While just a few weeks ago we were telling our kids to get off technology and go be social, it is that very same technology we are leaning on for social interaction in the breath of COVID-19. Self-isolation or quarantine can be overwhelming and confusing, especially with children in the home. Schools are turning to videoconferencing for online learning, businesses are telecommuting, and many individuals are pivoting to other creative forms of digital social gatherings. We have compiled a few ideas to try with your family to stay busy together while continuing to keep everyone safe and help “flatten the curve.”

Take a Virtual Trip

Theme parks may be closed, but these POV (point-of-view) videos will have you and your family feeling like you are right there in all the action.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Expedition Everest Roller Coaster

Frozen Ever After

Read a Book – or have Olaf (Josh Gad) read one to you

While Josh Gad’s character Olaf from the Frozen franchise enjoys giving warm hugs, Gad understands the current situation and wanted a different way of connecting with his fans as a distraction to the stress of this uncertain time. He has created #GadBookClub which can be tuned into using that hashtag through Twitter or Instagram.

Watch Something New – and we do mean NEW

As movie theaters have shut down in efforts of preventing continual spread of the virus, many studios have changed the game on premiere movie watching. Earlier this month it was announced that new releases would be available through streaming with on-demand services, such as Amazon Prime. These movies included Invisible Man, Emma., I Still Believe (releasing March 27) and Trolls World Tour (releasing April 10).

Celebrate Christmas in Spring with Hallmark Channel

Being cooped up doesn’t often emit cheer or glee, but you know what does – Christmas. The Hallmark Channel is looking to spread holiday cheer over all the self-quarantine blues with their 27 original “Countdown to Christmas” films from past years all weekend, starting today. Catch Candace Cameron Bure tonight at 7 p.m. CT in Christmas Under Wraps.

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