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
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.
- Get Catan Junior at Target for $26.99
- Get Monopoly: Unicorns vs. Llamas on Amazon for $20
- Get Scrabble at Target for $16.19
2. Savor 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.
- Get a 2-pack of Coleman Rotisserie Forks at Target for $3.99
- Get the S'mores Skillet Dip Kit at Sur La Table for $14.99
- Get the Sunnydaze Decor Cosmic Stars and Moon 30" Wood Burning Fire Pit at Target for $145
3. Jump around
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.
- Get the Little Tikes Easy-Store Trampoline at Target for $74.99
- Get the Upper Bounce 40-Inch Mini Foldable Rebounder Fitness Trampoline at Target for $76.07
4. Build with bricks
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.
5. Learn an instrument
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.
6. Take a virtual theme park ride
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!
7. Practice yoga together
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
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.
- Get the Melissa & Doug 100-Piece African Plains Safari Jumbo Floor Puzzle at Target for $12.99
- Get the Eeboo 1000-piece Viva La Vida Puzzle at Maisonette for $19.99
- Get the Wrebbit 280-Piece Knight Bus 3-D Puzzle at Target for $26.99
9. Indulge in an at-home spa day
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.
- Get the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial Treatment at Target for $7.99
- Get B. Toys Tropical Waterfall Water Wheel Playset at Target for $9.99
- Get the Langely Street Biscuit Beringer Bamboo Bath Caddy at Wayfair for $69.99
- Get the Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle at Anthropologie for $32
10. Have a night of family-friendly gaming
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)!
- Get a Nintendo Switch 32GB Lite at Best Buy for $199.99
- Get "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" at Best Buy for $59.99
- Get "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" at Best Buy for $59.99
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