Here's an easy way to get your children to have fun watching t.v. without the t.v!
Find a large appliance box, then cut a square hole and a door big enough for you to climb in. Each family member can put on a "prime time" show for everyone else. Here are a few suggestions for the younger children: concerts with musical instruments, drama with toys, or even a nature show using their stuffed animals.
You can use construction paper and magazine pictures to create back-grounds.
Older T.V Stars can interview you or a sibling. Help them develop scripts and ask interesting questions (this is a good opportunity to deal with tough issues you might be dealing with your children). Older kids can also play talk show hosts (use a paper towel or microphone).
Whatever you do, get the whole family involved! This is real Children's Television!!