2018 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 Screen-Free Week 2018. Don’t see an event in your area? Organizing a Screen Free Week is easy. Check out our handouts and resources for inspiration, then register your event to be listed here!

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UNITED STATES

ALABAMA

  • Alabama Waldorf School in Birmingham will be offering screen-free after-school activities for students during Screen-Free Week.

ARIZONA

  • Students at Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool in Scottsdale will be celebrating Screen-Free Week from April 23-April 29. Information about reducing screen time and idea kits for Screen-Free Week will be distributed to parents, and every day at school the children will have a special playground event to celebrate playful learning.

CALIFORNIA

  • Nevada City and Grass Valley:  What a terrific Screen-Free Week your community organizations have prepared for you! Every day of Screen-Free Week has a theme:  Monday it’s Unplug to Read; Tuesday is Unplug to Connect with Nature; Wednesday is Unplug to Cook; Thursday is Unplug to Play; Friday is Unplug to Move; Saturday is Unplug to Socialize; and Sunday is Unplug to Imagine.  Monday’s event is a book reading by a picture book author; Thursday is an all-ages game night; and Saturday is fun at the farmer’s market. Nevada County Health and Human Services has a helpful guide for Screen-Free Week observance, plus a beautiful schedule of activities.**
  • In Long Beach, the Fremont Elementary School PTA has assembled a very full week of screen-free activities for students! Events take place April 23-27. Options include music trivia workshop, ventriloquism, open mic night, family bike to pizza night, hip hop dance workshop, farmer’s market meet-up, soccer tournament, a concert on the lawn, group climbing, and a pots and pan instrument installation (bring your wooden spoon as a mallet) on the school fence! All off-campus activities are open to the public.**
  • Students at Union Street Charter School in Arcata will celebrate Screen-Free Week with the goal of enjoying the great outdoors. Activities include an afternoon at the community park, a bird walk around the local marsh, and an afternoon playing on the beach.
  • In Murrieta, students at Thompson Middle School will be watching and discussing the film Screenagers and enjoying screen-free lunchtime activities.

COLORADO

  • In Lafayette, the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, invites the public to sign up for their FREE Screen-Free Week program, no later than April 27. Participants will receive a pass to the Recreation Center for the week of April 30 – May 6, as well as a free book from the Lafayette Public Library. Register online or in person at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center.** 

CONNECTICUT

  • How about ice cream in Wethersfield?  On Tuesday, May 1, join Emerson-Williams Elementary School as they celebrate Screen-Free Week at Main Street Creamery & Cafe, which will donate 20% of all sales from 4-7 p.m. that day to Emerson-Williams’ PTO.  Or join Hanmer Elementary School at Main Street Creamery & Cafe on Thursday, May 3, when 20% of all sales from 4-7 p.m. that day will be donated to Hanmer’s PTO.**
  • If you live in or around Middletown, take a look at what your community has planned for you this Screen-Free Week: Russell Library will be offering storytimes on several days, plus an art party on Friday, May 4 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. A parent lecture on social-emotional learning will be held Monday evening, April 30, RSVP required. And on Sunday, May 6, families are invited for a hike at the Guida Farm Recreation Area from 10-11:30 a.m., RSVP required. Check here for all the details about Middletown’s exciting Screen-Free Week!**
  • Orange is the place to be for Screen-Free Week! Students at Peck Place School will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a health fair. Offerings include yoga and tae kwon do classes.  Students at Race Brook School will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with Touch-A-Truck!  Kids will get to climb in and play on community trucks. Students at Mary L. Tracy School will participate in a fun bingo game. And students at Turkey Hill School will have some screen-free socializing while enjoying Italian ice.
  • In Avon, Pine Grove Elementary School will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a variety of outdoor activities.
  • Students at Jerome Harrison Elementary School in North Branford will be celebrating Screen-Free Week this year.
  • In Voluntown, students and families at Voluntown Elementary School will enjoy plenty of activities during Screen-Free Week: board games and kickball, pirate adventures and book swap, crafts and cooking, family picnic and scavenger hunt hike, and carnival night! The class with the most Screen-Free Week participants will win a party.

FLORIDA

  • The Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store in Fernandina Beach will be hosting a week full of fun, raffles, gifts, and activities for those who take the pledge to go screen-free!**
  • Charlotte County is hosting lots of screen-free outdoor activities for children and families, May 3-6: family beach night and dodgeball on May 3, family game night on May 4, chalk art contest, basketball clinic, and water safety day on May 5, and water games on May 6!**

GEORGIA

ILLINOIS

  • The Des Plaines Park District will be offering free events to the entire community from Monday through Friday during Screen-Free Week. Events include a board game switch and ice cream social, nature night, bicycle rodeo and ride, family golf night, and a campfire. Wow!**
  • In Geneva, children will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a magic show, a scavenger hunt, and miniature golf.  Preregistration is required for all activities.**
  • In Homewood, the Homewood Public Library will be celebrating Screen-Free Week on Tuesday, May 1, with a screen-free version of karaoke for kids.**
  • In Caseyville, Shannon Philpott-Sanders, author of Screen-Free Fun, will be speaking and demonstrating activities at Caseyville Public Library District on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. Check here for more details.**
  • Chicago is organizing a great screen-free evemt on Saturday, May 5: the annual Kids and Kites Festival. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cricket Hill. The city will provide free kite kits to attendees, so children can build, decorate, and fly their own kites. And there’s more: face painting, kite flying shows, and crafts.**
  • Children attending Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 in Park Ridge will be celebrating Screen-Free Week one week early, from April 23-April 27, to coincide with their simultaneous celebration of Healthy Living Week.
  • Students at Louise N. Henking Elementary School in Glenview will be participating in Screen-Free Week, with fun activities and screen-free activities bingo.

MARYLAND

  • In Frederick, the Children’s Festival at Baker Park, which takes place Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., is a fun screen-free event to help launch Screen-Free Week.  Adorable smartphone snooze bags will be handed out at the event, for use during Screen-Free Week!**
  • Here’s a unique screen-free experience in Friendship that is taking place during Screen-Free Week: the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.**
  • In Frederick County, students at seven public elementary schools will be participating in a pilot program for Screen-Free Week. They will be partnering with The Original Playhouse, a children’s museum in New Market that offers educational spaces and an outdoor garden playground.

MASSACHUSETTS

  • In Ludlow, the Hubbard Memorial Library will be hosting a Screen-Free Week challenge from April 14-April 20, as well as a number of screen-free activities for children.**
  • Students at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School in Lynnfield are celebrating Screen-Free Week the week of March 26, with a host of events for the entire family. Activities include dinner at a local restaurant, Mad Science night, game night, author reading, and a dance party!
  • The Jonathan Bourne Public Library in Bourne will be hosting the Companion Animal Program. Students at Peebles Elementary School and Bournedale Elementary School will be reading with dogs at their local library during their Screen-Free Week celebrations.
  • Students at Woodsdale School in Abington will kickoff Screen-Free Week with school yard cleanup. Using donated mulch, the children will do the yard work and gardening themselves. Other activities include family game night and Lego club with the local library, plus lots more.

MICHIGAN

  • In Grayling, students at Grayling Elementary School will be participating in Screen-Free Week. In addition to fun activities, students are invited to write a one-page paper about their Screen-Free Week experience; those participating will be entered to win prizes, including passes for a canoe trip down the AuSable River!

MINNESOTA

  • Lower school students at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul will hold a family hands-on science event during Screen-Free Week.
  • In Big Lake, students at Liberty Elementary School will be intentional about learning and communicating without technology during the school day.
  • Teachers are planning fun Screen-Free Week activities for their students at Vandyke Elementary School in Coleraine, and all students taking the screen-free pledge will be entered in a drawing for great prizes.

MISSOURI

  • In Branson, BecauseFamily will be hosting a May 6 ice skating party in celebration of Screen-Free Week.**

MONTANA

  • Livingston will be the site of a Screen-Free Week kickoff event called Unplug at the Farm! On April 27, from 9 am until 2 pm, kids in grades K-5 will experience life on a ranch. Transportation to/from the Highland Livestock Co. will be provided from the Livingston Civic Center. Thank you to Livingston Parks & Recreation for organizing the event!**
  • Missoula is the place to be for Screen-Free Week! Here’s what’s coming up for children, adults, and families: an amazing kick-off event on Sunday, April 29, from 1-4 p.m. at McCormick Park; a regional park grand opening; taekwando workshops; Bike Month activities; Kangatraining class for moms and babies; walk with a doc; jump rope instruction; climbing; nature program; scavenger hunt; Lego club; beginning fencing class; free breakfast for work commuters who go car-less; and a family game night. The entire schedule is available here.** 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • In Wilton, Local Share at Plowshare Farm will offer younger children a Waldorf play area where they can stretch their imaginations, and lessons for older children on this season’s craft — weaving.**

NEW JERSEY

  • The Mahwah Public Library is hosting Yoga Zoo for children ages 4-7, starting April 30. Come learn some yoga poses during Screen-Free Week!  Registration is required.**
  • In Hillsborough, the Somerset County Library System will be offering a drop-in paper flower crafts activity all day on May 2.**
  • Students at Shrewsbury Borough School in Shrewsbury will be participating in Screen-Free Week.

NEW YORK

  • St. Francis Farm will be celebrating Screen-Free Week early to coincide with school break, which runs from April 23-April 28. St. Francis Farm will be offering a wide variety of free events for families, and at participating sponsors in Pulaski, Richland, Orwell, and Williamstown. Look out for library activities, evening nature walks, a bird walk, volunteer projects, nature activities, games, STEM activities, arts and crafts, a barn dance, and much more! Details can be found here.**
  • Brighton Memorial Library, in Rochester, will be focused on games during Screen-Free Week! The library will be hosting a game and puzzle swap, family game day, and family game night.**
  • There will be story-walks for families in various locations throughout Oneida County during Screen-Free Week.**
  • The Treehouse Reading & Arts Center in New York Mills will be hosting a family event on Saturday, May 5 to celebrate Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week, and will be distributing pledge cards and certificates. They will also be hosting a program for parents about books that address the issue of children’s screen time.**
  • Students at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in Riverhead will be enjoying a milk and cookies night and a family fun night during Screen-Free Week.
  • This is the 16th year that The Bay View School in Brooklyn will be celebrating Screen-Free Week!

NORTH CAROLINA

  • In Hendersonville, Hands On! Children’s Museum invites everyone to visit during Screen-Free Week, and is hosting fun science programs in honor of the week. All Screen-Free Week activities are free with paid admission.**

OHIO

  • In Granville, community organizations will be organizing free events all week, including comic book day, a sports equipment swap, free admission to a school play, family board night, local history night, hikes, canoeing, and a kick-off festival at a local park.**
  • In Upper Arlington, on May 3 from 3-5 p.m., Fancyburg Park will be the site for lots of fun Screen-Free Week activities. Participate in a tree trek, arts and crafts, drumming, yoga, pickleball, kites, and more!**

PENNSYLVANIA

  • At Wissahickon Charter School in Philadelphia, parents will be sponsoring screen-free events for students during Screen-Free Week.

TEXAS

  • In Coppell, the Cozby Library and Community Commons will be hosting a bingo card game of screen-free activities for Screen-Free Week. See if you can mark off a row of activities, then return the completed card by May 11 for a chance to win a three-month pass to the local fitness complex, the CORE.**
  • In Cedar Hill, the Zula B. Wylie Public Library will be combining its celebrations of Screen-Free Week, Children’s Book Week, and Dia de los Ninos with a number of library activities, including a family event on April 30, in-library book events, story time on May 4, a storytelling event, and an author’s fair as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5.**
  • East Branch Library in Irving will be getting a visit from storybook character Madeline! Crafts, games, and refreshments will be available too.  For more details on Madeline’s May 2 visit, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., please check here.**
  • Maplewood Elementary School in Austin will be hosting a maker night, family picnic, open-mic night, and more, to encourage students and families to go screen-free for the week.

VIRGINIA

  • Students at McCleary Elementary School in New Castle will be enjoying a fitness-oriented Screen-Free Week, with prizes awarded at the end of the week.

WASHINGTON

  • In Bellingham and Lynden, Village Books is celebrating Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week by hosting free children’s book events, including story time and an arts and crafts activity.**
  • In Kenmore, the Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool‘s kick off event for Screen-Free Week will take place 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Hanger. The program is for families with children age 5 and younger, with hands-on activities using common household objects.**
  • Students at Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM School in Seattle will be holding discussions with their students about Screen-Free Week during Library and PE, and hosting a special celebration for students and families with fun in the school gym and a free book giveaway.

WISCONSIN

  • Students and families of students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in Verona will participate in the 2nd Annual Glacier Edge Color Run during Screen-Free Week.

CANADA

  • In Timmins, Ontario, the Timmins-Misiway Healthy Kids Community Challenge and the YMCA of Timmins are inviting children and families to join in celebrating Healthy Kids Day 2018 on Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School. Children will have the opportunity to try a variety of different physical activities, participate in a bike rodeo hosted by the Timmins Police Service, have their faces painted, and blend their own smoothies using a smoothie bike! The event is free, and helps the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to launch Screen-Free Week.**
  • In Peterborough, Ontario, Conquer the Mic: An Inclusive Showcase, takes place on Saturday, April 21, from 1-4 p.m., at James Strath Public School, in celebration of Screen-Free Week. Come watch youth of all abilities show off their talents! **
  • In Montreal, École Rudolf Steiner de Montréal will be offering a host of activities: felting, board games, talent show, bake sale, clothing swap, public pool family swim, café and chat on the topic of screens, information table with resources in the main hall, family skate at the arena, and schoolyard cleanup.

FRANCE

  • 4,688 children and adolescents, attending 30 schools in 17 municipalities located in the Pays Basque region, will participate in the 10-day Screen-Free Challenge from May 15 to 24!

PHILIPPINES