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Get Ready for Screen-free Week, April 30-May 6

Plenty of free and low-cost alternatives abound in Port Washington.

Families will have plenty of free or low-cost alternatives in Port Washington during Screen-free Week, April 30-May 6. 

Looking for screen-free options? The Port Washington Child Care Partnership, which has joined Plainview-based in supporting this effort, suggests this roundup for the following week:

is giving families who’ve taken the Screen-free Week Pledge a 10 percent discount on the purchase of a game or book, April 30-May 6. Dolphin is also offering a variety of activities, free of charge, that will enhance children’s imaginations and creativity and give families opportunities to have fun together. They are inviting families to come in for Storytime & Crafts, Mon., April 30, 3-4 p.m. The whole family can join in “Be a Human Compass” and play "What Direction Should I Go?" with Family Fun author Linda Reid Bryce, Tues., May 1, 6:30-8 p.m.  Children, 8 and older, are invited to learn how to create Books from Scratch with Kelsey Fox Bennett of Inner Art Creations, Wed., May 2, 4-5 p.m.  All ages are welcome to join Kelsey Fox Bennett as she leads Brain Gym Workshop, Thurs., May 3, 4–5 p.m.

At , children, ages 4-10, can enjoy physical activity as they explore different sports and games. There's an hour of Multi-Sport Turf Time, free of charge, from Mon., April 30, through Thurs., May 3, 6-7 p.m. and on Sat., May 5 and Sun., May 6, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Families are invited to come to , for sidewalk seed planting on Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free of charge.  Families will be able to take their plantings home so that they can transplant them into their own garden and enjoy their beauty and bounty. Alper’s will also encourage families to plant a row for those who are hungry.

For budding artists, , is giving families free studio time during Screen-Free week. Families will only pay for the materials they use to create lasting works of art.

The entire family is invited to a fun-filled evening at the , Thursday, May 3, 6:30pm.  The preserve is hosting an evening of Pirates, Picnic, and Parrots at cost of $20 per car, which includes dinner and parrot show. Families can spend time together in this natural setting right in our backyard. Make reservations by phone: 516-571-7901 or by email: info@friendsspp.org.

And at the , children ages 6-9, can have Fun With Flowers, Saturday, April 28th at 10 a.m., bringing  home a container filled with fresh flowers. Registration required. Children 6-10 can enjoy adventures of the Young Birders Club, Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, at 11:30 a.m. Children ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to visit the Children’s Room to make a fun craft at  Drop-In Craft from Tuesday, May 1, to Friday, May 4,  between  4-8 p.m.  No registration required. The library is also offering two special story times at the on Friday, May 4. For children ages 2-5, there is story and song time at 11 am. For children in grades K-2, there is story time at 4 p.m.  These story times are co-sponsored by the , a member of the Port Washington Child Care Partnership. If weather is inclement, story times will be held at the library in the Children's Room.  No registration required. Where registration is required, call Children's Services at 883-4400, Ext. 150.  Learn more about the library’s screen-free events.

Jennifer Scotto-Robinson May 05, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I know several people that have gone to Piece of Amy Art this week, and the doors have always been closed. The hours are posted on the door, but no one is there. Does anyone know what happened to the store or the owner, for that matter? I hope it isn't some kind of emergency as a reason for closing, but to not post anything about not being open when you advertise for Screen-free Week? Weird.
Jennifer Scotto-Robinson May 05, 2012 at 04:16 AM
*My, not Amy

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