Celebrate Screen-Free Week 2019!
Monday, April 29 to Saturday, May 5, 2019.
What is Screen-Free Week?
An annual, national celebration of life away from our screens. Families and communities are encouraged to spend a week "unplugged" from their digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers. Rediscover the joys of life away from screens.
How do we participate?
There are lots of ways to enjoy Screen-Free Week at the level that is appropriate for your family and your circumstances. The most important part of Screen-Free Week is to take a break from digital entertainment then go enjoy some real-world activities together as a family. Find local events to attend together, work together creatively, visit a local park or museum or try something new!
Try Mayor’s Screen-Free Challenge!
- Mayor's Screen-Free Challenge: English Flyer, Spanish Flyer, Portuguese Flyer, Haitian Creole Flyer. Try the activities and enter the raffle.
- Use the Family Guide to Screen-Free Week and try 101 Screen Free Activities
- Read a list of great recommendations for healthy screen use guidelines (in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole) in your home.
- Get ready for Screen-Free Week by watching the movie screening of Celling Your Soul: Raising Kids in a Digital Age on Thursday, April 25th.
Participate in family-friendly activities
Look below for local, easily accessible and low-cost activities. (You may need to make adjustments based on the weather - this is New England, after all.)
- Visit one of our Somerville Parks for an afternoon. All Week. Fill out the Mayor's Parks Pass Challenge and get entered into a raffle when you return it.
- Don't miss Somerville Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5th from 11am to 6pm all across Somerville. There is even a Free Trolley that might be a thrilling ride for younger students on its own.
- Visit the Kennedy Pool for some Family Swim time. All Week except Monday.
- Visit one of the Somerville Public Library branches to find a good book, listen to a story time or even rent an instrument! All Week
- And don't forget, your library card works at the Cambridge Public Library. If you want to head into Boston, you can visit the elegant Boston Library Main Branch in Copley Square. All Week.
- Speaking of Boston, try taking the Red Line into South Station and walking along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Stop by Faneuil Hall or the North End for a treat at the end of the trip.
- Try out a local museum. The Fogg Art Museum is free on Saturday mornings 10-noon, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is free Wednesday evenings after 4pm. The Harvard Semitic Museum is free All Week.
- Attend Youth On Climate Justice: Why Should you Care? Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30-7:30pm. Somerville youth leaders from Groundwork Somerville's Green Team present an interactive workshop to learn about and discuss climate change.
- Join the Somerville Spring Cleanup Day 2019 from 10-noon on Saturday, May 4.
- Try some family cooking with kid-friendly recipes Chop Chop magazine. All Week.
- Get creative by visiting The Beautiful Stuff Project during storefront studio hours Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.
- Try a fun science experiment. All Week.
- Listen to great music at the Spring String Fling student performance on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm in the Somerville High School Auditorium, 80 Highland Avenue.
- Get a sneak peek look at local artist during the Somerville Open Studios First Look Exhibit at the Somerville Museum. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
- Listen to live music or watch a dance performance and other free events at the Harvard Arts First Festival on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Resources for Somerville Families
Approaching media and device use mindfully isn't easy in today's world. Take a look at these great resources with information and advice for supporting your family through communication and rich experiences.
- Try our conversation-starter game and get ideas for talking to kids of different ages at our Family Talk resource page.
- Read in How to Make a Family Media Use Plan about developing a personal Technology Plan with your family to gently guide how and when your kids use their devices.
- Set screen-free times and zones in your home, like meal times and in the bedroom.
- Visit our Wellness Resource Page to find ideas for getting out and getting healthy around Somerville.
- Look up local events and activities on the Somerville Hub page for families of children birth through 18 years.