By Peter Manley
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread to just about everyone in the world, people are worried now more than ever. Sure, a lot of the worry is about the dangers of the coronavirus and its impact on ourselves and our family’s health. However, another worry that is stirring up is how to best pass the time while we all shelter-in-place. After all, a majority of schools and establishments that are considered non-essential are now closed in an effort to promote social distancing.
At first, being cooped up in the house sounds great. Until it’s not. Binge-watching TV shows, ordering fast food, playing video games, and sleeping in may sound like a dream at first, but there’s only so much of that lifestyle we can take before it gets boring and repetitive.
So what can you and your family do to curb the boredom and pass the time in a fun and impactful way? The great news is, there are virtually hundreds of activities that you and your family can do together. Not only are these activities fun and engaging, but they help to bring your family closer together to make new memories that will last forever. Decades from now, you’ll all be reminiscing on just how much fun you had in quarantine.
To jump-start your quarantine plans, we’ve compiled a few great ideas. Here are seven ways to bond with your family during COVID-19 shelter-in-place. Stay safe and inspired, friends!
1. Play Board Games
Those old board games that have been collecting dust on the shelf? It might be time to dust them off and put them back into good use. The great thing about board games is that there are so many different options available. Candy Land is fun for the children, Monopoly is a surefire family classic, and you can never go wrong with checkers or chess.
If you really want to up the competition, try incentivizing. The winner may get a bowl of ice cream or be free of chores the day after, for example.
2. Start A Family Garden
Just because we’re all being asked to shelter-in-place, doesn’t mean we have to be locked up indoors all day. In fact, getting outside and being active should be made a priority in these times. If you have a small patch of land outside that’s unused, why not start a garden? All you need to get started are a few tools (such as a shovel and gloves), seeds, soil, and family participation. Not only does gardening get your family moving, but it will eventually provide your family with fresh produce to enjoy for the season. With the grocery stores selling out of food and being a risky place to be, starting a family garden is especially beneficial.
3. Have A Paint And Sip Night
Adults get wine (or alcohol of their choosing) and the children get their favorite juice or drink. Especially in recent years, paint and sip events have been extremely popular with adults, especially as a date or fun night out with friends. Since paint and sip places are most likely closed, why not host your own paint and sip night for the family?
You don’t have to be professional artists, either. In fact, it’s even more fun if you get to see the unique (and sometimes funny) masterpieces that your family comes up with!
4. Play Hide And Seek Or Tag
This timeless child’s favorite is actually very fun for all ages. When there’s not much else to do, playing hide and seek either indoors or in your backyard is a great way to pass the time. It doubles as a great workout as well, especially if you haven’t run away from someone in a tag chase in decades. Make sure you have water handy!
5. Prepare A Family Dinner
Why not give mom a break and turn dinner into a family activity? Have each person––even the kids––choose one dish that they will cook up for dinner. You can even go the extra mile and give the children fancy chef hats to wear! By having everyone involved and playing a role in preparing the meal, your entire family will take pride in the ultimate result.
6. Compete In Outdoor Sports
Have some sports fans in the family? Well, maybe it’s time to get them outside for some family competition! What sport you play depends on what your family may like best. Big football fans? Grab a football and head to the backyard for a game of two-hand touch football. Soccer enthusiasts? The backyard is your play-field.
The only sport that requires a bit more equipment is basketball. If you don’t have your own basketball goal, it’s probably best to avoid going to a public park for this. Why not try a new sport instead? It can still be fun, challenging, and health-promoting! Who knows, it may just become a new family tradition.
7. Build Bed Forts/Tents
Especially if your family loves the great outdoors, building a bed fort can be a great way to keep your children creatively inspired. Have them use blankets, cardboard, pallets, or whatever is available to build their very own bed fort/tent. Or, if you really want to bring the outdoors indoors, why not get a Privacy Pop bed tent instead? These bed tents are stylish, sturdy, and serve as the perfect foundation for your child to build upon. Not only that, but they actually help to promote better sleep!
They’re not just for kids, either. Privacy Pop offers bed tents in all bed sizes, making them great for parents or adults who want to turn their bed into a unique and sleep-promoting space of comfort.