1. The Lightbulb Challenge! We're hosting a social media challenge to recreate our Lights On logo! Just strike the pose, snap a photo, and post it on social media, with a message of support for afterschool and the handle of the person you're challenging to participate. Be sure to tag #LightbulbChallenge and #LightsOnAfterschool so we can share your post! Head over to the Facebook event to RSVP.
2. Lightbulb art. Every year, tens of thousands of our printable lightbulbs are decorated across the country. Once finished, they can be strung in hallways and tacked to bulletin boards to keep the Lights On in the weeks to come. You can also mail them directly to your local Congressional district office as a bright reminder to your representative that afterschool matters.
3. STEM activities. Join 4-H for Code Your World, this year's National Youth Science Day activity! Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, it includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Also see our Afterschool STEM theme page to find more ways to celebrate STEM at your Lights On Afterschool event.
4. Get moving. Each fall, Nickelodeon goes completely dark to encourage kids and families to engage in physical activity for the Worldwide Day of Play. It’s easy to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play at your Lights On event—host a dance party, play kickball, set up an obstacle course, or do anything that gets kids moving! See our Health & Wellness theme page to learn more.
5. Sign the petition. Take the opportunity to tell policy makers that afterschool programs play an essential role in your community by collecting signatures for the afterschool petition. To collect signatures, either print out the petition or direct attendees to our website. See our Youth Voice theme page to learn more.
6. Healthy snacks. Lights On Afterschool provides a great opportunity to teach kids about nutrition and healthy eating while they enjoy a meal. Make sure your menu complies with the USDA meals designed for afterschool programs and encourage attendees to explore the refreshed Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards from the National AfterSchool Association. Visit our Health & Wellness theme page for more information on keeping kids nourished—at a Lights On Afterschool event or all year 'round.
7. Explore the world. If your program has access to computers or tablets, you can join National Geographic for the #LightsOnAfterschool Special edition of their Explorer Classroom! Explore the ocean with Dr. Robert Ballard and the team aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilius or learn about the Giant Taimen fish of Mongolia with ichthyologist Joe Cutler.
8. Teach creativity. The Creativity Catapult offers a number of expert-designed activities to boost creativity in children—from simple drawing exercises to more elaborate construction projects.
9. Go green. Use your Lights On Afterschool event to teach your kids and community about sustainability. Go paperless, host an interactive recycling demonstration, or check out the PLUM LANDING Explore Outdoors Toolkit for fun one-hour ecology activities perfect for afterschool. Visit our Afterschool STEM theme page to learn more.
10. Get inspired. Still not sure how to celebrate Lights On Afterschool this year? Visit our new Event Ideas & Activities database, where you can filter event ideas by category, planning time required and level of difficulty.