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Find Your Own Fun this Spring Break
Spring Break 2020 looks quite a bit different from what many of us expected. And while the health and safety of our community is a top priority, we understand how disappointing it is to cancel fun vacations and trips. But that doesn’t mean your Spring Break has to be dull! Here are a few ways--virtual and otherwise--to create your own adventures this week.
Louvre to See It
Dozens of top-notch museums around the world offer virtual tours of their collections. Explore paintings from Dali or van Gogh at the MoMA, or view the Mona Lisa without all the crowds. Turn to Google Arts & Culture for more visual content, tours, and activities related to famous works of art.
- Guggenheim Museum
- Van Gogh Museum
- The Louvre
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
- Museum of Modern Art, New York City (MOMA)
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
- American Museum of Natural History, New York City
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Find Some Monkey Business
One positive of the coronavirus-related closures? Lots of zoos have been able to give their adorable residents the chance to explore outside their habitat boundaries. For example, did you see that viral video of the Shedd Aquarium penguins?! Tag along on their explorations, view live web cams, or virtually join a zookeeper for some incredible animal experiences.
Travel in Style
You may not be able to hop on a plane right now, but you can hop online to experience fabulous sights and sounds from around the globe. Whether you enjoy history, hair-raising adventures, or beautiful vistas, there’s a virtual travel experience that fits your interests. Check Google Earth for new tours added daily. In this case, armchair anthropology could be just the ticket.
- Great Wall of China
- Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza
- Tour some of Hawaii’s landmarks
- Yosemite National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
Board games, trivia, and puzzles may seem old-fashioned, but there’s a reason they remain popular activities! Amazon is still delivering, so it’s not too late to add some updated offerings to the family collection.
- Ticket to Ride
- Family Feud Trivia
- Cranium 3-in-1
- Apples to Apples
- Watch Ya Mouth
- Monopoly: Fortnite Edition
Or, take your own spin on a classic like Guess Who (like this Blanchet edition we created).
If you have younger siblings, you know it can be difficult to find activities suitable for the whole family. Use your own creativity and brain power to keep younger ones entertained. Create a scavenger hunt around your own house or yard to get the whole family hunting for clues (this article offers some tips for getting started). If you and your siblings enjoy more hands-on experiences, raid the kitchen (with parental approval!) to make your own slime, bath bombs, tie-dye shirts, or yes, even soap!
Turn the Page
Would we really be a school blog if we didn’t mention reading as a Spring Break option? If you’re not a natural avid reader, don’t despair! We guarantee there’s a book out there you’ll enjoy, and the folks over at SparkNotes agree. Take their quiz to receive customized options to place on your reading list.
Everyone could use a breath of fresh air, and plants help deliver that in spades! Now is the perfect time to begin planting vegetables like bell peppers, peas, lettuce, and tomatoes. Use a planting calendar (like this region-specific one from the Farmer’s Almanac) to determine which seeds can be planted directly in your garden, and which need to be started inside.
If you and your family use lots of herbs and spices when cooking, consider starting your own indoor herb garden. It’s a great introduction to gardening and growing your own food. You can even find starter kits online.
Cooked to Perfection
Family meals are important, but you can extend the bonding time beyond the dinner table. Ask the typical cook of your household if you can help prepare a couple meals this week. Even if you don’t feel comfortable in front of the stove or navigating a complex recipe, you can always help with prep work like chopping or measuring. Contributing to a meal that your whole family gets to enjoy can be incredibly rewarding--and you may be surprised by how much fun you have in the kitchen!
Need some inspiration for easy-to-prep dishes? Pinterest is always helpful, but why not look locally? Several area restaurants are sharing recipes and ideas on their social media accounts during the closures. Some, like Epilogue, are even offering recipes based on what you personally have in your pantry and fridge!
Take It Outside
Need a break from the indoors? If our Oregon weather cooperates, step outside to enjoy activities that get you moving. Organized sports may be temporarily suspended, but that doesn’t mean you can’t muster up some competition in your own household. Most of these games can be created using items you’ll have lying around the house or garage. Sometimes, the sillier the better.