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! Use them for inspiration and don’t forget to register your screen free week here. We’ll add it to the list!

** indicates that the Event is open to the public 


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! **


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.”


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. **


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.**


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!!”**


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.” **


The Chicago Maplewood Child Development Center will celebrate Screen-Free Week!


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!


Healthy Sioux County plans on celebrating Scree-Free Week 2017!


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.


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!


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.


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.**


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! ll week long, families are encouraged to play together inside and outside with free daily activities.**


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.


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.**


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.


Over 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.)


Maplewood Elementary of Austin is joining in the fun and celebrating 2017’s Screen-Free Week!


In Richmond, Sabot at Stony Point’s 3rd grade class will participate in this year’s Screen-Free Week!


The Warren School from Vermont is participating in Screen Free Week 2017! **


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.**


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!