Five Ideas for Family Time While in Quarantine

Five Ideas for Family Time While in Quarantine

August 11, 2020

Even with the mask mandate and social distancing in place, it remains safer to stay home during this time of coronavirus surges. However, all this at-home time is often overwhelming, especially with the prospect of kids staying home during the school year. This means finding more activities for families. Here are five ideas for family activities during COVID-19 in Lubbock, TX:

  • Look into livestreams: You may not be able to travel right now, but that does not mean you and your kids cannot see some new parts of the world. Many locations set up live streams to share their exhibits. The Georgia Aquarium has a live stream for beluga whales, and the Cincinnati Zoo has set up several for their animals, including a feature at noon each day. Many of these can be more educational than regular TV, and yet they demand little from you or your kids. You may even find a few favorites to plan for a family trip once the pandemic situation improves. Google even also offers a 360-degree camera that explores the surface of Mars, if you and your children want a more out-of-this-world streaming experience.
  • Stage a treasure hunt: Treasure hunts are fun, easy to set up and time consuming. You can hide as many items as you wish, and the activity requires your children’s complete engagement. If you are feeling more ambitious, throw in prizes for whomever finds the most items. This is a great way to get children away from mobile devices and interact with their surroundings.
  • Build a fort: You can easily assemble a fort using couch cushions and blankets. This entertains children of all ages, as well as their parents. Consider setting up the fort for a separate coloring space, or fire up a movie. This can be a nice diversion from traditional movie nights by adding the fun of a fort with it!
  • Backyard picnics: Pack up sandwiches and snacks and throw a picnic in your own backyard. Make it an opportunity for play and sunshine in a slightly different way. Being inside 24/7 is never good for anyone mentally, but especially not for children. Insisting on outdoor eating and playtime can change scenery and encourage physical exercise.
  • Board games: This is an old standby for families everywhere, and for all generations. Board games help time pass in a productive way while being mentally challenging for kids of all ages. Depending on the age of your children, try Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land or Monopoly. You can also play checkers by using items around your home. If you do not have a board game connection, buy a few online to fill the time on super-hot days when it is easier to stay inside with the AC.

The Law Office of Rob Biggers practices family law in Lubbock, TX. No matter your current family structure, family activities during COVID-19 will help grow bonds and keep you and your children occupied. If you require advice on a custody matter, please call our office today. Please note that we are unable to accommodate same-day appointments at this time.

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