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23 March . 2020

Family Fun at Home

Being at home with your family offers wonderful opportunities to bond and create memories. It can be hard to find things everyone in the family can enjoy, but we’ve come up with six fun ideas for how to spend quality time with your family while at home.

kids walking along trail

Get Outdoors

Fresh air is essential for a healthy body – and mind. Take in the sun by planning a family walk or a game in the park. Jump rope, host a sidewalk chalk art show or create a “Color Walk” scavenger hunt to ignite a new-found interest in the outdoors. Try one of these kid-friendly outdoor games that can be constructed from items at home. Briar Chapel has a 24-mile trail system that offers opportunities just a short stroll from your front door.

spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Why not turn spring cleaning into a family festivity? Divide rooms or tasks between family members and amp up the fun factor with things like:

  • Music and dance breaks
  • Cleaning relays
  • Timed races
  • Rewards and prizes
  • Treasure hunts


movie tickets and popcorn

Movie Marathon

Pop some popcorn and let the bonding begin! Take turns picking a movie to watch as a family, and then make an event of it with a little ambience. Construct an at-home projector in the backyard with a bedsheet or create a theme night – complete with costumes and accents that align with the movie. Want to add a little competition? Afterwards, host a lightning trivia round with prizes to see who paid the best attention.

family filming video with phone

Family Videos

Choreographed dances to popular songs, such as those found on the app TikTok, promise an afternoon chocked with laughter. Ask your children if they know any dances, and they can teach you themselves! If dancing isn’t your family’s thing, capture other memories, such as tutorial videos like your family baking a signature recipe, or surprising a family member with a gift or even a home video of each person describing something they currently love.

playing cards

Play Games

Let the games begin! Whether its Hide and Seek, Heads Up or Monopoly, games are perfect for spending time with your family. If you’re playing an old family favorite, try adding a new twist. For example, we’ve all heard of charades … but how are your skills at reverse charades? Play for candy, 30 minutes of extra television time, extra chores or new toys to add a little friendly competition. Fatherly.com has an extensive list of ideas on how to switch up your familiar favorites. 

family dressed up with costumes

Costume Night

Move over, Halloween. There’s a new sheriff (or superhero, or princess … or any costumed character) in town! Fun and creative costumes you can make at home include a favorite television or movie character, ketchup and mustard, a cupcake, a minion and so many more. Dress up for a family costumed dinner, a character party or an at-home trick-or-treat evening with any extra candy or goodies on hand.

For more ideas, read about five different ways you can utilize Briar Chapel parks! 


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