drop-in
Wednesday, May 2: 
  • Open Swim
    • 4-6 pm
    • Adventure Island at The Centre of Elgin
    • Relax in the leisure pool, swim in the lap pool, go down the waterslide or jump off the diving board

Pool
Thursday, May 3: 
  • Open Climb
    • 4-8 pm
    • Climb one of our seven courses on our rock wall
  • Softball Night
    • 6:30 pm at the Elgin Sports Complex, 709 Sports Way
    • Come out and enjoy watching a softball game
    • Concessions will be available
Climb
Friday, May 4:
  • Open Gym
    • 4-8 pm
    • Basketball Courts at The Centre of Elgin
    • Play pickup games or shoot around with your friend
BBall
Saturday, May 5: 
  • Soccer Drop-In
    • 10 am - 1 pm
    • Eastside Recreation Center Indoor soccer field
    • Practice your soccer skills with your friends and family

Soccer

Tip: Get your family and friends involved in Screen Free Week to have a support system that will keep you accountable.

Benefits: 

  • Gives your child’s brain and eyes a rest
  • Allows children to engage in other hobbies
  • Provides kids more time to be active or play
  • Gives more time to build & maintain relationships
  • Better sleep & happier attitude

Too much technology can cause:

  • Bad grades in school
  • Obesity
  • Attention issues
  • Problems developing relationships

Facts & Statistics:

  • The younger children start using screens, the tougher it will be for them to put them away when they are older
  • Kids ages 8-18 consume an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes of screen time a day—this is an increase of 2.5 hours over the last 10 years
  • Reduction of screen time can assist in preventing obesity
  • There’s a significant connection between family dinners and performance in the classroom
  • Turning off technology helps remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness

 Check out http://www.screenfree.org/ for more information on Screen Free Week.

Information found from the following websites:

http://www.screenfree.org/five-reasons-why-screen-free-week-is-essential-for-kids-and-families/

http://www.screenfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/screentimefs.pdf

https://www.becomingminimalist.com/unplug-please/