Making the Most of Your Government-Mandated Family Time

Dear Rich Lifer,

We are facing an unprecedented time in our country with COVID-19 changing the way we conduct our daily lives.

Gone are the days of movie theaters, concerts, and amusement parks.

Even traditional summer activities like that tropical beach vacation or even just time at the local pool have come to a halt. 

People across the world are staying home, quarantining, and practicing social distancing to help curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Although staying at home is a necessary measure in today’s times, it means many of us have found ourselves with lots of extra time on our hands.

There has also been a huge increase in time spent with family.

From young people forgoing their big city apartments, to moved-home to college students forced off campus, to kids facing the possibility of homeschooling, to parents switching office life to work from home life, there has been a lot of added family time. 

We all know how hard it’s been to feel cooped up, but staying at home doesn’t mean giving up on enjoying time with loved ones!

If you’re feeling at a loss for yet another family activity to do this week, you’re in luck… 

Today, we will be breaking down tons of quarantine-friendly activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Whether you’re at home trying to find something educationally stimulating for your kids, in a tiny apartment daydreaming about the days of eating in restaurants, or alone with your cat spending most of your hours on online, you’re guaranteed to find your next socially distant adventure here today! 

If You Have Young Children

Quarantining can be just as tough on kids as it is on Mom and Dad. 

Kids are stuck inside without access to their friends, sports, camps or other traditional summer activities for children.

But being stuck inside doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

Consider trying out some of these activities with your children to help pass the time!

  • Write a letter or paint a picture to send to Grandma, Grandpa, or other friends or relatives. In the age of texting and emailing, a homemade craft is a great way to connect with loved ones you can’t see in person and let them know you’re thinking about them! 
  • Create an indoor scavenger hunt! Make a list of items for your kids to find and hide them around the house. Consider making up fun clues and puzzles to lead them from item to item. Guaranteed to keep the kids busy while they search for their “treasure.”
  • Break out some classic board games! Having more time inside is a perfect excuse for a long game of Monopoly. Take the time to share your favorite board game with your kid or teach them a classic game like chess or scrabble! 

If You’re Missing Travel

If you or your family are one of the many people who had to change or cancel travel plans due to COVID-19 you may be itching for alternative ways to find adventure while staying inside. 

Thankfully virtual entertainment, including virtual tours, are having a huge boom right now. So if you’re tired of binging Netflix and need a virtual escape look no further than these exciting options.

  • Google Arts and Culture has a huge selection of stunning virtual tours that are perfect for those who had to forgo travel plans. They have virtual tours for museums, national parks, and famous landmarks. 
  • The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is using their digital platform to host dance parties on their Instagram Live via @visitjamaica! The dance parties go live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00pm EST. 
  • Take a virtual train ride! Sometimes the adventure is getting there! Many scenic train rides around the world are offering “virtual trips.” These offer the chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy some stunning views from the comfort of your own home. 

If You’re Missing Restaurants

For some, staying in and making dinner every night may seem like an impossible task, while others just miss the experience of dining out. 

If you’re someone who wishes they enjoyed cooking more or maybe wants to learn to master a few new dishes, here are some super fun options for expanding your palate while quarantining with your family. 

  • Taking an authentic Italian cooking class with a renowned chef in Italy. Chef Silvia Grossi, Executive Chef at Il Salviatino in Fiesole, Italy, is teaching the world to cook classic Italian dishes from her home kitchen. Check out her insta @ilsalviatino to tune into a class.
  • Put together a cookbook with your kids! Have each child write down their favorite recipe and put them all together to create a fun family cookbook that you can continue to add to throughout your quarantine. You can even call up Grandma, or get other relatives to share their favorite dishes. 
  • Recreate Ikea’s famous Swedish Meatballs. A traditional trip to Ikea isn’t complete without an order of their meatballs and now you can make them at home! The Swedish furniture giant posted the tutorial on their twitter page. 

If You Really Need Some Fresh Air

There’s no doubt that visiting a national park is much different this year than any other summer. At the beginning of the pandemic national parks around the country closed.

However, many are beginning to reopen in phases. 

Parks such as Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park and Shenandoah National Park have all begun to reopen.

Many of the parks still have rules and regulations such as requiring tickets for entrance, with only a certain number allotted per day. 

Other parks such as Acadia National Park in Maine have quarantine rules banning anyone from visiting the park from out of state that hasn’t been quarantined for 14 days prior. 

The National Park Service is also recommending the use of face masks at parks around the country. 

Make sure you check the rules for your local state park before planning your visit. 

To a Richer Life,

The Rich Life Roadmap Team

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