4 Family Activities You Can Do Together Right Now
Friday Jan. 8th, 2021
2021 will perhaps prove to be the year we eradicate the pandemic. For the moment, though, it’s still around. Until we have as many vaccines as we need for everyone who wants one, life is not going to return to normal.
As Covid-19 continues to impact many of our lives, you might not be sure what family activities are safe right now. You know you can’t take your family to a restaurant at the moment, and many movie theatres remain closed.
We’re here to give you a few fun ideas as to what you and your family can do together. Having a family activity at least once a week is a great way to stay close and connected.
You Can Go for a Family Bike Ride
If all your family members have bikes, you can go for a ride together. That’s assuming you live in a part of the country that snow doesn’t bury during the winter. Bike riding is great because:
• You can explore places you haven’t been before
• The whole family can get some exercise
• It doesn’t cost anything
Once you all have your bikes, you don’t need to pay any additional fee to bike around the neighborhood. That might be ideal if you don’t have a lot of extra money right now.
Traffic is the one thing for which you should watch out when you go on your family bike ride. There are some states where bike fatalities are quite high, and if you happen to live in one of them, you should be doubly careful. For instance, in 2015, in Florida, 7.4% of fatal US bike accidents occurred. That’s the most of any state.
You Can Go to a Drive-In Movie Theater
Since so many movie theaters have had to shut down, drive-in movie theaters have made a comeback. You can check to see if there are any in your area. That’s a fun thing to do because:
• It’s inexpensive
• You can get the children out of the house for a while
Your kids might need some time out of the house, and this is an activity you can drive them to easily enough. The tickets shouldn’t be costly, and you might be able to show the kids a classic film from your childhood. Hollywood is not putting out many new movies now, at least not in theaters, so most drive-ins are showing older releases.
You Can Have Family Game Night
You might decide to have a family game night. Maybe you have some board games, like Sorry, Monopoly, Clue, or Jenga. These are all classics, and if you don’t have them, you should be able to buy them.
If money is tight, you may locate some of them at Goodwill or another secondhand store. This is a fun way to entertain the kids, and it also costs nothing if you own these games already.
If your kids don’t like the board game idea, you might have a video game tournament if you own a PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, or some other game system. You might take turns playing Mario Cart or some other game that’s not scary or violent. That’s ideal if you have younger children.
You Can Have a Family Cooking Project
You might figure out a family cooking project in which everyone can take part. Maybe you can select some options from a cookbook or find them online.
Check out what you have in the freezer or pantry, and plan out the meal. You might make several courses and put different family members in charge of each one.
This can be a fantastic thing to do because you’re teaching your kids some cooking skills. They can take those newfound skills with them and use them when they become adults.
You can explain to your kids how cooking is like an art project, but they get to eat the finished product. They’ll probably feel proud if what they cooked comes out well and everyone enjoys it.
There are some other possibilities you might want to consider as well. You might all read the same book, then get together to talk about it. You might have a streaming movie night if you have Netflix or a similar streaming service. You can take turns letting each family member select a movie to watch.
The point is that you’re spending an evening together. Now is a tough time for so many, and it helps to stay one tightly-knit unit.