Families have traditional ways of bonding and having fun moments, such as eating meals together, reading stories before sleeping, and going on weekend travels. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes it hard to just go out and do these things since there is the ever-present threat of catching the deadly virus.
These days, families are almost entirely relegated to bonding at the comfort and safety of their homes, but it shouldn’t stop them from making these activities as fun and memorable as possible. If you’re looking for inspiration on how you could have a great time as a family, you’d be happy to know that there a lot of awesome bonding activities that you can have with your family without exposing yourself to potential COVID-19 exposure.
Here are five bonding ideas that you should consider during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond):
- Take a trip to a licensed chiropractic clinic. At the height of COVID-19, there were a lot of viral videos that showed the funny reactions of people who were visiting a chiropractic clinic for the first time, documented for posterity by their loved ones. Thus, a visit to a licensed chiropractor is a fun and memorable bonding activity that you should consider. Not only could it lead to your own viral moment (judging from the totally candid reactions of those who had their first chiropractic experience), but it could also have therapeutic benefits, especially if the family member has an underlying chiropractic condition. However, there should still be COVID-19 precautions, like going only to a clinic that is certified COVID-free.
- Explore your green thumb potential. It came as a total surprise when home gardening became an overnight hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. And since we’re still technically not in the clear yet as regards the threat of COVID-19, you should strongly consider exploring your green thumb potential as a way of bonding as a family. You can create a small family garden if you have an available spot on your lawn or backyard or you can explore the idea of putting some indoor plants and set up a rock garden inside with your plants as the centerpieces.
- Embark on a backyard treasure or scavenger hunt. If you’ve watched the 2018 iteration of the Tomb Raider franchise, you probably know that part of the scenes showed how Lara Croft and her father used to engage in games where she had to solve mechanical puzzles as a sort of treasure hunt. Well, you can pull off your own version of a Tomb Raider movie by holding a treasure or scavenger hunt in your backyard. You can devise riddles, place hidden clues, and prepare a treasure box with goodies that you know the kids will love. This will surely be a fun and exciting bonding activity that will also test your kids’ ability to solve problems and find patterns.
- Set up an outdoor movie viewing experience. Movies are always a great chance to spend quality time with your family. And since movie houses are not a safe spot to be enjoying your favorite flick right now, you can do the next best thing and set up an outdoor movie viewing spot. This should not be a costly affair since you would only need an LCD projector (which you can borrow from friends or rent for a few dollars), a white cloth or projector screen, and a laptop or tablet that can be hooked to the LCD projector. You can ask the kids to pick the titles they like, download them online or use a streaming service like Netflix, and enjoy the movies in such a relaxing setting. Of course, don’t forget the popcorn!
- Turn to the stars. Spending time outdoors has a therapeutic and relaxing effect that is hard to achieve elsewhere. With this, you should consider doing some stargazing and turn to the stars for a chance to bond with your family. You can make this outdoor bonding activity more fun for the kids by brushing up on your astronomy knowledge and studying the usual constellation one sees on a clear evening sky. You can then point them out to your children one by one and tell them their names or give a brief lecture about their background story or mythology.
Keep in mind that staying sane and occupied amid the pandemic is critical to your family’s mental health. With these five bonding ideas, you can stay in high spirits, strengthen your family bond, and achieve all these without exposing anyone to the deadly virus.
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