March 20, 2020

Coronavirus Quarantine Activities for Teens

No matter the age of your kids, keeping them entertained and distracted from the grim news of the day is not an easy task.  It can be especially tricky to find activities that will interest teenagers.  I happen to have two of them living with me, so I did some research and found a few ideas that might be helpful.

  1.  Netflix Party:  This fun Chrome extension allows you to simultaneously stream Netflix with your friends.  It has a chat window and play/pauses for everyone in the group so that you can watch and chat about shows together.
  2. Face Masks: Whether you make your own or you order one (like the blood mask my daughter and I did above or this one), applying a face mask together can be a fun bonding experience for you and your teen.  You could even create your own “spa day” and give each other mani/pedis.
  3. Live Video Cam:  There are tons of great live camera feeds of animals.  Watching them in their element can be a calming escape from reality.  My favorites are the live feed of the Grace gorillas and the Puppy Playroom.
  4. TikTok:  Have your teen try to teach you one of the latest TikTok dances.  It will not only take his/her mind off the quarantine, but it should also provide a good laugh.  And who knows – maybe your video will even go viral!
  5. FaceTime:  Encourage your teen to FaceTime his/her friends during lunchtime so that he/she can still eat and chat with lunch buddies.  My daughter did this with the girls who normally sit at her lunch table yesterday, and I truly think it helped.
  6. Plan a Vacation:  Though none of us are taking a vacation any time soon, a little daydreaming never hurt anyone.  Have your teen research and plan a dream vacation, including best airfare, hotels and sightseeing activities.
  7. Photo Album:  Have your teen create a photo book online of either their friends or of your family.  He/she can select the photos and design the layout from cover to cover.
  8. #The100DayProject Even though it doesn’t technically begin until April 7th, you could always sign up to receive the newsletter and start planning out a project.  The goal is to work on the project every day for 100 days and share the process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.
  9. Write Letters:  Have your teen (and whole family) write anonymous letters of comfort to people in nursing homes.  Bundle them up and mail all together.  Doing something kind for others often helps to lift our mood.
  10. Virtual Concert Attend a live-streamed concert.  Many artists and music institutions are allowing the opportunity to enjoy their concerts from the comfort of your couch or even your bed.

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These are just a few that I found, but there are many, many more ideas online.  If you have any other good suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.  Stay safe, friends, and remember that this too shall pass.

 

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