Since you can’t take that annual Memorial Day Vacation this year, it’s time to get creative and think of some ways to have fun at home this year. We have put together a list of fun and free Memorial Day weekend activities to involve the whole family.
Teach your family about the holiday
Memorial Day is more than just a day off from school or work, but it is about showing respect and remembrance for those who have lost their lives defending our county. While this topic could be heavy for your kiddos, it is an important lesson to teach. Depending on the age of your kids, explain the holiday in a way they will understand, and remind them that it is a day of celebrating and remembering heroes.
Go to the beach for the day
Keep in mind that all social distancing measures should be taken when going anywhere public, including the beach. Pack up beach towels, chairs, beach umbrella, a cooler with food and water, and most importantly, sunscreen! When you get to the beach, find a spot away from other families to maintain social distancing, and make sure you are keeping all hands sanitized. With caution, you can still enjoy a beautiful Memorial Day beach day.
Make Patriotic fruit salad
In a large bowl, cut up red fruits (like watermelon, strawberries or raspberries), cut up bananas and add in blueberries. In a small bowl, mix together honey, lime juice and a teaspoon of poppy seeds, and pour this mixture all over your fruit. Mix up your fruit salad, and serve as a refreshing treat! Make sure to let the kiddos help, but always supervise children while using a knife.
Sit down with your kiddos and write thoughtful letters to those who may have lost someone in the service, who have a family member currently in the service or even to a soldier! Include words of thankfulness, kindness and hope, as this holiday could be hard for a lot for people. After you write your letter, find out the addresses of the recipients, stamp them and send them! This is also a great opportunity to teach your kids how to write and send a letter.
This messy activity could create a lot of laughs. Get some non-toxic, washable paint or face paint, and go to town with different patriotic designs on your kiddos! Paint American flags, stars or fireworks. If you are brave, let the kiddos have a turn by painting on mom and dad! Don’t forget to take selfies of your painted faces before you wash it off!
Picnic in the park
The perfect memorial day weekend activity! There are a number of local parks that have reopened with social distancing requirements. Get a cooler or picnic basket, and pack a lunch for you and the family. Include things like pre-made sandwiches or wraps, chips or pretzels, fruit salad and juice boxes. Don’t forget napkins, hand sanitizers, wet wipes and bug spray to make sure that your Memorial Day picnic goes on without a hitch.