For most, 2020 has looked a lot different than anticipated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in all 50 states and medical experts and elected officials are urging families to stay at home for their December holiday celebrations. But this does not mean that your household’s festivities have to be without cheer and great memories. We’ve gathered our top recommendations for safe and fun holiday activities to enjoy with your family this season.
Host a virtual holiday party.
With many children attending school virtually or on an alternate in-person schedule, kiddos everywhere are missing and craving time with their friends. Find a time to utilize free platforms such as Zoom or Google Hangouts to host a virtual get together with your child’s buddies. Consider incorporating fun and festive games such as holiday bingo and virtual Dirty Santa.
Make keepsake ornaments.
Grab some flour, table salt, warm water, and non-toxic paints because that’s all you need to create ornaments to last a lifetime. Not only is this activity easy, but it is a great way to bring holiday cheer into your home while creating unforgettable memories. Click here for the recipe and instructions on how to complete this craft from the comfort of your own home.
Take a trip to enjoy holiday drive-thru events.
Each area is different, but the coronavirus pandemic has led many locals, businesses, and churches to get creative in the way that they host their traditional holiday activities. From drive-thru nativity scenes to drive-thru light shows and even reverse parades, keep your eyes peeled for different safe activities to enjoy in your community while in the car with your family.
Visit Santa virtually.
Gather the kiddos and make a trip to the North Pole through a few clicks of a button. With a variety of options to choose from, most virtual Santa visits allow your child to speak directly to Kris Kringle himself and even record the encounter too. Type “Visit Santa virtually” into your favorite search engine to find a number of results you can research based on your schedule and budget.
Decorate cookies or a gingerbread house.
Decorating holiday cookies or decking out a gingerbread house may or may not already be on your holiday to-do list, but, either way, it’s a great activity to enjoy as we do our best to stay at home. Think outside of the box this year and consider making a contest out of the activities or invite others to join in on the fun, virtually, of course.
Make time for movies.
The Grinch, The Christmas Chronicles, Elf, Home Alone, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the list of family-friendly holiday movies is endless. Pop the popcorn, dim the lights, and bring your household together to enjoy a fun night of laughs and magic as you enjoy one (or more) of the many Christmas movies available through regular television programming and streaming services such as Disney+ and Netflix.
No matter what your holiday season may look like this year, we at Urgent Care for Children hope it is a safe and healthy one for all. While falling ill the last thing on anyone’s wish list, know that the doors to select UC4C locations will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day for kiddos ages zero to 21 and coronavirus testing for all. To view your favorite UC4C clinic’s holiday hours, click here.