Have you binged everything on Netflix and tired of playing games on your iPhone?  One of my favorite COVID memories from this summer was playing cards each afternoon with my daughter.  We would grab a drink, sit outside and play Phase 10, Uno or Speed.  It became a part of our day, each day – and I looked forward to hanging out with her and laughing.

Getting offline is refreshing!  And doing activities with your family is even better. Taco Tuesday and Trivial Pursuit; Saturday bake day; Color and craft Sundays.  Check out the six activities below. Hopefully, they will inspire you to create a new routine into your week.

Number 1: Play a Board Game

Playing board games brings people closer, teaches you how to set goals, is great for reducing stress and can make you laugh.  Plus, it’s simply a great way to sit down with your family and have fun!

The Best Family Board Games   Gather everyone around the table to engage in some group escapism.

Experts Pick the Very Best Board Games  The hard part is actually picking out a game among a seemingly endless sea of options.

25 Word Board Games That Are Like Scrabble But Even Better  Family game night will never be the same.

Number 2: Grab a Deck of Cards

Card games can teach math and memory skills, as well as strategic thinking.  Also, the conversation and friendly rivalry that come with sitting down to play cards can strengthen family ties – or just get you crazy competitive with each other.  Be kind – and remember to laugh!

The 8 Best Family Card Games of 2020  Fast-paced, portable, and fun decks to liven up game night.

10 Kid-Friendly Card Games  All you need is a deck of cards!

Top Three Classic Family Card Games by Bicycle Cards  This website has an amazing collection of card game ideas from kids & family to magic – check it out!

Number 3: Put a Puzzle Out 

Leave a puzzle out on a table for everyone in the house to work on.  It’s a fun way to pass the time in the morning with a cup of coffee and throughout the day!

The Best Puzzles For Adults Bored In Quarantine

The 10 Best Puzzles for Kids of 2020  Challenge them with these brain teasers

The best places to buy puzzles

Number 4: Color! 

Coloring can reduce stress, improve motor skills, sleep and focus.  Plus, it’s relaxing.  Grab your color pencils, crayons or watercolors and get busy!

For adults   Download a page from the super coloring collections, check out these color pages from Faber-Castell, or get into a relaxing mood with meditation coloring books.

For Kids Coloring and drawing help kids improve fine motor skills, train the brain to focus – plus are inexpensive activities and a lot of fun!

Disney color pages

Zoo babies color pages

For Teens Grab a chance to unplug and grab a break from homework.  Get your headphones, put on your favorite music, and relax.

Abstract color pages

Fantasy, flowers, skulls, butterflies and more!  Some are easy, others more intricate.  Try out these pages.

Number 5: Bake Something 

Not just a creative outlet, baking is something that can be shared and it fills your kitchen with the smell of happiness.

My Baking Addiction Hopelessly addicted to sprinkles and buttercream…great blog with tons of recipes.

12 Best Baking Blogs  Few hobbies relax the mind and soothe the hungry soul in quite the way that baking does. Check out this list of baking blogs from countries around the world such as the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden and France.

Number 6: Get Crafty 

This is an opportunity to go hands-on and get creative.  A little bit of an offline cheat since the links are to YouTube Channels – but making the crafts are real offline tasks!

The Crafts Channel  Enjoy hundreds of videos jam-packed with ideas and inspirations – from the comfort of your own home!

So Craftastic  DIY channel for arts & crafts of all sorts – from testing craft kits, to art and craft challenges.

Craft Life  Jacy and Kacy’s DIY craft channel that is all about crafting and creating fun items

Paper craft videos The Crafts Channel is your online masterclass for crafting techniques. See hundreds of video demonstrations jam-packed with ideas and inspiration for you to try – all from the comfort of your own home!

Bonus Activities: Get Outside

I know the weather is getting chilly – but we still have some amazing warmer days.  Take advantage of the sunshine and:

Get outside and walk or bike your neighborhood, or take Fido to the dog park.  Northglenn’s Happy Tails Dog Park.

Go on a hike.  Many trails are only a 30-minute drive away.

Order takeout and picnic in the park.  Grab a table at EB Rains Park, watch the geese at the lake and enjoy the outdoor sculptures.