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Ideas for Safe, Summer Fun During a Pandemic
- June 17, 2020
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
Summer is here, and fun can still be found even when social distancing and wearing masks is part of the equation. Here are some creative ways to keep the family sane, smiling and safe this summer during the COVID-19 crisis.
Outside Fun at Home
You don’t necessarily need to drive away from home to have a good time. Your driveway, yard and garden offer creative venues to enjoy summer.
- Set up an obstacle course for your bike, scooter or skates
- Get out your telescope at night and find constellations
- Build a treehouse or just climb a tree
- Play flashlight tag in the evening
- Create a rock garden in your backyard
- Take a long bike ride
- Start a nature journal and record your discoveries
- Break out the Slip ‘n Slide and cool off
Inside Fun at Home
Here are some ideas that might surprise your friends and family.
- Write a rap song and perform it
- Turn a big box into a television set and put on TV shows
- Use your big box to perform a puppet show
- Have a pots and pans orchestra performance and record it
- Have a Joke-a-thon with friends
- Perform your favorite fairy tale in dance
- Record a family podcast on your phone to send relatives
Discover Online Fun
Online classes have been a staple for completing the first months of school. Now summer online discoveries can be all about having a good time.
- There are plenty of virtual summer camps to choose from!
- This site has an incredible list of live virtual events for kids, teens and families.
- Of course, PBS kids always has good information for families to use.
Get Out of the House
- Many places are opening up now, with new hours and procedures. The Dallas Zoo is a perfect example – not only can you find information to enjoy at home, but you can get out in the fresh air and enjoy the animals.
- Starting on June 26, Jurassic Quest will set up camp outside of the Tower Building at Fair Park, providing a 30-60 minute interactive experience featuring over 70 moving and roaring dinosaurs, including a 50-foot-long Megalodon.
- Check out more things to do and places to visit in Dallas and discover a wide range of events and activities the whole family can enjoy together this summer.
- Remember, Yorktown Education is also offering Summer School with classes in Coding, Design, Gaming and Robotics. Find out more about how to enroll, but hurry as classes are filling up fast.
Science Experiments at Home
Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. Here are some ideas you can explore at home.
- Build a Magnetic Atmosphere Model with levitating magnets that show how Earth’s atmosphere stacks up.
- Build a simple wind generator showing how wind powers a motor to generate enough electricity to light an LED.
- Create a fog chamber by making a portable cloud in a bottle. Now you see it, now you don’t!
- Make your own avalanche and discover order in well-mixed chaos.
Believe it or not, these kinds of crazy fun things are similar to what Yorktown Education students enjoy year round. Because our concept of learning is far removed from traditional, our students are encouraged to use their imaginations and discover the fun in learning new things. Do what you love is our mantra.
Enjoy your summer!