Liberty Military Housing and the Take the Challenge Now Foundation have joined forces to host the second annual Take the Challenge - Take Charge ten-day screen-free challenge from April 26 - May 5, 2023. This challenge reinforces the benefits of reducing or eliminating screen time and promotes healthy screen-free ways to connect with family and the community.
Why is Liberty hosting this challenge throughout its communities? Research shows that a person’s mental and physical health suffers the more time they spend consuming media on digital devices. Reducing or eliminating screen time has improved sleep quality, productivity, and mood.
Liberty Military Housing values family togetherness and is committed to improving the health and well-being of our residents by continuing to provide resources such as Take the Challenge - Take Charge to strengthen the bonds within our military families.
We have gathered a few ideas and activities for you and your family to use during the challenge and to keep the challenge going.
Book Ideas for All Ages
The Washington Post compiled this list of the 100 best books for readers aged 1 to 100.
Age 1: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Age 5: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Age 10: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Age 16: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Age 18: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Age 21: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Age 27: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Age 32: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Age 40: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Age 45: Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Age 53: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Age 60: The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken
Age 65: 65 Things to Do When You Retire edited by Mark Evan Chimsky
Age 70: Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier by Peter Spiers
Book Ideas for All Ages About Media Usage
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
Tek: The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd
Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! by Tommy Greenwald
Unplugged by Donna Freitas
The Day the Screens Stood Still by R.L. Ullman (Ages 3-10)
Go Out and Play by Adam Ciccio (Ages 5-11)
The Manic Panic by Richa Jha and Mithila Ananth (Ages 5-11)
Chandu and the Super Set of Parents by Roopa Raveendran-Menon (Ages 7-12)
This is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey (Ages 14-17)
Best Overall: Exploding Kittens Card Game
Best Board Game: Days of Wonder Ticket To Ride
Best Dice Game: George & Company LLC Left Center Right
Best for Older Youth: Gamewright Forbidden Island
Best Outdoor: Gutter Games Beat That! The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges
Best Drawing: USAOPOLY Telestrations
Best Card Game: Asmodee Spot It! Card Game
Best for Young Children: Think Fun Zingo!
Best Physical: Endless Games The Floor is Lava Game
Best Trivia: What Do You Meme? Family Edition
Looking to explore your community more? Check out these great offers exclusively for service members and their families.
Liberty Military Housing Community Amenities
When constructing or revitalizing a neighborhood, Liberty Military Housing strives for an atmosphere welcoming for all, with an inviting sense of community. Parks, walking and biking paths, recreation options, free community events, and social areas are all incorporated into each beautifully designed, well-maintained neighborhood that military families proudly call home. Every detail of the community plan is carefully considered, from the playground equipment to the lighting and landscape design.
Download your Living with Liberty Guide for information to learn more about your community and what features it offers for you and your family.
Each month our dedicated team members host free events in and around your community. These events allow our residents to learn more about their community and connect with other military families.
For more information on Liberty Military Housing communities, check out the Our Communities section on our website.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens
Through the Waves of Honor program, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens offer one free admission ticket and three dependent tickets per year to any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman.
The complimentary military tickets are only available online, and the Veterans’ promotions are only available through your nearest MWR installation.
Veteran Tickets Foundation
The Veteran Tickets Foundation’s Tickets for Troops Program teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues, and event ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to currently serving veterans of all branches of the US military. Tickets for Troops give away free event tickets “as an expression of appreciation, acknowledgment, and an enduring symbol that we, as a nation, honor the service of our troops today and long after their tour of duty has passed.” Visit their website for more information.
US service members and their dependents can receive a free annual pass to any national park or federal recreational land by simply showing their military ID.
Here is a list of federal recreation sites that are included.
Blue Star Museums
Every year, from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day, the Blue Star Families program offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families. More than 2,000 museums participate, including nature centers, zoos, and children's museums. To find a participating museum near you, click here.
The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) has a program called Birdies for the Brave. This program provides support for the military community in many ways. One fun thing they do is offer free tickets to PGA tournaments to the active-duty military community. How many complimentary tickets per event varies per tournament, so check each tournament’s website for specific details. If you’re looking for more military golf courses to visit, check out this list!
MWR provides online access to library services and eResources. Members can search for new library materials and upcoming programs at their local installation library; learn a new language; find a tutor; check out digital and audiobooks; these are just a few of the services offered in the new one-stop library shop.
For more information, visit https://dodmwrlibraries.org/ or your local installation library.
For additional details on the Take The Challenge - Take Charge 10-day screen-free challenge, click here.