Events are being canceled all over California due to the abundant amount of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and the number of cases increases every day. Schools are also being closed, or switched over to online, due to the illness. So we want to take this opportunity to provide you with 10 activities and ideas on how to still have family fun at home!
1. Have a Karaoke Night
Karaoke is an inexpensive and fun way to spend family time together. Youtube, PlayStation, Wii, Xbox, and other game stations have several versions to choose from. Karaoke will bring lots of laughter and joy to everyone in the family! Singing is fun for everyone and will bring lots of laughter from those whose singing voice is not too good.
2. Play Games
Board games are also an inexpensive and time-consuming way to have fun at home. There are so many varieties and options to choose from, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Jenga. Go to your local grocery store and see what games intrigue your family specifically. You can also play games without purchasing anything. Some include tag, heads up seven up, or Simon Says. The great thing about playing any of these games is that it allows you to interact with everyone in the family! May the odds be in your favor!
3. Host a Themed Movie Night
There are plenty of movies that have prequels and sequels, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, and so much more. Pick a genre that relates to your family that everyone will enjoy. Create and plan a whole evening viewing these movies. Be sure to have snacks prepared such as popcorn, ice cream, and candy! If you want to think outside the box, find decorations that go with the house and decorate together. You can even arrange your snacks to match the theme of the movies.
4. Have an Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Everyone loves finding hidden things. Come up with a list of things that need to be found and pass it out to everyone. The things can be inside your home or even outdoors around the yard. Put a timer on how long they have to locate the articles, to make it more competitive. Think outside the box. You can even put things in the form of clues, and have everyone figure out what the object is. Have a small prize for the winner.
5. Host an International Dinner Night
As a family, pick out a country you would like to learn more about, are interested in, or maybe traveling to in the future. Find dishes that are unique to that particular country. Prepare dinner with your family that would be served in that country.
Everyone can even dress up in clothing from that specific country and wear it to dinner. Each family member would be responsible to bring one fact about the country to share at dinner time. For example, you could choose Italy. You could prepare Bicerin, Gelato, or Pizza.
Someone can create a playlist to play for dinner, as Italy is famous for its operas. Plan for an evening of creative learning time!
6. Throw an Indoor Picnic
Set out a picnic blanket and basket of food and eat your dinner as though you were having a picnic. Just having variety in your family life brings you closer together as a family unit. Events like this are often the catalyst for a fun-filled evening.
7. Have a Costume Night
Generally, we usually only wear costumes on Halloween. It is so fun to put on a costume and play, why can’t we do it year-round?
Host an evening where everyone has to dress up in a costume. Eat your dinner that evening all dressed up. Play games and just have a party. You can even make it a “themed” costume party by choosing a time era or movie characters. Shape it to meet your family’s interests.
8. Make a Family Scrapbook
Choose an assortment of family pictures taken during different events. Compile these photos into groups and begin to make a scrapbook. You could even focus on a special trip your family took, or another meaningful event you wish to document. The ideas for creating your family scrapbook are endless. Personalize this and make it your own!
9. Have a Spa Night
Plan an evening where you can do an at-home spa night. Light candles, put on relaxing music, and make your atmosphere resemble a spa. You can do facials, manicures, and pedicures. You can also have bubble baths. Schedule it so that each person is doing a different thing and rotate the process. Your family will enjoy this time of pampering and relaxing together.
10. Have a BBQ
It’s always a good time when there’s BBQ involved. You can cook up food for your family and eat outside or inside together. After you are finished, you can have a bonfire and make s’mores together. Remember how fun it is to sit around a campfire telling stories and eating s’mores. Make this happen in your yard with your family. Enjoy the night sky, and of course each other!