Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, many households are still struggling to adapt to life under quarantine and struggling to find Fun Summer Activities to Do With the Family.
Between at-home online schooling, mandatory social-distancing orders, and constant mask-wearing, families with kids are finding themselves cooped up at home 24/7 with minimal things to do.
If you’re having some trouble brainstorming new ways of keeping the family busy, you’re not alone.
There’s just something so irresistibly bright and beautiful about the summer season.
With gorgeous temperatures, warm beach waters, and no school in session, there’s so much fun to be had during the summertime— even during a pandemic.
Of course, you’ll need to be incredibly creative when it comes to selecting your daily activities if you wish to keep your family’s health and safety a top priority.
If you need a little extra help in figuring out ways to keep your household busy and happy this summer, we’re here to help!
Bake a Dessert Together
Being quarantined at home is the perfect chance to bond with your kiddos, and what better way to spend time together than by whipping up a delicious baked good?
Even if you do the vast majority of the prep and hard work, the kids will have a great time being a part of the process.
Dust off your favorite baking books and let the kids find a recipe that everyone will love.
Simple tasks like applying spices, mixing batter, whipping up frosting, or adding sprinkles are all suitable to-dos for the kids.
As you get started, always remember safety first! Prepare the kitchen by removing sharp knives, heavy pots or pans, and other dangerous objects before letting your children in.
Unsure of what recipes are best for family baking?
Search the web for easy recipes for these delicious family-friendly desserts:
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
- Chocolate S’mores
- Cookie Monster Popcorn
- Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispie Bars
- Galaxy Cups
Take a Hike
If you’re on the hunt for an activity that includes both cardiovascular exercise and a scenic view, hiking is your easy answer.
Whatever mountain you choose to scale, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the many mountaintop wonders of the world.
Finding parks and mountains to climb with your kids is simple with the right app or google search.
While finding time to hike during the week can be difficult if you’re working from home, try to dedicate a weekend day to spending time with your loved ones amidst mother nature’s natural beauty.
If you’re in need of a new pair of shoes, you can wait for a running shoe sale.
Read a Book
While the real world may seem like it’s come to a screeching halt, you and your children can plunge into a world of wonder until the pandemic blows over.
By cozying up to a good book together and forming a sort of at-home book club, you can enjoy a good story, learn, and reflect together.
Even if social distancing orders are keeping you away from others, you can get up close and personal with some of the best literary characters out there by simply flipping a page.
Try out these bestseller titles with your youngsters:
- Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Host a Backyard Picnic
Although it’s likely unsafe and unwise to dine at your favorite local restaurants, you can pretend!
An exclusive backyard picnic acts as a perfect excuse for you and your family to revel in the sun, enjoy the fresh air and have a tasty take-out dinner, stress-free.
Although it’s fun to fly and camp by yourself, camping with your family is a rare joy.
This will motivate the little ones to get out of their comfort zone, get outside, and spend some quality time with the world away from screens.
Camping is a timeless option as far as family activities go. It’s almost guaranteed that your little ones will cherish the memories made.
Getting your family off the couch during a pandemic can feel like an impossible feat, but with the right lineup of activities, you’ll be able to enjoy some summer fun for everyone!