Screen-Free Week

Last week we participated in “Screen-Free Week”. Normally, we limit TV watching in our home anyway. However, with that being said, we did have a few weeks of excessive TV watching while the kids were being baby-sat so I could wrap things up for work. I was pleasantly surprised that the transition from watching TV more-than-usual to none-at-all, turned out not being a big deal or challenge.

Except for Monday and Tuesday, the weather was beautiful. On Monday and Tuesday we spent most of our time indoors. We caught up on laundry, went grocery shopping, and to the library. We read books and colored. In celebration of May Day, we made a cake and paper cone May Day baskets to place fresh-cut flowers in for some of our loved ones. Wednesday we delivered our gifts and then began taking advantage of the beautiful weather by spending most of our days outdoors.

While we did our normal routine activities, we added in walks and field trips to new places. We started off on Wednesday with a walk on the James F. Hall Trail and played at one of the playgrounds for the first time. We watched several types of trains whoosh! by us. Noah was excited, to say the least. As we were leaving the park, we saw our friend Officer Bob, so Noah was again, very excited.

Thursday we walked the Newark Reservoir, participated in Hannah’s Nature Nuggets class, and took a late afternoon visit to my mom’s house so the kids could see how much the 2-week old chicks changed. Hannah and Noah also enjoyed running around outdoors.

Friday, the three of us we went down to Cape Henlopen. The two-hour drive was a bit long for them, but we made it! We visited the Nature Center which had live fish, sea horses, and a tank for the kids to touch horseshoe crabs. We then got some advice on which trails and sites were child-friendly. We started out on the Seaside Nature Trail, a nice little walk in the sand that went out to the bay-side beach. We sat down on a log and had a snack. As we got up to start walking, I saw a large shadow on the ground. I looked up to see a Turkey Vulture swooping down to take a closer look at us…uh, I didn’t like that! By the time we got to the beach the wind started picking up pretty badly. We decided to try the Observation Tower next, but Hannah was terrified of the steps. We decided to skip it and head to the ocean-side beach, instead. With the wind, we didn’t stay there too long either. We did look for shells and walked a little bit, but the crashing waves and wind were really scary to Noah.  Again, we decided to come back to it another time. Hannah was disappointed that we couldn’t sit out on a blanket and use her sand toys. I think one of the things Hannah took away from the experience is that the beach during springtime is much different from the beach in the summer. On a positive note, while we were on our way out of the park, we noticed a playground. We decided to check it out. It was slightly wooded around the playground, so it kept the wind at bay. We played for about an hour and decided it was time to go home. When asked what their favorite part of the beach was, they both said, “the playground!”

Saturday was Music Class and “Creek Fest” at White Clay Creek. The kids really enjoyed Creek Fest. We listened to live music, had fresh ice cream from the UDairy Creamery and visited the tables of various vendors and displays. Hannah enjoyed the tent with various falcons, hawks, and owls. She asked the naturalist some questions about the names of the falcons. We saw our church friends, The Juggling Hoffman’s. Hannah and Noah had their own little show as they were sitting next to us in the shade during their break! Hannah and Noah gravitated toward the playground and loved it so much asked if we could go back on Sunday. We decided after church we would go back to the playground at the park, which was a fine way to wrap up our Screen-Free week! Did you participate in Screen-Free Week? If so, what was your experience?