We are attempting to participate in TV Turnoff week. Yeah I said week. Two days down, and so far so good. A.P. has started whining both days when he couldn’t watch Ruff Ruffman, but he was pretty easily distracted with trying to shoot his sister with a rubber band (is that a good thing??).
TV alternatives we’ve seen in the past two days include dressing up as Batman (Halloween costume) and Robin (who my children understand to be Batman’s wife; and who wears only underwear and Hello Kitty tennis shoes) and attacking the ‘bad guys’ (stacked up bean bags). The other was even weirder – playing “ear transplant hospital”.
When I decided to participate, it was nice and warm and sunny. It is no longer nice and warm and sunny. So what am I going to do with these turkeys all week? Here are my ideas:
- Aquinas College will have an Earth Day Farmer’s Market Wednesday in the Wege Center from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Here is a link with the information.
- Rivertown Community Federal Union (not where we go, but I’m kind of ticked at Lake Michigan Credit Union right now so I’m shopping around) is participating in National Credit Union Youth Week. I got an email from them saying, “Stop in to 36th Street on Friday the 24th for a free piggy bank craft project and cookies and punch.“ Wouldn’t you know? My kids love piggy bank craft projects and cookies and punch.
- We also may join in on a Guinness World Record for the most cars washed in an 8 hour period. Catholic Central and West Catholic students are attempting to break the current record. They are trying to was 4,000 cars on Saturday, April 25th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Deltaplex. The carwash is free, but donations are welcome. It might be our only opportunity to be part of any Guinness World Record, and it seems pretty painless compared to some of the other crazy stuff people do.
- If we end up at the mall, we’ll be sure to get our free pretzel I blogged about before.
- The East Grand Rapids Library is turning 50, and will be celebrating this Saturday the 25th. More details about what a library birthday party looks like are here.
- This next one requires a ruling. Please feel free to, well, rule. Are movies excluded in TV Turnoff week? Celebration Cinemas are having crafts and activities, then showing the movie “Earth” on Saturday. It all starts at 12:00, and it’s $10.00. You also get a pop and a popcorn, and proceeds benefit the Kent District Library. I would really like to see this one on a big screen, and given that it’s rated G and not PG-13, it probably won’t make it into the Dove Family Film Festival.
- There is another movie option on Saturday. The Grand Rapids Public Main Library is showing Wall-e as part of the Earth Week Celebration I blogged about here.
- On Sunday, we may head out to the Autism Walk (this is a weather-contingent activity for us). More info on that here.
Hopefully that will be plenty to keep us busy this week, with the rubber-band shots kept to a minimum.