6 Fun Stay-at-Home Activities for Kids and the Whole Family

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. 

Educational Virtual Visits - Stay at Home Activities
Stay at Home Activities
  • 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

 

Workout at Home Program - Stay at Home Activities
Stay at Home Activities

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

A Day in the Kitchen - Stay at Home Activities
Stay at Home Activities

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. 

Learning at Home - Stay at Home Activities
Stay at Home Activities

Learn more from these resources on how to make homeschooling more effective. 

Backyard Camping

Backyard Camping - Stay at Home Activities
Stay at Home Activities

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

Organize Different Games Per Day - Stay at Home Activities
Stay at Home Activities

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. 

Relevant Resources

These resources will help you find more activities that are suitable and ideal for your family. 

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.              

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