How To Survive A Quarantine Summer

It’s looking like many Summer camps will not be operating at full capacity or even at all, given the current health crisis happening in the world. Many of us are also still working from home, so what will we do to keep these kids entertained this Summer? I have a few suggestions, of course, a couple of these things we have already started doing as a family. I truly hope this post finds you all well and gives you all some inspiration. As always, we are a community of sharing, please add to this list by leaving a comment below.

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Anyone traveling this Summer?

Travel. I’m not sure how many of you feel like traveling this year. But I have been seeing people on social media starting to venture out. It’s not in the plans for us this year, but with serious precautions, it’s an option. There is also the idea for a good ole road trip. You can find a safe destination within 2-3 hours driving distance for a change of scenery.

A drive-in movie is on my agenda! Image courtesy Google.

Drive-In Movie. Our family’s favorite of going to the movies no longer exists in this Covid-19 world, so what’s next? I have been seeing ads for drive-in theatres popping up on my timeline since my friends went a couple of weeks ago. You can stay in the comfort of your own vehicle and some places even allow you to bring your own food. The downside, the movies aren’t current. I still think going as a family for the experience will be worth it. Have any of you been to one recently?

Family Bike Rides

Family Bike Rides or Runs. If you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories lately, you would have seen our nightly bike rides. It has literally been a mental release and so freeing. Also, I hope it will help me lose a couple of these quarantine pounds. It also gives the boys something to look forward to, they ask me every day, “what time are we going to ride?” It makes me feel so amazing riding through our neighborhood, enhancing the black family narrative. I know there is a bike drought, we purchased mine from a second-hand shop locally. If you are on the hunt for a bicycle, try Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and sites of that nature. If bike riding isn’t for you, a family-run can also provide physical and mental release. Please be safe out there.

How To Survive A Quarantine Summer
Trampoline Dreams

Pimp Out Your Backyard. If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard space, that will be where you will be spending the majority of your summer vacation. The boys are asking for a trampoline, they are either sold out or out of my price range. A cool bounce house, swing set, or water slides/sprinklers are also great things to add. At this point, I will turn on the water hose and let them have a blast child. I guess everyone was on the same page as far as backyard improvements, every damn thing is sold out or overpriced.

How To Survive A Quarantine Summer
We have been looking into virtual sports camps

Virtual Sports Camps. The boys are active like literally they cannot sit still unless they are on a device. Basketball was their favorite sport to participate in as a group. With that being a thing that disappeared in the pandemic, I have been looking into virtual sports camps. The NBA has a Junior program that offers virtual classes and drills to keep their skills intact. As much as I can tell them to go outside and shoot around, I am not a coach and can’t teach them the fundamentals of the game. That’s why I love these drills. If sports aren’t your thing, I’ve seen virtual camps for just about everything from chess to coding.

I hope this post helps you look at the bright side this Summer. We have all this time to spend as a family, that usually we aren’t allowed. Let’s make the best of the season and try to remain as safe as possible. Let me know of any other suggestions you have below. Thanks so much for reading!


  1. Sasha
    June 25, 2020 / 8:58 pm

    Great post! I’d love to really make bike riding part of our daily routine. You’ve motivated me to make it happen!

    Keep sharing and inspiring!


    • June 25, 2020 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks boo. We love riding, it’s been a great family bonding experience!

  2. Kimberly Thomas
    June 26, 2020 / 6:42 am

    These are some good ideas. My husband finally found me a bike online thats reasonably priced so I’m looking forward to taking rides…hopefully I won’t be on the ground more than actually riding seeing I haven’t rode a bike in ages😩. My boys keep asking for some type of pool so my husband is looking into that as well. And we love the drive-in. That was one of our things anyway in the past because with our big family it was more economical to go, and take our own food and popcorn. The boys love it.
    It will be an interesting summer to say the least.

    • June 26, 2020 / 10:17 am

      Thanks so much for reading Kim! So happy you found a bike, let’s get it!! We have a pool in our community, that hopefully will open soon. It will be interesting to see how that works with social distancing. An interesting summer indeed!

  3. Cara
    July 1, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    This was so great! Got to think of some other ideas! My little one has been using Outschool for online classes. She is in a basketball camp that she loves and providing me a few minutes of relief.

    Ready to get out into the sun with the kiddos more now that school is over! Your bike rides and definite inspiration!!

    • July 1, 2020 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you so much, I definitely signed the boys up for a virtual basketball camp as well. Here’s to a wonderful summer for us all! Thanks so much for reading.

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