With everything going on in the world right now, one thing I find peace in is being able to be with my kids. Although it can be hard to give them structure, keep up with homeschooling, prepare 3 meals a day, and still keep up with work at the same time. We get so caught up in the things we ‘have to’ do, that we might forget to take advantage of the time together with our family and just play! Here is a list of 17 ways to turn quarantine time into quality time together and maybe even overshadow this chapter of our lives with unforgettable memories together.
Read together: Let your kids pick their favorite books, and instead of squeezing it in before bed you can make a routine out of it during the day.
Exercise: Grab some mats and do some yoga, a quick home workout, or take a walk together! (Anything to burn some energy, am I right?) Side note – a lot of you have asked about my code for obe at home workouts. Use code: CHRISTINEMONTH to get your first month free (valid through March 31st. 🙂
Build a Fort: Build a fort in your living room then have a movie night with popcorn and everyone’s favorite treat!
Play Restaurant: Make a menu and have a 3 course meal. Mara loves playing waitress and serving all of us! You can keep this one up by picking a different ‘restaurant’ every night – one night can be Italian, another Mexican, etc.
Have an indoor rodeo: Get some pony sticks (unless dad is game to participate 😉 and let the kids race each other around the room. You can also add obstacles like couch pillows, etc. for some makeshift barrel racing.
Learn a new skill: Pick up a new hobby! You can learn anything from baking, language, an instrument, etc. Beckam has been DYING to learn guitar so I ordered him a guitar and am going to youtube some basic lessons for him.
Write a letter to their grandparents: No matter how near or far your kids’ grandparents live, keeping them connected the old fashioned way is the way to go, now more than ever! Add some homemade artwork for an extra treat (and probably a soon-to-be addition to grandma and grandpa’s fridge. 🙂
Have a backyard campfire and roast some hot dogs and marshmallows: Any time you can spend outside enjoying some fresh air is a win in our book! For a memorable night, have a spontaneous camping trip in your own backyard or back patio. You can light up the fire pit if you have one to roast marshmallows. It’s also the perfect chance to download a star-gazing app and learn some of the constellations. We love this one.
Have a spa day: Everybody could use some extra R&R right now, so make a day of it and have everyone participate in spa day! You can set out everyone’s robes (this one is my ultimate favorite; also love these cute striped options for the kids) and slippers and arrange multiple stations – a swimsuit bubble bath, fun face masks, a foot massage station – I can’t promise it won’t make a mess but I can promise it will make a great memory!
Pull out your favorite games: From your family’s favorite board games to bring out everyone’s competitive sides. We’ve played probably 15 games of Sorry already and Cody and I love Monopoly Deal! You can also play tic-tac-toe and hangman on the driveway with chalk, or collaborate on a family puzzle.
Set up an at home treasure hunt: For St. Patrick’s Day, Cody and I set up a trail of Lucky Charms that led the kids to find their ‘treasure’. They loved it and it was a welcomed distraction from everything going on. It’s a great way to celebrate birthdays or an incentive for doing chores around the house, etc.
Take a walk to the park and have a picnic: Head outside for some fresh air. Even if you are avoiding the playground, you should be able to find the perfect spot to lay down a blanket and set up a picnic.
Take on a Tiktok trend: We love trying our hand at the latest Tiktok crazes! Some of the ones the kids have loved: learning how to make thread bracelets, hydro-dipping, learning new dances, and trying out the challenges. If you aren’t following already come hang with us on TikTok: @christine_andrew.
Paint: Using your fingers or paint brushes, your kids will love to create something new! It’s so fun to see what their little imaginations come up with. How cute are these little ‘paint your own’ kits? Love!
Movie night: If you haven’t sign up for Disney+ yet, now. is. the. time. 😂Soooo many options and easy to find something the kids will agree on. (You can see more about our Disney movie nights here or sign up for a free 7-day trial here)
Challenge yourself with LEGOS. There’s no time like the present to tackle that intimidating LEGO set the kids have been asking to open.
Let them be the boss for the day: Granted, you might have to add some parameters depending on the direction they go, but let your kids rule the roost for the day! They can have their choice between a few options for dinner, decide on games, activities, etc. – such a fun opportunity to see what they would do on their dream day!
I would love to keep the list going! If you guys want to add some fun ideas below in comments, I’ll add a list of your additional ideas to the end of the post!