We are all experiencing a new reality, not only on the Island but around the world. For many of us, in addition to working from home, and social distancing, we’re also being tasked with caring for our school-aged children. As parents and professionals, we’re all trying to make the best of our time together. We’ve put together 10 family-friendly things to do on Martha’s Vineyard right now — just when you might really it!
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard –Scavenger Hunt
This is great for a wide age range. Last week, I printed out a list I found online. Simply google “spring nature scavenger hunt.” I went through a number of images, and found one that worked best for our location.
We had chosen Felix Neck in Edgartown. Though the buildings are closed, the property is open and bursting with signs of Spring and rebirth! We saw a pair of osprey rebuilding their nest and lots of plants were sprouting leaves.
The scavenger hunt was a great way for us all to be challenged, get outside and have fun as a family. The best thing is that any trail or even your own backyard can provide the perfect backdrop!
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — The Rainbow Hunt
In Oak Bluffs, Allyson Mettell sent around the idea of doing a “rainbow hunt.” The idea behind it is simple. Print, color, and make a rainbow, then hang it in your window. People can search for them in various neighborhoods. I heard one person had found 22! You can bet there is one on my window.
I love seeing people drive by and see it, some honking and waving! You feel socially connected but still not physically together. Making the kids smile and feel invested are definitely added bonus!
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Bake Together
Ok, we’re not all Duff Goldman, but after watching enough baking shows, I found that baking together can be fun (and easy). From no-bake protein balls, to chocolate cookies, to cheesecakes, the sky is the limit. I loved these bunny cupcakes made from a good ole boxed cake mix (so yummy). The reward is pretty sweet and there’s the added bonus of adding a little math in there with measuring.
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Virtual Tours + Experiences
With museums and zoos closed to the public, many of them have created ways for people to enjoy them through technology. Here are two of our favorite resources.
Travel + Leisure has come up with a compilation of 12 world-renowned museums that deliver epic virtual tours. From the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to the Guggenheim in New York City, to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, you can expose your children to the incredible world of art from around the world! Click here for the tours.
The Cincinnati Zoo + Botanical Garden is offering daily live Facebook home safaris at 3:00 p.m. They kicked off the series with their beloved baby hippo, Fiona. My children and I were completely enthralled! At the end, you can even take an optional quiz to see what you learned about the animal! I had no idea that hippos were nocturnal! Click here to watch recorded shows and live shows,
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Take A Hike
Trails MV is an invaluable app that can provide you with all sorts of information about the Island’s trail systems. You can challenge yourself or you can keep it light and easy.
Getting outside, especially on sunny days, can be an attitude changer. Pack a picnic lunch or if it’s chilly, surprise the kids with hot cocoa! Some of our favorite hikes are Cedar Tree Neck in West Tisbury, Sheriff’s Meadow in Edgartown, and Fulling Mill in Chilmark. Also, everyone will sleep a little better after all that fresh air! Click here for more info.
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Facetime + Zoom
Not just for keeping the kiddos connected to their world – you can stay more connected with friends and family. Social distancing is really challenging for some people. Texting and social media only go so far. I like to see my friend’s smile, hear their laughter, get together and revel in every day life.
No longer the case, so let’s get social! FaceTime with your bestie! Get a Zoom account and create groups for the kids, happy hours for you, connect with your family off-island all at one time. And since a lot of us are now using Zoom while we work at home, why not use it for family fun as well. It’s true, together we can do this!
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Bring Back Game Night
That’s right — dust off that Monopoly game. Get your counting skills ready for cards, whatever your gaming pleasure is, indulge now. Teach the kids Yahtzee, maybe Scrabble. What people did years ago, proves to be pretty entertaining! This is sure to be a new tradition you carry on after this time has passed.
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Arts + Crafts
Not all of us are crafty – another reason why the internet can be magical! Google a couple of things. Spring Crafts, and see all the options that appear. From painting to paper flowers, to kindness rocks, the options are endless! An added bonus is the added color in your house!
You could even think competitively with an art project like the MV Ag Fair poster contest. Click here to enter.
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Write a Letter
Say what? We had the best time earlier in the week writing letters to friends and family off-island. Practicing spelling and handwriting, adding stickers and drawings and learning about addresses. Not quite sure how long this will be an option, but this was one I even enjoyed!
10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard — Spring Planting
A great activity is to start a garden or get yours ready for early Spring plants like peas, lettuce and kale. The kiddos can be outside, help weed, help turn the soil, and help plant the seeds. Seeing them sprout up will not only be rewarding, but how great to have some of your own fresh produce. I have my packets ready, now I just need compost and a warm enough day!
You can even have the kids make plant signs for the veggies planted. Perhaps each family member picks one to be planted? Lots of options. Definitely research what would work best for you.
Thanks to you for reading On Point, a blog that celebrates the vibrant community of Martha’s Vineyard. Let us know what you are doing these days on the Island! Don’t forget to “Like” Point B Realty on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest, Youtube and Instagram.
Please consider voting for Point B Realty for Best Real Estate for this year’s Best of the Vineyard (we have been honored to hold the title the last 5 years). Click here to vote.