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Plan your family event for Screen Free Week! Turn off the TV

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 by Maggie LaBarbera

On April 18-24, children, families, schools, and communities around the country will turn off their TV for one full week!  It’s a chance to unplug and read, play, daydream, create, explore nature, and spend more time with family and friends.

Since 1996, millions of children and their families have participated in Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff).  Each year, thousands of parents, teachers, PTA members, librarians, scoutmasters, and clergy organize Screen-Free Weeks in their communities.

You can plan your event as a family or as part of a larger group or even as an organization!

To help you get started, here are some planning tools filled with ideas to make it a memorable event for the kids.  Sometimes we just have to stop and smell the roses!   Even though kids might protest a bit at the beginning, you may be surprised at how much fun you can have doing other activities.

It just takes a little planning so that kids don't get bored.

To help you we have put together some fun material!

Guide on how to get the family onboard and turn off the TV

List of fun indoor and outdoor activities for ideas of things to do!

Printable agreement to “Take the challenge and turn off the TV

4 easy steps to get the kids involved in National Turn off the TV Week

Helpful 'Screen Free Week' resources:

Screen Free Week

See what events are planned in the US- amazing Google map showing all the 'Screen Free Week' events!

Register your event

Screen Free Week Facebook page

Our ideas for FUN activities for kids:

Have fun with our new 'cooking with kids' activities and printables!

Printable farm to table coloring pages and puzzles

New Garden page- Start gardening with your kids  or print out fun gardening activity pages

Get creative and plan ahead for fun activities:

Printable list for Screen Free Week Activities PDF:

After Screen Free Week - use this handy chart to help kids monitor and reduce screen time!

print screen time tv tracker chart for kids pdf





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