Lockdown Staycation ideas for the entire family… Let’s be honest, our children are so incredibly bored right now. Between homeschooling, work, and family duties, parents are at their wit’s end. Not to mention utterly exhausted!
I’ve put together a few family activities that might just cure the boredom of lockdown, and maybe even provide a few laughs along the way. Something we can all use right now!
1. Eat Dinner Alfresco
Is there a better way to feast during Summer than by setting up a table and enjoying a meal outside? Keep it casual, or make it more elegant, whatever you fancy… Whether it’s for a family, social, or romantic occasion, serving dinner outside is one of the most fun things to do during Summer. You can even put up some fairy lights. Too cold to venture out? Bring the lockdown family indoors, around the fireplace, or set the table a little fancier than any normal night.
2. Host a curbside Happy Hour
I must admit, this is my favorite! Nothing beats hanging out with some friends on a Friday evening just as the sun sinks and the kids are riding their bikes up and down the block. Okay, scrap that! If lockdown won’t let us gather in groups, why not host a zoom dinner with family… Tired of zoom (I get it) Forget the formalities. Declare your front porch the local Friday spot, bake some pizza, pour a drink, and put your feet up. You can even start a tradition of doing this every first Friday of the month!
3. Go for a walk
Put on your walking shoes. We’re still allowed to walk right? But remember, this is not a workout! Keep it “lazy” and relaxed. Go for a family walking adventure… It will help the kids (and parents) unwind, maybe even forget about lockdown for a second and get out of the normal daily routines that are bringing us so much frustration at the moment. Plus, it is very likely that the kids will sleep better that night – Double bonus!
4. Shake It Up
Now I know that many families swear by routine, and I understand the value of it – we have a pretty set routine in our house too. It helps the kids to feel more settled and all-in-all makes for a happier, healthier home… BUT, the lockdown has thrown everything to the wind anyway, so why don’t we follow suit? Get out of the routine! Eat whenever, wherever, sleep whenever, and however, do things differently, shake up the family routine. Camp outdoors/indoors, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy the slow pace, even if just for a night.
5. Give your home that Hotel feeling
Add to the restful experience I mentioned above and give your home that hotel experience. Get the kids to join in. Put out some fancy towels. Flowers. Fresh soap. Order In. Have a spa night. Make it whatever you want it to be, and as Fancy Nancy says, it will be Magnifique.
6. TBT Movie Night
Bring out the old dusty videos, ok maybe those won’t work, but introduce the kids to some classics. E.T, Back to The Future, Beethoven, Home Alone and Annie are some great options. It might even bring back some great memories from your own childhood that you can share with your kids.
I just love these ideas… I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to watch some classics, but right now I’m happy to settle for some R & R with a fire blazing and the kids running around. All-in-all it’s great to switch my phone to silent and enjoy my lockdown family ‘staycation’.
I hope you enjoy these lockdown staycation ideas as well!
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Certainly some lovely activities listed here. #HappyDaysLinky
We aren’t going away this summer and in a way I am glad. Holidays always leave me needing another break but just enjoying the sunshine from the comfort of your own home is perfect! Thank you for sharing in our #HappyDaysLinky x
Oh I agree 100%..
These are such cool ideas, you’re right just changing up your routine can be refreshing. I keep saying to Ian we should let the kids have a sleepover in the living room one night! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x
Our kids LOVED the living room sleepover. It was great fun. Hope you guys get to enjoy one soon! x
I love the idea of curbside happy hour! We’ve been enjoying making ice cream sandwiches recently as a holiday treat. #KCACOLS
I took your idea about the ice cream sandwiches. I think my kids thought they had stopped off in heaven for a moment! Thanks for commenting! Hope Happy Hour goes great! x
Some great ideas. I love eating outside in the summer #kcacols
Nothing beat that hey! Dreading the winter. Seems like Summer is flying by!
love these ideas! hope to get some camping in the garden with my two over summer #KCACOLS
Thank you! WE camped a little while ago, it rained and we realised we need to buy a new tent.. Something good came out of our adventure! haha :)
Some great ideas, I remember sleeping out in the garden in a tent when I was little, so much fun! x #KCACOLS
Being a kid is such fun! Getting to experience this all with my kids is even better! x Thanks for reading!
So many great ideas here. I like the one about turning your house like a hotel. It’s like treating yourself to something special. Sometimes simple things like a walk are great as well, just to go out of the house #KCACOLS
The hotel idea is great hey! Feeling a little pampered in your own house! Thanks for reading! x
We’re staying in the UK over the summer and are taking our caravan just down the road. It’s really relaxing to know we don’t have to travel far but we’ll still have fun when we get there #KCACOLS
Oh that sounds awesome! I hope you get to stargaze a little! xx
Some amazing ideas here just to make the summer holidays a little bit more fun whether you’re staying or going! We are planning lots of family walks…with pokemon go! And if we had a garden we’d be camping out on the warmer nights too. Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you back next week!
That sounds like so much fun. Enjoy! x
Fab suggestions, there’s so many amazing things to do at home – we’d rather a staycation over a foreign holiday anytime! #KCACOLS
100 % I agree. Nothing like home!
Love all of these ideas! We definitely relax the rules a bit during the holidays, and I love the idea of playing tourist in your own town. x #KCACOLS
We have just explored some awesome places in our home town. I hope you get to do that too! x
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