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Ideas for Maximizing Family Bonding

Creative Ideas for Maximizing Family Bonding During School Breaks

Year-round schooling is increasingly popular. Statisticians who've examined our educational system have identified more than 3,000 academic institutions that prevent students from taking summer and winter breaks. Before your children become affected by this trend, make the most of every moment you have with them. What follows are a few pleasurable activities with the potential to improve relationships among everyone in your clan -- brought to you by the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, passionately dedicated to preserving our country’s scenic landmarks.

Picnic Outdoors

Dining outside is a fun and inexpensive way of spending time with relatives. Choose a sparsely

populated area to minimize your exposure to contractible viruses. A more convenient option is

holding a barbeque in your backyard. For added panache, hang lights and install attractive patio

heaters. You'll be comfortable no matter how cold it gets, and being outside will feel more like an exotic excursion.

Prevent little ones from wandering off and wild animals from being attracted to the smell of good food by installing a fence around your property. Hiring a local contractor is the best way to go about this task. Evaluate companies by reading online reviews from a platform like Angi and soliciting quotes from those that have superior reputations. On average, fences cost around $4,500. Your cost will vary depending on the size, materials you choose, and your location. Discuss your needs with multiple contractors to figure out how much you'll ultimately spend.

Before settling on an installer, check that the individual you're hiring has a license. Also, be sure

that the person digging up your yard is aware of underground utility lines.

Go Geocaching

One modern activity that gets people breathing fresh air is geocaching. This hobby involves

leaving treasures in remote areas. Instructions on how to find them are shared online. Those

who locate the prizes leave their own baubles for the next crew of seekers. Geocaching is a fun

and wholesome hobby that those young and old can enjoy. It encourages communing with

nature, involves exercise, and provides pandemic-safe recreation.

Get Magical

Find magic tricks online and involve your entire household in learning them. The materials you

need are usually easily accessible. Sophisticated props can be built or purchased from a

specialty store. Physical magic stores are becoming a thing of the past; however, there are

plenty of options for purchasing complex items online and having them shipped to your door.

Once you have enough tricks under your collective belt, put on a show and entertain the

neighborhood. Place audience members at least six feet apart from each other so that social

distancing protocols are maintained. Also, mandate that masks be worn. Make money to apply

toward next year's illusions by selling non-alcoholic beverages and healthy snacks.

Travel Somewhere

You can safely go someplace new even if COVID-19 remains a concern -- to say nothing of the

difficulty of getting away if you happen to be running your own small business. One wise option

is wilderness exploration. Go hiking or rent an RV and soak up the great outdoors. There are

many campgrounds where you can park and spend days with minimal viral exposure.

Another option is getting out on the water. Larger boats are isolated oases with increasingly

luxurious amenities. Drop anchor at a scenic spot, pull out the water toys, and get your tan on

while those with excess energy enjoy splashing around.

Last but certainly not least, maybe some scenic history is just what you need to leave you

feeling refreshed. Enhance what precious moments you have with your family by incorporating these ideas into school vacation days. Group adventures like these are bound to spark memories that last a lifetime.

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