At this point, most of us are probably a little sick of COVID-19 (hopefully not literally). In states like Colorado, where stay-at-home orders have been enforced for months on end, finding the motivation to enjoy daily activities can be challenging.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy spending time with your family, and today, we're going to be discussing our favorites.
Staycations and Camping Are Underrated
If you planned on taking a vacation with the kids anytime soon, those hopes are probably dashed as airports ramp up travel restrictions and traveling in and of itself seems increasingly risky. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't take time off—instead, consider going camping or on a "staycation."
You can have a staycation anywhere, including your living room. Taking a tent into the backyard or building a pillow fort and spending a few days of quality time with the kids (s'mores included, obviously) is a great way to destress and bond with your family. If you want to get a little adventurous, consider bringing your family to a new hiking trail or picnic location each day.
If you want to go all-in, there's never been a better time to go camping. You can either find a campground near you or visit a location like a national forest. You may be surprised by the memories you can make, and going camping is almost always cheaper than going on vacation and staying in a hotel somewhere anyways.
Figured Out if Drive-In Theatres Are an Option
Most movie theatres right now are closed, but drive-ins have made something of a resurgence during the pandemic. They typically charge per car, so piling the family in and visiting one is a great way to get bang for your buck.
If you want to make the experience even better, either pick up food to-go from your favorite restaurant or make some to take with you to the "theatre." What's better than lunch or dinner and a movie? Bonus points if you can find a malt shop near you to recreate a vintage experience with the whole family.
Take the Party Online
Constant quarantines and stay-at-home orders instituted across the US have left most of us feeling pretty lonely. The same thing probably goes for your kids.
If you can, try and arrange virtual playdates or hangouts for your kids with their friends (depending on their age, they may already have it figured out). Additionally, getting together with family members using videoconferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc., can be a great way to alleviate the loneliness of COVID-19 isolation.
Pick Up a New Hobby for the Family
Most of us have different schedules now than we did at the start of 2020. Take advantage of that and pick up a new hobby with your family. Some ideas include:
- Boardgame/videogame nights. Playing games together is always fun, and can also help you teach your children important lessons about how to win (and lose) gracefully.
- Art sessions. Picking up painting together is a great way for everyone in the family to unleash their creativity. If you partake, it's also a great opportunity to share a glass of wine with your partner.
- Workout together. An activity like daily walks or even more intense workout sessions can help you stay active and remain positive, especially if you were a gym-goer before the pandemic kicked off.
- Do something meant for summer camp. Ever made a tie-dye shirt before? What about one of those cool science fair volcanoes? Now's the time. Plus, you can help your kids stay on top of their academics while you do it.
- Read something together. Books may have fallen somewhat out of style in recent years, but now's the perfect time to bring them back. Reading your kids a classic like Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings is a great way to combine learning with an unforgettable adventure.
These times aren't easy for anyone, but with a little creativity and commitment, you can still create some amazing memories with your family.
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