If you’re planning to stay close to home this spring and summer as most of us are, we can still make the most of our current situation. There are plenty of new, fun, and interesting adventures you can plan while social distancing and not spending a ton of money. Here are some ideas for a fun staycation:
- Water Party! Let your kids plan a water party with sprinklers, water guns or balloons, and kiddie pools. Try placing the sprinkler under the trampoline or swings for added fun. Check out Pinterest for more water games. Stock up on Popsicles and other cool treats, or make your own.
- Movie Marathon: Rain in the forecast? Finally watch (or rewatch) a movie series with your kids. Is there a way to make it an outdoor movie by the campfire? Make some popcorn, play some movie trivia, and then enjoy all the “Back to the Future”, “Star Wars”, or “Harry Potter” movies. Chances are drive-in movies will be deemed safe social distancing, so check out those options too.
- Pinterest Party: Pick a fun craft and an interesting treat to try. The kids will love crafting and making yummy treats.
- Throw a Tea Party: Invite teddy bears and pets to join in the fun and break out those “fancy” plates, pickle dishes, and tea cups and have a grand time. Bake cookies and make finger sandwiches. Make some homemade dog treats in the shape of fancy cookies. Plan some fun questions/conversation starters. You could make it a garden party to “dine in the vines” by setting up your tea party in the yard or flower garden.
- City Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of interesting places to explore that incorporates learning fun for the kids; City Art Sculpture Stroll, Little Free Libraries (5 in town), City Parks and trails.
- Explore Minnesota: You don’t have to leave the state to find lots of wonders that work well for a day trip. Visit the Explore Minnesota website for tons of ideas and get out and hike, fish, boat, bird watch, bike ride, paddle board and more.
- Host a DD (Different Dinner) Party: Let the kids select new foods from the grocery store that are unfamiliar and then figure out a way to make/try them. Choose a new vegetable, new fruit, interesting bread, fish or cut of meat that, maybe a unique spice or sauce. Part of the experience is shopping, part is in researching recipes, part in preparing the food, and of course, trying them.
- Rearrange Bedrooms: With a little extra time and plenty of energy, clean and organize the kids’ bedroom, while making it fun! You can go all out and give it a fresh coat of paint, or keep it simple and rearrange furniture to give a fresh, new look.
What ideas do you have?