Like many of you during quarantine, I had to come up with clever ways to not only entertain my rather rambunctious five, now six, year old but I also had to be creative with family night. Now I am very aware that having spent so much time together some of us are either sick of each other or are in desperate need of getting outdoors. This is what led me to create my perfect list of family night activities.
What should you do together, now that quarantine is over?
Gone are the days where we would sit around the coffee or dinner table and play a great game of Life, Monopoly, or Scrabble. So many of us are in desperate need to find safe ways to spend time outside that we are making plans to do just about anything. That doesn’t mean you and the kids should sign up for skydiving, though if you have older kids that might be a hoot!
Here are a few ideas for you and your family to try. Some you may not have thought of and others you may be doing right now!
- Camping-That’s right camping! If you are really into not wearing masks right now, and let’s be honest none of us are into it, then camping might be your answer. In addtion to the CDC changing its mind on how vaccinated and non vaccinated people should be in public, getting back to nature is the perfect way to get out of the house. Now, I am fully aware that camping, in most areas can be costly and while many of us are getting back on our feet money might still be tight. With that being said you could easily have a family camp night in your backyard! For those of you living in an apartment, transform your living room into a campsite. The acitivites are limitless, scary stories, (fireplace) smores, play a movie, go for a hike, go look at historical sites, or landmarks. Mount Rushmore is always great!
- Bike rides– I love a good bike ride down a sweet shaded path through the woods. You can do this while you’re camping or plan it on a different day. For those of you who don’t own a bike, you can look up bike rentals at your local bike shop. Or if you are lucky enough to leave near a toursit spot you could check with your local tourist office regarding bike rentals. Near me at my local toursit spot I can rent a bike for the whole day for 30 euros.
- Head to the Beach-with summer in full swing and if you are lucky enough to be near a beach or have a beach on your driving route to your campsite then take advatage. Play a game of vollyball or even take a swim. Or connect with your inner kid and build a sandcastle. Have a competition with the famliy on who could create the best sandcastle!
- Head for the hills! Bring a map, plan out your course and go for a nature walk. There is nothing more relaxing then wondering through grassy hills and taking in the sounds of nature. You could also use this moment to do some bird watching! This could be fun for the younger ones, though they will not be able to give you the scientific name of the bird they can use this moment to work on their colors. “I see a blue bird!” Or “I see a black bird!”
- Row Row your boat! If you are lucky to live near a river, as we were in Portland you can get a sweet paddle boat and go down the river! Or you can kayak! You could also race each other if you are a family who likes competition! Remember to bring your life jackets!
What kinds of activities do you love to do with the family?
Comment below and tell me your fun ideas!
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