Thursday, September 26, 2019

Turn in Your Cell Phone and Get Free Admission at Kidzu on Saturday, September 28, 2019 | WWDOP

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — To celebrate Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play, Kidzu Children's Museum is offering this deal to parents on Saturday, September 28, 2019: Turn in your cell phone at its front desk and get one free adult admission.

Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play is a movement to champion the transformative power of PLAY for kids and families. Partners across the country participate and share in Nickelodeon’s commitment to make communities more playful through sports, recreation, and activities. Nickelodeon encourages kids to use their voice to help make decisions regarding play in their afterschool and recreation programs.

Of course, it's hard for parents and kids to play together when adults have their noses in their smartphone.

Kidzu, which is inside University Place in Chapel Hill, is offering the deal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Admission for adults is usually $8.50.

Surveys and studies have found that smartphones are changing the way families interact with each other, and there are plenty of reasons for parents to put down the phone.

Here are a few of those reasons ...

A Highlights survey found that 62% of kids interviewed say their parents are distracted when they talk to them. The top source of distraction was cell phones. Children, according to the survey, said they believed that their parents considered their phones "essential" and that they would "be mad," "go crazy" and "get a replacement very fast" if they lost it.

Another study from Yale University tracked At&T's rollout of its 3G network and found a 9% increase in emergency room visits for kids under five after the community was hooked up to 3G.

And other research from Illinois State University found that parents who use their smartphones or tablets during family time end up with kids who are more prone to act out, which is reason enough for me to put the phone down.

Worldwide Day of Play is coming up on Sept 28! For all the ways to get involved, visit the Nickelodeon Community Partner Resources hub, #wwdop

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