After several months of COVID-19 restrictions, families are starting to go a little stir-crazy, and parents feel that there’s nothing they can do for their children. There are several activities you can do with your family to ease tension while adhering to CDC guidelines. Here are a few suggestions that will be fun for the whole family. Be sure to schedule your activities on the Family Organizer to add to the anticipation.
3 Things to do Outdoors
There are plenty of campgrounds where you can take your family and get away from the crowded city. Social distancing will be much easier when you’re in the middle of the woods. If you feel safer at home, you can pitch a couple of tents in your backyard. Be sure to pack a first aid kit, plenty of food and water, and your bathing suits. Even at home, you can use a garden hose to fill a small pool, arm squirt guns, or supply the water for a water slide. In the evening, you can build a fire and tell ghost stories. If you are camping in your own yard, try to make a rule to avoid going into the house except in emergencies to create a more authentic camping experience.
Depending on the ages of your kids, investing in ATVs and dirt bikes can lead to plenty of outdoor fun for your whole family. It’s easy to compare shops for the best off-road vehicles online, so you can browse your options without pressure to buy. Once you find something you think your family can enjoy, you can bring your new ATV home and hit the trails with your kids. Just be sure to invest in helmets and other safety gear to protect everyone from falls. After you learn how to operate the ATV together, this may become a regular tradition for the entire family.
Go Hiking or Bicycling
Explore around your neighborhood to find the parks in your city that are open. Even if they’re not, you can hike around your neighborhood, or your family can take a bicycle ride after dinner. It is important to get outside in order to keep your immune system strong and healthy. Since these are solitary activities, you’ll find it easy to keep your distance from others and give your family some much needed physical activity. You can take a different route each day until the parks do open up to provide trails that lead away from the city streets.
3 Things to do Indoors
Recreate the Movie Theater Experience
It won’t take much to create a real movie theater experience in your own living room, and watching a couple of movies can entertain your whole family for several hours. You can pick a franchise, such as Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean, or you can let each of your kids pick a movie to watch. Once you turn off the lights and serve some buttery popcorn, it will feel just like you’re in the theater.
Bring Back Game Night
Having a game night has always been a favorite tradition for families in the past, and it’s something you can still do today. If you don’t have any board games of your own, you can pick up a few games at a department store for just a few bucks. Shopping for new board games can be an event in itself when you bring the whole family to pick out the games you want to try. You can serve snacks to munch on while you play, or order a pizza to make it an easy clean up afterward.
Do Arts & Crafts Together
You can find plenty of art supplies for sale at cheap prices at discount dollar stores, including markers, crayons, finger paints, and colored chalk. You can even find construction paper, coloring books, and sketch pads fairly cheap, making it easy to stock up on art supplies for the entire family. You might be surprised to find out how much fun it is to create art with your kids. You will all find it a rewarding experience to indulge your imaginations and create unique works of art.
There are many more activities you can indulge in with your family. As long as you can ensure your family can stay six feet away from others and everyone wears a mask, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Especially now that more businesses and amenities are starting to reopen, you’ll start to find many more activities for you to enjoy with your family.
By Rayanne Morriss
Rayanne is currently working towards her BA from Oregon State University. She loves to write, read, travel, and paint. She enjoys finding new coffee shops with friends and expanding her cooking skills with her husband.