Tech toys can create family fun

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - If you're a parent of teens, then you probably know how difficult it is to get them away from their devices. So how do you create some fun at home and get your teens to engage? Family fun expert, Donna Bozzo, also known as "The Lady with the Alligator Purse,” gave us some tips.

Bozzo is a former journalist, reporter and TV producer, but now loves to find simple fantastic ways for families to have fun.

Bozzo created the website/blog www.TheLadyWithTheAlligatorPurse.com so her friends would have a chance to join in on some of the cool adventures she cooks up at her house. From Glamping, which is glamour camping, going on an Amish adventure and taking her kids to the Kentucky Derby and museum, Bozzo finds out-of-the-box activities and off-the-beaten-path adventures.

KOOBA

It is the new magnetic target game perfect for teenagers! Part dartboard, part magnet, part strategy; KOOBA is a product of passion created by a team of game lovers. The ultimate dart experience, KOOBA is destined to be a household name in games. The target of launching magnets onto a magnetic board is durable, portable and a great alternative to darts. With warmer weather approaching, it's a great game to play outdoors with friends/family of all ages.

KOOBA in NYC's Times Square and Union Square: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ1CqMU5y6o

TabletOke ($150, available online and nationwide)

-Connect this VocoPro TabletOke digital karaoke mixer to your compatible smart phone, tablet, laptop and enjoy a fun singing experience with friends.

-Two wireless microphones make it easy to sing.

-Features a built-in Bluetooth music receiver and connects very easily

-Compatible with all popular iOS and Android karaoke apps (many are free)

-Remote control provides control over music volume, both microphone volumes and the karaoke effects.

More at www.vocopro.com

For teen guitar players/songwriters who want drums but don't have a band (or drummer friends)

BeatBuddy is the first drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal

-Provides hands-free control of a live beat

-Use right out of the box, no programming necessary

-Includes 200 songs that you control

-Wide variety of genres and 10 different drum kits

-Color-coded display to help learn new time signatures and work on rhythm

More at www.mybeatbuddy.com ($345)

Teens are always looking for awesome, durable gear they can easily take with them on their pool and beach days or other fun adventures.

ECOXGEAR: ECOPEBBLE Mountable & Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker ($59.99)

-100% waterproof, shockproof, compact, lightweight and it floats

-Allows you to add your soundtrack to life's most extreme adventures

Available: www.ecoxgear.com

No matter what teens are up to this spring break, you can be sure they will be taking selfies.

Vivitar 40" Smart phone Selfie Monopod with Bluetooth-Enabled Remote

-Bluetooth-enabled remote

-40" extension

-smart phone cradle and tripod mount

-180-degree ball head

MSRP: $14.99

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For more information on simple, fantastic family fun - visit Donna's website, www.TheLadyWithTheAlligatorPurse.com.