Due to the ongoing coronavirus, many families are still adjusting to life with virtual schooling, kids at home 24/7, and limited activities to stay engaged.
If you’re having a hard time thinking of new ways to keep the family occupied, consider these five family fun activities.
1. Sign Up For Online Summer Camps
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has deemed public gatherings unsafe for the foreseeable future, many organizations have had to come up with some creative ways to keep business coming.
One of the coolest things to emerge from this situation is virtual summer camps! From animal-centric camps to language learning classes and science sessions, there’s an option that’s bound to attract your kids’ unique interests.
Just check out these cool selections to find fun for all ages.
Ages 4 and under:
- PONO (Games, Cooking, Dance)
- Marco Polo World School (Online Classroom)
- Smart Buddies “Camp in a Box”
- Camp Hullabaloo (Arts & Crafts)
- Baking class
- Peanuts Virtual Art Camp (YouTube)
- Theatre and Acting Camp
- Sew a Softie
- Woof Wag Dogs (animal training)
- Video game design and coding
- Healthy Teens (arts & crafts, reading, computer
2. Have a Family Fun Night
Although some of your summer vacation plans may be postponed this year, there are still plenty of activities you can do to steer the family away from stir-crazy:
- Game night: There’s nothing more engaging and smile-inducing than a family game night. Pull out your favorite board games, show off your best card tricks, and don’t forget the snack board!
- Outdoor movie showing: With a portable projector, your favorite family film, and a white sheet, you’re all set up for the perfect summer evening. Order a pizza or make a big bowl of popcorn and it’ll surely be a summertime highlight.
- Cooking challenge: If you’re having trouble keeping your older kids occupied this summer, try hosting your very own Food Network style cooking challenge! Each member of the family picks a night and gets their own basket of must-use ingredients, then at the end of the week each person picks their favorite dinner. Besides being a fun time, this is also a great opportunity to teach your teens the foundations of cooking (and cleaning!)
- Summer Olympics: The summer Olympics may be rescheduled, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the fun! Host your very own version complete with your family’s favorite sporting events. Reward the winning athletes with an old fashioned ice cream social — just don’t forget to respect social distancing guidelines!
- Backyard camp out: If your favorite campgrounds have shut their doors for the season, why not take your tent to the backyard for a faux-camp experience? This is one of the easiest and most enjoyable backyard activities on our list! Just break out some s’mores, an outdoor fire pit, and a few of your camping essentials for an evening everyone will enjoy.
3. Encourage Engaged Learning
Summer sure is a great time for sunshine and playtime, but it’s also the perfect time for your kids to learn!
From improving their reading skills to learning about nature and their family history, there are tons of cool ways you can get your kids interested and inspired to learn.
Here are some helpful resources to get the ball rolling:
- Literati – Monthly Book Club for Kids
- San Diego Zoo Live Animal Webcam
- Boston Children Museum – Virtual Tours
- Bravo Academy of Music – Online Music Lessons
- LifeLab.org – Online Gardening Classes for Kids
4. Spend Some Time Outdoors
The weather is probably the best part about summer, and thankfully, the risk of outdoor activities remains pretty low when compared to others.
If you have the resources to play outside safely, check out these exciting options:
- White water rafting
5. Do Some DIY-ing
Arts and crafts are the staples to a solid summer. If you feel like you’ve exhausted your crafty concepts, consider these creative ideas:
- Water coloring
- Clay sculpting
- Jewelry making
- Fort building
This summer is sure to look different from every other; but rather than rejecting the differences, try to lean into these new opportunities!
With these fun tips as your guide, your family is sure to make the most of the season.
Did we miss any of your summer staples? Let us know your tips for summertime fun in the comment section below!