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2020 Sep

September Virtual Family Fun

We’ve rounded up more ideas for family fun this month!

Here are a few more creative, entertaining, and enriching activities for your kids to enjoy online. Don’t forget to balance screentime with outdoor adventures!

Learning with Dr. Seuss

Explore relevant themes like environmental conservation and the U.S. Census through fun, kid-friendly activities on seussville.com. Get tips on reading with your children, help your kids create their own homemade recipe book, and more. There are endless crafts and activities available, plus guides for parents, games, and special video clips like Horton Hears a Who (1970)! Add some whimsical color and rhyme into your learning!

Just for Parents

Having a child with mental health needs can be difficult and present many challenges. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Coastal Virginia is hosting a free two-hour workshop, “Children’s Challenging Behaviors” via Zoom on September 29. Through this workshop, parents will learn when to seek help, develop parenting strategies, discover community resources, and more. NAMI Coastal Virginia provides ongoing education and support for those with mental illness and their loved ones. If your child is experiencing mental health challenges, be sure to register through Susannah at 757-214-2227, or tsuroskie@gmail.com.

Let’s Get Messy

It’s no secret that gardening is an excellent activity for all ages. Why not start a family garden right at home? KidsGardening.org offers assistance for families and schools to get started with their own gardens including fun tips for fall gardening! Peruse their Parent & Kid gardening activities page for a list of simple projects you can do together, then head outside and get started. For even more gardening tips, tune in to McDonald Garden Center’s webinars via Facebook throughout the month, including Mulch 101, Bulb Basics & more. Happy planting!

Stay Connected

Social distancing can make family togetherness seem impossible. Enjoy a “virtual playdate” with the new app, Caribu. Now, kids will love connecting with family members more than ever through video calls that allow them to choose and read stories together, play virtual games, and even color together on-screen! It’s a fun new way to stay connected when we can’t be together in person!

For Pokemon Lovers

Pokemon is not just for the kids anymore! The rising generation of parents have largely grown up with the series, too. Why not play Pokemon Go, the popular cell phone game created by Niantic, as a family? Many local parks (Mount Trashmore, for one), are great spots for catching Pokemon and finding raid battles. Parents can enjoy the nostalgia of collecting their favorites while the kids gain the excitement of a family adventure, all while getting some fresh air and exercise outdoors. As they say, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”

Take the LEGO Challenge

Do you have a LEGO lover at home? Building with LEGOs is a great STEM activity and develops your child’s creativity. Now, kids can take their love of building blocks to the next level with the Legoland California Building Challenge. Visit the link below to find video tutorials, activities, and inspiration. New content is uploaded every Wednesday. Then, post your creations online using #LLCBuildingChallenge and see what others are creating, too! Have fun building! www.legoland.com/california/legoland-california/llcbuildingchallenge/

Play@Home Theater

Remember Toys R Us? Geoffrey the Giraffe is still around and now offering lots of fun ideas for families at toysrus.com/playathome.html. Download coloring pages or watch videos teaching kids how to draw their favorite Disney characters. Learn origami or discover new ways to create with Play-Doh. Try games and quizzes, plus tons of downloadable DIY activities that will get kids excited to head outdoors. There’s lots to explore online with Toys R Us!

Camp DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation is in on summer fun, too! Join the virtual #CampDreamWorks at create.dreamworks.com to find fun family activities like singalongs, dance parties, obstacle courses, and more. Learn new recipes to get cooking in the kitchen together, like a Shrek Smoothie, Captain Underpants Rocket Pops, or even Rhyme Time Town Dog Treats! Plus, learn how to draw characters from your favorite DreamWorks films like Boss Baby and Trolls. Have a blast at #CampDreamWorks!

Stephanie Allen

Stephanie Allen is the publisher’s assistant for Tidewater Family Plus. She is also a success coach helping creatives learn to communicate effectively while making quality connections. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter for free tips and resources!

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