Spring is here! It’s nice outside. Gather your family, grab your friends, and start “Turn Your Screen Off” Week with the Licking Park District. For the 5th year, Licking Park District and several partnering organizations will join millions of others, across the nation, to encourage turning off TVs, phones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days. LPD invites everyone to tune into the world around us and join the Outdoor Adventures kick off celebration on Sunday, April 29th, from noon–4 pm, at Infirmary Mound Park, Rt. 37, south of Granville.
“Turn Your Screen Off” Week is a chance for children, teens, and adults to get up and get moving, to read and be more physically active, to spend time with family and friends. “According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), children and teens ages 8–18 spend nearly four hours daily in front of the TV and an additional two hours on the computer and playing video games. To some, this may seem harmless. However, when we add the hours of TV watched by our children per week, per month, and per year, how much of this time was truly beneficial and how much was fruitless? Unfortunately, many children would rather watch TV and play video games than go outside and play, or participate in sports. Kids tend to be less active and apt to snack more freely while in front of the TV,” stated Angela Douglas, Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor in the Atlanta area.
Visitors can try paddle sports on Mirror Lake, a rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline, a bounce house, and disc golf on a small course with the Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club. Discs will be available to try the activity and for purchase. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources archery trailer will be at the park and the Ace Archers will assist folks wanting to test their target skills. A wide range of creative and educational activities will be offered by participating community organizations. Food vendors: Hogg Head’s BBQ Food Truck and Liberty Kettle Corn will also be on site.
Participating organizations this year are: Ace Archers, Boy Scout Troops, Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club, Dawes Arboretum, Granville Recreation Department, Granville Kiwanis, Licking County Health Department, Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Horseman’s Council, Freedom Bicycles, Central Ohio Geocachers, Land of Legends Flyfishers, Eastern Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, and others. LPD is excited to offer this event and encourages everyone to attend other park activities throughout the year