- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2003

Books

•"Taking Time Out: Recreation and Play," by Thomas Ross Miller, Beth Steinhorn and Bruce S. Glassman, Blackbirch Marketing, 1995. This book explores the world of play, games and leisure without regard to age or background.

• "Complete Idiot's Guide to Family Games," by Amy Wall and Nina Cote, Alpha Books, 2001. This text tells parents how to institute a family game night with cards and other electronic-free diversions.

• "365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child," by Steve Bennett and Ruth Bennett, Adams Media Corp., 1996. This book illustrates how to make the most of free time with suggestions from arts and crafts to toy making to math and number games.

•"Weekend Dad: 101 Wonderful Ideas for Creating Memorable Time With Your Children," by Bob Hilton, Prima Publishing, 2002. A resource for fun and positive parent-child activities, this book includes community-service ideas and science projects.

• "Playful Parenting," by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ballantine Books, 2001. The author discusses the importance of recreation as a way for children to explore their world and work through stressful situations.

Online

• ActiveParks.org (www.theactivenetwork.com) is a one-stop resource for sports and recreation participants. A collaborative effort of the National Recreation and Park Association and Internet company Active.com, the site is an inventory of more than 200,000 local recreation facilities in the United States and allows citizens to find recreation facilities and associated activities in their area.

•A site created and maintained by Steve Spanoudis, a private citizen, lists multitudes of ideas for hobbies and activities that parents can share with their children. The address is www.geocities.com/~spanoudi/fun


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