Recent studies show that kids ages 8 through 12 years old spend 35% to 50% less time outdoors as compared to their parents. They are spending almost five hours a day using screen media, and are being labeled the “indoor nation” generation.
How can parents get their kids outside and play? Some of my favorite outdoor play spots are Descanso Gardens, Griffith Park, The Huntington, LA Memorial Park and The Arboretum.
Early childhood research shows that time for outdoor play is critical for physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being for everyone. To keep families unplugged and connected – Tinkergarten has a solution. “The research is clear: two hours a week outside is all you need to start seeing wellness and learning benefits,” said TInkergarten co-founder, Meghan Fitzgerald. “We believe in the power of outdoor play; it’s the foundation on which our program is built.”
Starting March 8, Tinkergarten is having a “Spring Forward” Daylight Saving Day, offering over 1,600 complimentary classes across the nation, and continues through March 31, 2020.
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“It’s important for the development of our children that we balance our indoor time and time with technology,” said co-founder, Brian Fitzgerald. “Spring Forward is the perfect excuse to offer families a chance to take advantage of their extra hour of daylight and experience Tinkergarten.”
Families can find information about free classes in their area at tinkergarten.com/springforward, in addition to tips on how to help their children manage the transition to daylight saving time.
Join the conversation and share experiences and ideas of how you discover fun outdoor play opportunities on Instagram and Twitter tagging @tinkergarten and #springforward. Join the #OutdoorsAll4 Facebook Group to share ideas and celebrate outdoor play all four seasons.