10 Ways to Get Away From Those Screens For National Unplugging Day

Can your family go screen-free for 24 hours? Take part in the challenge March 4 and 5

By Macaroni KID March 2, 2022

The National Day of Unplugging has new meaning in this time of COVID. Kids are using technology more than ever before. Can they turn it off? 

Can you?

National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign promoting a 24-hour respite from technology. It is annually observed the first weekend in March.

The organization behind National Day of Unplugging, Unplug Collaborative, says more than 135,000 people have participated in events hosted by over 1,000 schools, religious institutions, and businesses worldwide over the last 13 years.

The 2022 challenge takes places March 4 and 5.

Want to take part ... but not sure how to get your family to fill those hours without technology? Check out our 10 ideas to go screen-free as a family:

1. Get outside

Take a hike, visit a park, or hit the slopes. Get outside and enjoy nature together! 

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2. Play

This sounds simple enough, but it's surprising how little time many children have most days for open play. Let your children run wild with imagination by giving them free hours to just PLAY!  

3. Host a friendly competition 

Gather the family for a board game bonanza! Break out the family favorites or introduce a new game or two. 

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4. Build

Build with cardboard boxes, LEGOs, blocks, toothpicks, or whatever else you can think of! Hold a family building competition or work together to create an epic project.

5. Read

Crack open those books and cuddle up together on the couch for a reading marathon. Or start a book together as a family!

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6.  Encourage sensory play

This is perfect for either indoor or outdoor play with Littles! We love this winter themed sensory bin created by Macaroni KID publisher Emily Papa.

7. Clean

It's never too early to begin spring cleaning! This is a great time of year to declutter, sort, and donate. Your kiddos can definitely help with the process and feel great donating some unwanted items to those in need!

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8. Discover a new hobby together

From knitting to playing an instrument, and everything in between — what have you always wanted to learn, but haven't? Now is the time! Older kids might want to participate as well — a great way to connect with your kids as you learn together. 

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9. Create art

Consider not giving your child a craft or end goal — just let them create! This is called process art, which is open-ended art making. The goal is to give the child the freedom to self-direct, make choices, and give them the freedom to discover and create without expectation. With process art, the end product is always unique — and likely not what you expect! The goal is the creation of the work, not the outcome.

10. Go on a mini adventure around town

Explore! Go on a mural hunt. Visit a museum you haven't been to before, or revisit a favorite. Visit our calendar for a list of family-friendly events happening.

Who knows? Maybe you and your kids will have so much fun going screen-free you might decide to make it a regular event for your family. Happy unplugging!