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 (even international ones!) 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

  • Learning Express Toys in Huntsville will be hosting screen-free activities in its store from April 30-May 5.**
  • Alabama Waldorf School in Birmingham will be offering screen-free after-school activities for students during Screen-Free Week.

ALASKA

  • Kindergarten through sixth grade students in Galena who go screen-free can earn points to use at the school store. Events include open gym, free swim, game night, and more.
  • Students at Nikiski North Star Elementary School in Kenai will go screen-free during the school day, the week of February 26-March 2.

ARIZONA

  • In Scottsdale, children who visit Kidstop Toys & Books on April 28 and pledge to go screen-free will receive 20% off the toy of their choice.**
  • In Flagstaff, the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library invites children to play Star Wars games (Mad-Libs and Pictionary) with the librarians.**
  • 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.
  • Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe is kicking off Screen-Free Week with family bingo night, to encourage families and community members to go scree-free for the week.
  • Students at Running River School in Sedona will go screen-free as a school fundraising project during Screen-Free Week.
  • With an on-site screen-free daycare, the Burgeon Group is challenging its employees — and challenging other companies to challenge their own employees — to go screen-free during Screen-Free Week!

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.**
  • In Ramona, the Ramona Fitness Center invites families to register for Screen-Free Week activities.
  • 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.
  • Students at Green Elementary School in San Diego will celebrate Screen-Free Week the week of April 23, with a jog-a-thon, picnic, and talent show.
  • Students at the Kittredge School in San Francisco are encouraged to participate in Screen-Free Week.
  • Students at Halsey Schools are encouraged to participate in Screen-Free Week.
  • Woodland Star Charter School in Sonoma is encouraging students to participate in Screen-Free Week, and will award certificates to those who go screen-free.
  • Students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Carlsbad are encouraged to participate in Screen-Free Week, and if they take photos of their screen-free activities, their photos might appear on the front page of the school newsletter.
  • At Torrey Pines Elementary School in La Jolla, will enjoy family bingo night, an obstacle course and games, four square tournament, used book sale, scooter demonstration, tile painting party, and archery!

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.  The Lafayette Public Library will also be hosting activities during Screen-Free Week.** 

CONNECTICUT

  • In Warren, the Warren Public Library is hosting a Make & Race Balloon Cars event on Tuesday, May 1, 6-7 p.m.**
  • 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!**
  • In Clinton, the Henry Carter Hull Library is offering Screen-Free Week activities for children, teens, and individuals of all ages. Activities include reading, Lego, crafts, and movement programs, as well as family game night and more. April 30-May 5.**
  • In Willington, there will be frisbee/disc golf, open play night, gardening, puppy play time at the library, and a neighborhood walk.**
  • 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.
  • Students at Live Oaks Elementary School in Milford are celebrating Screen-Free Week the week of March 19, with a book, game, and puzzle swap; family night; makerspace night; paint night; and bowling night!
  • Students at Charles Wright Elementary School in Wethersfield will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a family paint night.

DELAWARE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  • Shining Stars Montessori Academy encourages students to participate in Screen-Free Week and will not be posting anything on social media during the week.
  • Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, will be celebrating Screen-Free Week by exploring the concepts of inner focus, outer focus, and other focus, three essential skills for surviving in a society increasingly dominated by internet-enabled devices.
  • Here’s a fun screen-free activity in our nation’s capital: the International Embassies Open House, which takes place this year on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. You get free entry to dozens of embassies in the city!**
  • Screen-Free Week is not just for kids. The employees of Surprise Ride plan to enjoy screen-free fun during Screen-Free Week!

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!**
  • In Punta Gorda, Copperfish Books is hosting a Screen-Free Week make-a-book activity and ice cream party on Tuesday, May 1, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This free event is open to grade school children.**
  • 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!**
  • St. Marks Preschool in Venice will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.

GEORGIA

IDAHO

  • In Sandpoint, Screen-Free Week will be extended into the following week, for their Unplug & Be Outside celebration. Children are invited to Lakeview Park on Thursday, May 10 at 3:15 p.m. for a free scavenger hunt. Children can also earn prizes by picking up a passport at the Parks and Recreation office and then getting them stamped for attending at least two activities. There are also storytimes, crafts, and a storywalk. Details can be found here.**

ILLINOIS

  • Cuba will be going screen-free! Here is what’s planned: arts and crafts activities led by the Cuba High School Art Club at Cuba High School; open house at the Spoon River Library and Senior Center; Literature Night with special guest speaker and original readings from students; Screens and Kids discussion panel at the Cuba Elementary Library featuring local parents, students and educators; and Family Game Night at the Cuba Elementary Library featuring board games, Pictionary and other activities to do with the family.**
  • 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. Other activities in Homewood include a Star Wars bash! **
  • 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 event 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.**
  • In West Chicago, children who submit completed Screen-Free Week activity cards will be entered into a drawing for lots of prizes. Check here for details.**
  • Elgin is hosting all sorts of screen-free activities during Screen-Free Week. Library activities, BMX night, open swim, open climb, softball night, open gym, and soccer drop-in.**
  • In Oak Park, Geppetto’s Toy Box is giving Screen-Free Week participants 20% off a product. Pledge forms can be picked up Friday, April 27th through Sunday April 29th and with it, you’ll get an Activity Log. Make notes or pictures about your screen-free activities. Return your completed log through May 31 to receive your discount.**
  • Prairie Grass Nature Museum in Round Lake invites everyone to stop by during Screen-Free Week and pick up a free nature discovery pack.**
  • 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.
  • Students at Central Elementary School in Riverside are celebrating Screen-Free Week on April 18-20, with a talent show, a dance party, arboretum tour, and arts and crafts project.
  • Students at the Nelson School in Niles will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.
  • Da Vinci Waldorf School in Wauconda encourages students and families to participate in Screen-Free Week.
  • At Belle Aire Elementary School in Downers Grove, students will have a Blessings in a Backpack program (to help local children in need), as well as bingo, fitness, family game night, and school dance.
  • Students at Whittier Elementary School in Wheaton will enjoy different themed dress up days at school, book raffles, family game night, STEM student expo, book fair, and an after-school playdate at a local park.
  • Sandburg Elementary School in Springfield will be enjoying Family Fitness Night with games, yoga, Zumba, and more!
  • Students at Deer Path Elementary School in Cary can win prizes for themselves and their class for participating in Screen-Free Week.
  • In Wheaton, Washington Elementary School is holding a Screen-Free Week celebration at a local bookstore, where a percentage of sales will benefit the school’s PTA.
  • Canterbury Elementary School in Crystal Lake is hosting family game night in honor of Screen-Free Week.
  • Students at Big Hollow Elementary School in Ingleside will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with dress-up days for each day of the week, writing down ways the students unplugged and displaying the sheets in the cafeteria, reading books about unplugging (including a read-aloud of by the principals), participating in an exercise program, and hosting a TED talk presentation and discussion for parents.
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Winfield will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a scavenger hunt, book fair, fine arts night, ice cream social, and playground playdate.
  • In Champaign, students at Robeson Elementary School will enjoy ice cream, miniature golf, fishing, plus a raffle for prizes for students who go screen-free. This link also provides suggestions for other local screen-free activities during Screen-Free Week.

INDIANA

  • In Granger, students at Horizon Elementary School will be celebrating Screen-Free Week the week of April 9, with a giving back night, swim night, and family fun fair.

IOWA

  • Phelps Park (rain location: Dragonfly Books) will be sponsoring a combined Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week event on Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. Activities will include stories and numerous outdoor activities, including a scavenger hunt and nature mask crafts, plus a visit from Pete the Cat!**
  • In Pacific Junction, the Mills County Conservation Board is encouraging residents to participate in Screen-Free Week this year.**

KANSAS

  • In Topeka, The Toy Store is awarding $5 gift certificates for in-store purchases to any child who completes a pledge sheet (available in the store) and goes screen-free during Screen-Free Week.**

KENTUCKY

MAINE

  • In Bath, the Maine Maritime Museum is offering free entry to the museum on Monday, April 30, from 4:30-7p.m.! Enjoy after hours access to the galleries, mould loft, caulker’s shed, and everyone’s favorite: the pirate play ship! There will also be hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and crafts for the whole family. This is a free event.**
  • Wells Elementary School in Wells is challenging students to participate in Screen-Free Week.
  • Bath Elementary School will be enjoying lots of screen-free activities, including a visit to the Maine Maritime Museum, a carnival, baseball game, skate park outing, and a free night at the local YMCA.
  • Students at the Friends School of Portland in Cumberland Foreside will be participating in Screen-Free Week.
  • Students at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick are encouraged to participate in Screen-Free Week. There will be daily drawings for a special prize for kids who complete a screen-free day.

MARYLAND

  • In New Market, The Original Playhouse has produced a short video about going screen-free, encourages children to take the pledge to go screen-free, and invites them to visit during Screen-Free Week for some unplugged fun. Screen-Free Week pledge card holders will get reduced admission to the Playhouse during Screen-Free Week, and those who complete the week successfully will win a free pass to visit again in the summer.**
  • 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!**
  • Baltimore fans of Screen-Free Week, here’s a list of screen-free activities taking place in and around Charm City during Screen-Free Week! A thank you to Baltimore’s Child Magazine for compiling this list.**
  • Miss Shirley’s Cafe in Baltimore and Annapolis is participating in Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week for the second year in a row.**
  • 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.
  • Students at St. John’s Lane Elementary School will be participating in Screen-Free Week.
  • Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia is encouraging students to participate in Screen-Free Week.

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Here’s what’s happening in Brookline on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, to kick off Screen-Free Week: The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate! It’s the first ever children’s podcast festival. Enjoy live performances of top children’s podcast producers. Here’s what Coolidge Corner Theater says about their exciting event: “Whether your child wants to understand where dreams come from or why animals hibernate, visit the Space Station, follow the adventures of a young radio reporter, hear folk tales or laugh at kids comedy sketches, we have it all with live performances from Circle Round, Brains On, But Why?, Eleanor Amplified, Story Pirates and Wow in the World.  Come meet the actors, musicians and producers who will be on stage and who can’t wait to meet their fans!”**
  • In Somerville, the Somerville Community Growing Center invites teens and adults to help with the pollinator garden on April 30, and on Saturday, May 5, from 2-4 p.m., families are invited to enjoy Spring Garden Day, with a seed exchange, live music, maypole dance, and more.**
  • 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.**
  • In Jamaica Plain, Boing! JP’s Toy Shop will give children bringing in a completed Screen-Free Week activity log a 50% discount on the purchase of any one item, starting May 7.**
  • In Dennis, the Cape Cod Museum of Art invites families to visit free of charge to celebrate community, take in the exhibitions, and make some crafts during Screen-Free Week.**
  • In Concord, The Toy Shop of Concord and Concord Promise are partnering to bring Screen-Free Week to town. Children who go screen-free can fill out a form, bring it to the store on May 7 or after, and receive a $5 discount on your next purchase.**
  • Abington Public Library in Abington invites children to their Screen-Free Week Lego club on Wednesday, May 2, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.**
  • Marguerite E. Small Elementary School in West Yarmouth will be hosting all sorts of activities for students during Screen-Free Week, including free admission to local museums and Mass Audubon, story time, bike rodeo, art activities, and more.
  • 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, and a discounted evening of jumping at a trampoline park.
  • Students at Lee Elementary School in Lee will enjoy a family pizza and painting party and a knitting day.
  • Students at McCall Middle School in Winchester will be watching the film Celling Your Soul as a kick-off to Screen-Free Week.  Following the screening, student leaders will facilitate a discussion about tech use and challenge their peers to go tech-free for the week.
  • In New Salem, students at Swift River School will complete an activity log for Screen-Free Week, and receive a certificate and choice of a small prize.
  • At the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, students will enjoy a poetry workshop plus a school fair during Screen-Free Week. Parents are invited to a lecture about ways to make room for screen-free fun in their families and community.

MICHIGAN

  • In South Lyon, the Salem-South Lyon District Library is hosting a Screen-Free Week challenge to children, with a chance to win raffle prizes for those going screen-free.**
  • In Fennville, Forever Curious Children’s Museum will be hosting special Screen-Free Week activities on Wednesday, May 2-Saturday, May 5. In addition, children who sign a Screen-Free Week pledge card will earn a free admission coupon to the museum.**
  • Students at Grayling Elementary School in Grayling 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!
  • Students at Marble Elementary School in East Lansing will celebrate Screen-Free Week.
  • Students at Walled Lake Oakland Glengery Elementary School in Walled Lake are encouraged to participate in Screen-Free Week from March 19-23.

MINNESOTA

  • In Albert Lea, Whimzy toy store invites children to stop by and pick up a Screen-Free Week pledge card. If they make go screen-free for a week, they can return the signed card to the store to earn a $10 Whimzy Cash prize.**
  • 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.
  • In Austin, the Austin Public Schools Early Childhood Program will offering a free book to any child who signs up to participate, and when the week is completed there will be a raffle for a few prize packages.
  • Winona Area Public Schools are encouraging students to participate in Screen-Free Week.

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.**
  • Students at the Center for Young Children and Families in Plymouth will celebrate Screen-Free Week with a playtime visit from Plymouth State University students majoring in early childhood education.

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

  • In Las Cruces, the offices of Learn for a Lifetime will be taking a break from entertainment screens for the 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.**
  • In Rosslyn, The Bryant Library is hosting Screen-Free Week events for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Monday, April 30 is bingo for bookmarks; Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, are crafts activities, including sun catchers (on Tuesday).**
  • There will be StoryWalks for families in Rome and Sherrill in Oneida County during Screen-Free Week. The Rome StoryWalks will take place at Pinti Field Walking Track, and the Sherrill StoryWalks will take place at Robertson Park. At a StoryWalk, the entire family can enjoy reading a children’s book at a local recreation area while being physically active.**
  • 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. More details are available here.**
  • Quogue Library is holding a Screen-Free Week challenge. Sign a reading pledge between April 24 and 29, and the pledge cards will be raffle entries to win a “Family Fun” basket.**
  • In Williamstown, the Williamstown Library is hosting a Screen-Free Week and Earth Day activity on April 23. Stories, snacks, crafts — and take home a lilac bush!**
  • Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting Screen-Free Week events.**
  • 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!
  • Mountaintop Waldorf School is encouraging its students to participate in Screen-Free Week.
  • Tri-Valley Elementary School in Grahamsville has a Dr. Seuss-themed Screen-Free Week planned for students, including a Dr. Seuss-themed pajama celebration!
  • At P.S. 244Q in Flushing, parents will enjoy a workshop about screen-free activities and receive a book with a collection of stories to remain screen-free.

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.**
  • In Asheville, Dancing Bear Toys is awarding $5 store gift cards to children who go screen-free for seven days. The Asheville store will also be offering screen-free activities daily, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. See details here.**
  • Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool in Chapel Hill will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.
  • Sweet Peas Montessori School House in Wilmington will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.

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 game board night, trivia night, local history night, hikes, canoeing, nature journaling, farmer’s market, museum and garden tour, art walk, observatory open house, bingo, herbalism demonstration, bike to school day, design your own sketchbook, planetarium show, school play, and a kick-off festival at a local park. Wow!!**
  • 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!**
  • In Tiffin, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be hosting Screen-Free Week events April 30-May 3 at 6:30 p.m., with such programs as Digital Detox information night, game night, crafts night, and “Are You Smarter Than a Librarian?” trivia night. Additional activities include a story walk around the library and more.**
  • In Circleville, Keystone Books & Gifts will be hosting screen-free activities from Monday, April 30-Saturday, May 5, including pottery painting, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.**
  • In Cleveland, Stonebrook Montessori invites families to attend the Parent Organization’s Health & Safety Fair on Thursday, May 3, 2018 5:30-7:30 p.m., with fun activities and information. There will be healthy eating and cooking presentations, plus story time with food-themed books, and Operation Vegetable!, the Big, Giant Board Game of Yummy Health.**
  • In Cambridge, the Healthy Guernsey Coalition is placing screen-free cards in local restaurants with conversation starter questions, and will be sharing a Play More, Watch Less activity planner for children. Information pamphlets are being distributed in the local WIC office, library, hospital, YMCA, and physician offices.**
  • Third graders at McKinley Elementary School in Xenia will be celebrating Screen-Free Week, as a break from screens following their mandatory, state-wide, computer-based testing.
  • Indian Lake Elementary School in Lewistown will be hosting a fun family game night, with food, games, and prizes. Every child who participates who goes screen-free will be entered into a drawing for t-shirts.

OREGON

  • Hermiston is celebrating Screen-Free Week on May 3! From 4:30-7:00 p.m., come to downtown Hermiston for a picnic, including crafts and games!**
  • Live Longer Lebanon is encouraging Lebanon residents to participate in Screen-Free Week, and will be hosting a speaker on May 1, from 2-3 p.m., at Think Brain Candy Books and & Tea who will share ideas on going screen-free.**
  • North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland is expecting over 150 children to visit on field trips and screen-free exploration.
  • Lowrie Primary School in Wilsonville is celebrating Screen-Free Week with a fundraiser at a local restaurant.

PENNSYLVANIA

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.**
  • In Dallas, The Tot will be hosting a free story time for young children with Stomping Ground Comedy on Tuesday, May 1, 10-11 a.m., and a free craft activity for young children on Thursday, May 3, 10-11 a.m.**
  • 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.
  • Clear Spring Elementary School in New Braunfels will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a bingo challenge, book character parade, book review writing contest, and healthy lifestyle activities.
  • Northern Hills Elementary School in San Antonio is celebrating Screen-Free Week with a fun art night.
  • ACE Academy in Austin will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.

UTAH

  • Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a wide array of activities! Students will be making eagle-shaped window clings to put on their screens as a reminder to go screen-free; sidewalk chalk activities at lunch; a find-and-make scavenger hunt where they’ll look for supplies then convert their finds into art; box activities at lunch; mismatched shoe day if they go screen-free the prior day; a prize for the class with the highest participation; extra book selection during library time; and those students who go screen-free at home will get to tape the principal to the wall!
  • Mapleton Elementary School in Mapleton are celebrating Outdoor Adventure/Screen-Free Week. Activities included a visit from local EMTs, as well as prizes for the most active class.

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

  • Kickoff Screen-Free Week at Wildrock in Crozet on Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wildrock invites families to create a walking stick, make nature crowns, and go exploring with Wildrock scavenger hunt cards.**
  • The Prevention Council of Roanoke County will be distributing information to parents during Screen-Free Week, with information about how to go screen-free during the week as well as why going screen-free during a part of the day is a healthy option for families.**
  • The town of Round Hill is encouraging residents to participate in Screen-Free Week. It will be hosting a 6-mile hike starting community hike on Saturday, May 5, setting off from Keys Gap at 9:30 a.m.**
  • In Falls Church, students at Falls Church Elementary School are invited on April 17 to enjoy some pick-up soccer at Cherry Hill Park.
  • 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.
  • Students at Charles Barrett Elementary School in Alexandria will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.
  • Warrenton Middle School students, in Warrenton, will be celebrating Screen-Free Week. Activities include game night and more.

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.**
  • In Wauwatosa, Ruckus & Glee is giving away a free toy to any child who goes screen-free during Screen-Free Week. Sign-up information and details for submitting forms are available here.**
  • In Vancouver, Kazoodles invites children to pick up a Screen-Free Week form, go screen-free for the week, then return their completed form to the store and earn five Kazoodles bucks to spend on purchases.**
  • In Friday Harbor, A Place to Play is offering $1 off admission to stay and play when you mention you are enjoying a screen-free day.**
  • San Juan Island will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a host of activities.**
  • 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.
  • While their use is already carefully limited during the school day, there will be no screens at school during Screen-Free Week at Cadence Academy Preschool in Dupont.
  • Students at Poulsbo Elementary School in Poulsbo will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.

WISCONSIN

  • In Gillett, the Gillett Public Library will be raffling an activity basket filled with games, books, and fun activities on April 30. Anyone who checks out a book from April 23-April 28 will be entered into the raffle.**
  • 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.
  • In the Chilton Public School District, students will be enjoying a busy Screen-Free Week starting April 22! Here’s the lineup: design your own couch potato, cardboard challenge, create and read evening, read around the school, family dinner and game night, Dairy Queen night, Ledge View Nature Center visit, and family swim night.
  • Lake Bluff Elementary School in Shorewood is encouraging students to participate in Screen-Free Week.
  • Students and families at Ridgeway Elementary School in Dodgeville can win prizes for going screen-free during Screen-Free Week.
  • Students at Grafton Elementary School in Grafton can win a gift card and/or extra recess for participating in Screen-Free Week. They are also invited to participate in a park playdate during Screen-Free Week.
  • Grace Christian Academy in West Allis will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.
  • Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee is taking a break from social media during Screen-Free Week.

AUSTRALIA

CANADA

  • Healthy Kids Community Challenge is hosting Power Off and Play the week of April 30-May 6. Check out this Twitter feed — #poweroffandplay — for more information on activities throughout Ontario.**
  • 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 Ontario, the Northwestern Health Unit and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge are inviting families to Turn Off the Screens. Families that complete a log sheet detailing their time without screens will be entered into a raffle for great prizes. Check here for more details.**
  • In Ajax, Ontario, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is encouraging children in the month of May to track their screen time for two weeks. Children can pick up Power off and Play Passports and return completed ones to any Ajax community centre or public library, to have a chance at winning a prize.**
  • The Burlington Public Library in Burlington, Ontario, is hosting a Family Screen Time Contract workshop on Saturday, May 5, at the Alton branch.**
  • In Edmonton, Alberta, the Fulton Afterschool at Hardisty School will organize many outdoor activities during Screen-Free Week, such as running club, Fulton ravine exploration, collecting nature loose elements, a picnic, Hardisty School field clean-up, relay games, and more.
  • Riverview School in Rainy River, Ontario, is holding a raffle for prizes, including a free swim pass, for students who fill out their Screen-Free Week log sheet.
  • 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.
  • In Regina, Saskatchewan, École Centennial Elementary School will celebrate Screen-Free Week with a game night and prizes to the classroom and student with the greatest hours of participation. The school will send parents a list of local family events they can enjoy together, and has secured reduced admission rates for local family activities.
  • Also in Regina, École Harbour Landing Elementary School is challenging student participation in Screen-Free Week with a bingo card of activities. Once completed, cards will be submitted for a prize drawing.
  • Jasper Elementary School, in Jasper, Alberta, will be celebrating Screen-Free Week with a nature scavenger hunt, a handout of slime recipes, skipping games and hopscotch, and meditative music and beeswax modeling for the Zen Club. Everyone who submits a pledge card and activity sheet will be entered into a drawing to win an outdoor activity pack. The Student Wellness Action Team will speak to the students the prior week to explain the challenge, and will make daily announcements during Screen-Free Week to share screen-free ideas.
  • Students at Lester B. Pearson School in Waterloo, Ontario, will enjoy a Screen-Free Week scavenger hunt.
  • Bowser Elementary School in Bowser, British Columbia, is celebrating Screen-Free Week with a family mystery night and a parents v. students basketball game.
  • In Atikokan, Ontario, Atikokan Daycare and the Northwestern Health Unit are encouraging families to participate in Screen-Free Week, with a chance to win prizes for doing so.
  • In British Columbia, Eaton Arrowsmith School will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.
  • A first grade class at Provost Public School in Provost, Alberta, will be celebrating Screen-Free Week.
  • There will be a drawing for prizes during Screen-Free Week at St. Mary’s-Listowel in Listowel, Ontario.
  • Earth Day Canada is going screen-free the weekend of May 5 and 6.

CYPRUS

  • Screen-Free Week will be celebrated in Cyprus.**
  • Pascal Primary School in Mesa Geitonia is encouraging its students to participate in Screen-Free Week. Year 5 pupils presented an assembly encouraging everyone to celebrate a week away from digital entertainment and embrace all other forms of activity that encourage socialization, developing their own ideas, and taking pleasure from their natural surroundings.

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!

GREAT BRITAIN

PHILIPPINES

POLAND

  • Mam Czas will be celebrated in Poland the week of May 1-7. It is being sponsored by Klub Rodzica. Participants are also encouraged to submit artwork that captures how they spend time with family and friends. More details about this year’s celebration are available here.