Things To Do With The Family During Stay At Home Order

BY: Lisa Seibert
last updated 04/02/2020
Things To Do With The Family During Stay At Home Order

Here are a few ideas to help avoid your family going stir crazy during coronavirus quarantine.

Things To Do With The Family During Stay At Home Order

It's in all of our best interest to comply with Governor Dewine's stay at home order. We must do our part to flatten the curve and minimize illness and loss of life.

However, we know you miss finding things to do on Dayton Local; we miss going places too.  Here are a few ideas to help avoid your family going stir crazy during coronavirus quarantine.

Reach out to friends, family, and neighbors. Send greeting cards and letters (don't forget the stamp). Call via phone or video apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, Facebook, and others. Your loved ones miss your face and voice - and text messages won't cut it! Plan a meal or happy hour together. You'll create fun memories to laugh about when you can get together again.

Chalk ArtStep outside and take a walk or bike ride. I've seen more people and families touring my neighborhood in the past couple weeks than I normally see in six months.

Many communities and neighborhoods are asking residents to place stuffed animals or artwork in the windows of homes.  I enjoy finding chalk art. Create your own scavenger hunt and see how many items from your list you can find.  

If your students miss the classroom, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is offering Boonshoft at Home, an online learning experience for all ages Monday thru Saturday. 

Visit museums and galleries around the globe! Google Arts and Culture has teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring us virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world including: British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée d’Orsay, Paris...

Air Force Museum coloring pagesHere in Dayton, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has an amazing virtual tour, plus a kids and parents page with family-friendly activities, including coloring pages, word searches, and other resources.

Local artist and Metot creator Amy Kollar Anderson has created a FREE 11-page activity book download.

With the entire family at home Dayton Metro Library offers a variety of online activities: eBooks, audiobooks, eComics, streaming music, video, tutoring, and training. Whether you read or listen together or separately, there are plenty of options for everyone. DML offers Overdrive, Hoopla (books and movies), Kanopy (documentaries and movies), and Libby (audio & eBooks) or dig into your family history with! Don't have a card, you can get a free ecard from the site! 

The folks at Penguin Random House have made three timeless classics available for FREE via their Volumes app through April 30th. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Great Expectations. 

The Cincinnati Zoo is offering Home Safari experiences. Zookeepers go live on Facebook daily at 3p. Don't use Facebook, no problem. You can enjoy recorded Home Safari visits directly from their resources page: .

For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles in six different languages.

Need a break from cooking (or does the family need a break from your cooking)???  Treat the family to something new and tasty for dinner! Browse menus from more than 70 local restaurants offering carryout, curbside, and/or delivery service.

Take care and stay well!

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