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How to reduce your kids’ screen time during the school holidays

Let’s be honest – smartphones and iPads are our friends. Who knows where we’d be without Google Maps! But sometimes we can have too much of a good thing, and this is especially true when it comes to the kids.

With the school holidays coming up, why not make it a goal to try and get them away from their screens, and make the most of their time off school? To help inspire alternative activities, we’ve put together a list of ideas of other ways to keep them entertained. What’s more, these will tire them out much more than any YouTube video would, giving you a little extra ‘me’ time, too!

1. Arts and crafts

The first thing you’ll need to do to reduce screen time is to think of some other more interesting things to do. Arts and crafts projects may require a little more effort and supervision than sticking on a movie, but the results will be far more satisfying!

Get creative and fuel their imagination, the possibilities are endless! Here are just a few easy examples you could try, depending on the age of your children.

These adorable projects are the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do you have a project to fill a morning, but your kids can watch their creations grow and even have some herbs for dinner!

Creating collages is a fun way for your kids to get arty without making a crazy amount of mess. Try a recycled self-portrait using items from around the house!

Sometimes the old ideas are the best ideas! Re-live your own childhood and get the kids making cute necklaces or bracelets using elastic and some painted pasta.

2. Top Ryde City’s School Holiday activities

School holidays are a great time to do activities that you normally don’t have time for, and for the kids to make special memories that they can tell their friends about!  

Come and make the most of the program of events and activities at Top Ryde City that will inspire them more than any video game! We have an action-packed agenda with MyGym Music workshop (2nd-4th October from 10am-12pm), a Sushi making Workshop (Sunday 6th October), and Kids Build It (Monday 7th- Sat 12th October.) Check them out in more detail here! 

3. Get outdoors

With the weather starting to warm up, September is the perfect time to get outdoors and get some fresh air! Treat the dog to extra-long walks or head to one of Sydney’s coastal walks and make a day of it with a picnic.  If you have transport, why not go even further afield and explore some of Sydney’s beautiful National Parks? You’ll have some tired-out kids, and they’ll have some memories to cherish!

4. Parents Night Out

School holidays shouldn’t just be a good time for the kids – you need some time to relax too! Treat everyone to a great time with Parents Night Out at Top Ryde City on Saturday 5th October. The kids can either watch a movie or join one of the other supervised activities on offer, while you kick back and indulge in a time-out at one of our many restaurants.

You all deserve it! Check out Parents Night Out here!

5. Get baking!

Baking can give your little ones a huge feeling of accomplishment, no matter how interesting their masterpieces end up looking! Cooking and baking doesn’t always require a great deal of preparation, either. Stuck for ideas? Here are just a few to get started.

6. Head to the movies

It may be a screen, but this one is a little different! The cinema can be a great school holiday treat that will often give the kids something to talk about for days. Team up with a friend and take all the kids to Event Cinemas Top Ryde. You’ll both get 2 hours to kick your feet up and relax. Win! Check out what’s on at Event Cinemas Top Ryde.

Filling your kid’s calendar during school holidays doesn’t have to be a struggle. Hopefully some of these ideas will help inspire some fun activities that you can all enjoy, away from the iPad!

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