If you’re going stir crazy at home or have children you need to get out of the house, try out some of these staycation ideas that allow you to keep your distance while having fun.
Camping in Your Backyard
You don’t need to drive out of town to enjoy the experience of camping.
Set up a tent in the comfort of your own backyard and spend the night under the stars. Make it a whole afternoon of outdoor fun with your kids; you can take them on a scavenger hunt, search for bugs, and play backyard games. Grill dinner and eat outside, and when it gets dark, you can sing around a campfire and make s’mores.
Family Movie Night
Atlanta’s Starlight Drive-In Theatre is open every day of the week. With multiple screens and options for both adult and kids’ movies, depending on the day, the Starlight Theatre is a fun way to get out of the house while still social distancing. If you have concerns about safety, make your own popcorn and drinks at home to enjoy while watching the movie. The parking lot is first-come, first-serve, so make sure to check their website at https://starlightdrivein.com/ to see movie times each day.
Spring in Bloom
Gibbs Gardens is located in Ball Ground, Ga., about 45 minutes north of Atlanta. Owned privately by the family who lives on the premises, the gardens are extremely beautiful and expansive, with plenty of space to explore. According to Gibbs Gardens, the grounds include the largest Japanese garden in the country, as well as water lily gardens, rose gardens, manor house gardens, and much more. Plan for 3 ½ to 4 hours of touring. They are taking strict measures to be in compliance with social distancing regulations, and tickets are currently only available online in advance at www.gibbsgardens.com/.
Take your family strawberry picking to get away from the monotony of quarantine. The perfect time of year to pick strawberries, this activity can be a memorable, fun and healthy tradition. There are various local strawberry farms around the Atlanta area that are currently open to the public; check with the farm you’re planning to visit to see what their safety regulations are.