As the homeschooling season is winding down, for parents and students, we are hit with the wave of summer in what seems like an instant. Kids are feeling excited to complete their school year while wanting to go out and enjoy the sunshine of the summer. It can be hard to navigate through the transition, unsure of what you could possibly do to keep your kids busy during the summer months amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is still very much alive as states slowly begin their reopening efforts. Don’t throw your hope out the window! There are plenty of acceptable and fun family activities to be had that are within social distancing guidelines.
Fun is right under your nose, or, out your backdoor rather. Set up your backyard with summer fun activities. For the older children, you can purchase an above-ground or inflatable pool, badminton set, corn hole and slip ‘n slide for days of fun in the sun. For the younger ones, who will also enjoy a splash in the pool, consider a water table or sandbox under a big beach umbrella. These activities keep them busy, entertained, and off the electronics.
What is more fun than s’mores by the fire with family, right? Get out the tents, comfy blankets and pillows, lanterns, and s’mores kit and plan your own backyard camp out. Bonus points if you tell fun stories over the fire and stargaze. This is an easy way to give kids a new experience within the comforts of your own home.
Off the Beaten Path
Enjoying some outdoor time outside of the home is an option even while social distancing. Do some research for the paths less traveled in your local area and plan a day trip to hike them. Exploring new spots as a family is exciting and creates lasting memories. Don’t miss out on the photo opportunities throughout your path. Pack a lunch and plan to picnic in a quiet spot along the trail.
The beach is synonymous with summertime. Most families have a trip to the beach on their summer to-do list. Removing this plan from your list is not necessary, even with COVID on our heels. Visit beaches that are less populated in your area to avoid being too close to others. Aim to visit during the week versus the weekend to avoid a surge in crowd volume. Plan ahead by packing snacks and essentials to avoid having to make frequent stops at stores or restaurants that may be closed. Be mindful of safe beach practices to keep your kids protected in and out of the water. Once on the beach, lather on the SPF and pick a spot away from others to enjoy the ocean waves as a family.
Don’t overthink your plans too much and definitely don’t stress about creating a summer schedule that checks off all of your dream boxes. Go with the flow, have fun, and choose activities that work for your family. Stick to the basics with COVID; wash your hands frequently, avoid excessive social contact with those not in your immediate household, and stay up-to-date on the COVID rules in your area. Your summer will be one for the books, even if it’s not what you originally envisioned.