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10 fun activities to do with your family when you’re quarantined

Enjoy the quality time.

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These are strange times. We're stuck inside with our spouses and kids, and no one knows exactly when we can get out and about again. But social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. There are plenty of activities that are great for all ages, and they can be done from the safety of your home.

From spa days to puzzles to virtual theme parks, you can find awesome family activities right here for optimal child/parent collaboration during coronavirus lockdown.

1. Play some board games

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Kids will love a new twist on a classic board game.

Add family game night to your social distancing schedule. Now’s the time to learn how to play some new board games. Interested in popular strategy game Catan? They make a junior version so kids can play, too. If you don’t feel like learning new rules, classics like Monopoly and Scrabble are great. You can even choose a modern twist the kids will love, like Monopoly: Unicorns vs. Llamas.

2. Savor s’mores

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Whether you're inside or in the backyard, indulge in some s'mores.

Have a fire pit or a stove? Make s’mores! This family activity is perfect for households with yards. Gather round and pop marshmallows onto sticks. Toast ‘em over the open flames and smoosh into graham crackers with chocolate. Fun and delicious. No fire pit? No problem. You can toast these confections over the stove, or purchase a skillet set and create a yummy s’mores dip.

3. Jump around

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Let the kids burn off some energy inside with a trampoline.

Jumping is great exercise, and you’ll definitely want an outlet for kids to burn energy during this time of self-isolation. Create your own physical education class with a practical purchase: a trampoline. Choose small, fitness-focused ones for you and the kids (some even fold up!) so you can all participate indoors at the same time.

4. Build with bricks

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Not into puzzles? Try building a Lego set instead.

Have a kiddo who loves Lego projects? Cue up a few episodes of "Lego Masters" for inspiration, then order a building set that’s more advanced and join in the fun. You’ll feel like a kid again, and building something like the Tokyo skyline from Lego bricks provides a sense of accomplishment for the whole family.

Get Lego Architecture Skyline Collection Tokyo at Best Buy for $59.99

5. Learn an instrument

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Now is the perfect time to learn to play piano.

Remember those piano lessons you’ve been meaning to sign up for? Well you can still learn how to play, and now's the perfect time—no teacher required. The whole family can use a portable smart keyboard like the One Light. The keys light up so it’s easy to learn. You’ll all be tickling the ivories in no time. Next up: family recitals.

Get the ONE Light Keyboard on Amazon for $299

6. Take a virtual theme park ride

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Visit at theme part—and even virtually hop aboard a ride or two.

Disney theme parks are shut down at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the rides virtually. Guests have uploaded their ride videos to sites like YouTube for home enjoyment. Videos of Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are available to watch.

Pop on some mouse ears and log on. Maybe the online experience will inspire your kids to create their own “ride” at home using cardboard boxes or sleeping bags down the stairs. Whatever keeps them occupied!

Get Minnie Mouse Cinderella Castle Ear Headband at the Disney Store for $29.99

7. Practice yoga together

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Yoga is a fun and relaxing activity the whole family can enjoy.

Get your om on and tackle a virtual yoga class with your littles—because we can all use more chill right about now. Join in on your child’s Cosmic Kids practice, or have them hop on a slower-paced adult class. Order a couple of yoga mats (allow us to recommend our roundup of some of the best yoga mats on the market) and get started. Namaste.

8. Puzzle it out

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Select a puzzle theme, and difficulty level, that works for your family.

A good old-fashioned puzzle is a classic at-home activity. The whole family can join in piecing together a picturesque safari scene, Frida Kahlo tribute, or even a 3-D model of a bus straight out of "Harry Potter." Keep the puzzles out and put them together bit-by-bit, or dedicate a whole block of time to puzzling.

9. Indulge in an at-home spa day

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Spa days are the perfect way to get the kids in on the relaxation.

Who doesn’t love face masks? Everyone wins with some self-care, so take turns treating yourself to the retreat you each deserve. For the kids, toss some bath toys and color tablets in the bath water and you’ve bought yourself some whine-free time.

Speaking of wine, bring a glass into your own relaxing bath. In fact, a handy tray holds beverages, snacks, books, or whatever floats your boat. Light a candle and you might even forget you’re on house arrest.

10. Have a night of family-friendly gaming

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"Mario Kart" is a family-friendly video game that will keep you entertained for hours.

Family-friendly video games like "Animal Crossing" and "Mario Kart" are super popular right now—and for good reason. Gaming can be a great way to pass the time together. Plus, your kids will be beyond excited that you finally broke down and got a Nintendo Switch (if you can snag one, they’re selling out fast)!

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