10 Family Friendly Activities to do While in Quarantine

Community
April 3, 2020
3 min

Have some fun with the family during quarantine inside the safety of your own home!  

With the shelter-in-place order in full effect, and the recent closure of all public parks and trails in the area, we know it’s been challenging keeping everyone in your family busy and entertained while being trapped in the house.

There are two ways to look at this situation: as a chaotic mess or as a beautiful opportunity. Everyday life can become so hectic, some families barely even see each other throughout the week. We encourage you to use these 10 activities as opportunities to bond with your family and have some fun!

Make a Fort

No matter how old or young you are, a fort is ALWAYS a good time! Throw up some blankets, grab some popcorn, and fire up a movie – BOOM family movie night!

Set Up a Treasure Hunt

Treasure hunts are fun, super easy, and depending on how many items you hide, they can last a while! You can even throw in a mini prize for whoever finds the most items to make it more challenging and competitive!

Watch the Beluga Whales at the Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has a live feed webcam so your little ones can check up on their whale friends anytime they want! Check it out here!

Check out the Cincinnati Zoo Livestream

The Cincinnati Zoo will be highlighting (via Facebook Live) one of their amazing animals each day at 12pm PST, and as a nice little bonus they’ll include an activity that your kids can do right from your home!

Have a Picnic in Your Backyard

Throw together some sandwiches, cut up some fruit, grab a bag of chips and your blanket and head outside for some fresh air! Not only are you getting the Vitamin D that your body needs, but you’re getting a break from being inside 24/7!

Make Elephant Toothpaste

Making elephant toothpaste is a great science experiment.Using the laws of both chemistry and biology, this recipe will cause an enormous foaming reaction, fit for an elephant. Check Scientific American for a how-to.

Check out Mars

Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera created by Google

Join a Family Friendly Dance Party via Facebook Live

DJ Mel in Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the fun here! Thousands have been tuning in, so get ready for fun.

Make Homemade Playdough

Need a recipe? Check out this one from I Heart Naptime. All you need are quart-sized bags, all-purpose flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, veggie or coconut oil, and food coloring.

Break Out the Board Games

Monopoly, Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land … you can never go wrong with board games!

Click here for a full list of 125 different family-friendly activities that will help keep your children entertained!

Additional Resources:

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