4 screen-free activities you AND your kids will love


This post is brought to you in partnership with Relay. All opinions are our own.

It seems like nearly everything in the modern world requires screens. We and our children binge Netflix and YouTube, chat online with friends, scan the Twitterverse and otherwise spend our time staring at screens.

In a recent study conducted by Republic Wireless, nearly 60% of parents said that technology and screens interrupt and disturb quality family time. However, 65% said that technology has the potential to bring families together and enhance interpersonal experiences.1

Using technology to bring families together is what the screen-free cellphone alternative company Relay is all about. We teamed up with them to bring you four screenless activities that you and your kids will enjoy.

Use high-tech toys.


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There are several companies that have innovated the toy market with high-tech scooters, hoverboards, electric skateboards and more. With gadgets like these, screen-free time can feel modern and advanced rather than having kids feel like they’ve just been told to play hoop-and-stick.

Grab a new set of electric skates, clip a Relay onto your child and send them out to have adventures. You can go with them to explore the city or take some quiet time at home, relaxing in the confidence that Relay offers GPS tracking capabilities so you can know where your kids are at all times.

Get in touch with nature.


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Charlotte is home to miles of beautiful trails just begging to be hiked. Even if you’re new to the hiking world, you can find a trail that is right for you and your family by checking out Mecklenburg County Government’s trail maps. Bring a pack with snacks and water, grab your Relay in case you get separated and make a day of it!

If your kids are not ready for hikes, there are still numerous ways to get them involved with the natural world. Take them to the Discovery Place: Nature Museum to learn about insects, see the butterfly pavilion, navigate the easy-to-walk on-site trail and get hands-on experience in the Naturalist Lab.


Have family board game nights.

The past decade has seen a rise in board game popularity, with innovative and interesting new styles of games seemingly published every week. Head to one of Charlotte’s many gaming stores to find a game that fits your child’s interests.

Maybe your kids like scary movies and would love to play a game like Betrayal at House on the Hill, where they become adventurers trapped in a haunted house. Or maybe they like comic book superheroes and want to join forces with the rest of the family to defeat evil villains in Sentinels of the Multiverse. Whatever they love, there is a game out there that can hold their interest — without screens!

Read new books and discuss them.


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Take your children to the Charlotte Mecklenburg library system and have them pick out a book to read. Here’s the kicker: you read the same book, and then have the family come together after each chapter to discuss what they think will happen next and how they like the story so far.

Having a family book club meeting after each chapter can keep kids engaged with the book and can help them develop good reading strategies. If individual reading seems like a chore, maybe your kids would prefer having you read aloud to them. This can help them learn how to pronounce new words and gives them the freedom to sit back, let their mind relax and engage their imagination.

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1. A nationally representative online survey of 1,403 U.S. parents with children aged 6 through 11, conducted May 2018.


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