While the schools are closed for the next couple of weeks, many parents are wondering what they can do to keep their children busy and engaged while adhering to the social distancing requirement. The CDC and North Carolina public health officials are recommending, like most of the country, to stay inside and avoid going in public. This means no playdates, no shopping malls or restaurants, no public parks, and no movies. So, what’s left to do? How do we entertain our children while also making sure they’re continuing to learn, with simultaneously balancing our normal work-life balance? One thing that’s important to remember is that we’re all in this together. There are many resources and opportunities that companies and establishments have offered to get us all through these difficult and uncharted times. We hope this list helps to ease your stress and keep the little ones engaged!
Take a virtual tour and take advantage of virtual entertainment
- Many museums and galleries from all over the world offer tours of their most renowned exhibits.
- Many aquariums, including some of the countries most popular such as Monterey Bay and Georgia have live streams and tours available for families all over the country. For a special treat, the Shedd Aquarium let their famous penguins out and about to visit the other animals and recorded it all. Your kids will love it!
- Some of the country’s most popular zoos have live streams. Check out the Atlanta, Houston, and San Diego zoos to watch the pandas, hippos and more!
- If your kids are disappointed that they’re going to miss the release of a movie they’ve been looking forward to, Universal has decided to release movies, to order virtually, on the same day that they were set to be released in theaters.
- To get your nature fix, there are many breathtaking virtual tours offered by some of the national parks that you and the kids will all love. Check out Kenai Fjords, Hawaii Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas National Parks.
- Shut In & Sing Music Festival – Many musicians have dedicated their time to put on live stream concerts throughout the next couple of weeks. Check the list to see if your favorite will be performing!
Learning websites that are free for the little ones:
- ABCMouse – try a FREE 30-day trial with code SCHOOL7771! This site has won many awards and is one of the virtual leaders in fun ways to teach reading, math, and science to young kids!
- PBS Kids – PBS Kids will be sending a daily newsletter full of fun activities and suggestions for the kids to partake in at home. Subscribe to their website for free!
- Scholastic – Free of charge, Scholastic will be posting daily, a full day’s worth of activities for the kids, all themed accordingly.
- Khan Academy – Check out this renowned site for ideal daily schedules for kids K-12.
- Circle Time – For the little ones! Circle Time is exactly as it sounds, virtual circle times to help you keep your days entertaining, educational and structured!
Virtual Book Readers, Performances and Activities:
- Storyline Online is a great website that has celebrities reading their favorite children’s books. Your kids will get a kick out of seeing their favorites read to them!
- Everybody’s favorite snowman, yes Olaf, will be reading Daily Books on his Twitter page! Josh Gad has vowed to read a book every night that there are school closures.
- Spend your lunchtimes watching Virtual Doodles with Mo Williams! You will not be disappointed!
- In lieu of music class, sit down with the kids and watch Stars in the House. This site is full of Broadway and film stars singing their favorite hits.
- To get the wiggles out, check out Dance with Debbie Allen! Debbie will be putting on a children’s dance class for free every weekday afternoon.
Other options for around the house or outside:
Sometimes staying creative can be difficult so we put together a short list of activities to try. Remember, as long as you’re practicing social distancing, you can still get outside!
- Play outside!! Being in North Carolina, we’re fortunate for nice weather, let’s take advantage of it!
- Take advantage of the state parks. Even though all of the buildings and programs are closed for at least the next month, all trails are open and ready for use! Just remember to practice social distancing if you run into other hikers.
- Cook a favorite meal together
- Facetime with relatives and friends
- Dress up in your nicest clothes and have an afternoon tea party
- Enjoy family photo albums and home movies
- Get the kids excited about chores by doing them together
- Have your own “spirit week” and let the kids choose the themes
- Set up themed scavenger hunts in different rooms of the house
- Have family game days and nights
- Get out and walk around your neighborhood whenever you need a break
- Indoor camping! Set a tent up in the living room, make snacks and read stories
Everyone’s safety is our first priority. We are providing services electronically – VIRTUAL listing appointments, buyer consultations, virtual showings, & paperwork completed electronically! We are taking steps every day to raise the level of everyone’s safety and health and are preparing our seller’s homes with a more “touch-free ” experience and buyer tours with CDC recommended protections.
We will get through this! While we are experiencing some uncertainty, we do know that people will have homes they need to sell and homes that people will need to buy. You will be able to buy and sell Real Estate safely & comfortably wherever it is that you may be.
Our team is here to help you, in any way we can, Real Estate or otherwise.
Call or text us today at ️(919)-414-0337 or 877-478 4669 if you are out of state, for more information.–