Despite this past weekend’s balmy temperatures, you’ve probably logged a lot of hours indoors this winter, the hardest time of year to manage the amount of time your kids spend in front of screens.
This Sunday, get out of the house and join us at Screen Time Social (emphasis on Social) for maker activities for preschoolers through teens. Here’s what your kids can do instead of fighting with you over the remote:
-Engineer castles from cups and fashion shapes from marshmallows and pretzels with Launch
-Design “spectral” pinwheels with the Beam Center that project color onto nearby surfaces when they spin
-Learn how to design any object or toy for a 3D printer with 3D Roundhouse
-Make Lego robots and have a robot battle with BK Bots
-Play with a dozen different smart toys from Geek Forest, which will be selling and demonstrating everything from littleBits, which snap together to form simple circuits, to Teknikio, which creates girl-centric electronic kits to inspire inventors of all kinds
You’re also invited to drop in on educational workshops to learn the smart ways schools are using Minecraft and how to “break the Oscars” with a tool called MediaBreaker that teaches kids to challenge and critique the media.
We have lots of experts on hand, too, who can help you find the best educational apps, manage your time on electronic devices, and offer expert advice on raising kids in the digital age.
The event will be held from 11am to 3pm in Battery Park City at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (which is steps from the National Museum of the American Indian, so you can make a day of it!). Advance tickets start at $15 for adults, and kids 18 and under are free. Use the code BBKIDS to get $5 off, and be sure to RSVP on Facebook to get an extra entry to our online raffle, filled with these sweet prizes.