During a time when the only thing that seems certain is uncertainty, one thing is also for sure: you’re likely spending way more time at home than you planned to this summer. So what’s there to do when you think you’ve done it all and there’s nowhere to go? Your options may not be as limited as you think.
We’re helping you make the most of your time at home—from educational podcasts to virtual field trips for kids and parents. Scroll on for our suggestions for fun things you can do during this socially-distanced summer!
- Is trivia your jam? Do you shout out the answers to Jeopardy from your living room couch? Well, this podcast might be just your speed. Brush up on current events, put your game face on, and see who wins bragging rights after listening to Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, NPR’s weekly quiz.
- Science lovers, this one is for you. Veteran NPR hosts, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, take kids (and their grown-ups) “on a journey into the wonders of the world around them”. Get ready to dive deep into the most incredible weekly news stories in science and technology.
- While you’re on back-to-back Zoom calls, your kids can zoom on their own with these easy-to-make paper airplanes. Bonus: make things even more interesting by building a DIY target and assigning point values.
- From homemade ice cream to slime, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities and science experiments kids can do right at home with common household items.
- In these challenging times, it’s so important to breathe, remain calm, and recenter throughout the day. Use your new stuck-at-home status as an opportunity to start that meditation practice you’ve been putting off for, well, forever. While you’re at it, seize the chance to teach your children the important lifelong skill of mindfulness. Headspace has a free trial for children and parents to enjoy together.
- Want your very own A Night at the Museum experience? While we can’t promise the exhibits will come to life after dusk, we can assure you that the American Museum of Natural History is brimming with adventure and discovery at every (cyber) turn. You don’t have to take our word for it, though; check out the museum’s iconic blue whale for yourself on a virtual tour.
- Dreaming of a Parisian escape? The city of love is also home to the world’s largest art museum: The Louvre. Take a virtual tour of the museum’s many exhibition rooms and galleries.
- Explore careers through Achievement First’s Greenfield Expeditions at Home. This interactive site allows you to explore careers in finance, STEM, and so much more.
- Do good, feel good? Many organizations have gone digital so you can still volunteer even while sheltering in place. Real Simple has a roundup of ways to get involved from home.