My first glamping holiday with the family was, at least partly, organised as a good way to get the kids away from the iPad and X box and back to just being kids, playing outside and actually talking to us as parents! It was a success, the kids learnt the art of making a fire, and we enjoyed the ancient art of charades to candlelight. I was reminded of this recently when a friend posted on Facebook that he was having a device free week with his family where he locks away everything with a screen and after a day or two the children are back reading books, drawing, and playing outside.
There is even an organisation to promote going device free. http://www.screenfree.org organises screen free week, which this year is May 4th -10th. It encourages everyone to go screen free, and helps with activities to do instead, as everyone with children will know, the thought of going device free without a fully planned alternative to keep those little darlings entertained is a scary thought!
Glamping is a great way to go screen free as you are outdoors with lots of opportunities for outdoor play, and somewhere new to explore. There are other children to play with, and we are planning to have trails, and walks to keep them entertained (and tire them out!)
I like technology as much as the next person (I am writing this on a laptop, downloading photos from my phone, and at the same time watching TV!) However when it comes to families and children, a little bit of screen free is a lovely thing.