New Website Helps You Bring Play into Every Day

New Website Helps You Bring Play into Every Day

The site features activity ideas, supportive tips and articles intended to give families the information and inspiration they need to weave play into the fabric of their daily lives.

Play Boosts Emotional and Mental Health in Kids

Play Boosts Emotional and Mental Health in Kids

Play Boosts Emotional and Mental Health in Kids It’s no secret that the amount of time kids spend playing has been declining. In fact, kids growing up today play an average of eight hours less per week than children did in the 1980s. The trend has prompted warnings...
How do we avoid meltdowns when turning off screens?

How do we avoid meltdowns when turning off screens?

My kids (ages 3 and 10) often have complete meltdowns when I ask them to turn off their screens. What are your tips for a calmer transition away from devices? Erin Walsh Erin is a Minneapolis-based parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She is also the co-founder...
8 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership

8 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership

8 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership Looking for the perfect gift for a special family in your life? Give the gift of play with a membership to Minnesota Children’s Museum. There are so many reasons to give a museum membership this holiday season. Here are the top...
Closing the Play Gap

Closing the Play Gap

Closing the Play Gap In a world of distractions and busy schedules, kids need free time to play more than ever. Sheila Williams Ridge, co-director of the University of Minnesota Child Development Laboratory School, a nature-based early learning center, thinks parents...

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