Now more than ever we need family activities to do while we are all under strict stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic of the Coronavirus. While being surrounded by the family can be a good thing, not having to go through this chaotic time alone, it can get pretty redundant. Here are some ideas for activities you can do with your family during the quarantine.
1. Game nights
Yes, it’s time to break out the old board and card games from the basement and dust them off. There’s nothing like feeling the nostalgia of playing board games just like you did in the old days, but you can also download game apps on your phone and try some new ones or play on a game console like the Wii and see how your parents handle fun, interactive games like Mario Kart! Game nights bring the whole family together and can take your mind off all the stress that’s happening in the world with some friendly competition. Try designating a game night each week or even a couple times a week so you have something to look forward to.
2. Movie nights
This one might seem kind of obvious, but if you add this little twist to it, it will keep things fun and interesting! Designate a movie night once a week or a couple times a week, and each time a different member of the family picks out their absolute favorite movie and everyone has to watch it together no ifs, ands, or buts! You’ll be able to see your family member’s different tastes in movies and share that with one another.
3. Get crafty
Crafting is in, especially during this time! Electronics can get boring after a while and now is a good time to stretch your creative muscle. Crafting can range from many different activities, so find one that you think the whole family will enjoy. For example, get your family together for some painting. Use watercolor, follow a Bob Ross tutorial, or try to finger painting for the little ones. Another craft option is vision boards. Vision boards are positive pictures or words that you envision and want for yourself and your future. You can make vision boards by cutting out images from magazines you have lying around the house or print some off of the internet! Overall, you can always keep crafts simple with coloring, sketching, knitting, taking photos and so on. Any time spent crafting is never time wasted.
4. Outdoor fun
During quarantine, you are not exempt from going outside for some fresh air and sunlight. Going outside also doesn’t have to be just for the kids, it can include some very fun family activities. You can keep it simple by going on a walk together, sitting on your porch and listen to music, sunbathing, or playing a game of basketball, volleyball, cornhole or throwing the baseball around. You can also take the outdoor activities to the next level with some biking or hiking. We all could use the benefits of being outdoors right now, so grab your family and go do an activity outside.
5. Everyone is a chef
This one is a little challenging, especially if you don’t spend a lot of time cooking. Each member of the family picks a day of the week or month where they will cook a meal for the whole family all by themselves! If you have little ones, have them pick out something they want to try and have them help you make it. This will give the ones who are usually the ones making dinner a break and allows others to try something new. Start off with easy recipes with simple ingredients and work your way up. There are tons of recipes for inspiration on Pinterest or other websites.
6. Get the family on Tik Tok
If you haven’t heard of Tik Tok, you’re missing out! It is the newest video-sharing, social media network and it has saved a lot of bored people by having tons of fun videos to watch or inspired them to create there own. Quarantine videos have become super popular and it might be time for your family to hop on the craze with a funny dance routine or prank video. If anything, you and your family can spend time watching all the funny videos together. Consider making Tik Tok a part of your family activities during this stay-at-home time.
7. A family that exercises together stays together
Gyms are currently closed right now and so while you might have been attempting some at home work-outs on your own, it can be a good time to try to get the family in shape too. This can be simply going on a run, walk, or bike ride together, or you can take it to another level by designating days and times during the week or month where you’ll do some exercising together. With that, there are plenty of at-home workout apps, YouTube videos that demonstrate different exercises, or simple yoga poses that you can look up that would work best for your family. Make this a fun event by adding music, doing it outside or trying some more challenging workouts.
8. Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles
Puzzles are extremely popular right now, and for a simple reason, they’re inexpensive, kill a lot of time and, to be honest, kind of fun. After doing a puzzle for a few hours, you feel like you gave your brain a little work out for the day and that makes you feel pretty good. Puzzles are a great family activity because it’s all about working together and can be done over great conversation, yummy snacks, good music and so on.
We’re spending all of our time inside anyway, so why not re-decorate space in your home while under quarantine? Re-decorating can be simply rearranging furniture, hanging up new wall decor, or cleaning and organizing. You can also take it up a notch and buy and assemble new furniture pieces or paint the walls. This is a great family activity because now you have more people to help do the heavy lifting and add some of their own design to the space.
10. Spa day(s)
We know salons and spas are closed right now, so bring the relaxation to you! We need some stress relief and to feel pampered during the quarantine and you can do that right in your own home. For example, you can do simple manicures and pedicures with the basic manicure toolset you have in your own home and try your hand at a professional look with some polish to finish. You can also do facials that include face scrubs, cleansers, and masks. If you can’t get out and buy a mask, there are some easy at-home ones that you can make by looking up the recipes online. So, cut up some cucumbers to put on your eyes, pour you and your family some wine, turn on some relaxing melodies and have a spa day.