Center Parcs want to see your outdoor adventures and they are giving away family bundles for a great night in and great night out. I’m going to tell you about the competition they have running now, which is the 2nd in a series of three.
Mud pies. Climbing trees. Bruised knees. Building forts with my sister. Racing around the street on my bikes with friends until dinner time.
These are my fondest memories of childhood – roaming free, being outside for as long as possible and making my own adventures. I’m sure there are some things mentioned here you also recall and look back on affectionately.
Fast-forward to the here and now, where tablets, games consoles, smartphones and instant messaging are all so much more widespread. A recent BBC article, which cited a Childwise report, stated that children now spend six hours or more on screens every day. That’s a huge amount, and a 50% increase compared with figures from 1995 – but it definitely rings true to me. Teenage boys spend the longest, with eight hours screen-time each day, while 8-year-old girls spend three and a half hours.
Of course, the world is a different place compared with 20 years ago. Children are increasingly adept at consuming new forms of technology, while their parents are increasingly anxious – for a number of understandable reasons. Indeed, this BBC article revealed fear over traffic, going out after dark and walking home from school were all major worries for parents, leading to restricted freedom for their little ones.
It’s not always easy to find the right balance, but I believe we can. My kids do love their screen time, whether it’s games consoles or watching one of their favourite TV programmes but they’ll happily swap those for a family day out in the countryside, a trip to the park or to play out in the garden with their friends. You can see some of our favourite outdoor moments in the collage I made at the top of this post.
Center Parcs are challenging you to reclaim the great outdoors and share a photo of your family having fun outdoors together. It could be a bike ride, an afternoon of conker-finding, den building or just a walk through your local park.
Share a photo of your outdoor fun and you could be in with a chance of winning a fantastic family bundle worth £300. Each bundle includes cinema tickets, restaurant vouchers, games and more, giving your family the chance to spend a great night in and a great night out together.
How to enter
If you want to win a family bundle worth £300, all you need to do is post of photo of your family’s outdoor adventure onto the Center Parc Facebook page or on twitter using #CPfamilytime. Terms and conditions apply* Entries must be in by midnight on Monday 19th October.
- Hold smartphone in selfie position
- Turn camera on
- Turn phone 180˚ away from you
- Take photo of the scene around you
- Upload to Facebook or twitter using #CPfamilytime
*Click here for the full terms and conditions. Giveaway and post sponsored by Center Parcs