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DITTMER, MO (KPLR) - With spring-like weather in the forecast, it's the perfect time to go outside and see what nature has to offer.

Missouri Kids Unplugged hopes to gets kids off their phones and out the door. Whether you're looking to hike, fish, kayak, or garden, Missouri Kids Unplugged has plenty of options for your couch potato children thanks to 167 acres of farmland, five acres of hiking trails, three lakes, a creek, and a river. There's something for everyone on the MKU farm.

It all started when Tony Krieg and his wife were at a restaurant watching a family celebrate a birthday.

"This family walked in with their son and steered him by his head while he was on his iPad the entire time. They ordered food, opened presents, sang happy birthday, and never once did he look up," Krieg said.

That's when he and his wife decided to create a 'FREE' program. The only catch? You'll have to leave your phones at home. On average, kids are spending 53 hours a week using electronics. The MKU team thinks it's time for kids to become more engaged in nature before it's too late.

Missouri Kids Unplugged is a family affair. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in.