Family entertainment ideas for a summer spent at home

With many public settings like museums, playgrounds and community centres being closed this summer due to the COVID-19 virus, it's important for families to be well-equipped for a summer spent in and around the home. While young children might not be able to fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation, they will surely understand the frustration that comes from not being able to see their friends and extended family. Whether it's some new games, sports equipment or books, Kijiji is here to help families find new and gently used items to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Outdoor play

Even though we might not be able to visit playgrounds and should continue being respectful of social distancing guidelines in public parks, families can still make the most of sun-filled summertime fun at home. Make the most of your home’s outdoor space, whether it’s a basketball hoop or hockey net in the driveway or soccer and football in the backyard, Kijiji can help you find the items you need to keep the whole family active and happy.

When the sun is starting to set and it’s time to kick back and relax, upgrading your outdoor spaces with patio furniture sets will let you make the most of warm nights. Getting a barbecue, even a compact camping grill, livens up dinnertime and makes the outdoor dining experience fun and tasty for the whole family.


Indoor play

Unfortunately, summer doesn’t always equal sun. Bad weather means that your family may spend a fair amount of time indoors this year, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Whether it’s video games, board games, or a new puzzle, there are plenty of inventive ways to keep the party going inside. While some are designed to be played alone, many video games support multiplayer modes, so sit back and let your young ones teach you a thing or two.

Sprawl out with a new novel or comic book to let the time pass by, or fire up a movie or TV show to watch with the whole family. Designating time throughout the day to spend reading or watching can help add much-needed structure to everyday routines, while also making it something for children to look forward to. Using Kijiji to find online music lessons is another way to create indoor fun and encourage creativity.

If they’re old enough, inviting your children to participate in cooking can help develop important skills and create a new daily activity for everyone to partake in. Getting a blender lets the family experiment with fun and healthy smoothies or delicious milkshakes. Try out new recipes and get outside of your comfort zone. You might not be able to go on vacation this summer, but you can still make food that’s fun, healthy and tastes great.

Although being stuck at home this summer may feel like a chore at times, it’s important to remember that we’re all doing our part in fighting COVID-19. By using Kijiji to make the most of our indoor and outdoor spaces, we can help reduce the spread of the virus and sooner return to everyday life.

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