Schools in Illinois and across the country only give children so many breaks to spend with family. That’s why it’s imperative to make each break count, possibly with a family vacation. Even if you can’t or don’t want to go out, you can make the most of your time at home. Explore these tips and ideas, courtesy of The ChipChop Blog.
Getting out in Nature
If you’d prefer to reduce your family’s chances of getting COVID-19, consider going outside for all your activities. According to the CDC, you have less of a chance of catching the coronavirus outdoors where aerosol particles disperse, and you can socially distance yourself more easily.
Plus, nature can offer spectacular views, adventure, and fresh air. The sunshine provides vitamin D, which everyone’s body requires for immune support and bone health.
Think About a Road Trip
You could take a road trip and visit various outdoor sites along the way. Decide between destinations like the Columbia River Gorge, the Olympic Peninsula, or the Hood River Region. You can easily bond with family outside, and many activities are available.
Make sure you give your car a once-over so your trip will be uneventful.
Pack some healthy snacks to keep moods light and spending down.
Consider Day Trips
When the budget doesn’t allow for a long vacation away from home or you have limited time, consider multiple day trips to places in the area.
Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn all about the wonders of nature. On another day,
Look into places to visit along the coastline; there are beaches, forests, and amazing rock formations you can take in.
Have an At-Home Campout
You could pitch a tent right in your backyard. Build a fire, roast marshmallows, and play games. If your yard isn’t fenced, consider hiring a local fence company to do so in order to add more privacy and security to your property.
If it’s too cold to camp outside, build a tent indoors. While you can’t pitch a regular tent, you and the entire family can contribute and create one indoors using blankets, sheets, a table, chairs, and so on. Instead of roasting marshmallows, make seasoned popcorn, pizza muffins, and other indoor snacks. You can make this a multiple-day event by planning something fun each night.
Make Every Day at Home Eventful
If you’re staying home for the entire break, make each day eventful, perhaps by creating a theme for the week. Everyone in the family can make costumes and participate in games related to the theme.
Or you could make each day something new. One day, the family could have art day. Bring out a variety of supplies and get creative. Another day could be music day, where the family dances, sings and appreciates different types of music. Try having a music-related talent show where each family member has to showcase a talent. You could then have a physical activity day where you spend much of the day playing sports. Make each family member responsible for creating a sport, and everyone has to try each activity.
Of course, sometimes your kids may want to just relax and play with electronics. That’s okay in small doses, but, as Uswitch notes, online security is very important. Consider buying smartwatches for your children so they can play online safely while you prepare other fun activities for the family. An appropriate smartwatch is also a fun and convenient way to introduce your child to technology.
Smiles for a Few Days Make Memories for a Lifetime
Instead of everyone sitting at home doing their own thing, come together, smile, and make memories. Whether you visit somewhere for an organized event or create your own, you’ll be able to look back on the time together fondly.
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