Safe Winter | Family | 07th November 2021 | Virtual Wire
Winter is quickly making its way to the northern hemisphere, and the CDC advises us to follow the social distancing guidelines. So what can you and your family do to prevent getting cabin fever? Well, there are plenty of options to explore both inside and outside of your home.
I’ve put together a list hopefully containing some fresh ideas to keep you entertained while also keeping you safe. Some things to keep in mind this season while you are having fun: remain the appropriate distance away from people when you are in public, wear a mask even if you are vaccinated, and when travelling or planning to be outside make sure you dress accordingly and drive safely. Most importantly, have a great time and make memories with the ones who matter. Here are some ideas to try out with your family!
Create your own board game
Who doesn’t love playing board games? Instead of reaching into your closet for that box of Monopoly, you can have more fun and express your imagination by making up your own game!
Build a fort and camp out in the living room.
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The kids will especially enjoy this one, but it can be fun for adults as well. Pick a movie, make a bag of popcorn, and throw some blankets over your couch! Putting a fort together will spark the inner child in you!
Stay in your PJs all day and relax.
During a snow day, allow yourself to be a kid again! Stay in your pyjamas for the day and have some fun. Watch a bunch of movies with your family. Play some video games together, or read a book. To make the day complete, order your favourite take-out for dinner!
Cook a family meal together.
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Choose something everyone can take part in. Some ideas you could make are pizzas, soups, tacos, stir-fries, or many more! Make it your own unique way, and let the kids contribute by choosing ingredients. Follow-up with a tasty dessert!
Send cards in the mail.
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In today’s world, everyone is receiving information virtually. Getting mail delivered to your door is exciting! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, you can send some joy to your loved ones with cards that have a unique message.
Drive around your neighbourhood to see the decorations.
All around the world, different countries have different ways of displaying decorations for the holidays. If you don’t already know what holidays are celebrated in your location, do some research online and find out. Some places display light shows that you can either drive or walk through with your family.
If there is not a hill near your house, you could attach a rope to the sledge and pull your kids through the yard! Enjoy some other snow activities too like making a snowman, or having a snowball fight.
Visit a museum.
If you are not comfortable going out in public, you can visit many museums online through a virtual tour! There are lots of options such as science and nature exhibits, space and air museums, historical monuments, and various showcases of art. Here is a list of 20 museums you can visit remotely for free! https://ecobnb.com/blog/2020/03/online-museums-free/
Have a campfire.
Build a campfire and have a few close friends come! Just remember the CDC’s guidelines and stay safe.
Donate blankets, coats, and non-perishable goods.
Remember, not everybody has access to heat or shelter during the cold winter months. If you have any extra blankets or coats your family has outgrown, consider donating them to a nearby shelter. Some other things to think about donating are canned and non-perishable food items, socks, gloves, baby formula, feminine hygiene products, and toilet paper.
The website below will help you find homeless shelters in your area where you can make donations.
https://greatnonprofits.org/ And here is a list of places to donate your winter clothes.