Weekend Family Fun (At Home): NYC Math Festival, Crafts, Games and More

The weekend is here! It’s time for some family fun, social distancing-style! If you’re looking for some activities to entertain the kiddos, we’ve got you covered. Take a look!

The Growing Stage will present Jungalbook as part of its 2020 Virtual Studio Series, streaming live on Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 4:00 PM. This all-youth production is based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is an adaptation that moves the story from the jungle to an inner-city playground. Typical Studio Series performances are $15/adult and $12/child or senior. However, this event is a “Pay What You Can” performance. See the website for more details.

If you’re looking to sneak a little education into a summer Saturday, check out NYC Math Festival 2020 – Online! MoMath National Museum of Mathematics will present the fifth annual NYC Math Festival, open to everyone around the world. 15-minute events are scheduled from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM, with a pre-show presentation beginning at 1:30. Registration is $25 and includes all members of a single household who will be viewing the event from a single computer.

 

Larger families with old-enough kids might find that Sardines can be a super fun game. It’s basically a reverse hide and seek. One person is selected to hide. Then everyone else sets off to find that hidden person. When each person finds the hider, they hide there, too, packed in like sardines. The last person to find the group hides the next round. One suggestion is to play it at indoors at night, but it can certainly work during the day or outside, too.

 

Try making a family band with homemade instruments. This article has links to 21 different instruments that can be made with items from around the house. There are ideas for kids of all ages. Make a bunch and then get everyone in on it. It’s bound to get loud, but that’s half the fun!

 

Is the daily family walk starting to get a little ordinary? Make it silly with this bigfoot craft. Using cheap flip-flops and a box, you’ll create giant feet for everyone to wear. You can decorate them as elaborately as you like, gluing on adornments or just coloring them. Slip them on and head around the block! If you’d rather stay in the back yard, on the lawn, or even in the house, the big feet can be worn anywhere. Add in any activity such as hopscotch, a race, or some exercises to have a competition to see who can manage their jumbo feet best!

 

Kids will certainly get a kick out of a Bubble Foam Water Table, a fun activity for toddlers. All the instructions you need to make this hearty foam are in this article. If you don’t have a true water table, any wide, shallow tub will do. Kids can add in plastic animals, balls, ladles, and spoons – pretty much anything they want! Outside is best for this one since it can get messy.

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