Super Fun Columbus Family Activity Ideas

Super Fun Columbus Family Activity Ideas

With the school schedule being 50/50 and daycare facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, families are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by isolating at home. This new change has Columbus Family Activity ideas becoming more and more creative. Also, many Ohio families balancing a schedule of work, childcare, distance learning and play.  

Here are some suggestions, resources and activities to help you and your kids navigate this new and uncertain time:

1. Create a daily plan. Creating a daily routine with your kids to outline a schedule of activities for each day can help add structure to your day. Don’t forget to take breaks from schoolwork and tele-work for “fun time.”

2. Stay connected. Use social media and video chat platforms for positive social interaction with family and friends during this time of social distancing. 

3. Be selective about what your children watch. Use trusted sources to find positive content, such as Common Sense Media, which has been compiling age appropriate content for families. Read their blog post about finding positive sources of media here.

4. Stay active. It’s important to remember to balance screen time with physical activity. This will also help children burn energy! GoNoodle provides movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. 

5. Be mindful of mental health. Create space for children to talk about their emotions as they cope with stress and change in their daily routine. 

6. Stay engaged. Get creative with activities for kids of all ages! For preschoolers, good options include PBS Kids, which is sending out a daily newsletter with show and activity ideas. Below are some additional ideas to try with your family.

25 Fun Thing To Do At Your Columbus Home With Children

  1. Color! Download and print these free George the Giraffe coloring book pages. Or, learn how to draw George the Giraffe with this step-by-step video on Valley Children’s YouTube channel!
  2. Challenge your kids to write a short play in 15-30 minutes, then act it out with them!
  3. Create an indoor or backyard scavenger hunt.
  4. Read your favorite books together.
  5. Make a meal inspired by your favorite children’s book (for example, cook up some green eggs and ham for Dr. Seuss or make chocolate chip cookies while you read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”)
  6. Dance party! Challenge each family member to come up with their own “signature move.”
  7. Play your favorite board game
  8. Create your very own “Top Chef” competition in your kitchen
  9. Call friends and family on video chat
  10. Play tag in the backyard
  11. Use chalk to write positive messages on the driveway and sidewalk
  12. Paint pictures and hang them in your front windows to share with people walking by
  13. Challenge your kids to write a poem based on a theme of your choosing. Then have them perform their poems in your own “poetry café” in the living room!
  14. Challenge your kids to write a short story based on a theme of your choosing. Then have them create the cover art for their story.
  15. Backyard Olympics! Look on Pinterest for ideas on creative “Olympic sport” activities you can do right in your backyard. 
  16. Look through old photo albums together
  17. Cook your child’s favorite dish together
  18. Learn a magic trick together
  19. Karaoke night! Belt out your favorite tunes together.
  20. Watch a favorite family movie together. Make some homemade snacks to enjoy during the movie.
  21. Feeling spooky? Grab a flashlight, turn off the lights, gather ‘round and tell your spookiest stories.
  22. Take a walk around the neighborhood
  23. Create a pillow fort in the living room
  24. Check out the 35 virtual disney rides!
  25. Come up with new silly products and challenge your kids to “pitch” the products to you as their very own version of “Shark Tank.”