Fun home entertainment ideas for the whole family
Recent announcements to help curb the spread of COVID-19 have revealed that 2020 is truly a unique year - circuit breaker measures have been extended for a month, and the mid-year school holidays have been brought forward. Catching up with extended family members over a meal and meeting friends have become luxuries that can only happen after the circuit breaker period.
But being socially distant does not mean being emotionally distant too - and staying home does not have to be all about binging on TV shows or scrolling mindlessly on social media.
While we may not be able to head out as often during this time when we are called to stay home to do our part to curb the spread of the coronavirus, we’ve curated a list of things you can do to help keep you entertained while being indoors.
From online games to recommended shows, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Games for everyone
We know you miss human company - and the kids probably miss seeing their friends too. But you can still meet them online! Here are some games you can play together in the comfort of your room.
With the kids staying at home due to home-based learning, you probably need all the assistance you can get when it comes to keeping your young ones entertained. With Kodable, entertain and educate them at the same time! This game exposes your child to the basics of coding in a fun and interactive manner.
The basics are simple: The Fuzz Family crash landed on Smeeborg and requests your help with navigating Technomazes. Get your Fuzzball through the maze by dragging and dropping commands, which helps your kid get a grip with the fundamentals of coding!
- Cards Against Humanity
This one’s for the adults. A classic at social gatherings, this is the browser-based version of the physical game (perfectly legal too), with game rooms facilitating up to 20 players and its database including expansion packs on top of cards from the original game.
Prepare for lots of chaos and laughter with dark humour.
- Get onto the website, create a game room and send the invite link to your friends.
- Follow Cards Against Humanity rules
Watch whatever you want, whenever you want
All this time at home brings the perfect opportunity to catch up on all those shows you were planning to watch! If you haven’t made a to-watch list yet, here are a few great shows for you and your family to binge on during the 30-day period.
- Jungle Bunch to the Rescue on Kidoodle.TV
One for the kids while the parents are hard at work, The Jungle Bunch fixes injustice and problems inside the jungle, coming to the rescue of those in need. The kids love this bunch of heroes, whose relationships also provide an endless source of comedy!
Kidoodle.TV is a child-friendly platform for streaming shows - often compared to as the Netflix for Kids. With Kidoodle, you can be confident that not only are the shows safe, they are often educational and inspiring as well.
- Download on the App Store, Google Play
- There are varying levels of access: Guest, Freemium or Premium (US$4.99 a month) that give you access from passcode protection to insights such as your child’s consumption habits.
- Money Heist on Netflix + Watch Party
With four seasons and a movie on Netflix, Money Heist is an ideal series for a thrilling binge session. Follow a group of seasoned criminals as they pull off the most daring heists in the history of heists, first with the Royal Mint of Spain, followed by the Bank of Spain. Tried and tested, word goes around that it only gets better each season.
If you’d like to watch it with friends or family members who live apart, watch parties are an available option too. With synchronised video playback and group chat function, Netflix Party links up friends and family over long distance movie nights and TV watch parties! The wonders of technology are endless.
- Download Netflix on the App Store or Google Play or on the Web Browser and get started with a free 1-month trial.
- (P.S. Did you know you can get up to 4% cashback if you have a POSB Visa Debit Card or a POSB UnionPay Platinum Debit Card? Who knew you could be rewarded for watching Netflix?)
- Netflix Party: a Chrome extension found here. Follow the instructions to get set up!
The amount of exercise we get each day is tremendously reduced when we’re at home. But there are lots of things we can do about it, from light moving to workouts for the gym junkies.
- Workout videos
One important way to keep sane is through exercise. Staying indoors can be extremely frustrating and working out is one way to expend all the excess energy. With gyms closed, you can find some space for a quick workout, with videos to motivate and inspire you to crush your fitness goals.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not require fancy equipment to start working out at home. YouTube channels such as Popsugar Fitness have whole playlists dedicated to non equipment workouts, so you can just get changed and get started.
Here are some of our favourite workouts:
- 30-minute no equipment kickboxing
- 30-minute no equipment HIIT workout
- 5 stretches to get you feeling flexible and thinking positively
Okay, this one isn’t exactly exercise, but it does involve getting off the couch. There’s no better time to hop onto the TikTok bandwagon and create content as a family. With dance moves, creative video content, there is fun for the whole family when everyone stars in their own creative video.
Learn to make a new dish
Let’s face it: It’s tempting to order in when you can’t eat out. But it can be more fun to cook - plus it’s also a lot easier on your wallet.
Whether you’re just starting out in the kitchen or are looking to challenge your culinary skills, there are a whole host of cooking classes you can refer to online. Jamie Oliver could teach you how to make the perfect steak, or you can finally take the time to make a loaf of bread with The New York Times’ no knead recipe (which a commenter says even their four-year-old can make).
Once you’ve picked the recipes you’d like to experiment with, get the equipment and ingredients you need online and make the magic happen.
Go old school
Do you remember the last time you wrote a letter to a friend? Or perhaps the last time you sent an email that was not related to work or an online purchase?
Perhaps you can use the extra time on your hands to reconnect with others in ways that have slowly become unfamiliar. Maybe you and your family can write short notes to encourage your grocery delivery riders and other frontliners who are working extra hard during this period. Or pick up the phone to ring an old friend you have been meaning to catch up with in a while.
After all, social distancing does not mean our hearts have to grow even further apart. A kind gesture and a timely phone call can turn someone’s day - even yours! - around.
Rest is for the longer road ahead
The pressure to be productive during the “circuit breaker” period can be overwhelming. It may seem like everyone is busy improving their exercise routine, picking up a new skill, whipping up Instagram-worthy dishes or having Skype dates every night.
If you are still adjusting to working from home and feel like you need to take a break from all the time you’re spending online, it is perfectly normal to do so.
Perhaps take a browse on Shopee and get a scented candle or an essential oil diffuser, close your eyes and enjoy some time to yourself. Or consider picking up journalling, which can help boost your mood and memory1. To get better value for your purchase, do tap on DBS Lifestyle App where you could get a S$50 Shopee coupon.
Looking for more relaxation tips? Why not explore the idea of mindfulness - which according to Mindful magazine is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us2. Some techniques include sitting for a minute and focusing on your breathing.
Staying home may be hard to do at times, but we hope it can be a time for you to discover new things about yourself and your family. Stay safe and healthy!