While Staying at Home
with the Family
NO MATTER what you had planned for this spring, it certainly didn’t include social distancing, quarantine, or anything else
that comes along with a global pandemic. By this point, you’ve been mostly confined to home for weeks. You’re tired and
probably bored. So here are 31 ideas — one for every day in May — to break up the monotony and inject a bit of fun into a
6Grow something. Pick up some seed packets on your next
grocery run or put in an order for a kitchen window herb
7Host a front porch sing-along. Message your neighbors
and invite everyone to come outside and sing fun songs
8Make time for silence. The constant influx of information
and entertainment is overwhelming. Set aside tech-free
time to recalibrate.
9Organize your pantry. Then see what you can cook with the
random ingredients you discover hidden there.
stuck-at-home routine. BY MELISSA SUTTON-SENG
1 Have a welcome party for the month of May. Bake your
favorite treat (or order carry-out). Make some homemade
decorations. Invite friends and family to virtually attend via
Zoom or FaceTime and ask everyone to dress up.
2Write thank-you notes for people who’ve been working on
the front lines of the pandemic crises.
3Everyone has a skill to share. Teach yours to someone else.
Offer to teach an informal class via video.
4Grab a favorite children’s book and host an online storytime
to give other parents a short break. Or join New Hanover
County on Facebook for a live streaming storytime.
5Buy a big box of sidewalk chalk and leave a few pieces on
each neighbor’s porch. Ask everyone to decorate the side-walk
or the end of their driveway.
WBM may 2020