After a month of quarantine - possibly longer - it’s normal to be going a little stir crazy. It’s a confusing time for many: adults are trying to adjust to working from home, college-aged kids may suddenly be finding themselves back at their childhood homes just as they were getting used to living on their own, high school seniors are missing out on proms, and younger kids may not understand why they can’t go see their friends. If this situation sounds all too familiar and you just need a change of pace, here are a few activities that the whole family can enjoy while quarantining.
If you’re missing museums
Travel + Leisure compiled a list of 12 museums that are offering virtual tours, including The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Get a glimpse of famous works of art by Monet, learn about Mayan civilization, or peek into American fashion circa 1895.
If you’re looking for educational material outside of e-learning for younger children
PBS is offering free curated standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more based on your location.
If you just need some heartwarming content
Actor John Krasinski debuted his YouTube series earlier this month, simply titled Some Good News. Episodes are no more than 20 minutes long, but are sure to make you smile.
If you just need to spend some (virtual) time with puppies, that exists too.
If you want to learn a new skill
The Los Angeles Times featured this list of 50 life skills anyone can learn during this time. Suggestions range from the practical, especially in this environment (how to improve your posture) to activities the whole family can learn together (how to identify constellations).
If you’re missing the gym
You might not be able to go to the gym, but it doesn’t mean you can’t boost endorphins some other way. Even a quick walk each day will do wonders for your mood. Many gyms and workout programs are offering daily Instagram live sessions, so you don’t have to miss your workouts - or you can find something new to love.
If you want to catch up on movies
There are a ton of options on streaming services that are both family-friendly (Frozen 2 on Disney+) and more adult-oriented (if you haven’t watched Netflix’s Tiger King, now’s the time).
If you’re tired of looking at screens
Enjoy a family game night - Monopoly, Pictionary… the possibilities are endless.
The Wall Street Journal offers 100 activities that don’t involve screens for the whole family. From building a giant Lego set to taking up origami, these ideas mix fun and relaxation.
Now might also be a good time to go old-school by writing and mailing letters, especially to loved ones who may not have daily interactions with anyone else.
How are you spending your time in quarantine?
How are you spending this time? What activities are you doing with your family to fend off boredom?
The Team at Chatterton & Associates
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