With the current situation, staying at home is one of the best ways to be safe. However, boredom may strike for staying at home for a long time. You might deal with tantrums every now and then. Another to-do was added on your list: keep the whole family entertained especially the young ones. To help you ease the burden, we’ve listed six fun activities that will keep the whole family busy for weeks or even months.
Educational Virtual Visits
Does a tour in a museum, theme park, and national park was cancelled due to the quarantine? Some of these establishments have organized virtual visits so you will not miss the fun. Gather the family around and get ready for an amazing educational virtual visit. Here are some of the websites that offer virtual visits.
- Stuck at Home Science by California Science Center: The California Science Center is temporarily closed but that won’t stop them from providing science learning for the whole family. Stuck at Home offers free educational activity guides and videos that families can investigate, explore, and enjoy while at home. The activities are suitable for all ages plus the supplies needed are readily available at home. Better be ready for your amazing science adventure with the whole family.
- Bringing the Zoo to You by Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens: During their temporary closure, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens share views of the zoo to keep everyone engaged, informed, and connected despite social distancing. The whole family can watch animal, calming, and educational videos. They also offer free coloring books that everyone will surely enjoy.
- Aquarium Live by Aquarium of the Pacific: Interested to learn more about the ocean kingdom? Aquarium of the Pacific offers an online academy to continue the fun and entertaining activities amidst the temporary closure. It features on-demand videos and activities suitable for everyone. You can also book interactive live programs with their educators. The page is being updated regularly so there’s always something new to look forward to.
- Find Your Virtual Park by National Park Services: Who doesn’t love spending some quality time at the park? Fortunately, National Park Services (NPS) has their own ways of still connecting people with national parks from a distance via digital activities and opportunities. There are lots of activities that will definitely keep the whole family busy and entertained for days. The page also offers resources for kids so they’ll learn more about history, nature, and culture in parks. Enjoy your day at the park!
- Free Virtual Museum Visits: Missing a trip to the museum? This page lists a collection of museums from around the world that you can visit and explore virtually. Take a glimpse of the more than 3,000 famous artifacts from the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece or be captured of the art from the 13th century to the late 20th century at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. It also includes the British Museum, the American Museum of the National History, the Tokyo National Museum, and a lot more. Schedule which museums you will visit for the day and the rest of the week.
Workout at Home Program
Keeping healthy during this time is a must. Take a break from your gadgets and Netflix for at least an hour or two everyday by creating a workout plan for the whole family. You can do it first thing in the morning, late afternoon, before bedtime, or anytime the whole gang is ready for a stretch. The exercises involved should be appropriate and doable by all members of the family. You can let them suggest their favorite exercises. All family members should be assigned to take the lead. It will be a fun, healthy, and best bonding time. Shake up those extra fats and calories.
A Day in the Kitchen
Don’t you think this is the best time to gather everyone in the kitchen and cook together? You can do this at least twice or thrice a week. You can also organize a cook-off challenge or a baking competition. There are always a lot of things to do and learn in the kitchen. You can teach them how to cook their favorite meals or give them a few trivia about the health benefits of the ingredients. A perfect bonding and stomach-friendly activity for the whole family.
Learning at Home
With the cancellation of school, another role has been added to you. Aside from being a parent, you are now a teacher too. Children’s education is very important and that school cancellation should not put a halt to their learning. Always keep in mind that learning should be fun, avoid being so stiff, and do not pressure the young ones to grasp with the lessons easily.
Learn more from these resources on how to make homeschooling more effective.
- Homeschooling Tips From Actual Teachers: The post provides advice from teachers on how parents can win on homeschooling. It includes a sample daily routine for kids plus helpful tips on how to do it effectively.
- How to home-school during coronavirus quarantine: Moms, teachers share ideas, advice: The post provides expert advice on how to handle the pressure of homeschooling. It notes that parents should create a schedule and list of activities for their kids as well as teach them new learnings that are not found in the book.
- 6 Expert Tips for Homeschooling During Quarantine: The post provides six tips on how to maintain peace and productivity for your children and for you. It includes staying calm, experimenting strategies that will work for the whole family, and setting clear expectations.
Spending the weekend in your backyard is a perfect way to recharge from a challenging week. You can always set-up your backyard into a camping ground. Prepare the grill and the barbecue, set-up the tents, collect the woods, and get ready for a bonfire. This is an ideal time to know everyone’s thoughts about the quarantine, to plan for the activities for the week, or just to talk about anything and everything under the sun. Just be sure to have some ghost stories before calling it a night.
Organize Different Games Per Day
Staying at home would mean lengthened screen time, but there are lots of ways to distract everyone and encourage them to drop their gadgets. You can schedule a board game day on Monday, a puzzle day on Tuesday, a treasure hunting on Wednesday, a Bingo Day on Thursday, and getting brainy on Friday. You can spend the weekends in your backyard. There are a lot of fun and exciting games that you can introduce to your family for the rest of the week.
These resources will help you find more activities that are suitable and ideal for your family.
- 100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animals Cams and More: The post provides 100+ fun things to do when stuck at home. It lists websites that offer virtual tours to animals, museums, and parks as well as ways on how to experience Disneyland even at home. It also suggests what to read and watch while at home.
- Avoid Cabin Fever With These 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis: The post suggests 125 things to do with kids during coronavirus quarantine and social distancing. It includes making a cardboard fort, read-at-home Bingo, and an indoor picnic.
- Easy and Fun Crafts for Kids for Four Different Seasons: The post provides different easy and fun crafts that will make the kids busy. Each crafts are categorized according to season: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. It includes toilet paper roll frog, paper bag pirate, and bottle cap bugs.
Being forced to stay at home is not a time for sulking. It may be boring to be inside the house for a couple of weeks or months, but you can always use this time to catch-up and bond with the family. Turn those boring days into meaningful and quality moments spent with the family. There are many ways to be entertained even at home, I hope you find ours helpful.