2017 Screen-Free Week Events

Taking a break from TV, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and video games is easier–not to mention more fun–when you’re taking a break with others!

Here are just a few of the great events planned for May 1 – 7, 2017! Don’t see an event in your state? Organizing a Screen Free Week is easy! Check out our handouts and resources, then register your event to be listed here!”

** indicates that the Event is open to the public

ALASKA

  • In Anchorage, at the Ptarmigan school, the students in Ms. D’s class will build a little library, play outside, make crafts to give as gifts, as well as run to prepare for marathons!

ARIZONA

  • The Main Peoria Public Library is celebrating Screen-Free Week this year by having the kids show their Peoria Public Library Card to a Youth Librarian where they will receive a free lanyard! **

CALIFORNIA

  • In Fullerton California, Fullerton College Lab School is using Screen-Free Week as an awareness campaign about the effects of media on children. During this week, families will attend a workshop before our campaign begins!
  • Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Weight Task Force in Napa Solano is working together to celebrate Screen Free Week! In all of our patient waiting areas, TVs will be OFF with information on this important celebration. In our pediatric waiting rooms we will be hosting a Screen Free drawing contest and inviting our pediatric patients to draw a picture of what their family would do if they were screen free. We will also host informational booths at our Vallejo and Vacaville farmer’s markets. (Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield and Napa California). **
  • In Vista, Bella Mente Montessori Academy will be celebrating their 2nd annual Screen-Free Week! They plan on encouraging students, faculty and families to go screen free for a week. “We will have fun activities planned at school, and an after school event. We will provide families with fun activities to do together. Gardening, cooking, playing at the park.”
  • In Long Beach, the Freemont PTA and their community celebrate Screen-Free Week from April 3 – 7. There will be a book fair all week, as well as different dance class, sports tournaments, and gardening lessons and arts and crafts sessions for the Freemont community.
  • In Davenport, children, families—whole schools and communities—will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen.
  • Tulita Elementary from Redondo Beach will be celebrating Screen-Free week this year!
  • The Parent Center in Salinas has created an informational board to inspire and encourage all the families they work with to participate in Screen Free Week. Every family will receive the parent letter and sign the pledge sheets. At the end of the week there will be an award ceremony for all the families that accomplished their participation goals.**

COLORADO

  • Bob L Burger Recreation Center, located in Lafayette Colorado asks for the public to sign up for their FREE Screen Free Week program, by no later than April 30. And receive a pass to the Recreation Center for the week of May 1-7! Turn off the TV and turn in a completed Activity Log to earn a free book from the Lafayette Library! Register online or at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center beginning April 1st. **

CONNECTICUT

  • In Danbury Connecticut students at South Street Elementary School are celebrating reading from books by putting aside electronics for a traditional piece of literature. “We want students to see how reading can be entertaining and fill their lives with richness and meaning.”
  • In Bridgewater Connecticut, the Burnham School is hosting a Screen Free Week!
  • Emerson-Williams Elementary in Wethersfield will be celebrating Screen-Free Week this year by hosting a yoga night, a dinner and Music night on the lawn, and a bowling night, as well as a nature hike and scavenger hunt at the park.**

FLORIDA

  • In Port Charlotte, Mid-County Regional Library is celebrating Screen-Free Week by asking the public to join them for a family board game night. Play an old favorite or learn a new game.  The library will supply board games, chess, checkers, puzzles and playing cards.  You are welcome to bring your own favorite game to share with your friends and family.  All ages welcome.**
  • The Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store in Fernandina Beach believes in the POWER OF PLAY! There they believe that power is harnessed through open ended, creative, hands on, real-life play. That is why they celebrate Screen-Free week! “We know that when you encourage children AND adults to put away their screens, they end up having more fun and MORE FUN is ALWAYS GOOD!!”**
  • Healthy Charlotte County promotes Screen-Free Week annually to encourage residents to get out in the community and forget about their screens for a week! They are particularly promoting to second grade students, who now know the importance of less of screen time each day in order to stay active and healthy. Community partners have scheduled events throughout our county every day of Screen-Free Week.**
  • In Sarasota, the Bizzy B2 class part-takes in Screen-Free Week by having a trike-a-thon, a puzzle and game swap station, as well as keeping a non-screen time activity log.

GEORGIA

  • University of West Georgia (UWG) Pre-K has this to say about organizing their 2017 Screen Free Week, “We want to explore the world around us and discover all we can do without screens in front of our faces.” **
  • In Rosewell, the Chattahoochee Nature Center will give opportunities to their community to come out in a Nature Exchange in celebration of Screen-Free Week.
  • The Garden School is celebrating Screen-Free Week 2017!
  • In Sandy Springs a girl scout by the name of Sarah hopes to rally the Dunwoody Community to engage in Screen-Free Week! “I am trying to promote this Screen Free Week to my city and community. I hope to get the local toy store, families, and preschools involved. I will be having a sign up for my community where people will commit to going screen free for the week! It will be on my website: www.childadventure.org “Help Sarah out and support her efforts and promote Screen-Free Week 2017!
  • In Decatur, The Waldorf School of Atlanta finds Screen-Free Week as a fantastic way for their school culture to come together, and empower each other to unplug and live with less media. “Less media = more living! Unplugging from screen entertainment is right in line with our school values, curriculum, and educational philosophy.  Our world is saturated with electronic media, in a way that has become very unbalanced-especially for young growing bodies and minds-children and students beyond the screens.”
  • Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has planned out Screen-Free Week for their community!”We are encouraging residents to get out and enjoy nature with the Campout with Mom event on Friday, May 5 from 6:00pm to 9:00am at Little Mulberry Park.  There will be a fun cookout crafts and music around the campfire! Then wake up to breakfast treats the next morning. Participants must supply their own camping gear and no individual fires are allowed. All ages; $12/person, or $41/family of 4, call 678.277.0850.

    There is the Renovated Rose Garden Tour on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Vines Park. Learn about proper care and growing of roses. Bring your questions. Meet at the parking lot entrance. 678.277.0900.

    Pitch Hit and Run at Shorty Howell Park on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00am to 1:00pm. Participants compete for the opportunity to advance through four levels including to Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and at the National Finals at the MLB All-star game! 770.978.5271 or 770.471.2212.”**

ILLINOIS

  • In Illinois, the City of Evanston plans for their community to celebrate Screen-Free Week with self-guided outdoor explorations, experiments, games, and crafts. Participants will break away from technology to explore the joy that comes from hands on experiences with science and nature.
  • Maplewood Child Development Center in Chicago will celebrate Screen-Free Week!
  • Park Ridge City Hall celebrates their Screen-Free Week this April 24-28!
  • In Carol Stream, Heritage Lakes Elementary declares that it is “Time to be Screen-Free!” **
    “Let’s come together as a school and put down our electronic tools.
    The weather is improving, so join us and get moving!
    From board games to reading, sports to just playing,
    It’s time to be Screen-Free, You can do it, just try and see!”
  • Des Plaines Park District finds celebrating Screen-Free Week as a great way to encourage families to find time away from the television to play! Throughout the week there will be various events available for families to attend, such as family golf night and bicycle rodeos! **

INDIANA

  • The Elm Road Elementary School of Mishawaka Indiana has participated in Screen Free Week each year since 2008. Students may attend after school social events such as Book Fair, Ice Cream Social/Art Fair and Grandparent Night. Students have commented afterward that they learned many new ways to spend their time screen-free, and planned to do so more often. They sign Screen Free Week banners and get to have lunch in the library with some of the teachers after they have successfully completed the week. Free ice cream included! **

IOWA

  • Healthy Sioux County plans on whole-heartedly celebrating Scree-Free Week 2017! **
  • During Screen-Free Week this year Winneshiek County Conservation plans on bringing together a diverse group of community organizations to host community walks and hikes, story times, play dates, lectures, and more. “Part of our goal is simply to remind people how many wonderful things are already happening in our community, so many of the events we are highlighting for SFW were already happening.” **

LOUISIANA

  • In Zachary, Louisiana the students and staff at Cooper Mill Elementary are planning a week of wellness to promote healthy choices of the community. There they hope to inspire our students and staff to get outside and get active.

MAINE

  • Saco School Department is still brainstorming newer ways to celebrate Screen-Free Week this year. But reflecting on what worked well for them last year, was having students, teachers, and families track their progress. Students who turned in their track sheets received a small token of participation and then were eligible for drawings of larger prizes.  We always promote the event with Facebook and our school weekly messages. They are looking to something similar again this year! **  

MARYLAND

  • In Ellicott City, Northfield Elementary is going Screen-Free in order to coincide with our Bike/Walk to school and Every Kid Healthy Week! Northfield will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family. Stay tuned for details. School Counselor, Ms. Bello will be conducting lessons & utilizing parent eNews & twitter, students will display posters & conduct school wide announcements, and all students will take a Healthy Habit pledge.

MASSACHUSETTS

  • The Concord Bookstore in Massachusetts plans on celebrating Screen-Free Week this year!
  • In Hyannis, Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School will be celebrating Screen Free Week. During the school day, students will be encouraged to explore the many other activities that they can enjoy that do not involve tablets, smartphones, or TV’s. Also planned, is a week-long visit from the Coastal Explorers organization. Also, there will be an Arts Night on one night and a Math Night on another.

MICHIGAN

  • Marble Elementary in East Lansing promotes Screen-Free Week celebration!
  • In Travers City MI, The Children’s House (an Independent Montessori School) will be celebrating Screen-Free Week from April 8-14 this year!

MINNESOTA

  • Austin Early Childhood Family Education will participate in Screen-Free Week by challenging families to go screen-free for the week. If they meet the challenge they can put their name in a drawing for prizes.**
  • Out in Carver, East Union Elementary School will use trackers to challenge students, staff and families to participate in Screen-Free Week. Anyone who turns in a tracker will be entered in to a drawing to win a nature related prize pack!
  • In Apple Wood, New Horizon Academy, will be celebrating Screen-Free Week **

MONTANA

  • Let’s Move! Missoula: Unplug and Play! Screen-Free Week educates and empowers Missoula kids and families to cut out screen time and play together more! “LM!M Unplug and Play!” The week begins with a kick-off event featuring 30+ free activities for all ages and abilities. This year, the kick-off event will start with a Walk like an Animal jaunt around Missoula’s first official Rx Trail! 2 weeks long, families are encouraged to play together inside and outside with free daily activities.**

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • In Brentwood, Swasey Elementary School’s Wellness Committee is hosting Screen-Free Week events and are promoting it to parents.

NEW JERSEY

  • In New Jersey, The Waldorf School of Princeton, is thrilled to participate in Screen-Free Week again this year; as it aligns with their core values around education, childhood development and cultivating compassionate, face to face human relationships.
  • Middletown Public Library asks that whole schools & communities will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. “Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends!” One great way to unplug is reading books! Screen Free Week is also Children’s Book Week! Be sure to visit the library for special crafts, book raffles and programs! Events include family solar observing session; Storytime in the garden; Magical, Musical ME; Kids Playgroup; Nature Scavenger Hunt for PreK’s'; Engineering BLOCK Party; Toddler Time; Alex’s Lemonade Stand-Acts of Kindness One Cup at a Time!; Pajama Storytime; Lap-sit Storytime; Chess for Kids & Reading Buddies. **

NEW YORK

  • PS 9 Teunis G Bergen School in Brooklyn will be hosting a school-wide read-a-thon to help support their students as life-long readers and learners. The week will culminate with a pajama clad group story time session.
  • Over in Warwick, Family Central NY’s goal is to strengthen the role of community in supporting the well-being of families and children. We are creating a series of events to create alternative activities to screen time.**
  • Caroline Street Elementary School in Saratoga Springs promotes national Screen-Free Week!
  • In New York City, Spruce Street School celebrates Screen-Free Week for their first time! A group of our 7th Grade students have created the first annual Spruce Screen Free Week. This is a 7 day challenge (March 26 – April 1st) and celebration of the joys of life beyond the screen.
  • The Salmon River Fine Arts Center out in Pulaski is celebrating Screen-Free Week by offering free classes for families in the area. (And throughout the month they are offering a free drawing class every Thursday evening).
  • Brooklyn’s PS 102 will be celebrating their 15th Screen-Free Week! All 1430 students and 120 staff members are welcome to participate. There are screen-free activities during the week each day that families can attend.

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Rainbow Community School of Asheville encourages students and their families to pledge for Screen-Free week; and share the activities that they choose in lieu of screen-based ones on their communal bulletin boards. “We also participate in Strive Not to Drive week which is the following week. So there is a lot of opportunity for kids to participate in discussions regarding being active instead of engaging with screens.”
  • Over in Garner, Charmayne’s Christian Care celebrates Screen-Free Week by reading children books and creating homemade books with the goal of making reading fun!

OHIO

  • Stonebrook Montessori Elementary from Cleveland aims to mainly get the community involved this Screen-Free Week, in order to create a more human based educational experience for all.
  • In Galena, JCES 5th Grade class celebrates Screen-Free Week for their first time!

OREGON

  • Warner Pacific Early Learning Center promotes a happy and healthy Screen-Free Week in 2017!

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Out in Scranton, Freckles and Frills Child Care & Learning Center will celebrate Screen-Free Week by using the week to remind families, children and Staff about best practices entailing screen-time. “Screen-Free Week is an excellent add-on to our wellness policy!” (Freckles and Frills uses screen time for educational purposes only. There is no cable or television system at the center. Smart boards are used for teacher-directed education activities.)
  • In Irwin, Sunset Valley Elementary PTA is planning on participating in this year’s Screen-Free Week!

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is promoting Screen-Free Week as a part of their Environmental Education in South Carolina project!
  • John’s Island Library asks the public to come and join the library for a week of fun and activities … Screen-Free! **

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

  • Maplewood Elementary of Austin is joining in the fun and celebrating 2017’s Screen-Free Week! **
  • In Cedar Creek the New Covenant Church celebrates Screen-Free Week to “show the younger generation there is more to life than technology and to remind the older generation of the fun they use to have before they had to move at the speed of Life”.

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

  • In Richmond, Sabot at Stony Point’s 3rd grade class will participate in this year’s Screen-Free Week!
  • In Fairfax VA, the Eagle View Elementary PTA held events for their Screen-Free Week February 27-March 3, again this year in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
  • In Leesburg, Loudoun Country Day School Students and their families are encouraged to sign up for Screen-Free Week to promote the confidence of children to be able to entertain themselves without screens. For the entire week, all Library classes are based on specific books about characters who make do without technology:  Have Fun Molly Lou Mellon, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, Chloe, Roxaboxen, Not a Box, What to Do With a Box, Christina Katerina and the Box, This is My Dollhouse, and more. Students who successfully complete the challenge receive a commendation, a personalized brag tag, and a frozen treat.

WASHINGTON

  • The Five Acre School of Sequim celebrates Screen Free Week each year at their school, preK-6th. Their plans include students signing the contract, brainstorming screen free activities, and making a “screen free” bingo game out of those very activities. The week culminates in their annual Story Book Character Day and Parade.**
  • During Screen-Free Week the Hands on Children’s Museum, located in Olympia, will host a Free Night on May 5!
  • In their Bellingham and Lynden locations, Building Books and Paper Dreams bookstore is celebrating Screen-Free Week!
  • Tumwater Hill Elementary School in Tumwater is celebrating Screen-Free Week!

WISCONSIN

  • School District of Chilton and the Chilton Area Catholic School has set up a week of special days in celebration of this year’s Screen-Free Week. They have a Couch Potato Design Contest and Cardboard challenge planned for Sunday; a Family Reading Night as well as a PTA night on Monday; a Read Around the School activity for Tuesday; Family Dinner & Game Night following on Wednesday; then a day planned at the Ledge View Nature Center for Thursday; and ultimately capping the week off with a Family Swim Night on Friday.
  • Glenn Stephens Elementary School in Madison will part-take in Screen-Free Week this year!
  • Felida PTA of Vancouver will be having a raffle with entries for each screen free day as well as having bonus entries for PTA events and other bonus items during Screen-Free week.