Turn off that Screen! for these Screen-Free Activities for Screen-Free Week

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by
First published in 2011, but updated annually when new dates are announced.


Screen-Free Activities for Screen-Free Week



Screen-Free Week is a week-long celebration, May 1-7, presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood,  where children and their families are encouraged to unplug from technology:

  • Tv’s
  • Computers
  • Gaming systems
  • iPads
  • Cell Phones
  • and other technology toys/tools

and PLUG IN to Life!


Can you do it? Will you do it?

A few years back, I was thankful for my son’s gym teacher (and continue to be), who not only reminded us of the week but also had something exciting planned for each day after school.

Below are a combination of ideas some his, some mine, some from others, on how to spend your time UNPLUGGING from screens and PLUGGING into life. Sure all of them can be done alone, but they are much more fun when you do them as a family.


In 2017, Children’s Book Week is the same week as Screen-Free Week! It’s a great opportunity to read some books, explore a new series and of course, visit the library!

Screen-Free Activities for Screen-Free Week

More Screen-Free Activities for Kids

  • Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Take a hike in your local neighborhood.
  • Explore a new park. We can recommend several New Jersey Parks & Playgrounds.
  • Become an exercise instructor. Have everyone in the family take turns leading the rest of the family in exercises.
  • Slap on some rollerskates and go for a spin.
  • Teach your kid how to ride a bike or get better at it.
  • Head down to the fields and get an early start on baseball practice.
  • Dust off those board games for a family game night.
  • Challenge yourself and family with a puzzle.
  • Bake.
  • Cook a meal together.
  • Schedule a playdate with a new friend.
  • Take a field trip.
  • Clean up your favorite beach.
  • Visit grandma.
  • Earn your junior ranger badge at one of New Jersey’s National Parks.
  • Pick an event from our New Jersey Calendar of Events.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Rake.
  • Become a pen pal.
  • Make Memorial Day Cards together.
  • Think about who made you smile last week, write them a thank you card.
  • Create outdoor masterpieces with chalk on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Shop at a farmer’s market.
  • Color.
  • Fill a food basket for a family in need.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Read a story to a child.
  • Stop by your library and check out some books.
  • Dance.
  • Sing.
  • Roll down a hill.
  • Act.
  • Paint.
  • Family Trivia Night, try to stump your family. Do they know everything about each other?
  • Check out a sports game in person.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Wash a car.
  • Daydream.
  • Be a cloud detective. Find a nice spot of grass, stare up at the clouds, and figure out what you’re seeing.
  • Pull out the odds and ends from your shed and garage and create an obstacle course.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Play catch with your kids.
  • Sleep.
  • Conduct a silly talent show. Crack up watching each other show off their silliest talent.
  • Plan your next day trip or family vacation.


I could go on and on, but I think it’s your turn.

Will you unplug this week? What will you do instead?


 Learn more about screen-free week at their website.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys start to become teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 7 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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