Unplug

March 7, 2020

Are we spending too much time on our cellphones? Depending on the study, research shows that on average, Americans spend between 3 to 6 hours per day on their cell phones and check their phones up to 58 times daily. By comparison, children spend less than half that amount of time playing outdoors each day. While the capabilities smartphones provide are undeniable, studies have shown that having too dependent of a relationship with our smartphones can lead to an increase in anxiety, loneliness, and tiredness.

Alternatively, research shows that spending 120 minutes per week in nature or open space increases health and well-being. With children specifically, outside play can improve motor and sensory skills, contribute to cognitive and social/emotional development, increase attention spans, and stimulate happiness and better immunity.   

March 6 is National Day of Unplugging, which encourages everyone to take a break from technology for a 24-hour period to unwind, relax, and engage in things other than technology, electronics, and social media to appreciate the natural world.  Continuing Saturday, March 7th, we are offering a variety of unplugged programs providing opportunities to trade cellphones, television, and video games for outdoor recreation, social engagement, and personal discovery.

Whether with us or on your own…Unplug and find your outlet!

Schedule for March 7

Introduction to Tai Chi, Age 16+ - 8:00-9:00am; FREE
Learn a few simple ways to improve your posture and balance. As we age we need to continue to move and learn new things. We have been told for years to exercise our bodies, but recently the importance of exercising our minds is also being emphasized. Tai Chi is a great way to strengthen our mind, body, and spirit. Location: Conejo Creek North Park

Goat Yoga, Age 10+ - 9:30-10:20am; $10 per person; Class ID# 9801.1201 *CLASS IS FULL*
Goat Yoga is catching fire!!! And... you KNOW you WANT to try it, so here is your chance!  Whether you are an experienced Yogi or a beginner, yoga with relaxing with goats will give you a whole new kind of zen. Goats are naturally curious...and nibble!  No dangling jewelry...tie back long hair! Bring a yoga mat or towel along with bottled water. Consider wearing a hat and applying sunscreen as we are outdoors!  Location: Old Meadows Park

Goat Yoga, Age 10+ - 8:30-9:20am; $10 per person; Class ID# 9803.1201
Goat Yoga is catching fire!!! And... you KNOW you WANT to try it, so here is your chance!  Whether you are an experienced Yogi or a beginner, yoga with relaxing with goats will give you a whole new kind of zen. Goats are naturally curious...and nibble!  No dangling jewelry...tie back long hair! Bring a yoga mat or towel along with bottled water. Consider wearing a hat and applying sunscreen as we are outdoors!  Location: Old Meadows Park

Cosmic Dodgeball, 7th/8th graders only - 11:30am-1:00pm; FREE
This unique and action-packed event will take place in a blacklight setting at the Alex Fiore Thousand Oaks Teen Center. Teams of 5 will be organized on-site before play begins. Official florescent foam dodgeballs will be used, and safety rules will be enforced by officials conducting and overseeing each game. Make sure to come with a cool name for your team!

Open Swim, All Ages - 12:30-3:00pm; FREE
Come splash away with us at the Community Pool at Cal Lutheran!

Succulent Potting and Design, Age 8+ - 1:30-3:00pm; $10 per person; Class ID# 9800.1201
Please join us and Ventura County Master Gardeners for a relaxing and unplugged afternoon creating a succulent garden in a pot. You will paint the pot, then plant a variety of succulents in it. There will also be a 30-minute lesson on the growing and care of succulents. Bring your creativity and leave your cell phones at home! Location: Goebel Adult Community Center

Hike & Community Dinner, All Ages - 3:00-5:00pm; $12 per person, children under 5 are FREE; Class ID# 9802.1201
Wrap up the day of unplugged activities with a short hike and dinner catered by Stonefire Grill at Sapwi Trails Park! Meet at the entrance off of Westlake Boulevard. Music by Cole Supple.