7 Family Activities to Keep You Busy at Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Take Virtual Tours
If you had to cancel a trip because of the pandemic, you don’t have to miss out on sightseeing completely. Many landmarks, national parks, zoos, safaris, and museums offer virtual tours.
These tours aren’t just limited to landmarks in the United States. You can even visit famous tourist spots around the world like the Louvre, the Great Wall of China, and also the Great Sphinx in Egypt. Hopefully, these virtual tours can help tide your family over until it’s safe to go out again.
Tip: Some of the tours happen in real-time, so make sure to plan and schedule accordingly!
Fill Your Day With Games
Playing games with your family is a great way to spend your time at home. It’s engaging, and kids can also learn some things along the way.
Here are examples of games you can play while you’re social distancing at home:
- Card games
- Board games
- Trivia games
- Scavenger hunts
There are a variety of age-appropriate games you can play with your kids. If you want to shake things up a little, you can also explore online games so that other friends can join the fun! Hosting virtual game sessions is a great way to stay in touch with other family members and friends.
Tip: To make things more interesting, you can keep track of the winners of each game. At the end of the pandemic, you can tally up the scores and crown the winner as the family’s game master.
Shared Screen Time
If you’re looking for something fun and easy to do with your family, you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned movie or show screening. These days, you can find thousands of family-friendly titles on a variety of streaming services.
Apart from movies and TV shows, several Broadway shows are also streaming online. If you want to involve other family and friends, you can also look into hosting a virtual viewing party.
If you use your shared screen time wisely, it doesn’t have to be a passive activity. Movies and TV shows can help introduce new topics and issues that you can discuss with your family.
Make the most out of the downtime you’re spending at home by reading with your family. These days, books come in different forms.
You can choose from your old favorites, order new releases online, or check out your local library’s online catalog. You can also make your book club more interesting by mixing in some audiobooks or even watching free read aloud books online.
Reading as a family is a great way to start meaningful conversations. It’s also a fun way to keep the learning going while school is out.
The World Health Organization recognizes that stay at home orders may have a negative impact on physical activity. Remaining physically active is even more important during a pandemic because it helps protect your physical and mental health.
In fact, studies show that regular exercise helps improve your immune system. Involving the entire family in exercise activities is a fun way to stay healthy during the pandemic.
With the stay at home orders in place, it’s best to avoid public spaces with large crowds. You don’t need to leave home for a fun workout session with your family.
Here are some things you can do at home:
- Workout videos – there are a variety of kid-friendly workout videos you can stream for free.
- Dance party – exercise doesn’t have to be complicated. Choose a fun playlist and dance like crazy with your family.
- Obstacle courses – if you have a backyard, set up an obstacle course for you and your family to finish. You can gamify this by recording how long it takes for each family member to complete the course.
Bonus for parents with young children: Exercising with kids helps them use up their energy!
Involve Everyone in Chores
It may not sound like fun at first, but you can motivate the younger members of your family to lend a hand by incentivizing or gamifying chores. For example, you can keep a chart of what they’ve done and give them a fun reward at predetermined points.
If you want them to help out in the kitchen, propose a Top Chef-like competition to get them excited. Decluttering is also all the rage these days, and it’ll help if everyone in the family is involved. Why not turn it into a game of sorts to inspire kids’ inner Marie Kondo?
It’s normal for kids to think that chores are boring, but it’s important to involve them while they’re young. Apart from having extra hands helping out, you’re also teaching them valuable life skills that they’ll thank you for later.
Start a Family Project
A family project is a great way to maximize all of the time you’re spending at home. Here are a few examples of fun family projects:
- Renovate a room
- Repaint walls/furniture
- Plant a garden
- Start a band
- Learn a new language
- Make art
Think of something you’ve always wanted to do work on (but never had the time to) and pitch it to your family. You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish together in a short period.
It seems like it’s going to be a while before the COVID-19 pandemic is over, so it’s important to make the most out of your time at home. Thankfully, technology makes it easier to comply with stay at home orders.
Even when it comes to your medical needs, there are telemedicine services, like StreamMD, that allow you to talk to experienced doctors from the comfort of your own home. Visit StreamMD’s website for more information about their services.
What fun activities do you do with your family? Share your tips with us in the comments section below.