Many states have enacted stay-at-home orders and families across the country are adapting to a new way of life. While many schools and businesses have closed and transitioned to a remote setting, it has allowed for some unprecedented quality time which has people asking: how do I keep my kids (and myself) from going stir crazy? Whether you’re learning to balance life working from home, or you’ve simply run out of ways to entertain your children, we’ve got the best tips for you.
1. Take a Virtual Field Trip - No Permission Slip Needed!
Have you ever dreamed of visiting far off places like the Louvre in Paris, or seeing Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park? Now’s your chance! Take the tour of a lifetime right from the comfort of your couch. Several of the world’s best museums and parks have stepped up to offer educational activities for you and your children, including the Guggenheim in New York, the British Museum in London, and many more!
2. Watch Zoo and Aquarium Live Streams
Maybe museums aren’t your thing, but the free virtual experiences don’t stop there! Some of the nation’s finest zoos and aquariums have also stepped up to offer hours of free live streamed entertainment for your family. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago did a live stream of their penguins roaming the empty aquarium at night. The Georgia Aquarium, National Aquarium, and the Atlanta Zoo are offering live stream footage of some of their most popular exhibits. Additionally, the Seattle Aquarium has an awesome 30-minute virtual tour. The options are endless when it comes to virtual experiences you and your kids can take advantage of during your time at home.
3. Take Homeschooling to the Next Level with E-Learning
Thankfully we live in an age driven by technology. While your children may not be able to physically attend school, many schools have provided e-learning tools and curriculum to utilize while they’re at home. Other companies have stepped up to offer their e-learning services at discounted rates, too. ABC Mouse is offering its services free for 30 days. Khan Academy, Prodigy Math, and Duolingo are also offering free resources to help keep your children engaged in an educational way while they’re out of school.
4. Get Active Indoors
Exercise has positive benefits for your body, mind, and spirit. But how can you work out when the gyms are closed and going outside is discouraged? Though it may feel like you’re stuck inside, the CDC actually recommends going out and exercising (as long as you stay six feet away from other people). Getting active could be as simple as taking a dance party break with your littles, or as complex as setting up an outdoor obstacle course. The options are endless and, luckily, the choice is yours!
5. Ditch the Screen and Get Creative
Remember the days before devices? We’re talking about pillow forts, puzzles, playing cops and robbers, and enjoying indoor picnics. Take advantage of this opportunity to unplug and take a trip down memory lane while sharing some of your favorite childhood activities with your own children.
6. Plan a Family Movie Night
Movie night is an easy way to get the whole family together. There are countless ways to catch a new flick. With apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney + at your disposal, your options are nearly limitless when it comes to what movie to watch. Take movie night a step further and create a special themed snack to go along with the film. We promise it’ll be a hit! Whether you decide on a cheesy family-friendly comedy or the newest animated film, it’s time to put your comfy clothes on, grab some popcorn, and start watching!
7. Create a New Tradition
Since you and your family are spending so much time together, it is an opportune time to create a new family tradition. This will bring the whole family together and make you feel more bonded in these troubling times. Start a thankfulness jar that each member of your family can add to every week, or create a DIY meal that you can all make together every year. The options are limitless and you can get as creative as you want when starting a new tradition.
8. Start Planning your Next Family Vacation
When all of this is said and done, it’s safe to say that we’ll all be in need of a well-deserved vacation. Why not start planning your trip now? Take some time to visit one of our great Frontdesk locations with your family. If you enjoyed one of the above-mentioned virtual museums or aquariums, consider visiting in person. Take a trip to Charlotte and go to Discovery Place, an awesome interactive museum with fun exhibits that both you and your kids are sure to enjoy. Explore all that the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has to offer, or visit the Alamo in San Antonio and discover some unique Texan history! No matter where you go, Frontdesk has you covered with a great place to stay in the best locations.
We hope these tips help add a little spice to your life during these uncertain times. While going from your normal 9-5 to being home with your family 24/7 can be an adjustment, there’s no time like the present to begin creating new traditions and memories with your children. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to be the first to hear about Frontdesk news and special deals, and share with us some of your favorite ways to pass the time. From all of us at Frontdesk, stay safe and stay home.