Travel Guide for Italy

If you are looking to take a trip to Europe anytime soon, you might consider taking a stop in Italy. In fact, better than a stop, take a trip to Italy! Backpacking through Europe, or sightseeing in the country side, we have the inside scoop on the best way for a foreigner to get an authentic and rewarding tour of Italy.

The Trevi Fountain Rome Italy


How can you take a trip to Italy without going to Rome? I think it might be impossible. Naturally, going to Rome is most common, here are some top tips for traveling in Rome.

First, experts say, if you can afford it, invest in some travel passes. Going to the most famous spots? The Vatican, the colosseum, or the Sistine chapel? This pass is awesome! Cut lines, get your very own tour guide, and much more. We recommend the passes at Omnia Card. With options of 24 to 72 hours, the omnia card is a must have for your time in Rome.

If you aren’t comfortable traveling in a foreign country, consider getting a hotel close to the inner city. You can walk to every area you want to visit. Alternatively, the passes have a special bus service which will ferry you around from site to sight. Either of these options are preferable to renting a car and trying to figure out the foreign driving laws.

Are you confident traveling without speaking the language? Or do you have someone who speaks the language traveling with you? Then consider getting a hotel outside of the city! They are much cheaper and are only a short train trip into town. If you will be riding the subways, here are a few top tips.

Don’t worry about catching the first subway. It will likely be crazy and intimidating. Calm down, breathe, and wait for the next train to come. We also suggest standing near the back instead of near the front. The front gets crowded fast, but the back cars are easier to board and less busy.

Some sites to consider seeing on your travels:

  • The Colosseum
  • The Vatican
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • The Spanish Steps
  • The Forum
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • The Pantheon
  • Museo e Galleria Borghese
  • Museo Carlo Bilotti
  • Museo Nazionale d’Arte Moderna Contemporanea


venice italy

Venice has often been described as the most beautiful city in Italy. With winding streets and corner upon corner of history, there is never enough time to explore everything this beautiful city has to offer.

When we discussed the best way to take in this masterpiece of Italy, the best advice we received was to get a street map as soon as you arrive.

Venice is easy to get lost in, so if you are a safe, calculating and planning traveler, a map is a must. Forget about driving and put on your walking shoes.

If you want an adventurous tour of Venice, take to the streets and just walk! Explore streets and alleys and nooks. There is more than enough to see of Venice to allow you and your travel mates to just wander for a while. If you have followed our other crucial piece of advice, you can use the street map you picked up to find your way back from where you end up.

Most people picture Venice during the summer months. But, during the summer, Venice is hot and crowded. If you’re looking to hit up the beaches then the summer might still be for you. Consider, however, a romantic picture of Venice in the snow. During Christmas time, Venice is fairly unoccupied. Granted, Italy has a bitter cold, with frequent fog and wind which might be intimidating to some. If you are up for an adventure, and looking for a more romantic and intimate view of Venice, we highly recommend a winter trip to this beautiful city.

Things to do and places to visit:

  • The Piazza San Marco
  • Shop Bridge
  • Gondola ride
  • The Rialto Market
  • The Northern Lagoon at Venice (Birdwatching)


Milan, or the city of fashion as some have come to call it is a much more modern Italian city. Although still rich in history, and full to the brim with Italian museums and architecture, many visit Milan for the modern art.

Keep an eye out for streetwear! Fashion is important in Milan, and if you keep a sharp eye, you can likely spot someone sporting a cool street look.

milan italy streetwear

On a more lighthearted note: Consider going with your family on a guided tour of the Teatro alla Scala! As a beautiful historical site, this theatre stuns like none other in Milan. You can find some affordable tickets here for one of the best tours of your life!

If you want a view of this bustling city at night, consider the Porta Venezia! Avoid the Duomo at night, as it tends to be crowded. Explore the outer edges of the city and you can find some real gems!

Don’t be afraid to take the tram! The tram is an important part of European culture and lifestyle. Not to mention, it’s fun! Take the tram with your family or love ones and live like the locals a bit!

Things to see or do:

  • Castle Castello di Sforzefsca Museum
  • Milan Cathedral
  • Lake Como
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Lake Garda
  • Teatro alla Scala

Smaller Cities in Italy

If you want the typical Italian vacation experience, you can stop reading right here. Beyond are tips for the more adventurous and curious travelers.

Some people love the big Italian cities. A different experience, however, is traveling through the countryside and visiting some of the smaller cities. If you and your family or friends are planning to zip through the countryside on a train here or our travel tips for these more popular, smaller cities.


The beautiful city of Trieste is one of the many Italian port cities. With beautiful gulf views, and gorgeous architecture, Trieste is a bit o a hidden gem. Trieste is uniquie in that because of its location, it used to be a part of lots of other empires. For that reason, it has a rich history with lots of neat little historical sites you can casually visit with your travel mates.

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A bit like the south in America, you can find a church on almost every corner. These churches are works of art themselves and definitely worth a look.

Also worth a visit, if you consider yourself interested in World War II history, is the Trieste Concentration Camp. Although a little dark, it is a fascinating place to visit.

Between trains, trams, and your own two feet, getting around Trieste is relatively easy. Not to mention it is a beautiful adventure everywhere you go.

One important thing to know before going to Trieste are the violent winds! Fierce winds blow off the water and can knock an unsuspecting person over. Often on street booths you can find metal poles for you to quickly grab onto to prevent yourself from blowing away!


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The wonderful city of Bologna is another site to see off the beaten path.

With wonderful sites like the two towers, the Piazza de Maggiore, and Neptune fountain, it is not a site you want to miss. A visit to Bologna can be describes as “the most authentic look into Italian life that you can find as a tourist.”

If you want a touristy experience here though, there are two places you should consider visiting: the Beretta Gun factory, and the Ducati motorcycle factory. A dear friend of mine visited the Ducati motorcycle factory and described it as “the coolest experience of (his) life.”


Genoa is another beautiful port city of Italy. This is a hilly city with the classic Italian look. Some call Genoa “little Venice.” This is especially true in the cute district within Genoa called “the ally way district.”

If you decide to visit this little city, you must try to locals focaccia bread. You will find no better bread in the whole world!

Genoa is surrounded by old forts. These forts are fun to explore and we highly recommend them! There is a fantastic hiking route outside Genoa with a trail that goes past some old walls and even an old fort! Checkout the details here!

If you are backpacking or traveling low key, you had ought to stop in Genoa for a tour of this beautiful Italian villa town.

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Our most important and valuable advice is this: get lost! Follow your nose when something smells good and makes your mouth water. Explore the cities for yourself and find your own hidden gems. There is rich history and culture in every Italian city. Look up from your phone, from your travel guide, from your map, and follow your feet! Find murals, bakeries, old churches, anything that catches your eye. Take time to explore and really live in the moment! Most importantly don’t become so focused on making memories or filling an itinerary that you forget to enjoy your vacation.

17 Math Activities for Preschoolers

As a parent, you will want the best for your children. Once they hit preschool age, you and your partner might start wondering what you can do to put your child ahead. It is easy to overthink all the ways that we, as parents, can teach our kids in fun and exciting ways. Here are 17 fun and easy counting and math activities you can do with your children to help them learn simple numbers and other basic mathematical concepts.

17 Activities to Try with Your Preschooler:

Look for patterns…EVERYWHERE:

Patterns are a great way to work on math with your preschooler. There are patterns all around you and your home – tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, patterns in the fence, or in a piece of home decor. You can even point out the patterns on their clothes! Take a “field trip” with your preschooler and point out all the patterns around your house or their bedroom. If your child loves music, there are plenty of patterns to recognize in children’s songs. Help your child to identify and copy simple clapping and rhythm patterns in their favorite songs. These are both incredible ways to point out to your preschooler how repetition is a natural part of life and beauty.

Investigate Shapes:

While investigating shapes, children can discover the ways that different shapes fit together to build the items that we use or see everyday – cars, tall buildings, and eventually puzzles. Work together using yarn to create various shapes – circles, squares, triangles – as a budget friendly way to teach shapes. You can even use learning about shapes as a means to create some artwork together.

Encourage Estimation:

Help your preschooler learn about making guesses based on what they can see! Fill jars with buttons, candies, beads, or any other small items that you can find and ask your kids to guess how many of each of the items is in each jar. After they guess, they can count how many of the items are in the jar. Over time, children’s guesses will get closer to the actual amount of items in each jar, but this is a great way to get them started with educated guessing! Plus the fun colors and shapes are sure to keep them engaged!

Introduce Sorting:

Anything around us can be sorted; pens, pencils, socks, shoes, cups, mugs, glasses, silverware, you name it – it can be sorted! You could get them to help you out around the house by helping to sort the recycling. Even little kids can help sort papers from plastic and glass. This is great way to teach children how to organize items down to small and more manageable amounts.

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Let them “cook”:

Encourage your preschooler to help you in the kitchen! Your child can help with measuring and counting our ingredients (two eggs, three scoops, etc.). You can also supervise the usage of knobs and buttons on the stove. This is also a great opportunity to have them help pack their daily lunches or snacks as they can help portion out the foods they eat each day. For example,  “I eat 5 carrots and 3 grapes at snacktime!” Think about having your preschoolers count out their Cheerios, Halloween candy, or even Easter candy! The options for counting food have no bounds! They can even help out with feeding pets if you have any!

Play a “look out” game:

While out on a walk or riding in the car, ask your child to count how many fun things they see! Those fun things could be any item that your child chooses to count – stores, fire trucks, dogs, or anything else that the child might recognize. With this activity, they can practice counting and talking about all of the fun things that have counted.

Track your child’s measurements:

Get out the ruler or yardstick to mark your child’s height on the wall. Talk about how big they are in comparison to their siblings or favorite animals – this helps them to think about themselves and the world around them. This is a great chance to introduce your child to units of measurement and help them compare and contrast the marks on the wall to see how much they’ve grown from year to year.

Use the phone:

Learning how to use the telephone has more than just a mathematical benefit, it’s also good for emergencies! Next time you’re making a call, write the number down and have your child help you dial it into your phone. This helps them to see the numbers being used, but also gives them a chance to practicing reading them from left to right. Your child gets bonus points if they can memorize the number!

Plant a Garden:

Preschoolers love helping outside when they can. Have your child assist with counting out the seeds and then making sure they put the set amounts in the right rows or pots. Once the plants start growing, they can count out the leaves and petals as well! This is also a great place to introduce science concepts about plants and plant growth.

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Color by Number Sheets:

Most young children love to color! As their number recognition skills continue to improve, they can learn to match the colors with the numbers, but early on they may need help identifying what number goes with what colors.


Aside from playing a tabletop game, dominoes can be used to teach simple math concepts! Children can count the dots on each domino, children can sort matching tiles and create stacks, and they can create shapes and towers with matching dominoes. Dominoes are a cheap game that can easily be found at most stores.

Tell the Time:

Reading a non-digital wall clock is something that even little kids can do! Clocks are everywhere, so this is something that can be worked on at almost any time! Practice reading the numbers and telling time to the quarter and half hour as they are able. Once they have reading a clock down, you can compare and contrast a digital clock and wall clock together for another great conversation about time and numbers. Don’t forget to mention that there are sixty seconds in one minute and sixty minutes in one hour!

Read a Number Book:

There are many amazing books for preschoolers! Some of the most popular include: City by Numbers by Stephen T. Johnson, Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin & Michael Sampson, or How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague. Number books are a great way to practice numbers and counting, but books like these also introduce your child to other educational concepts. Not to mention a little bit of reading practice! Check with your child’s teachers or even the local children’s librarian if you need more ideas, they are a wealth of knowledge about great counting books for kids!

Mark the Calendar:

Introducing your child to a standard calendar is a great way to introduce the concept of days and passing time. Have them highlight special days on the calendar (birthdays, holidays, other celebrations) and create countdowns to those special days. Working with calendars often helps children to understand days of the week and how the sequence of days happens each week. You can also have them help in creating a calendar – learning about leap years, but also how many days are in each month.

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Pay for Purchases:

Whether at a real store or while “playing store” at home, teaching children about counting money is never a bad idea. This is also an opportunity for them to practice reading numbers on price tags and counting their own money! Kids can even help search for matching items to coupons inside the store while shopping! It’s never too early to squeeze in a few lessons about money management as early as possible. Tip: Don’t take the little ones into a busy store to practice counting their money, go on a slower day to avoid a line and many waiting customers.

Play Card Games:

Who knew that teaching math concepts to your preschooler could start with a standard deck of 52 cards? Games like Memory (teaching kids to look for similar cards and pairs), War (teaching your child about numbers that are bigger and smaller), or Go Fish! (helps your child to identify and talk about numbers) are fun to play, but also have some educational value. You can also play games with various flash card decks or other game decks (like Old Maid). Here is a great value pack of cards with lots of fun designs!

Popular Phone Apps:

Let’s face it, kids know how to use some apps better than many adults! Capitalize on that and let your child practice their math skills on your phones and tablets. Some popular math apps include: Preschool Math Games for Kids, Todo Math , and Math Master Kids. These are all interactive apps that are entertaining for kids, but also give them a chance to practice math functions and number identification. Who knows? Maybe they’ll find math exciting when they’re bored! Use that screen time to their (and your) advantage.

For preschoolers, learning about and exploring numbers should be all about fun and play. Work with them to discover how numbers can fit into their everyday lives. As they see those numbers in action, they’ll get more and more comfortable with the math concepts around them. Have fun exploring those numbers (and concepts) together!

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7 Online Dating Icebreakers

What is the point of online dating icebreakers? Maybe you’re recently divorced, perhaps you have split from your ex, or you have a hard time getting out of the house. You might be ready to give online dating a try! Where do you start? Corny, predictable or pithy responses typically receive no replies from potential suitors. How do you maintain a fun and casual tone in your initial conversation with your contact without being overbearing or cringy?  Your introduction is the way you reveal yourself  and can demonstrate to your potential match what to expect from future interactions. This is where icebreakers are crucial to online dating!

Give some of these a try!

Ask your match open-ended questions

Simply sending messages such as “You’re cute” or “I like your profile” are as dull as watching paint dry. They might not know how to reply to a message like this, or if your initial response only requires a simple yes or no response, the conversation will likely end right there, if you even get a response. Try something like, “If you could go on a date anywhere in the city, where would it be and why?

Avoid initially flattering your match

Online dating ice breakers can be tricky for sure. They also take a little practice. However, sending cliché responses about handsomeness or beauty should be avoided like an overseas online pharmacy.. People can become suspicious of these types of messages; perhaps save these for when things progress. Instead, explain to your match or future potential date why any aspect of their profile impacted you so much that you just had to message him/her about it. Bada-boom! Now you have the person’s attention!

Use Humor

People are attracted to people who can make them laugh. While most people have an affinity for people with a sense of humor, avoid aggressive or overbearing humor. This tends to reveal a negative personality that is off-putting. Instead, use a positive style of humor, as this often leads to quicker and better connections. In fact, a related sense of humor consists of the ability to tell jokes and share stories with each other and thus is able to lead to lasting relationships. How about, “What was the worst first date you’ve ever had?” Have fun!

Mention Something in Their Profile

Being sincerely interested in what attracted you to a person’s profile goes a long way towards getting a response. People like it when others take notice of their interests and their potential match shares the same thing(s) as they do. This increases your chances of getting a reply as well as getting the conversation moving ahead.

Don’t Be a Creep

Whatever you do, refrain from weird pick up lines, especially if they are sexual in nature. You will rarely if ever get a response! Online dating icebreakers of this type are offensive to the vast majority of people. Keep your initial message polite and avoid mentioning sex at all. Rudeness should also be avoided like a pencil in the eye. You’re looking for a date or a partner rather than something out of a B-grade horror flick.

Keep Messages Brief

Okay, pithy and brief are as different as night and day. A pithy example is: “You’re sweet.” Researchers have determined that the best messages are between 40 and 60 characters. If you’re taking 30 minutes to write that many characters, you’re overthinking it. Take a few minutes to write out a message, check the spelling, and send it into cyberspace.

Quick Responses Boost Your Chances

We’re all busy these days, but if you’re serious about mastering the techniques of online dating icebreakers you need to be responsive. Immediate replies are fantastic but are not necessary. On the other hand, writing a reply after more than a few days can put you behind and make you start all over. Check your profile daily if possible since it only takes a couple of minutes, but don’t obsess!

There is no real science as it pertains to online dating icebreakers. This is an area of trial and error. Nevertheless, these tips are sure to assist you in landing a date. One other thing to me mindful of is that you should carry on your conversation until such a time as you mutually agree to meet for the first time. This is usually between two to three weeks. Rushing things can lead to an unpleasant experience and deter you from further online conversations. Finally, be patient and use common sense. Good luck!

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20+ Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids Ideas to Keep you Sane

This adjustment period that we’ve all been though in 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been… less than ideal, to put it mildly. Since many of us, including you (probably), are stuck at home with children, it might be high time to send them off to a scavenger hunt throughout the house.

That’s can keep them busy at least for a little while so you can manage your sanity much better than you’d be able with them bothering you nonstop. This activity also has the added advantage of motivating and teaching kids to solve problems on their own. In short, it’s both a relaxing and educational activity at the same time.

Before You Get Started With the Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Now, depending on the size of your house, you can increase the scope of the riddles as well. For example, while this guide is mainly for indoor scavenger hunts, we won’t exclude the outdoors if you have a backyard. But if you live in an apartment complex, then you should only pick the riddles and hints that can be applied to your apartment space.

Finally, before getting started, make some ground rules. And make sure that the kids have understood all the rules beforehand. Anticipate that the child will be excited to get started. Rule one: No running. If more than one child is playing along, they will be a team. The second rule should involve taking turns to read the clues. Moving further, the third rule could force them to read the clues as quietly as possible to avoid waking up the monsters. You get the point: make it in such a way that you can rest easily while they consume their energy.

Clues and Ideas for an Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Try to create clues that have a certain appeal towards children. For example, clues that rhyme are much more appealing to children than bland clues that you might find in a corporate office space. Alternatively, you could make clues with pictures or drawings if the kids are too young to understand writing. With that said, here are a few examples of clues with answers written below them:

Give me a tap and I’ll give you some suds,
I come in handy when you’re covered in mud.
(Soap/soap dispenser)

For fast heating or cooking, I am tops.
And, oh, that good smell when my popcorn pops!


I get hot, and work two ways,
on top and within, but not on spinning trays.

You can lay on me or sit, and put me up or down,
I’m better with cushions, and keep you off the ground.
(Patio furniture)

Paper comes in, and paper goes out,
but adding words in between is what I’m all about.

Walk, walk, walk, on me,

You can step, step, step on me,

Don’t forget to tie my lace,

Else you’ll fall flat on your face!


You can find me big and small, I hang around all day,
when I’m not needed, I’m out of sight, folded, and put away.

More Indoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

I’m a welcome sight for tired eyes; and comfy to the max,
the perfect option for nightly dozing, and good for aching backs.

I’ll keep you cool on a hot sunny day,
but don’t forget to put me down, or I’ll blow away.

I’ll give you cubes and cold creamy treats,
when it comes to negative temperature, I can’t be beat.

I go round and round, spinning and spinning,
if you don’t like wrinkles, I’ll keep you grinning.
(Clothes dryer)

I get cold, but my door twin gets colder,
I keep food fresh, and help it from getting older.

I take your food and return it to you hotter,
I also crisp it up, and you’ll probably want butter.

I’m in the kitchen, and you’ll never eat me, 
but Scruffy the dog sure loves to greet me.
(Dog food)

You’ll fill me up and then drain me when done,
adding bubbles always makes me more fun.

Other Indoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Ok, so now we’ve covered a few examples of riddle scavenger hunt ideas. Now let’s focus on other forms of scavenger hunting that are just as effective. First off, you can make a list of attributes that objects might have (such as color or shape) and make your kids find their equivalent.

For example, your list could include something like “black, round, squishy” or “red, square, rough”. Alternatively, you can put such attributes separately and make your kids look for a single item for each one. For example, your kids can get only one item for “blue”, another item for “round”, and another item for “squishy”.

Another alternative is to make them find their favorite X. For example, replace X with “game”. Make them find their favorite video game in a gigantic bookcase with tons of video game cases. That should keep them occupied for some time. But don’t limit yourself to a single item. Make a list with several items so that you can keep them busy for longer periods of time.

Ready-Made Scavenger Hunt Games for Kids

If you’re too busy to make a list of indoor scavenger items for your kids, maybe a better solution is to order some that are made by others. We’ve found a couple of great offers on Amazon that we’d like to share with you. We might earn a little commission when you buy from these links, but other than that we are not sponsored or endorsed by any of the producers below:

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Finally, we have a great indoor scavenger hunt game for toddlers. Toddler Scavenger Hunt cards contain 20 double-sided sturdy cards that provide simple, satisfying questions and prompts to guide your toddler. Playing with the cards builds vocabulary and increases confidence and encourages toddlers to explore the world around them. All the cards are placed on a ring so that your toddler won’t lose them. Every card contains both text and an illustration to make it easier for your little ones to find what they’re looking for. Below the item that they’re tasked with finding is also a certain instruction. For example, below “Can you find a button?” it asks “What shape is it?”. Basically, it puts your toddlers’ bran to the test without being too difficult or harsh on them.


We’ve also found a great After Dark Scavenger Hunt game for older folks at The Dating Divas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a scavenger hunt and treasure hunt?

A treasure hunt tends to present a series of clues, each of which leads to a specific mystery location; a scavenger hunt tends to offer a laundry list of items that you need to go out and pick up. So for example, in a treasure hunt, you might receive a cryptic clue, written as a puzzle, rhyme, or code. In a scavenger hunt, by contrast, you’d get a scavenger hunt list of items to discover, starting with let’s say, “Find a bar coaster marked with an animal on it.” Your task would be to go out into the world and locate this item, wherever you think might be the easiest place to find it.

What is the best scavenger hunt app?

If you want to go fully digital, then check out this list of the best scavenger hunt apps.

The Bottom Line

We hope you’ve found our ideas interesting. Feel free to leave us a comment below with other suggestions, if you have any, or your opinion on the information above.

How To Clean Your Air Hockey Table So It Lasts Longer


An air hockey table is the perfect addition to any game or recreation room. The game is an arcade classic that anyone can pick up and enjoy.

However, failing to keep an air hockey table clean can dramatically affect the longevity and enjoyment of your air hockey table.

Luckily, keeping your air hockey table clean is an easy process and the results can be seen for years to come. Here’s how to clean an air hockey table.


How Do Air Hockey Tables Work?


Before you can effectively understand how to clean an air hockey table you need to have a complete understanding of how an air hockey table works.

Each table is built symmetrically with perfectly aligned holes drilled through the playing surface. An air pump pushes a steady stream of air through these holes which creates a frictionless playing surface for the puck to travel. This gives the illusion of a puck travelling on slippery ice.

Dirt, grime, and debris can affect the playing surface in a variety of ways.

Keeping a clean air hockey table can ensure that every game is as good as the last. Plus, your friends won’t have any excuses when you beat them!


Gather Your Materials and Tools


Before you dive into cleaning, make sure you have everything you need ready and within reach. This will make the total cleaning process very quick and convenient.

You won’t need much to get your air hockey table as clean as the day you set it up. All you need is:


    a vacuum cleaner


    a damp cloth


    a towel

Easy enough, right?

Let’s get into the cleaning process now so you can get back to playing sooner rather than later!


No Elbow Grease Required


An air hockey table is often made of a thin sheet of wood or plastic. When in doubt, lighter is better while cleaning your air hockey table.

First, turn on the air pump. This will prevent any additional dirt, dust, or debris from getting into the holes and blocking the air flow while you are cleaning.

Now, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any dirt or dust that may be present on the playing surface.

If possible, remove any attachments that require contact with the playing surface. Hover the vacuum hose over the playing surface as close as you can without touching. Pick up as much dirt and dust as you can.


The next step is to use a damp cloth.

Be sure you have chosen a non-abrasive cloth for this job. Leave the steel wool under your kitchen sink for this cleaning. Gently run the damp cloth across the playing surface to pick up any dirt or dust that was left behind by the vacuum cleaner. Be sure to get the corners of the air hockey table as clean as possible. This will allow the pick to travel around the edges of the playing surface more easily and make the game much more smooth and fun.

Finally, dry off the playing surface with a towel.

This is especially important if you want to start playing again right away. Drying up any leftover water is also helpful in preventing dust from sticking to the playing surface as it settles.

You’re done cleaning your air hockey table. Turn off the air pump if you aren’t planning on playing right away. Otherwise, grab your paddle and jump right in.


Save Stress with Regular Cleaning


Just like you probably vacuum your home more than once a year, you should also clean your air hockey table on a regular basis.

The cleaning process can be done very quickly and the few minutes required to clean your air hockey table can go a long way in preventing issues like clogged air holes.

If you leave your cleaning until the dirt and dust have built up quite a bit then you may find that your cleaning process takes a lot longer than a few minutes and it may be almost impossible to remove some blockages without further maintenance.

If you have invested in this fun game for your home then you’ll want to make sure your investment lasts for years to provide plenty of entertainment. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it. A little bit of effort will go a long way in making sure your air hockey table works like new for a long time now that you know how to clean an air hockey table.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my air hockey table slippery again?

First and foremost, wax and clean the surface of the table, mallets, and pucks. Turn on the fan and wipe the top surface using a cotton cloth or microfiber towel. This should peel off the top layer of dirt that’s preventing your pucks from sliding as they should.

Next, use silicone lubricant spray sparingly. Depending on what spray you’ve bought, you will need to follow the instructions printed on the label to get the best results. The thing is you have to be cautious with how much you use because it can make the table extra slippery.

Afterward, make sure to clean the fan blower because it can trap dirt which may result in slowing down of the blades and dragging of the motor. Finally, consider covering the hockey table when it’s not in use. Even if you use the best wax and other similar products, dust can settle quickly, especially when you’ve left if unused for quite a while.

How do you fix dead spots on an air hockey table?

Use wax that’s specifically designed for air hockey tables and apply an even, thin coat, covering the entire surface. A thin layer will do a great job of smoothing out the surface of the table, but if you make the mistake of applying too much wax you can end up clogging some of the air holes, creating dead spots.

How big is an air hockey table?

As an example, a full-sized air hockey table is approximately 90 inches long and 50 inches wide. Therefore, in order to fit this table, the room should have at least a 10 foot by 7 foot of area. As a matter of fact, more the length of the table, higher will be its respective price tag. Of course, you can always look for tables that are larger or smaller to accommodate the play room as you see fit.

All the Quinceanera Traditions

What is a quinceanera?

This article is a beginner’s guide to the Quinceanera traditions featured at coming of age parties. Quinceanera traditions can be found all over the Spanish speaking world. They are now eclipsing Sweet Sixteen as the dominant teenage birthday girl celebration in the United States. First of all, you’ve probably heard of the party name, but what does it even mean? Quinceanera is the Spanish word for a 15 year old birthday girl. In Latin American culture, the name also refers to the coming-of-age celebration that reigns in a girl’s 15th birthday party. 

This is one of the most widespread Latin American celebrations, experienced and celebrated all the way from Argentina to the United States. As we know the celebration as of today, it is a celebration that is celebrated by up to 440,000 Hispanic girls every year as they turn 15 in South, Central, and North America. It is also a tradition that dates back to the times of the ancient Aztecs.

History of the quinceanera 

Among the Aztec Indians, a girl was considered ready for marriage at the age of 15. The celebration that came to be known as the quinceanera sprang up as a result of this important age. Parents were supposed to beseech their girls to become good and outstanding wives in the future. 

In 1520, the Spanish attacked the Aztecs, invading what we now know as the modern day Mexico. They oppressed, colonized, and eventually intermixed with the Aztec people. The Spanish brought their foreign influence to the indigenous traditions that already existed among the Aztecs. These are the likely roots of the quinceanera celebrations.

Traditionally, these parties were meant for the upper-class society. This has changed as more Latin people have migrated into the United States. For these immigrants, the quinceanera is a fun and family-centric expression of their ethnic origins. The celebration is now widespread among the socio-economic classes of the USA and the Latin American region. This great event has been able to transverse boundaries and is now even celebrated in Cuba. These parties are now established as their way of celebrating the past as a girl. Furthermore, the parties serve to welcome the future as a woman. 

Quinceaneras today

The celebration has surprisingly had a rough patch with the Catholic Church. This is because the lavish air that comes with the celebration was threatening to overthrow every other celebration. The spiritual and religious aspect of this celebration is still very much honored. But, it became a problem for the church when quinceanera parties became so popular as to represent competition. The competition with religious spirit and traditional church was evident especially when quinceanera budgets rocketed beyond $25,000. Certain steps have since been taken by the church, such as blessing many quince girls at once. Another church attempt to clamp down on the competition aspect has been limiting the number of quince parties during mass.

Even these constraints have not been able to stop all the pomp and color that comes with these celebrations. quinceanera traditions, both old school and modern, are as popular as ever. 

The quinceanera industry rakes in a lot of money. The average spending today for one party runs over $15,000 per girl in the US. All this comes as a result of the quinceanera traditions involving many aspects. For example, venues are enlisted, invitations made, cakes prepared, and beverages served. Of course, the gifts for the birthday girl top the list.

Since 2007 in Mexico City, business owners and non-profit organizations have sponsored annual city wide celebrations. This allows girls of lower incomes to participate and be celebrated as well. Quinceanera inclusivity like this approach in Mexico helps reduce social inequalities, even if just for a day.

There are over a dozen fun quinceanera traditions that are worth discussing. We’ll go through all of them in no particular order so that you can get a better understanding of what they’re all about. Hopefully, you’ll have a much better understanding of this wonderful tradition by the end of the article.

The religious ceremony

The Quinceanera celebration typically begins as a mass at the Catholic Church. It is celebrated here inside the church as a mass centered on giving thanks and celebrating life. The birthday girl enters the church in a procession similar to that of a wedding. She walks in with a court of young men and women. There are usually fourteen ladies and their fourteen escorts plus the birthday girl’s parents and godparents. The girl is allowed to choose readings that she would like to read. Sometimes, she may choose to appoint a family member or members to read for her.

After the readings at mass, there is a gospel and homily performance. Next, the girl proceeds to renew the vows she made at baptism. The final step of the service is to commit herself to the Virgin Mary and most importantly, God. This is when the girl’s parents and godparents can present her with lavish gifts of all sorts.

Finally, the young lady can now make a devotion to the Virgin Mary. She does so by presenting a flower or a bouquet at the church statue where she attended her mass. The priest then has the duty of blessing the quinceanera, which is just the beginning of the real celebrations. Traditionally speaking, this is by far the most common type of religious ceremony practiced at a quinceanera, but there are also alternatives meant for non-Catholic religions.


If however, the quinceanera is not Catholic, there are alternative churches where they can have ceremonies. They could also have the ceremony completely separated from the church service. In such cases, the families write their own ceremonies. They can even choose a family member to preside over the ceremony and even officiate all the blessings.

The quinceanera has a court of young people, as mentioned earlier, consisting of fourteen damas (girls) and fourteen chambelanes (boys). They will accompany her during the ceremony. Each of these pairs represent the fourteen years that she has lived as a child. The fourteen pairs also serve to represent the years that she is now ready to leave behind. 

Some girls will ask their family and friends to be the ones making up her court. Just like in weddings where all maids wear matching gowns, all the girls are expected to wear the same gowns. The men wear matching tuxedos or matching suits. Etiquette demands that it is the birthday girl’s duty to inform each member of her court of the clothing requirements.

The dance with dad

The dance with dad is one of the most interesting quinceanera traditions. Customarily, the first dance is usually for the quinceanera and her father. The song is usually chosen by the girl’s father and often has great significance to the pair or her life. According to tradition, this is a girl’s first public dance. After the song, the father hands the girl over to her escort to begin the next song.

At the same time, the maidens and their escorts enter the fray to join the dance. This dance also acts as an emphasis on the role of the father as the first man in the quinceanera’s life. Here are some of the most popular quinceanera father and daughter dance songs.

Another fun and interesting quinceanera tradition is the Mariachi band. They will serenade the girl the night before her party. The Mariachi band will usually spontaneously appear right in front of her house. Band music marks such a sweet welcome into the world of adulthood. Adulthood, after all, can be spontaneous too. Womanhood is full of responsibility and requires a budding quinceanera to act with maturity.

The Waltz

The waltz is a well choreographed traditional dance routine that is usually performed by the quinceanera and her court. To achieve finesse with the dance, it usually takes long and tedious months of practice. However, the many months of practice are well worth it by performance time. It is every quinceanera’s dream to make her celebration perfect. Some families even choose to hire Waltz instructors to train the court for the celebrations. It all depends on the family budget.Some birthday girls consider the waltz to be very traditional and old fashioned and it is easy to find them choosing a more modern form of dance for their court. Some choose an elegant form of waltz and blend it in with another modern choreographed type of dance. Check out some of the trending and classic waltz songs being played at quinceanera celebrations right now.

The gown

This is the equivalent of a wedding dress on a bride when it comes to the quinceaneras. This dress is typically the first adult dressing that the girl will wear. The tradition started with the Duchess of Alba in Spain many years ago. These dresses are basically made to look like princess dresses because they have layers of tulle netting. Some other girls opt for gowns made of silk or taffeta. 

The most common colors at these parties are white and pink. Some girls may opt for less traditional colors, depending on the family’s level of strictness and adherence to tradition. These colors usually stay within the pastel family to represent life. It is tricky to use any other color apart from white in some parts. This is because the color white is often valued as a color that symbolizes purity and virginity. In such places, the family of the girl face criticism should they choose any other color. 

Modesty is also required when it comes to the dressing at quinceanera ceremonies. To alleviate this tradition, some of the girls wear shawls and jackets over their dresses. Later on, after the service has ended and the true party begins, they remove them to show off their dress. Finally, some girls may prefer really modestly designed dresses only.

The food

This quinceanera tradition is usually more distinct based on a range of factors. From social class, financial resources, regional culture, and taste, the food at these parties varies. With that in mind, any quinceanera celebration is not complete without a feast. Usually, it is the girl’s family who is responsible for preparing the feast. This responsibility may also fall onto the neighbors or close friends instead. 

In this day and age, and with increasing wealth, people are able to hire the services of experts. Caterers are increasingly taking on the role of food providers during such events. Mexicans usually have a variety of foods including but not limited to chicken mole, tamales, and enchiladas. More staple foods from the area also make appearances too, like beans and rice. Further south, in Chile, the party will feature more tortillas, a baked quiche of Spanish and native origin.

At quinceaneras across the Americas, you are bound to find a variety of tacos. Another common dish is picadillo, combining beef, onions, peppers, and tomatoes into a delicious mixture. Picadillo can be served as a side dish or as the filling for tamales, tacos, and other wraps. Read more about culinary quinceanera traditions here. But don’t limit yourself to the dishes that we’ve just presented. You can always opt to be creative and come up with new ones for your special girl’s birthday.

The cake and treats

Just like in a wedding, the cake at a quinceanera party is the centerpiece of the party. Much pomp and circumstance surrounds the quinceanera traditions when it comes to the cake display, presentation, and serving. Some prefer the almond meringue cake while others like the spongy one known as tres leches. Tres leches, as the Spanish name implies, is made up of three types of milk. This can also be provided by caterers in keeping with modern day requirements and desires.

More traditionally, the cake is often made within the confines of the home if the family is able. Customary treats at quinceanera parties include cookies known as bizcochitos. Candied meringues are also increasingly popular. Dessert is usually served after a number of games and lots of dancing has taken place, so everyone’s appetite is worked up. Check out some more popular dessert options at quinceaneras here. You can also search for numerous other treats and styles of cake online to get a better idea of what your quinceanera might want for her big day. Make sure to organize something to her liking. Ask her what music she likes, what cartoons or shows she enjoys most, and so forth. If you care about your quinceanera, you’ll pull all the stops to make everything right.

Changing of shoes

This is one of the more popular quinceanera traditions at the post-service party. Just like the first father and daughter dance, parents take the lead with the shoe changing tradition. During the church service, and at the beginning of the party, the birthday girl will wear flats. At a designated time during the party, one of the quinceanera’s parents will take off their girl’s shoes.

They will replace them with a pair of heels, usually her first pair of heeled shoes. The high heels are a symbol of growth and responsibility on the girl’s part. High heels also symbolize the girl stepping up in society to become an adult woman, bride, and mother. It is one of the most crucial symbols that Spanish-speaking cultures have adopted for quinceaneras all over the world, and especially in the US. Think of it the same way you’d think of a bride who puts on her dress for the first time. Except here it’s a transition from childhood to the teenage years, and into adulthood respectively.

Toast to the daughter

The toast is yet another role played by the quinceanera’s parents. Here, her parents will make a toast to her, while emphasizing her achievements and virtues. This is their chance to praise their girl for the good work she has done in her life thus far. The toast serves as a moment of pride for both the girl and her parents. It is also important for the party’s guest to get to know her just a little bit better.

It is the final step in the quinceanera celebrations where parents have a chance to endorse their young adults. As such, there is a longstanding tradition for the parents’ toasts to go quite long. Lastly, in most Latin American countries today, the drinking age is well over 15. Therefore, the parents and adult guests will be drinking alcohol. But these days, the chances are that the birthday girl and her friends are not. Also, we do not encourage underage drinking under any circumstances and do not want to insinuate anything regarding the matter.

The sponsors

In the quinceanera celebrations, as you have probably noticed, there is a lot of pomp and glory that comes with the celebrations. This means that they incur high bills in preparation for the celebration. Even rich families that throw these parties sometimes have to rely on others to help them shoulder the costs. The girl’s parents usually cover a bigger part of the bill. Traditionally, members of the family and the neighbors can help to cover the remaining expenses.

Quinceanera traditions govern that there is a collective responsibility. The party involves doing whatever it takes to make the day as special as possible for the birthday girl. Those people who agree to pay for certain aspects of these celebrations are usually called madrinas and padrinos. Madrinas and padrinos literally means godmothers and godfathers. Traditionally, the way to handle the sponsors is to ask each one of them to foot a certain bill element during the festivities. For example, some will cover the cost of the cake while the others pay for the band or DJ.

Candle lighting

Candle lighting is a quinceanera tradition that involves choosing fifteen people to carry candles. This part of the ceremony is especially emotional. It is the moment when the quinceanera honors the people she considers most vital in her life. She often selects fifteen people, including her parents, siblings, neighbors, and even friends, dedicating a candle to each of them. Some girls choose to make the fourteen people her damas, with the fifteenth being her mother.

The DJ or master of ceremony usually calls up each of the fifteen members one by one. Oftentimes they play a special song for them while she presents each of them with a candle. In the process of the candle presentation, she will give a speech. Her speech reflects how each of those individuals helped her to achieve maturity and why they are special to her. In some quinceanera parties, however, it can be a bit different.

Sometimes the fifteen people the quinceanera chooses are the ones who will talk about her instead. It all comes down to persona preferences at the end of the day. Some children might be shyer than others, so they can choose beforehand which ones of them get to speak and which ones can remain quiet throughout the ceremony.

Marking of the firsts

So far, we have seen the quinceanera as a platform for which girls emerge as adults. It is during the celebration that she has her first public dance. Further yet, quinceanera traditions hold that she wears her first pair of heels to symbolize her maturity. Many times, it is also after the first quinceanera that a girl is officially allowed to date. Traditionally, this celebration was meant to introduce the girl to the public as eligible for marriage. 

Nowadays, fifteen is rightfully considered far too young to marry. Instead, after the quinceanera, they are generally allowed to interact more with the opposite sex through dating. This was also the first time a girl was allowed to wear make-up such as lipstick traditionally. All of these allowances represent bids to mark her entry into adulthood. Today, however, you find that by age fifteen most girls already use makeup by the time of their party. It all depends on what part of the world we’re talking about. In some countries, certain things that Americans consider taboo are completely acceptable, while things that Americans consider acceptable are completely taboo somewhere else.

The crowning of the quinceanera

Traditionally, the parents of the quinceanera buy her a tiara and scepter as gifts for her special day. These items symbolize the girl’s coming of age, maturity, and responsibility. The girl’s mother usually presents the crown passing on the torch from one generation of womanhood to another. The tiara or crown replaces a more casual headpiece that the girl wears at the outset of the party. It is at this time that the quinceanera receives her scepter. This is always a moment of pride for both the parents and the girl. The end of the quinceanera brings confirmation and hope to parents that their daughter. It’s the perfect symbol of stepping into maturity. Alongside the changing of shoes, this gesture makes the quinceanera feels like a true princess and a lady that’s ready for the next steps in her mature life.

Gift reception

Another major aspect of quinceanera traditions is, of course, giving gifts to the birthday girl. Quinceanera gifts often symbolize adulthood and maturity. So, quinceanera gifts are usually more in line with gifts given to grownups than kids. This is where the gift of ‘the last doll’ comes in. The last doll custom probably originated from Mexico in the 19th century. Others think it came from Puerto Rico in the same era. Essentially, the birthday girl usually receives a porcelain doll dressed like the quinceanera. Some families choose to have ribbons with the girl’s name and the date pinned onto the doll. They will pass the ribbons out to guests as they leave the party as a keepsake. The girl gets to keep the doll. She keeps it as a memory to mark the moment that she crossed the threshold from girlhood to womanhood.

Other gifts during the quinceanera may include a bible, a medal, or a cross, or even a rosary. People usually give this type of religious gifts at the church or directly after the service. It is quite common for there to be two rounds of giving gifts, both the religious and the more informal.

The birthday girl’s grandparents will often give her fifteen roses during the mass. Rose petals represent sweetness while the stems of the roses represent her strength. Quinceanera parents can also choose to give the birthday girl a tiara and a scepter too. Some cultures use a birthstone and bracelet as the traditional way of representing coming of age and femininity.

Celebrating life and tradition

While a quinceanera celebration can come across as overly extravagant and very expensive, it is chock full of tradition. These quinceanera traditions are an important part of individuality just as they are celebrations of Latin American and Mestizo culture. Traditionally, Latin American societies tend to place more responsibilities on the girl once the ceremony is over. She is now more deeply immersed in family household duties. 

The girl, now a woman, is expected to cater to family needs when she can. She can volunteer in more adult ways demanding more responsibility. And, fairly soon, she will be eligible for marriage in the community’s eyes. After this, tradition holds that the young adult will live a dedicated life full of morality and devotion.

Kids don’t have to face the same high and strict expectations. But for adults, such actions lead to a more wholesome life. The quinceanera is a form of giving thanks to God for enriching the lives of young people. Further, the mass and celebration also thanks God for guiding them into and through adulthood, along with life’s challenges. 

The fact that the first stop of the quinceanera is a church says a lot about this ceremony. Ultimately, organized religion and spirituality form the roots of quinceaneras. This continues to be important in sustaining values. Vows, at least as intended, maintain uprightness and purity into adult life. In many quinceanera held by religious families, the new fifteen year old will make vows to God before the congregation. This is an opportunity for the girl to showcase her personal values as well as her own goals for the path ahead. 


Quinceaneras are binding events for family, friends and neighbors, coming together to celebrate their girl. Many of these same people also come together well beforehand to jointly plan the celebration. Quinceanera traditions promote cohesion and unity through the planning process.  Just as in other collectivist societies, everyone involved in the quinceanera is responsible for a small contribution. This communal approach is often the only way that such big and successful parties can be put together. 

Because of the cost and resources involved, family income is a huge determinant in what the party will look like. Richer families certainly tend to hold bigger and better parties than those less privileged families due to money and resources. That is why some cities, like the Mexican capital, took interventionist measures to spread the joy of quinceaneras to everyone. For the most part, NGOs and sponsors representing the economic elite have made these large contributions.

The quinceanera traditions that we’ve showcased here are important parts of culture, but they’re also really fun. These parties are a lifetime highlight for Latin American women and their close friends and families. In conclusion, they are also a great opportunity to share incredible local foods and show off some great dance skills.

What are your favorite quinceanera traditions or stories from your experiences at these Latin parties? Do you have a favorite quinceanera dish recipe you’d like to share? Looking for gift ideas to bring to a quinceanera? Please leave your thoughts on our comments section.

41 Catchy Youth Group Names

Imagine the following scenario that brought you to seeking out the chosen youth group names. You woke up one morning with a calling. This was not just any calling. It was a message from higher up, with a call to leadership. Your faith is your own, but say that this calling brought you to a point of determination. You have decided that you will become the leader of an awesome youth group.

First of all, congratulations on reaching this moment! Leading isn’t for everyone. Leading a youth group presents an even greater challenge. But, let’s be honest, you don’t see a lot of big and successful youth groups without good youth group names. Be very careful about what choice you make. Your youth group name should remain at the forefront of these kids’ minds for years to come. It should be clever! It should also be catchy. And most importantly, it should reflect your mission statement. Let’s take a look at 41 examples of such names.

Plants & Pillars

This is based on the Bible verse Psalm 144:12, which reads, “Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace.” You might be of tree planting variety or focused on outdoor activities. If so, this should at the top of your youth group names list.

Three SixTeens

This play on words references John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is a great option if you are aiming for a cool vibe with music and fun activities galore.


GO is quite a simple name with an appearance in virtually every book in the Bible. The most common command, usually issued by Jesus Christ. For this example, we’ll use its appearance in Mark 10:52 (“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”). The context in Jesus healing a blind man is a testament to the power of faith and how much a belief can impact your life. The name is short and to the point. It implies action and gives a motivational feel.

Shield of Faith

This name alone would have no trouble appealing to an audience of young video gamers. It is taken from Ephesians 6:16, which urges readers to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Shield of Faith? Flaming arrows? The defense against and destruction of evil? Sounds like a great time.

By Faith

“By faith” is a common phrase in Hebrews 11: 1-39. It opens up many of the verses, telling the reader about certain people and how they accomplished things through faith. This would serve as a great motivator for the youth.

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This stands for Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, three friends of Job mentioned in Job 2:11. They all agreed to meet up and comfort Job when they heard about “all the troubles that had come upon him.” A strong friendship and bond is depicted here, and those should be the basis of all youth groups, in and outside the meeting. The name itself is subtle and doesn’t necessarily imply religion or even a youth group. It rolls of the tongue, and implies something unique and elite.

Four ThirTeens

Similar to the “Three SixTeens”, this name is a play on Phillipians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” As one of the more well-known Bible verses, this will strike a chord among those both familiar and unfamiliar with the faith.


This name, which sounds similar to rock band Evanescence, is taken from Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” This name would also suggest (and, of course, guarantee) that the youth group will display similar support for the community’s children. It emanates a strong sense of community and existence.

Righteous Tent

This has the potential to be quite the memorable name. Kids would jump in excitement to head to this “Righteous Tent” based on Psalm 118:15: “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: ‘The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!’” Just like a tent itself, this youth group names implies inclusivity and welcome.

The Immovables

This grounded name is a reference to 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. […]” This name could also suggest that the youth will build strength in a faith, or at least the foundation for a capacity. The Immovables screams out that nothing can break the faith of its members.

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Safe Rest

Such an inviting name can be found in Job 11:18: “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” The youth of the community can feel at rest from the troubles of the world while putting one foot through the door to a life of spirituality. As far as youth group names go, this offers a sense of support as well as the basic drive for safety.

Tree of Life

Let your youth group stand as tall as a tree and offer sound advice taken from Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Just like our first idea for youth group names, Tree of Life offers a great match for outdoor activities. By contrast, its also a great name for an urban community where the desire to connect to spirituality through nature is strong.

All-Time Love

This name also sounds similar to a popular band, All-Time Low. Children love catchy references to pop culture! This is a reference to the verse Proverbs 17:17 (A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity) and promotes and encourages strong bonds and friendships with the group and each other.

Ends of the Earth

This name can be found in Isaiah 40:28 ([…] The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth), and states that God has created, and therefore knows everything. It could also refer to omnipresence. The name gives off a good vibe of frontier adventurousness and scouts. It sends the message that your youth group members are brave and ready to tackle obstacles and face any challenge.

Eagle Wing(s)

This name also comes from Isaiah 40, just a few spots down on verse 31. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary […]” An eagle generally symbolizes freedom, and a youth group generally offers a freedom to learn more about the faith, so it would be a fitting name. The eagle also represents strength through flight.

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The Purpose

This is based on Romans 8:28 ([…]God works for the good of those who […] have been called according to his purpose). Is there a purpose your youth group has for the youth? Absolutely. This name offers a real sense of meaning to match the goals of your organization. For those who are still seeking a righteous path in life, finding purpose will drive them forward.

The Inseparable

From Romans 8:38-39, which states that nothing in all existence is able to separate you from the love of God. Any youth group would do well to stress a point like this, and having it in the name is a smart way to go. Pushing forward the values of brotherhood and sisterhood are critical to youth, and applying this to your youth group name sets the standard.


This refers to 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. […]” There are some who join youth groups knowing parts of the faith, possessing the intent to learn more or gain clarification. Part of faith is also being able to reflect on one’s mistakes and learn how to improve. Reflecting is critical to becoming a better individual as well as a better leader.

New Compassions

This verse refers to Lamentations 3:22-23, which states that the Lord’s compassions “never fail” and “are new every morning.” This name serves as great day-to-day motivation, especially when it comes to keeping the youth engaged! Compassion is key not only to keeping your members, but to gaining new members.

Day By Day

Another verse that deals with renewal, 2: Corinthians 4:16 states that “outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” We all have our own struggles in life. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to make it through and be our best selves one day at a time.

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Root Love

This name can also be seen as a play on the phrase “Route Love,” which sounds like a road youth groups like to travel down. From Ephesians 3:17, which states that we are all “rooted and established in love.”

Keepers of the Command

Children and teens can take this name home with them, almost as if it were a new job title or responsibility. Followers of 1 John 3:22 “keep His commands and do what pleases Him.” When it comes to catchy youth group names, this one literally commands respect as well as significance.

Living Way

This can also be read as a street name or simply as in a way of living. From Hebrews 10:20, which states that “a new and living way opened up for us through the curtain […]”

Pure Joy

Any type of struggle should be met with pure joy, as it builds character (James 1:2-4). Happiness and positivity is critical when it comes to radiating warmth in youth groups and youth group names.

First 2 Last

God’s righteousness is one “by faith from first to last,” and the righteous should live by this faith (Romans 1:17).

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Firm Stance

This is also based on 1 Corinthians 15:58, which deals with standing firm and being immovable during “your labor in the Lord.” It is critical to hold your ground when it comes to your faith, so applying this to youth group names sends a strong message.

Good Thing Cling

Romans 12:9 says that we must “hate what is evil” and “cling to what is good”. When it comes to catchy names, you can’t go wrong with a good rhyme!


Love fulfills the law by doing no harm to a neighbor (Romans 13:10). On the same side of that coin is the power that spirituality and community faith adds to the fulfillment of our lives.

Patient Love

This is based on the popular verse/saying “Love is patient, love is kind.” A youth group exercises patient love daily (1 Corinthians 13:4). So too does leading a youth group, so for leaders and members alike, this name will serve as a positive reminder.

Autumn/Spring Rains

Autumn Rains or Spring Rains is both beautiful and inviting, and it is based on the rewards that came with complete love of the Lord (Deuteronomy 11:13-14).

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Youth groups act as the very life lessons they teach, written on the doorframes of their own buildings (Deuteronomy 11:20). The practice of writing biblical passages on the foundation of new buildings and structures is growing is making a resurgence. It could also reflect well in youth group names.

Seal of Love

The love of your youth group should be placed over the hearts of the youth, for “love is as strong as death” (Song of Songs 8:6).

Unto Others

This name is based on the Golden Rule itself, which is based on the Bible verse Luke 6:31. Unto Others sends a guiding message to your members as to how they ought to help their community and help each other.

Wise Walk

Children become who their friends are. May they choose the wise they might find in your youth group! (Proverbs 13:20).


Good people build up and strengthen good people, as iron does to iron (Proverbs 27:17). This is an extra catchy name for a youth group that centers on sports or martial arts as team building exercises.

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East From West

The Lord has “removed our transgressions from us” “as far as the east is from the west” May your youth group do the same to the youth of your community! (Psalm 103:12).


Like a bloodline, sincere faith runs in the family. A love of God must be generational (2 Timothy 1:5).


Youth groups should be blessed to have a “quiver” of children eager to learn more about the faith. They surely must be predestined to hit their mark (Psalm 127:3-5).


The love and knowledge the Lord gives us will spring up like water within us and give us eternal live. So should the teachings your group offers (John 4:14).

Covered By Love

We, as brothers and sisters, should care deeply for each other, because that love covers “a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

My Strength

This name simply states that the Lord is strength, and this will represent your own youth groups strength in what you teach (Psalm 18:1).

Did any of these catchy youth group names stand out to you? Perhaps you have an idea for an entirely new one? Post your ideas below if you have other suggestions or have used any of the names found on this list.

Either way, you are ready to give your youth group—and the youth—something to stand for.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do at a youth group?

Youth groups have multiple purposes, some of the most prominent being helping out other fellow youngsters, praising the Lord, and organizing charities. Most importantly, it’s a way for the young ones in a church to get to socialize with people within their own age group. For developing children and teens, having a healthy social group is one of the key factors in their optimum growth.

How do you start a youth group?

There are multiple ways you could try starting a youth group, but we’ll go through the most common advice for starting one. Running any organization can be a daunting task; but this is doubly so when the organization you’re running is comprised of young-adults. Keep this in mind when taking into consideration the following:

Set your goals: it is necessary to know from the very start what you will want to do with the youth group. Do you want to organize as volunteers to help the local homeless food service? Or maybe you want to simply organize some get-together events so that the group will get to know each other better. Or, why not make it all about talent? Have them sing and praise the Lord as a band whenever they get the occasion.

Have a meeting place: Just in case your church doesn’t have its doors open numerous hours per day, it’s a good idea to rent a place where your group can meet up and do its thing. While many rental places have high prices, you can usually get a better offer if you tell the owner that space will be used for a youth group. Some landlords are devout Christians and thus might offer a great discount if you state your business sincerely from the start.

75 Fun Things to Do with Kids During Lockdown

While we stay at home during the pandemic, we need to keep the kids entertained, ourselves sane, and everybody happy. Today, we have a fun list of 75 fun things to do with kids during the lockdown. We separated this guide in 2 parts – games and activities (some with a powerful educational and skill-development component) you can do indoors in your apartment or city home and outdoor adventures, games, and activities for the lucky ones who happen to also own a yard with their house.

We understand that during this time of restrictions and confusion you may not feel in the mood to play, but hear us out: many of these fun things to do in lockdown apply to adults as well. They are family-oriented activities requiring just a handful of supplies and you can turn many of them into new hobbies or out-of-the-box fun ideas to do on future rainy days. So let’s get started, shall we?

Indoor Fun Things to Do with Kids: Games and Activities to Spend the Lockdown (and Future Rainy Days)

As a parent, you probably know by now that this entire crisis with the pandemic and social isolation takes a huge toll on our physical and mental health. Adults have to deal with their own anxiety and depression issues while they have to keep an eye on their kids not to spiral out of control. On this list of indoor fun things to do with kids while in isolation at home you will find activities that are beneficial for children and adults alike, for the mind, spirit, and body. They help pass the time pleasurably, teach everybody something new, develop skills, and allow you to create an environment of safety, control, emotional health, bonding, and self-discovery. So let’s get down to having fun!

1. Board Games

One of the easiest and most versatile forms of couple or group entertainment of our times, board games address all people of all ages and interests. If you reserved a few Saturdays a month for board game nights with your friends, you know how fun things can be. Select the best and funnest board games to play in the family. Play competitive ones or collaborative ones. Go into complex strategies if you have to keep up the pace with your older kids (who probably play these games better than you) or select age-specific games to allow the little ones to shine.

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2. Play Games to Enhance Literacy Skills

When was the last time you played Scrabble? How is your vocabulary these days? If you want to keep your kids entertained while improving their literacy skills, we recommend you reserve an evening or a weekend for Scrabble, Super Sleuth, or Boggle. We also recommend Dixit – it may not tap into word creation per se, but it does prompt the use of words in connection to image processing. Such games boost kids’ storytelling skills, jog their memory, and foster the use of imagination.

3. Play Games to Enhance Math Skills

Ah, Math, and helping kids with their homework… Well, if you want to make Math fun for them (and for you), an assorted platter of Equate, Tri-Facta, or Math War may turn the daunting Math into something fun, relatable, and enjoyable. You can take advantage of this entire situation to polish your own calculus skills and help kids understand things in a smoother, funnier way. After all, learning through play is the best way of learning!

4. Puzzle Games

Puzzle Games

In the same vein of playing and developing cognitive skills, patience, and many other abilities, puzzle games are the best way to spend this social isolation period in an entertaining and educational manner. Puzzles go great for any age and interests. One of the best fun things to do with kids in lockdown, solving puzzles, and putting up together beautiful images is a family activity that can continue after this crisis is over.

5. Card Games

We are not talking about poker here, but about some of the best card games to play with children and family members. You can play all the good old-fashioned classic card games like Slapjack or Crazy Eights. Better yet, you can take things up a notch and consider trading card games like Magic the Gathering. Sure, Explosive Kittens is a party game for teenagers and adults, but you can order online any card game that everybody wants to try.

6. Lego

You saw this coming, didn’t you? If grownups are playing with their elaborate and expensive Lego sets, why wouldn’t kids? The kids in your home already have a few Lego sets and hundreds of pieces (you mostly step on), so setting up a “Lego session” for the entire family to enjoy should be a breeze. As fun things to do with kids in lockdown go, “picking the Legos off the floor and putting them back in their box” is also an educational activity.

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7. Playdoh

Play-Doh is an all time favorite, especially for younger kids who are into arts and crafts. The creative potential is endless and you can always order more supplies to pass the isolation time with flying colors!

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8. Make Some Slime at Home!

Some of the best science experiments for kids to perform at home include fun putty and making slime. You have countless options to make slime at home. The basic ingredients for slime or fun putty are glue, borax, water, a bowl, and a mixing tool. Food coloring and glitter also help 🙂

9. Pen and Paper Role Playing Games

All you need is a good storyteller and the basic books, rules, and sheets of pen and paper RPGs. Download all the materials online if you don’t have the means to buy books and beginner kits. You can try some Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and make a story long and intricate enough to keep the entire family entertained for weeks if not months. The longer the campaign, the better the quests, the thicker the plot, the most developed characters you will enjoy. There are many such RPG games requiring pens and papers, and you should try a few to engage the entire family in a magical atmosphere where everybody is a hero. The campaigns can continue long after this crisis is over, too.

10. Cosplay Contest

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A druid, an elf, and a superhero enter in a living room… Speaking of role playing games, don’t hold back! If you are going to spend a few weeks saving princesses, learning wisdom from witches, and battling monsters, you should immerse in the atmosphere completely. So dress up like the characters you play every time you start a new session with the Dungeon Master. If you are all into Comic Con, geek stuff, and superhero action movies, nobody can stop you from improvising costumes with items you already have in the house and organize a veritable costume contest. Enact favorite scenes from comics, TV shows, or movies, have the other family members play along (or act as “cosplay jury”) and turn dress-up into an act of art!

11. Painting

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Think watercolors, crayons, painting by numbers, contouring, color splashing, the works. It may be messy, but it is also fun and educational. If you have small kids that love drawing or using colors, make room in the kitchen and let them play to their strengths.

12. Pebble Art

If you want to up your ante or the kids’ levels of entertainment and skills, paint on pebbles or rocks you brought in the house last time you went shopping. Make sure the pebbles/rocks are clean (for safety, wash them in the bathroom and make sure you remove all dirt, debris, or mold). Choose river stones with flat smooth surfaces if you can and let the little ones paint faces, butterflies, flowers, etc. Organize an art exhibit once they finish their projects and put the best pieces on display for everybody to see.

13. Face Painting

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As a parent, we are sure you are more than happy to learn face painting to entertain the kids and help them with their “method acting” skills for the next role-playing game or costume party. Alternatively, you can help the kids learn how to face paint each other and have a bunch of superheroes, animals, fairies, and other magical creatures roaming around the house and making an adorable mess. These are the moments all of you will cherish in the future when you look back and reminisce about the fun things you did during the 2020 pandemic.

14. Theater Play

If your kids are into role-playing and dream of becoming stage superstars at the school annual play, offer them the chance to impress you. School is closed and it is not likely you will take them to the theater or to the movies any time soon. Allow them to select a story and stage a play for you. This will keep them busy with the decors, rehearse their parts, adjust the screenplay, fight, make up, and even send you official invites to the premiere. Theater play in the living room with their parents and siblings as the enthusiastic public can help the little ones overcome stage fright, own their personalities, discover new abilities, and, who knows, make some career plans! The older ones can even learn how to sew their own costumes and use the face painting skills to become their characters.

15. Hide-and-Seek

Adults are these serious beings, forever preoccupied with serious matters. Well, if this pandemic and social isolation situation taught us anything, it taught us to truly value the time we have now, remember the inner child we left behind so long ago, and seize the opportunity of letting go. There is no better way to pay tribute to childhood than a serious game of Hide-and-Seek in the apartment. Kids will love it and you will have the chance to remember those incredible times when life was about fun and play.

16. Charades

When was the last time you played Charades with your adult friends? Well, it is time to polish your skills and engage the young kids or your teenage children in a competitive game of Charades to spend a pleasurable evening or Saturday afternoon in the family. Charades, just like Mafia, make some of the best campfire games for adults (and society games in general), but you can adapt them to younger ages as well.

17. Build an Indoor Fort / Teepee

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Building an indoor fort is the most pleasurable and fun things to do in lockdown. An activity that engages the entire family, the fort, or indoor teepee will become a home inside the home that can host a wide range of activities. We will discuss them in a few moments.

  • Consider bed sheets, the couch, chairs, hiking poles, the tent sticks, pillows, blankets, and anything else you can find in the house.
  • Embellish the fort with Christmas lights and gather the houseplants around the teepee for a more exotic, jungle look.
  • Add pillows and blankets inside, a lamp that does not generate too much heat, a tray for drinks and snacks, and so on.
  • Building the fort is a fun activity in and out of itself, but is also a useful one, as the new “construction” can generate plenty of new ideas about what to do indoors during the lockdown.

18. Daily Story Time

Before this entire lockdown situation, many parents complained they did not have the time or the energy to read to their children. You can now make up for lost time reading a few pages or even a few chapters to the little ones. Use the above-mentioned fort or indoor tent you just built for a magical atmosphere of comfort and coziness.

19. The Bookathon for Older Kids

Few people – kids and teens included – have any more excuses not to read books. Sure, video games and the Internet come with their fair share of educational and entertainment value, but now it is time to go back to the old-fashioned timeless book. Either they enjoy paper books or ebooks, as long as they read everything is just fine. So plan a reading marathon for the older ones. By no means tap into school books.

Allow your children to expand their literary tastes beyond the realm of the curriculum. Talk to them about the books they would like to read, make a plan, and keep the score. A novel a week is easily doable. At the end of each challenge, take the time to discuss that particular book. Compare opinions, and invite other family members to your improvised weekly book club. Use the indoor fort as an incentive. There is nothing like reading a good novel in a teepee far from the maddening living room 🙂

20. Camp Inside the House

You already have a tent, so why don’t you step up your game and turn a weekend day into a camping day in the living room? It would go better outdoors, it is true, and if you have a back yard and a patch of green lawn, take advantage of it in full. However, you can create your camping site in a small apartment as well if you get creative with the decor. Prepare some finger foods and add the soundtrack (you can find on YouTube hours and hours of streams murmuring, nature sounds, or birds chirping). There are plenty of indoor activities to do with the kids, but indoor camping is pretty crazy, perfect to shake the daily routine!

21. Living Room Picnic

If organizing a camping day in the living room seems to be a bit too complicated, turn things down a notch and organize a picnic. Since now we all enjoy family time together and gather together for Sunday lunch or dinner, why not going out of the box for once? Organizing a picnic in the living room is very easy and allows you to trigger your kids’ imagination and interior design skills.

You know you can make an educational and fun moment out of anything, right?

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Place a duvet or a mattress on the floor, cover it with some blankets (green if you have, to mimic the green pastures of the picnic park), and add pillows for comfort. Finger foods, grilled chicken, lemonade, and other picnic-oriented dishes, light nature music in the background, and you have the perfect Sunday with the family!

22. Cook with the Kids

Cooking is a crucial independent life skill we should teach all our children from the youngest of ages. Do not make it a daunting educational moment, but a fun one. Cooking for the sheer pleasure of it is amazing. Just as it having a few helping hands around to help you with peeling vegetables, mixing in a bowl, or reading the steps of a recipe for you. It is messy, but it is fun, memorable, and very useful.

23. Bake a Cake with the Kids

Since you will be making their favorite cake, why not engage them in the process? It is going to get messier and messier as time goes by, but it will be the best cake or pie anyone of you have ever tasted. And, if you are planning a picnic in the living room, you cannot skip desert!

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24. Decorate Some Cupcakes

This activity requires some planning from your part, but you can get the kids involved with no problems. Do you know those tons of videos on how to decorate cupcakes in the craziest, most adorable ways possible? Pick a few and test them in your own kitchen. Your helpful and skilled sous-chefs can mix the colors in the frostings or be responsible for sprinkling the cupcake decorations over the freshly baked goodies. This activity is as messy as painting in the kitchen, but the results will be gorgeous, delicious, and memorable.

25. Organize a Movie Night

Of course, everybody watches movies and TV shows today, but offering your kids (and yourself) a true cinema experience in the comfort of your living room is another thing. Now that you cooked and baked and decorated cupcakes, all you need to do is pop some corn, bring a tray of refreshments, and pick a movie everybody wants to see!

26. Organize a Drive-In Cinema Experience

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Parents can sit on the couch. However, the kid can come to the drive-in cinema in the latest model of cardboard car you can build together. All you need is a large cardboard box, scissors, tape, and markers. Cut out the box to resemble a car, draw handles, decorate it, tape it together, and have the little one experience a joyful way of watching a movie. Did we mention that building the car together plays into the kid’s imagination and craft skills? Take the opportunity to teach a lesson about cars in general if you have a penchant for them!

27. Magic Carpet Ride

One of the most loved means of indoor transportation for little children is on daddy’s back or on daddy’s shoulders. However, how about mommy and daddy putting the kids on a carpet and dragging the carpet around the house? Consider this some sort of sleigh ride on the floor with a speck of Aladin’s magic and a welcomed indoor physical activity for adults. According to some of the parents we know, this is one of the best and fun things to do with kids – lockdown or not.

28. Create Your Family Tree

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You can spend a few afternoons during the lockdown creating your family tree. Print a sheet, add some family photos, discover connections, reminisce, and even teach kids a few things about genetics. A trip down the memory lane is a comforting exercise for adults as well. Gather materials and take the opportunity to call some family members you haven’t spoken to in a while to ask for information. Your kids will love this activity, as it will reveal more about who they are. If you have some fun or exciting family stories to tell, this is the right time!

29. Create a Family Album

In the tech-savvy world, we live in we almost forgot we, the adults, still have tons of printed photos in albums, envelopes, and boxes. Many of the kids today, used to smartphones and computers, have little knowledge of what classic photography was. Take an afternoon or more to put together a family album, talk about the people in the photos, reminisce about the moments captured by the camera, and bring the family closer by sharing memories.

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30. Teach Kids Photography

If you know your way with a camera – digital or otherwise – one of the best and most fun things to do in lockdown is to teach them everything you know about photography. Since children nowadays are all in favor of hi-tech, start taking photos with your phones and work your way up to DSLR settings, point of view, light, distances, focus, and more. As they grow older, your children will appreciate you for teaching them a useful and timeless skill.

31. Treasure Hunt

Write the clues on pieces of paper, hide them in the house in various places (and an apartment is a perfect place for such an activity), and send the kids from one room to the next in the search for the great prize. A good indoor treasure hunt should end with the discovery of an exciting “treasure”, be it a fresh cake for everybody to share or a new game for the whole family to play.

32. Scavenger Hunt

Naturally, the best scavenger hunts take place outdoors, but we have a few scavenger hunt ideas you can adapt to the indoor environment as well. Such activities are fantastic ways to shake off boredom, ignite kids’ imagination and cognitive skills, and even challenge you to become creative.

33. Listen to Some Fun and Educational Podcast Together

Online and homeschooling these days have their advantages and downsides. However, education is crucial at all times. One of the best ways to engage children in a learning session in a fun, relaxed, and playful method is to listen together to a bunch of educational podcasts. Many come with teaching resources, downloadable material, and attractive presentations adapted to all kids’ ages and interests. Here is a list of podcasts for children to inspire you, but remember that you will find dozens of such ideas online. Just pick the best topics for your children and enrich your knowledge together!

34. Visit Online Museums

In all honesty, we have to admit this year’s holiday plans kinda went down the drain. This does not mean you cannot still have some fun and immerse in culture and discovery from the comfort of your own couch. During the COVID-19 pandemic, famous museums in the world offer free virtual tours of their collections. It is an amazing opportunity for children and adults alike, as seeing the Louvre or the Hermitage with your own eyes or other great museums of the world is costly. You can spoil yourself and the kids with virtual tours of places you might have never dreamed of visiting in person.

35. Visit Other Interesting Sites Online

The truth is nothing beats the experience of visiting a national park, a museum, an amusement park, or a haunted house in person, but we have to adapt to the current situation. Here is a list of fun and free places to see online during the pandemic. Take this opportunity to make notes on places and things you might want to visit during your future vacations. After all, this pandemic is not going to last forever.

36. Make Invisible Ink

Yet another fun science experiment for kids to do at home, making invisible ink is fascinating even for adults. If you get things right, save a batch of ink for the next activity on this list of fun things to do during the lockdown!

37. Organize a Mystery Solving Party

Consider this a hybrid between a treasure hunt and a theme party. Everybody loves a solid whodunit mystery, so take your time and check out this guide on how to throw a detective-themed party. Adapt it to your situation and spend a few hours solving clues, discovering and interrogating suspects, investigate, laugh, have fun, and solve the crime! The invisible ink you already made comes in handy here.

38. Organize a DIY Music Concert

If one or some of your family members plays an instrument, you are all set. However, if you want to have some fun together (trying not to terribly disturb your neighbors), organize a music concert with “home” instruments you can find in the kitchen, such as spoons, pans, pots, lids, and more. You might want to wear some earplugs and make sure your neighbors do not complain (if you live in an apartment). If you live in a house, unleash the rock stars in your kids and put on a concert for the ages!

39. Build a Robot

You can start building a robot out of cardboard boxes and other items in the house, or you can take things up a notch and help the kids build one with Arduino boards and robot-building kits. The ones coming with technological backup will most likely move around the house for the enjoyment of the entire family.

40. Watch Online Tutorials and Take Free Lessons

Are your children showing interest in a certain topic or skill? Do they have drawing skills or writing skills or anything like that? Good, because you can watch tutorials together. For instance, Illustrator offers free drawing lessons for kids stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others offer online piano lessons, cooking lessons for children, financial education for kids, and more. You can take advantage of some of these classes as well!

41. Make Your Family’s Comic Book

It is one thing reading a comic book and quite another creating one! If one family member draws well and another is a natural-born storyteller, you can all engage in the creation of your family’s comic book. Daily adventures, mom and dad superheroes, your faithful furry pet companion (that now can finally speak), your favorite comic book villain and you have plenty of work on your plate!

42. Create Your Family’s Newspaper / Magazine

Is the creation of a comic book a bit too complicated? Challenge the children to put up the weekly family magazine. It can include drawings and photo collages, interviews with the parents and grandparents, the recipe of the week, the latest news, a top of last week’s favorite activities, suggestions of new activities for the next days, and more. It is a creative, educational, and quite challenging activity for children who show an interest in storytelling, journalism, and visual arts. Keep these magazines, as they will put a smile on your face and some tears in your eyes when you all grow older.

43. Learn Magic

Speaking of fun things to do with kids during the lockdown, there is no such thing as the proper way to learn magic. From card tricks to quirky attention diversion tricks, you and your kids can become true wizards and witches in the comfort of your homes. You can learn magic yourself just to entertain the kids while you are all stuck at home, or you can all learn something and practice together. We don’t recommend you replicate some of David Copperfield’s or Houdini’s more dangerous acts, but living room magic will make the little ones feel at Hogwarts.

44. House of Cards Contests

You play cards and you learn magic tricks with cards, so why wouldn’t you organize from time to time a house of cards contest? The one family member building the tallest and most complex house of cards that do not fall wins a prize!

45. Grow a Plant from Seed

Whoever has a green thumb in your family should lead the way when it comes to fun things to do during lockdown inside the house. Look for plants you can grow from seeds of fruits or vegetables you already have in the house. One of the easiest plants to grow is beans – all it takes is a bean, some gauze, and a cup of water.

However, for more elaborate balcony-gardening projects, you can grow a lemon tree from the seeds of a lemon you have in the fridge. Teaching children about growing plants and caring for them is important and useful. If you want to mix fun with utility, start growing herbs and spices. From chili peppers to parsley, thyme, or basil, you can grow almost all scented herbs you use in your kitchen, on a windowsill, or on the balcony. Take the game up a notch and recycle some items in the house to turn them into plant pots! How about turning an old pair of boots into a pot for plants?

46. Play the Recycle/Upcycle Game

While school teaches our children a lot of useful things, the formal academic environment misses out on teaching them some life notions and abilities. They become the parents’ responsibility. How to live sustainable lives is a lesson we can teach at home as fun games and activities to do during the lockdown and beyond. Teaching kids to recycle and upcycle regular household items is one of the most useful skills they will benefit from in the future. So for this particular life lesson and game you need broken or old objects, items that might surely end up in the trash bin, and stuff around the house you want to repurpose. It is a healthy and lucrative exercise for children and adults alike.

47. Learn Napkin Folding

As arts and crafts go, folding napkins in more ways than the traditional triangle one is a skill for the ages, especially for those family members who take cooking, plating, and fine dining seriously. There are countless online tutorials teaching you how to turn the common napkin into a work of art, so use them and learn something new!

48. Teach Kids How to Knit

If you know how to knit, try teaching your kids too! It may not be a life or survival skill, but it is fun and useful nonetheless. More than learning how to make a sweater or a winter scarf, knitting teaches people patience and understanding patterns. It is a calming activity that keeps the mind focused but relaxed. It also develops fine motor skills and attention to detail. You could all learn how to knit and challenge yourselves to make something wearable by the end of the social isolation period!

49. Teach Kids How to Sow

Now this is a skill that people need for their adult independent lives! You can start easy, teaching kids how to sow buttons and make knots and stitches, fix a seam, or patch a hole. If you have a sowing machine in the house, you can make the lessons more complex, teaching boys and girls how to fix zippers, upcycle old clothes into new ones, and even make clothes to wear.

50. Home Yoga for Kids

Kids have a lot of energy and being stuck in the house does not help at all. Just as it doesn’t help adults physically and mentally. Why don’t you try some yoga lessons in the living room together with the children? Yoga helps everybody understand mindfulness, relax, stretch a little, and unwind. It works great for kids as it instills both discipline and relaxation in a non-invasive manner. Physical activity is of utmost importance while in lockdown and Yoga is not a pretentious one. All you need is a mat and some videos. Achieving physical and psychological balance these days is crucial to make it through the pandemic without anxiety, depression, frustrations, or anger.

Outdoor Fun Things to Do with Kids: Games and Activities to Spend the Lockdown (and Future Sunny Days)

The lucky ones owning a back yard have a bit more freedom than those of us who are stuck in apartments in crowded cities. A patch of lawn and a hedge are enough to spend some free time enjoying the warm weather and breathing in some fresh air daily. For those living in matchbox studios, working from home on the house porch would be enough to declare ourselves happy, but those who already do this need other ideas on fun things to do during the lockdown.

Obviously, having lunch/dinner outside every other day, playing with the pets, and organizing a picnic from time to time in the back yard are among the easiest projects to implement these days. So let’s put our creative caps on and see other entertaining activities we can do outside with the kids without leaving the premises and preserving social distancing!

51. Outdoor Sports and Games

Don’t think about building a tennis court on your front lawn. However, consider physical activities, games, and sports along the lines of circle games and group games that require a bit of running and physical effort. The exercise is beneficial to all family members. You can engage in competitions or collaboration games, split into teams, and have some fun outside while you move your bodies and clear your heads.

52. Fairy-Garden Scavenger Hunt

This is a two-parter activity, starting with a backyard scavenger hunt. This time, challenge the kids to find items they can use for a fairy garden: pebbles, plants, flowers, decorations, scraps, etc. Make this collaborative game or a team effort. Building a fairy garden is a fun way to spend an afternoon outside with the family, so make sure everyone has something to do.

53. Build a Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens are the best way to engage kids of all ages in gardening and sustainability – especially because we encourage you to build them from scraps, upcycled and recycled household and garden items, and objects you do not use. Fairy gardens, in all truth, work best for very young children. The older ones can start their own flower or vegetable garden in a corner of the yard if they have a soft spot for growing things with their own hands.

54. Build a Bird Feeder

Did you see that pandemic viral picture of a picnic table built for a squirrel? Yes, the quarantine showed people have no limits when it comes to creativity. However, if working in wood for squirrels does not appeal to you, how about building some bird feeders for the feathered friends visiting your property? It is a good educational and skill-developing activity for kids, not to mention a fun one for the entire family!

55. Lawn Twister

You can play Twister in the living room, but it is more fun to do it on the lawn! Check out this guide on other lawn games to play in your yard during the lockdown and after! Start by painting the “Twister board” directly on the lawn with a grass-friendly spray that washes away next time you water the turf and have a full afternoon of twisting and laughing!

56. Potato Sack Race

Mixing physical activities with competition and prizes? Yes, please! This is one of the most challenging outdoor and lawn games and activities for kids and all you need are some sacks we are sure you have around in the garden shed.

58. Obstacle Course Race

Keeping the entire family moving outside, consuming excess energy, relieve anxiety and frustrations, and getting as much fresh air as you can is an easy achievement if you consider mixing in some obstacle course race ideas with potato sack competitions and other lawn games. Here are some obstacle course ideas for adults, but you can easily adapt them to your kids as well!

59. Hopscotch on the Porch or Driveway

For a second, we thought of including hopscotch as an indoor activity, but your neighbors downstairs would not agree with us or with you. So we moved hopscotch into the category of the outdoor fun things to do in lockdown. A piece of chalk and the pavement in front or in the back of your house should solve this issue. However, if you don’t want to let the kids play on the driveway, paint the hopscotch on the porch with a washable paint or “draw” the lines with a roll of tape. You can also use an eco-friendly spray paint for the lawn. Anyway, hopscotch is a fun childhood game that keeps kids entertained for hours. If you were good at it back in your day, enter the game yourself and show them how it’s done!

60. Make a Volcano!

You could, in theory, make a volcano in the bathroom sink or bathtub, but you would not like the messiness. So learn how to make a DIY volcano as a home science experiment for kids of all ages. The older ones interested in science and chemistry in particular will have a field day with this! The back yard or the house porch is ideal for this fun and educational activity!

61. Pinata Party in the Garden

A Pinata party in the garden is a family project with all the trimmings, especially if you build the pinata yourselves. You can use cardboard, paper mâché, colored tissues, a clay pot, and more. Fill it with treats and toys, put on some fun music (on a decent volume as you don’t want to disturb the neighbors), have a snack, and hit that pinata for a fun garden party you will all remember!

62. Bird Watching

What you need for this relaxed and educational back yard activity with the kids is a blanket and the best pair of binoculars for bird watching and nature observations. If you want to turn this game into an educational moment, take some notebooks and pens, write down all the birds you see, make a sheet for each of them, take their photo if you can, and learn some biology between two laughs.

63. Flying Drones

As long as you do not disturb your neighbors and you do not invade anyone’s privacy, you and the kids can play with the drone and have a unique view on things around the house or neighborhood. Some drones for beginners have excellent flying potential, but if you have one with field-of-view camera and first-person view transmission, make sure you don’t break any laws!

64. Backyard Mini-Golf

If you have a mini-golf set in the house or you are willing to build a mini-golf course from scratch in the back yard, now it’s the perfect time! Since there are golf sets to install in corporate offices, we are sure you can handle things when it comes to your own lawn. All you need to do is polish your special, secret golf skills, tricks, and hacks and give your kids a good run for their money!

65. Camp Around the Fire

As we said, it is not likely we will go on vacations any time soon, but this does not mean we cannot welcome the spirit of vacation on our porch or patio! If you have an outdoor fireplace you are all set! Spend an evening outside by the fire, even make some marshmallows, sing some songs, gaze at the stars, tell scary stories, tell jokes, laugh, and warm up your hearts!

66. Astronomy and Star Gazing

Using a telescope for kids – as we just mentioned star gazing above – is the best way to teach them science, open their minds about the universe and challenge them to discover the mysteries of the sky. You can use the telescope from a city apartment, sure, but having a back yard for your astronomical observations and scientific debates is ten times better. There is not enough engaging science taught in school, so fix this problem by introducing the kids to one of the greatest questions of all times: what is out there?

67. Microscope Studies

If the kids in your family are science buffs, a microscope and a table in the back yard is all they need. Some kids started looking at the intricate microscopical construction of a leaf and ended up one of the brilliant doctors we praise today. Just like some love to look at the greatness above us and wonder about the outer space, others love to look at the tiniest building blocks of our existence and find answers there. Nevertheless, performing microscope studies on plants and insects they find in the yard with the help of a powerful microscope for kids may be the best gift you can offer your children during this pandemic.

68. Lawn Scrabble

Playing Scrabble in the house is one thing, but cutting carboard or wood pieces, writing letters on them with thick markers, and turning the lawn into a giant Scrabble board is quite another! The rules are the same. The hardest part is to create the actual board, but we do recommend a tablecloth. Such a DIY project can keep you busy for days. When everything is into place, keep the conversation going on your patio!

69. Ring Toss Game

This classic carnival game goes great in your back yard. You need some bottles, a crate, and some rings. Parents turn the game into a quick fun Math lesson as they encourage the kids to keep their own scores.

70. DIY Outdoor Chess/Checkers Table

You don’t need a pandemic to practice your chess or checkers strategies. However, since we are in lockdown and we already discussed it is important to recycle and upcycle old items, let’s see how you can turn a game of chess into a fun outdoor activity with the kids.

  • Find an old outdoor table you want to turn into a chessboard;
  • Fix it, paint it, and polish it nicely;
  • Paint the chessboard directly on the surface of the table;
  • Set the table on the porch as an invitation for all players to take their chances against you or the most skilled member of the family.

We all know you can’t play a mean game of chess or checkers without the proper set. In fact, it is one of those fun things to do with kids outside with or without a lockdown. Refurbishing an entire table to meet your competitive needs is an outdoor activity that mixes craft with family fun. It is also a lucrative endeavor, as you will have this chess table for the years to come!

71. Yard Yahtzee

Yahtzee is one of those fun things to do with kids that are timeless. All you need is a plastic bucket you can find anywhere around the house. Use a Sharpie to make dots on wooden cubes and keep the score for everyone to see! A giant lawn Yahtzee game works perfectly during the lockdown and way after!

72. Recycle Bottle Bowling

Do you have some plastic water bottles around? A tennis ball lying around somewhere? The you are all set! You don’t need to craft a bowling set in wood or other materials when you can reuse plastic or even glass bottles. The tennis ball is not quite a bowling ball, but hey, outdoor games for the lockdown should be challenging, shouldn’t they?

73. Giant Lawn Jenga

Speaking od recycling and reusing, what do you do exactly with those unused wood pallets you keep? How about taking a saw and some wood polish and turn them into Jenga blocks? Just make sue they all have exactly the same dimensions! If you want a clearer picture of how to make Jenga blocks of wood scraps, check out the video below!

74. The Kubb Lawn Game

Remember your own childhood with this all time classic lawn game! You can make the Kubb pieces on your own if you have the patience and the skills or you can order them online. Few kids nowadays know how to play Kubb, so this is where you come in! Did you forget yourself? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

75. Play With Water

Summer is coming and water games are the surefire way to tame the heat that is upon us. Water games can take a variety of forms, from a good old fashioned water pistol fight to installing an inflatable pool in the back yard. Check out this guide on the best water games to play at the beach or in your garden and beat the scorching sun! Put some ideas aside for those sunny days after the crisis is over too!

Bottom Line

This was our list of fun things to do with kids in lockdown! We are sure you already tried some, so feel free to tell us which are your favorite activities for indoor and outdoor entertainment. Also, complete our list with your own ideas and ask us for more guides and suggestions! Stay home, stay safe, and live life to the fullest!

Tips for Your Lunch: Stay Healthy and Pack!

Eat Lunch or Skip It?

Do not skip it; eat lunch!

If you think skipping lunch will help you lose weight, your thinking is on the wrong track. Skipping lunch can potentially lead to weight gain. When your stomach is empty, your brain lets your cells know to conserve energy — thereby slowing down your metabolism.

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, author of “The Blood Sugar Solution,” says that eating triggers a process called thermogenesis. This process lets the brain know to activate the metabolic process of turning food into energy.

To keep your metabolism working at the highest efficiency, Dr. Hyman recommends eating small meals every three to four hours. Not only will that keep your metabolism working, but it will also keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Normal blood sugar levels mean your brain is getting the glucose it needs to run efficiently. And you won’t be irritable, tired, fatigued, or hangry.

Another negative of skipping lunch is that you are more likely to hit the vending machine around mid-afternoon. And there’s nothing nutritional or low-calorie in those machines.

So eat your lunch, you, and everyone you work with will be happier.

Pack It or Eat Out?

So, now that we know we shouldn’t skip lunch, we have to decide if we’re going to pack a lunch or eat out.

We don’t have to tell you that it’s more expensive to eat out, but have you ever added up what it does cost to eat out for lunch?

If you eat at a drive-through fast-food restaurant, you’re going to spend about $6. If you go to a national chain and have a sit-down full-service lunch, you’re going to spend about $20.

So, let’s say you do the drive-through for four days and treat yourself once a week. That’s going to total almost $3,000 for the year. Egads! That’s a chunk of change for most of us. And that doesn’t include the gas to drive there.

But the effects on your health could be more costly. Partly because you’re more likely to overeat when dining out and not even realize you’re doing it.

Here’s a good example you’ll recognize. We went out to dinner at our local Mexican restaurant the other night with a friend. And you know the drill, as they seat you, they also seat that big basket of chips and salsa on the table. And they do it for lunch too.

Of course, we immediately started munching those chips and salsa. The three of us mindlessly ate that entire basket of chips while catching up on gossip. Then dinner arrived, a large plate overflowing with yummy food.

A dinner chock full of too many calories, fat, sodium, preservatives, probably some genetically modified foods, and who knows what else.

We don’t need to go any further. Be healthy, save money, and pack your lunch.

What and How to Pack Your Lunch

You can always quickly throw something into your lunch box in the morning. Or you could give a little thought to tomorrow’s lunch before you head to bed.

But even better, think about what you’d like for lunch while you’re grocery shopping for the week. Then set aside about an hour on a Sunday afternoon or evening to pack a week’s worth of healthy lunches and snacks. Seriously, with a little thought and planning, that’s all the time it will take.

If you plan on packing sandwiches, it’s best to prepare them the morning of or the night before. But go ahead and portion everything out on Sunday, so it’s at the ready. Then it will only take you a minute to throw that sandwich together.

And a trick to help keep your bread from getting soggy is to spread a thin layer of low-fat mayo or mustard on both slices of bread.

If you’re going to have lettuce and tomatoes or pickles on your sandwich, pack them separately and place them on your sandwich right before you eat. Do the same with any salads, like tuna or chicken.

Green leafy salads with veggies are always a good idea but don’t mix in the dressing, unless you’re like me and sometimes enjoy a soggy salad. An excellent way to pack a veggie salad is to use a mason jar.

Put your dressing in the jar first, then add some chopped veggies, like tomatoes, celery, peppers, or carrots. Then put in your lettuce, and if you want some croutons, put them in last. Close up the jar and store in the fridge. You can prep a full weeks worth of salads this way.

Leftovers are always an excellent choice, but we’ll address that in a minute.

Unless you pick number 7 on our list of best lunch boxes for men, you’ll need to purchase something to hold the food you’re going to pack. And you’ll want to get some ice packs as well.

If you’re going for convenience, stock up on disposable sandwich and snack bags, although you’ll find reusable bags available too.

Reusable containers will cost less in the long run and are better for the environment. Plus they’ll give you more flexibility in the types of food you can pack, especially if you get containers that are freezer and microwave-safe.

Get a variety of sizes, some large enough for an entree, and some smaller for a veggie side or dessert. And if you like soup or chili on those cold winter days, get an insulated mug.

And don’t forget that snacks, sauces, and dips need containers too. You could spend an entire afternoon online looking at all the possibilities to include in any of our best lunch boxes for men.


I’m fortunate because the man in my life loves leftovers. He’d be perfectly content eating leftovers for lunch every day. But I know he’s not the norm, and I’ll leave it at that.

But just because you or the man in your life doesn’t want to eat tonight’s leftovers for lunch tomorrow, doesn’t mean you can’t pack them for lunch. Portion them out and freeze them in microwave-safe containers.

Next week, pull it out of the freezer the night before, or even in the morning. By lunchtime, it will be ready for the microwave — a nutritional, delicious, healthy meal at no extra cost.

Healthy snack options

Here’s where packing best lunch boxes for men checks all the boxes and shines. Say bye-bye vending machine with your expensive non-healthy goodies.

Fill a small snack container with some almonds or walnuts. Both are chock full of health benefits and will keep the body at peak performance all afternoon.

Some sliced veggies with some low-fat dip or peanut butter make a great afternoon pick-me-up. And don’t forget some fresh fruit. Pack an apple, orange, banana, or put some grapes in one of those snack containers.

If you’re watching your carbs and could use some more protein, roll up a slice or two of roast beef or turkey. Or pack some cheese cubes.

Keeping up with Yourself: Staying Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle

How often do you think to yourself, “I’ve got to eat better,” “I’ve got to get out and exercise more often,” or “I really should be drinking more water”?

Chances are it’s more than you’re comfortable with, and for good reason: Americans work anywhere from 44 to 50 hours per week, leaving us precious little time to cook, shop, exercise, and still maintain relationships with our friends and family. 

But every time that little voice in your head chirps an “I oughtta,” you should listen to it, because when you’re the busiest is exactly when you need to consider your health all the more carefully.

If that sounds impossible, don’t worry – there are a few ways to do this.

For one, it’s absolutely crucial to establish a routine. Part of why we don’t fit healthy practices like eating full meals, resting, and exercising is because all we can focus on is what’s on our to-do lists. But by snatching a quick ten or twenty minutes here or there, you can easily fit in a few healthy practices here and there. 

You can probably manage it today, but the key is to keep it up. Set aside the 15 minutes after your lunch break for stretching and breathing. Wake up ten minutes earlier to avoid feeling so rushed. Pre-cook meals at the weekend so you don’t leave yourself any excuse to dash out to the nearest fast food joint.

The consequences of overlooking your health and overworking include excess weight, hypertension, stress and depression, exhaustion, and even shortened lifespans.

It may be a little daunting, but you’re going to have to get creative, and you’re going to have to discipline yourself.

Take sleep, for example. One 2018 study found that nearly a third (32.9%) of US Americans got fewer than six hours of sleep per night. Much of that can be attributed to economic conditions, but it’s also important to note that people are pushed, and push themselves, harder than they have for decades. So the next time you feel like you just can’t leave that file for the office the next day or those figures have to be crunched or those materials have to be prepped, just remember this: there’s always tomorrow, and your health comes first.

Try setting yourself an absolute hard deadline for sleep. Chances are you’ll miss it once or twice to begin with, but the more you keep at it, the easier and more natural it will feel, and your body will thank you for it. 

Exercises, too, can become a force of habit if you incorporate them into your day. Try standing at work instead of sitting, or do lunges now and then, or take a walk while you make phone calls.

And of course, avoid snacks and too many long evenings on the couch. The biggest temptation can be to just collapse after a long day, but if you take the time and make the effort to put half an hour into a simple dinner or to go for a jog, you’ll be thanking yourself for years to come.

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