30 Things to Do During Screen Free Week

April 30th through May 6th is Screen Free Week, originally known as TV-Turnoff Week starting in 1994. As we have grown more and more dependent on technology for entertainment with the growth of the internet, smart phones, and apps targeting children and even toddlers, TV-Turnoff Week became Digital Detox Week in 2020 and Screen Free Week in 2020.

Screen Free Week is supported by more than 70 organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of American, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the YMCA. Screen Free Week is a great opportunity to save money on electricity, build family relationships, and get a few other projects done around the house. It may be tempting to think that a technology-free week will be impossible and you will run out of things to do, but here are 30 things you can do that do not require technology and may even make you a little fitter.

    1. Take a walk
    2. Go camping
    3. Climb a tree
    4. Re-paint your kitchen
    5. Catch up on your laundry
    6. Get a massage
    7. Mow the lawn
    8. Try a project (or twenty) you found on Pinterest*
    9. Take a yoga class
    10. Take a dance class
    11. Clean out your refrigerator and pantry
    12. Train your dog
    13. Try a new recipe
    14. Prepare and freeze meals for the future
    15. Organize your basement
    16. Visit a farmer’s market
    17. Learn to knit
    18. Read a book – Are you wondering what all the fuss is about with Hunger Games?
    19. Write a letter to your grandmother
    20. Learn to read a map
    21. Purchase, sign, and address birthday cards for family members
    22. Start your Christmas shopping – really, I’m serious
    23. Get a pedicure
    24. Give yourself a manicure
    25. Rearrange your furniture
    26. Visit a museum
    27. Try a new restaurant
    28. Go bowling
    29. Take someone out to the ballgame
    30. Have a picnic

*Many of us have become dependent on getting directions and information on the go, so this may require a bit of planning ahead or getting what you need before you leave work.

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