Screen Break 2017

PastedGraphic 5ScreenBreak began as “TV Tune Out Week” in 1995. The event focused on swapping television time for more engaging entertainment options. As technology advanced, this special week expanded to include all types of electronic screens, and the name “ScreenBreak” was adopted to reflect this inclusive approach. The program reminds parents, educators, and students the value of stepping away from screen-based technology to participate in more engaging, play-based learning and entertainment options.

The week-long community tradition offers seven days of free events to help encourage children and families to "take a break" from screens and limit time using TVs, computers, video games, tablets, and even texting. More than 5,000 community members and dozens of local businesses and organizations participate in ScreenBreak every year.
The 2017 theme "Power Up Your Imagination" encourages families to turn off the screens and turn on your creativity! Whether a child wants to bake a pizza, practice yoga, learn a new language, play BINGO, help animals, or make a flower arrangement.... ScreenBreak has something for everyone. Families are encouraged to participate by attending the free activities and events throughout the North Shore.  
A. Perry Homes will be hosting Terrarrium making with Lurvey Supply & Garden Center on March 6th, 8th and 10th from 3:30 - 4:30.  Children can learn about micro-climates while planting a mini-terrarium using recycled materials at A. Perry Homes new Design Studio at 1220 Washington Avenue, Wilmette.  This event is free and for all ages.  Instruction and all materials will be generously provided by Lurvey’s Supply & Garden Center.  Children must me accompanied by an adult and reservations are required.  
Everyone is invited to take the ScreenBreak Challenge.  ScreenBreak guides are available for $10 and provides a full list of mostly free events for the week and access to all activities.  Additional payment may be required from some activities.  To order your guide, email  

Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour - Hosted by the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore. 


The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, Inc. (JLE-NS) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Each year, League members commit thousands of volunteer hours to improving our community. In particular, the focus of our organization is on Advancing Employment and Supporting Families for those in need across Chicago’s North Suburbs.

The 2017 Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour will take place Friday, May 5, 2017. In its 7th year, the Kitchen Tour raises significant revenue to fund important programs of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore.  A. Perry Homes will be showcasing their home at 1111 Sheridan Rd, Winnetka.  For information on visiting us please contact: Junior League of Evanston-North Shore at 847-441-0995 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
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Winnetka 5k runners show off their 5k race medals

The For Kids 5k is our annual race benefitting the kids of Northwestern Settlement, a charity that nurtures, educates and inspires families in Chicago’s West Town community.

Beginning outside our design studio and winding through the beautiful neighborhoods of Winnetka and the Green Bay Trail, ending with a finisher's party complete with live music, food and fun. All children receive finisher medals, and awards for the fastest stroller. 




Cooking event hosted by residential home builders A Perry Homes

At a very special evening, Healthful Habits shared some cooking techniques at the A. Perry Studio. The talented Chef HC served up a delicious plant-based dinner, and as a special treat to guests, the world-renowned Dr. Colin Campbell, author of the New York Times best selling book, The China Study, skyped in for a live interview.


 Chicago general contractor hosts holiday event at design studio



 A day of holiday fun for the kids featuring photos with Santa in front of the A. Perry fireplace, horse and carriage rides around charming Winnetka, live music from the New Trier Choir, crafts, hot cocoa and snacks.




 Local architects host halloween design contest where kids decorate a renderings of new designer homes

Here's one of the winners of the annual A. Perry Haunted House Coloring Contest! As a prize for turning one of our recent renderings into a frightening haunted houses, every winner received a gift certificate to Toys R' Us!