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August 17, 2020

Mary Hampton

Amazing tech for kids that won’t break the bank

Summer has ended, and virtual schooling is officially underway in Arizona. While parents have probably spent hours constructing a comfortable workspace for their kids, they will now be navigating a virtual curriculum. With that said, it is time that parents bring recess back! So, whether it is to put the final touches on a student’s home desk or prepare for many “brain breaks” outside, Scottsdale-based offers the most sought after, name-brand technology at a heavily discounted price.

Skymark Drone

Drones are so much fun to fly, but they also get kids out of the house to enjoy the outdoors. Additionally, drones teach kids a sense of responsibility, transferrable skills, and opportunities for coding. Many drone models also record video, include GPS, and Wi-Fi capability.

($180 value, priced at $95)

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Sharp Portable Bluetooth BoomBox Speaker

Scientific research has found that music can be a great study aid for kids and a much-needed distraction. Music has also been proven to boost the immune system, ease anxiety and improve cognitive development. For students, music also can improve memory and focus while studying.

($169 value, priced at $85)

Segway Ninebot

The Ninebot model is a balancing scooter with hands-free navigation, very lightweight and can be charged in the house. To operate, the rider just needs to shift weight back, forward, right, and left and everything will be handled via the electric system.

($500 value, priced at $245)

LG UHD 32″ Gaming Monitor

Kids love video games and the last thing parents want to pay for is a high-end gaming monitor. But, with social distancing measures still in place, video games can help kids learn skills like  teamwork and collaboration with their friends.

($400 value, priced at $200)

Sony BRAVIA 65″ Smart Commercial LED TV

Believe it or not, education television has taken a leading role because of school closures in March. Educational television can further supplement at home teachings and help kids stay current in this time of uncertainty. A big screen TV will go a long way during quarantine. Get them a screen they will never have to squint to see.

($2,499 value, priced at $1,250)

Casio PX-770 BK Privia Digital Home Piano, Black

Music is a beautiful learning tool and a great escape. Take up piano lessons in the living room with an electric piano that has been proven to help kids develop fine motor skills, focus, and reduce stress.

($750 value, priced at $375)

Whether your child is going to school in-person or not, there is plenty of tech that will make learning from home much easier. Shop Arizona’s best-kept secret at


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