The past year has been one of the most challenging years we have ever had. The Covid-19 pandemic has been difficult to grown-ups and children alike. The pressure of the quarantine has also taken its toll on our our little ones. It has disrupted their routines in the most profound ways. It has also restricted them from spending time outdoors, which is very essential for growing children.
As we all ride out what hopefully would be the last waves of this health crisis, it is best that we help our children cope well with being cooped up at home for longer periods of time. I have listed a number of activities that would help the little ones thrive and maintin their well-being and good disposition even in this difficult of times.
Play online games at plays.org
Children absolutely love playing online games and they can spend many hours exploring different worlds with different characters. Some would even find new friends through their favorite interactive games. While they do enjoy this activity, it is a must that we let them play only age-appropriate games. Make sure to limit their daily screentime, as well.
If you are looking for a safe space for your children to play online, do check out plays.org. They have a wide assortment of online games for both seasoned and rookie gamers alike. Our little ones can choose from hundreds of games available and free of charge. These are conveniently categorized by genre, so it is very easy for any child to pick a game. What’s even better is that they also have educational games about Math for younger and older kids. And to top that, they even have Arcade Classics and Cartoon Games, which feature some of my little man’s favorite characters, like The Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Teen Titans.
Parents are always looking for new experiences for their children to help their children grow and develop their imaginations. It is fun to take your child to an amusement park or a playground, but there are several other first time experiences your kids would enjoy that would make a lifelong impact.
A Retreat Into The Woods
For young children, a camping trip in tents that takes place in the deep woods may be a little too intense. But you can look for log cabins for rent to give your child a first time camping experience they will never forget. A log cabin offers many of the comforts of home that will not have your child apprehensive about the great outdoors. Your child will get the chance to experience nature close-up, and explore a bit of the world outside of your hometown.
A Wild West Town
A child enjoys using their imagination to create a world of their own. If you want to spur your child’s imagination, then get them to a Wild West town to experience something right out of a movie. There are several functioning Wild West towns throughout the United States that offer a real-life experience for your child. It will be a family vacation that your child will talk about for years.
A Drive On The Open Road
The idea of a Sunday drive has been a punchline for many years, but it can also be a great way for your child to experience something new. All it takes to amaze a child is to show them something they have never seen before and if your child has never seen wide open spaces and the big blue sky, then a Sunday drive with the family could be just the thing to get that imagination going.
Traveling is something I absolutely enjoy doing with my family. Although out-of-town trips may be a bit tricky to pull off with the little one going to regular school now or due to limited budget, we do not really need to go that far to check out a place we have never been before and tick those destinations off our bucket list. This year, I am happy to note that we have been to a few new attractions for children, including Art In Island in Quezon City.
Art In Island is an art museum located at 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City. It is open from Tuesdays – Sundays at 9.30am-9.30pm. Admission fee is at Php500 for adults and Php 400 for students while children below 3 feet can enter for free. As of writing, it is closed for renovation, but patrons can check out their holiday-themed 3D painting exhibit at SM Megamall.
Jolly Cow invited select mum bloggers and kids to join them for their Mom and Kids Day Out event and the first stop of our adventure is Art In Island near Cubao Expo. We have not been there before so I was more than happy to go and tag the little man along.