In our fast paced society and especially in this Covid pandemic times, it might be easy to forget the importance of spending quality time with your family members.
Regardless if your family members are located locally or faraway in another country, it is important to delegate time after work to reconnect with one another. Below are some ways you can spend quality time with your family amidst the pandemic.
Decide on a meal or dish that all of your family members can work together on. Some kid-friendly recipes include:
Cute Animal Pancakes
Cookie Monster Oreos
Consider turning it into a fun zoom cooking session with the kids if they are residing far from you. Going step-by-step, or even showing the mess that you or the kids made during the session over zoom can be equally fun and entertaining!
2. Volunteer together
Volunteering together with your family helps each other cultivate a sense of kindness, generosity and improves self-confidence. Below are some non-profit organisations that you can join and be a part of to make a difference.
The Raining Raincoats
The Raining Raincoats is a non-profit organisation for Singapore’s Migrant Workers. With regular events such as distribution of gifts and essentials at dormitories and construction sites, and organising and facilitating outings or day trips to local attractions built by workers themselves or a case workers.
Find out more about The Raining Raincoats: https://www.instagram.com/itsrainingraincoats/?hl=en
Love Kuching Project
If you and your family love cats and want to play a part in taking care of rescued cats in shelter, you can reach out to the Love Kuching Project for volunteer opportunities. They are a small-community-based cat rescue group in Singapore. You can play a part in caring for the rescued cats or imparting and educating the public on caring for cats.
Find out more about Love Kuching Project: https://www.lovekuchingproject.org
Food from the Heart
Food waste is a prominent issue in Singapore. Instead of throwing away edible foods such as bread, volunteer with the Food from the Heart where they collect breads from various bakeries islandwide and distribute it to the beneficiaries.
Find out more about Food from the Heart: https://www.foodfromtheheart.sg
3. Go for a picnic together
Decide on a location, the food to prepare and the games to play together at the picnic. Get your kids to join in and prepare food such as sandwiches and fruit salad. Below are some great picnic spots in Singapore that you can visit for your next family picnic session.
With a 360-degree view of the bay area, and an ample running space for the kids, Marina Barrage is the perfect place to bring your little ones for a picnic and a kite flying session!
Singapore Botanic Garden
Singapore Botanic Garden was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With plenty of greenery and natural habitats surrounding the park, it is a perfect spot to lay your picnic mat while enjoying the hustling wide and melodious bird chirps.
East Coast Park
The family-friendly East Coast Park is filled with activities such as cycling, rollerblading, and even a newly-opened Singapore’s tallest outdoor play at the former Big Splash Site (https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/east-coast-park-coastal-playgrove-big-splash-tower-slides-water-14510412).
You can also choose to rent a barbeque pit or apply for a space to pitch a tent at East Coast Park. You and your family can never get bored spending your weekends over at the buzzling park!
4. Virtual Activities
Due to the pandemic, many are unable to return to their homeland and spend quality time with their family members. Hence, here are some fun virtual activities that you can do despite the distance.
Watch a movie together
Choose a movie together and stream it together as a family! Netflix party (https://www.netflixparty.com) is a free app that you can download on your desktop that allows you to stream Netflix movies with multiple people. Grab some popcorn, sit down and enjoy the movie as a family while discussing the funny little details!
Go through some old photos
Grab your old photos from your physical or digital albums and pick out some old baby photos or unglam photos of your family members. Go through it via zoom and be prepared for a fun bonding session filled with laughter.