Get Screen-Free This Summer!

Are you and your family trying to be more screen-free this summer? Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store has 101 great screen-free ideas, Amelia Island style! This list was originally compiled by the Campaign for A Commercial-Free Childhood. For other ideas, new toys, and other fun things to do visit

1.Listen to the radio. 2. Write an article or story. 3. Paint a picture, a mural or a room. 4. Write a fan letter to your favorite author. 5. Read a book. Read to someone else. 6. Learn to change the oil or tire on a car. Fix something. 7. Write a letter to a friend or relative. 8. Make cookies, bread or jam and share with a neighbor. 9. Read magazines or newspapers. Swap them with friends. 10. Go through your closets and donate items to New To You, the Purple Dove, or the Nassau Humane Society. 11. Start a diary/journal. 12. Play cards. 13. Make crafts to give as gifts. Try a new craft. 14. Do a crossword puzzle or play Sudoku. 15. Save money: cancel your cable TV! 16. Learn about a different culture. Have an international dinner. 17. Teach a child some of your favorite childhood games. 18. Study sign language. 19. Play charades. 20. Cook dinner with friends or family. 21. Make cards for holidays or birthdays. 22. Play chess, bridge, or checkers. 23. Play charades. 24. Have a cup of coffee and a conversation. 25. Repair or refinish a piece of furniture. 26. Make a wooden flower box. 27. Wake up early and make pancakes. 28. Read a favorite poem. Read poems by poets new to you. 29. Learn about native trees and flowers in your area. 30. Plan a picnic or barbecue. 31. Go bird watching. Visit the Great Florida Birding Trail. 32. Walk the dog. Wash the dog. 33. Plant a garden. Work in your garden. 34. Take a nature hike at Little Talbot Island. 35. Feed fish or birds. 36. Watch the night sky through binoculars and identify different constellations. Observe the moon. 37. Learn to use a compass. 38. Take photographs and then organize them into an album. 39. Do yard work. 40. Go camping at Fort Clinch. 41. Take an early morning walk to watch the sunrise at the beach. 42. Climb a tree on Big Talbot Island. 43. Watch a sunset from the Downtown Fernandina Beach Marina. 44. Attend an outdoor conert. Listen to a local band. 45. Visit the library. Borrow some books. 46. Visit Story and Song Bookstore and The Bookloft. 47. Visit the Jacksonville Zoo. 48. Visit the Amelia Island Museum of History. 49. Make something at Paisley Grace Makery. 50. Go to the Maritime Museum. 51. Walk to work or school. 52. Play disc golf at the Fernandina Beach High School. 53. Look for treasures at an antique shop. 54. Attend a play at Amelia Musical Playhouse or Amelia Community Theater 55. Collect recycling and drop it off at a recycling center. 56. Learn to play a musical instrument at Amelia Music Studio. 57. Go to the skate park at Main Beach. 58. Go swimming in the ocean. 59. Start a community group that walks, runs or bikes. 60. Go on an Amelia River Cruise. 61. Go for a bicycle ride on the Amelia Island Trail. 62. Learn yoga. 63. Play soccer, softball or volleyball. 64. Play Frisbee. 65. Workout. 66. Take a dance class at Royal Amelia Dance Academy. 67. Organize a community clean-up with Keep Nassau Beautiful. 68. Become a tutor. 69. Sing! 70. Start a club about something you like. 71. Get to know your neighbors. 72. Start a book club. 73. Make paper bag costumes and have a parade. 74. Design a poster. 75. Discover activities at local parks. 76. Blow bubbles. 77. Draw family portraits. 78. Build a fort in the living room and camp out. 79. Research your family history. Make a family tree. 80. Invent a new game and teach it to your friends. 81. Do a puzzle. 82. Play hopscotch, hide & seek, or freeze-tag. 83. Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt. 84. Play board games. 85. Clean up or redecorate your room. 86. Make puppets out of old socks and have a puppet show. 87. Visit the African American Heritage Trail. 88. Construct a kite. Fly it. 89. Go on a family trip or historical excursion. 90. Go the beach. Make a Sand Snowman. 91. Create a collage out of old magazine pictures. 92. Shoot hoops with friends at Main Beach. Play a round of H.O.R.S.E. 93. Make a friendship bracelet. 94. Create a cookbook with all your favorite recipes. 95. Tell stories around a campfire. 96. Plan a slumber party. 97. Bake cakes or cookies and invite friends for a tea party. 98. Construct a miniature boat and float it on water. 99. Write a letter to your grandparents. Make a special card. 100. Create sidewalk art with chalk. 101. Celebrate being Screen Free with a treat from Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop!