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Destination Quarantine: Family Activities

Destinations? Yes! You didn't think you had options did you? I've seen some awesome ideas lately for both educational and just plain fun family activities to pass the time- and I decided to write up a short list of all of the cool things I'd seen- while there are tons of other options out there, here are a few of my favorites:



Destination: KIT (Kitchen)

  • Make s'mores.

  • Recreate one of your ancestor's famous recipes. Teach the kids (or adults) how to get it spot on.

  • Designate a family member to prepare/plan/cook each meal.

  • Give your kids each a country, and designate a dinner time one day that they're going to use to present their "project". Have them research the country you/they selected, before deciding on a traditional meal from that country that they can cook with your help. During dinner, ask your chef to reveal a few of the things that they learned about their country while preparing for the meal. Your next 195 dinners are taken care of. You're welcome.

  • Make toothpick bridges. There's no shortage on toothpicks (yet), so go crazy with the Elmer's glue and see how much weight each can hold.

  • Popsicle stick houses.

  • Make cards by hand for each of your family members. Extended, too! Everybody could use a little love right now, and there's no better way than with a sweet note written from the heart.


Destination: LVRM (Living Room)

  • Build a fort. You can do this 800 different ways. You can use only specific materials, give a time constraint, or put any other twist on it that you like.

  • Put on an exercise tape. Think 80s Jane Fonda- legwarmers and sweat bands optional.

  • Do a family yoga sesh.

  • Become the Von-Trapp family. A.k.a. create a family chorus.

  • Do virtual vacations. This can go along with your destination dinners- have your kids put together slideshows of photos from the country they/you chose, and see if you can find virtual tours of anything.

  • Spend the day at the museum. Countless places are now offering virtual tours. Museums, zoos, aquariums, and theme parks are just some of the places bringing the fun to you in the comfort of your own home. A trip to the Louvre for lunch? Sign me up. Try one a day, and see if you can find something related to the curriculum your kids are working on in their classes. If not, feel free to make it a learning opportunity- go through the museums or other attractions, then have kids research the story behind their favorite piece of art, favorite animal, or favorite ride.

  • Documentaries. Zero work, lots of knowledge.

  • Have a pajama party. Truth or dare, optional.

  • Movie marathon. Been waiting to watch every Star Wars in order? Maybe all the Harry Potters or Lord of the Rings? There's no time like the present.


Like I said before, there are a ton of ideas out there, so I'd love to hear what you and your family have been doing to keep busy and pass the time! Shoot me an email or comment and I'll add it to the list!


​© Monica Montanari