Most parents would be lying if they said that they child didn’t rely at all on technology. Smartphones, laptops, tablets and gaming devices are all commonplace in the lives of most kids these days. For our generation, it couldn’t be more different. Many of us still consider the home telephone the pinnacle of modern technology, while our kids stare at us in disbelief! Millennials too can recall a time before the internet. Or, at least a time where you had to wait until someone in the house got off the phone before you could use the internet. The tech revolution isn’t all bad: our children are extremely tech-savvy, a trait which could help them hugely when it comes to getting jobs. But, it also has its pitfalls. More and more children are living solely online, therefore it is a parent’s job to encourage to spend more time in the ‘real world’ too. There are plenty of family based activities you can do with your kids to give them a break from the iPad, and anything that gets them active is a plus too!
Laser tag was first played in Dallas, Texas in 1984. It arose from the back of a US Army training exercise where soldiers simulated battle using infrared beams. This is still the premise of Laser Tag to this very day. Most major towns and cities have at least one laser tag center, where you can book either a private session or go in as a family. The game is full of suspense and involves a lot more running than you would think! Laser tag is also one of the best places for birthday parties and plenty of the centers now feature huge arenas. Hideout towers, ramps and bridges are all typical features of the average laser tag center.
If you need to draw some kind of parallel between cool technology and getting outside, a Segway trip could be the ideal option for you and your kids. Segway riding is easy to master and is a great way to see new places. Since its unveiling on Good Morning America in 2001, the Segway has been an invention people have known about, but once that never really hit the mainstream. However, this novelty makes them lucrative for kids and they are a lot of fun. Plus, you don’t need to worry about anyone getting hurt; the maximum speed any Segway can achieve is 12.5mph. Just make sure your little ones listen careful to the safety information so they don’t run over any pedestrians!
A day out to a Go Ape center is a great way to get your kids both outdoors and exercising. With centers now in 15 states across the US, you can swing, jump and zipline your way through the trees all in the name of fun. Safety is paramount and you are attached to the course at all times, meaning that if you do fall you’ll never have far to go. There is also a less intense course available for kids known as Tree Top Junior – a variation on the original Tree Top course. You can book in groups too so you can take part as a family.