7 Free Family Fun Ideas to Try While Sheltering in Place

Just a few weeks ago it’s possible that we felt time escaped us. As closings from the COVID-19 pandemic force people to stay in their homes, we are reunited with our time, but may struggle to find exciting and interesting ways to spend it.

No worries! We’re sharing a list of seven free activities to enjoy with your family while social distancing.

1. Enjoy the wonders of nature by viewing a zoo/aquarium from the comfort of your home.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering an array of enticing scenes. Whether it be the hypnotic movements of their moon jellies or the delightful antics of their sea otters, you’ll find it hard to unglue yourself from the screen. With ten live cams at your disposal, you can turn this into a day of fun for the entire family!

2. Create the next great #TikTok Challenge.

It seems like everyone is joining TikTok to follow and recreate the latest hashtag challenge, or create their own videos. TikTok allows users to create and share funny videos while singing, dancing, or lip-syncing to their favorite tunes. Join the fun! Of course, make sure you’re of age, and parents ensure that you are comfortable before introducing or allowing your children on any social media site. Once you’ve made an account, find the perfect #challenge!  Better yet, create your own. You may have a shot at becoming an internet sensation faster than you can say TikTok. 😉

3. Binge-watch your favorite TV show.

Take couch-surfing up a notch by recreating the movie night of your dreams. Dim the lights, grab some popcorn, candy, drinks, and your closest loved ones. You’ll find that it’s easy—almost natural—to bond over a good laugh, scare, or drama-filled moment...wouldn’t you agree?

4. Have a family game night.

Whether it’s Spades or UNO, games have a way of bringing the family together. Aside from having immense fun, games teach important life skills such as following rules, being patient, practicing sportsmanlike conduct, and fostering strong communication.

5. Finally, learn yoga (or improve your skills).

Get your Zen on as a family and master the art of Yoga. Not only is the activity beneficial for every age group, but there are many tools to help you learn. For example, Cosmic kids offers free yoga adventures for kids. Feel free to tag along and enjoy some healthy interaction as a family. Namaste.

 6. Virtually visit an art museum.

It’s surprising how many museums around the globe offer virtual tours! You can make a whole day of “traveling” around the world while looking at the National Gallery of Art Museum in Washington DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and The Louvre in Paris, France.

7. Scholastic Learning

Foster reading and creativity with free learning experiences from Scholastic’s Learn at Home program, tailored to different ages. The program offers daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing—helping to ease the new normal of at-home learning for many.

These family-friendly activities are bound to create some long-lasting memories while you become more connected during the weeks ahead.

Give one of our suggested activities a try. Be sure to follow us on social media, and share your experiences! We’d love to hear from you! If you have any additional low-cost activities that the entire family can enjoy, feel free to share them in our #ThinkLikeASaver Facebook community. 

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