It’s Still OK To Get Fresh Air During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By: Karen Dybis | March 30, 2020

As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life comes at you pretty fast,” so you have to take advantage of the warming spring weather and recreational opportunities around you. That is where finding creative ways to enjoy the neighborhood around you comes into play.

Believe it or not, you likely have enough supplies within your basement or garage to put together some local fun for your family. There are likely scraps of chalk, some old roller skates or a deflated football or basketball just waiting to be picked up again, like a proverbial “Velveteen Rabbit” of sporting gear. You only need some creativity to keep the boredom away.

Here are some suggestions for getting outside and amusing your family at the same time. 

Perform an outdoor play

Grab your battered edition of “Romeo and Juliet” from high school English class, search your closets for costumes and pull together every flashlight in the house. With a few well-placed roles and a couple of practices, you can put together a respectable outdoor play that even Will Shakespeare himself would be proud to see. Add some homemade popcorn to the mix to make the performance feel completel. 

Use your camping gear

Chances are you have a supply of sleeping bags, a hammock or even a tent somewhere hiding out. Wait until there’s a warmer-than-usual spring night and pull everyone outside for a sleep under the stars. You can tell some old spooky stories or listen to the radio as the evening stars appear.

Have a nightly s’more

Cooking outside is an ideal springtime activity. The barbecue grill can change any ordinary food from peaches to corn on the cob to fresh fish into a delicacy. Plus, you can create a fire pit or use a store-purchased fire bowl easily. Grab a few sticks or raid that camping gear for the equipment you’ll need to make tasty desserts like a s’more or pie filling between two slices of white bread. Talk about an All-American meal.  

Bike ride

There is no better exercise or way to see the sights than on a two wheeler. It gives the entire family a sense of freedom to be in charge of their own locomotion, and you’ll enjoy the wind in your proverbial hair as you cruise along.

Walk your dog

Rover will be thrilled to have more time to trot around the block and see what new smells there are with springtime blooming. Adding those 10,000 steps to your routine is simple when you have a dog with you – there is no happier animal on Earth than a puppy who has somewhere to go and a best friend to take them there.