48 Activities for a Screen Free Weekend

Easily Fill 48-hours With These 48 Family Activities!

As a blogger, the idea of stepping away from screens for an entire 48-hour period sounds like I’ve lost my mind. And, maybe I have, but if that’s the case, it’s because social media is driving me crazy.

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Some days I just can’t keep up with all the notifications, the emails, the comments, the Instagram loops, the Twitter follows.

Who am I kidding? Most days! It’s just too much.

Not to mention the fact that it sets a bad example for #1. At three-years-old he should not have nearly as much screen time as he does.

We all need a break from our screens once in awhile. Schedule a screen free weekend for your family and fill those 48-hours with these 48 activities.

Enter Screen Free Weekends

Because of this family addiction, I have decided to implement a monthly Screen Free Weekend.

What does that mean? Well, it means no phones, no computers, no iPads, no Kindles, no television. If it emits a blue light, it’s off for 48-hours.

Probably a good thing since I never seem to give these technologies time to update.

And certainly great for our brains, based on all the blue light research.

Now, I won’t lie, this is going to be hard. It means we won’t be able to Skype the grandparents that weekend. We’ll miss anything good on television (Who am I kidding, we’ll DVR in advance!) and I’ll have to automate all my social media (not like I wouldn’t anyway).

So, what are we going to do? How will we survive? I’ll tell you:

48 Ways to Survive a Screen Free Weekend

  1. Read books, actual books, with pages.
  2. Play games.
  3. Work on a puzzle together.
  4. Take a hike.
  5. Go swimming.
  6. Clean the house.
  7. Do laundry.
  8. Bake sweets.
  9. Surprise friends with the overabundance of baked sweets.
  10. Paint a family abstract.
  11. Draw with sidewalk chalk.
  12. Tackle our Summer Activity Workbook.
  13. Watch the clouds.
  14. Count the stars.
  15. Catch fireflies.
  16. Have a campfire.
  17. Build with Legos.
  18. Play with play dough.
  19. Write letters to the grandparents.
  20. Go out to eat.
  21. Grocery shop.
  22. Clean the cars.
  23. Tell stories.
  24. Look at printed pictures from the past.
  25. Play tee ball.
  26. Go for a walk.
  27. Have a picnic.
  28. Sing songs.
  29. Have a dance party with Alexa (she’s technically not a screen – loophole!).
  30. Go fishing.
  31. Pick fruit.
  32. Visit the farmer’s market.
  33. Plant flowers.
  34. Play with dominoes.
  35. Build a fort.
  36. Have a pillow fight.
  37. Play with alphabet magnets.
  38. Blow bubbles.
  39. Visit a playground.
  40. Visit a splash pad.
  41. Pull weeds.
  42. Pick up litter.
  43. Help the neighbors.
  44. Daydream our next vacation.
  45. Donate items we don’t need.
  46. Go shopping at the mall.
  47. Cook dinner together.
  48. Listen to records.
We all need a break from our screens once in awhile. Schedule a screen free weekend for your family and fill those 48-hours with these 48 activities.

Give it a Try

Is 48 hours too much for your family? No problem! Start with 6 hours, and gradually increase your time away from screens until you’ve hit 24 hours.

Celebrate with a movie marathon – okay, maybe not. Celebrate with some sweet treats!

You’re going to be amazed at the wonders this does for your family. That being said, I’d love to know how it goes. Let me know in the comments!

And, if you’ve got more suggestions for activities on a screen free weekend, tell me in the comments – I’ll read them on Monday 😉

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14 thoughts on “48 Activities for a Screen Free Weekend

  1. Good for you! I’m sure it’ll do you the world of good to have a bit of screen-free time to enjoy with your loved ones. Taking time off social media (for me at least) feels incredibly freeing; sure, it takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s nice to have a bit of extra headspace 🙂

  2. This is a great list! I totally need to limit my screen time too, especially since starting blogging. What would you say our your five favourite things to do on your list?

    1. Goodness, it’s hard to narrow it down! I love to bake and hike, so those are definitely in the top. And I have a half finished puzzle sitting on our coffee table that needs completed 🙂

  3. I am so guilty of watching too much tv on the weekend. A lot of these sound like so much fun and I haven’t done them in forever! I can’t remember the last time we had family game night! Thanks for the reminder to log out once in a while.

  4. This is such a great list! I’m excited at even the prospect of surprising our friends with an abundance of baked sweets! 🧁🍰🎂

    What I appreciate the most about this is that it doesn’t advise against screen time 100%. There’s enough of that misguided shaming about, and I love that you’ve given a reasonable alternative for our tech-driven world!

  5. Great List of activities. Thank you very much! I can add that I help my daughter to create her own story book. I collect her drawings in a folder and we read her own stories! Have fun all 🙂 🙂 🙂

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