PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Grand® is changing the way we think about family vacations challenging kids and parents to achieve the seemingly impossible: putting the phone away.
With Reconnected, a Family Experience, Wyndham Grand asks guests to trade in screen time for quality time by creating opportunities for families to make memories together. Families can create an in-room adventure with amenities like an architect-designed blanket fort, a lock box for their phones, desserts from Chef Duff and a complimentary bedtime story from The Nocturnals: Mysterious Abductions series.
The upscale hotel brand is piloting Reconnected, a Wyndham Grand Family Experience – a program addressing the dire need for quality time over screen time. While most family travel programs separate parents and kids, Reconnected enables imaginative play time together. Be it building the ultimate blanket fort, creating shadow-puppets or taking a literary adventure with The Nocturnals: Mysterious Abductions, this new offering reminds families to slow down and enjoy time together.
Created in collaboration with the Food Network Chef Duff Goldman; a Fort Architect; and The Nocturnals author Tracey Hecht; Reconnected combats the negative effects of smartphones on families by creating experiences that allow families to be truly present. 54% of kids think their parents check their phones too often and 32% say they feel “unimportant” when parents are distracted by their phones. And vacations are no exception – Wyndham Grand hotels have seen families bring up to three devices per person on trips.
“Vacations are all about memories, but it’s hard to be in the moment when our phones are within reach – and we’re all guilty of just checking for that one text or email,” said Noelle Nicolai, Wyndham Grand’s Resident Reconnector. “Reconnected is an escape from the pull of technology and everyday distractions, a chance to press pause on the moment and simply celebrate being together.”
Reconnected encourages families to play together by providing all the tools they need to create a one-of-a-kind adventure:
Lock Down that Phone!
Upon check-in guests are given a timed lock box for their mobile device(s) enabling them to set a timer for uninterrupted play. Take the distractions away and create true memories, instead of fleeting Instagram stories.
Build an Epic Blanket Fort
Award-winning architects Ben Pell and Tate Overton