It can be really tough for kids who are undergoing cancer treatment to have to miss out on regular childhood experiences their peers are having.
Fortunately, there are ways to make sure these kids don’t miss out on having fun with their families—even if they have to stay at home because treatment has weakened their immune system.
For childhood cancer patients who can’t leave the house, here are 4 family fun activities that everyone can enjoy.
1. Take A Virtual Vacation.
Some of the coolest places in the world are accessible online in the form of virtual tours.
If you’re able to hook up your laptop or tablet to your TV, the whole family can explore these sites together.
A few of the cooler virtual tours include:
- The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Online tours are available in both desktop and mobile-friendly formats.
- The Louvre: You don’t need a passport to explore this Paris museum’s exhibitions and galleries online.
- The Google Cultural Institute’s World Wonders: This feature brings world heritage sites right to your living room.
- Google Earth’s tour of the moon: This is great for kids who have their sights set out of this world.
2. Watch A Movie.
There are lots of ways to turn watching a movie in your living room into an unforgettable experience.
Make sure to stock up on snacks and get comfy before settling in to watch.
Put a fun twist on a movie marathon by picking a theme and letting each person in your family choose a movie that fits the theme.
If your kids insist on watching the same movies over and over again, you can make it into a game by coming up with trivia questions while you’re watching. After the screening is over, you can test their knowledge.
You can even turn your living room into a drive-in theater.
You and your kids can decorate large cardboard boxes to turn them into cars. Add a few pillows and blankets inside, and park them up in front of the screen.
3. Camp Out In Your Living Room.
With a few creative adjustments, you can bring the great outdoors indoors. Kick off your camping adventure with an indoor scavenger hunt, complete with treasure map.
When hunger hits, classic campfire snacks like hot dogs or s’mores can easily be adapted for indoor cooking.
And once the sun goes down, you can turn on your flashlights or battery-powered lanterns and take turns telling ghost stories.
If building an indoor tent out of blankets isn’t feasible, your kids can sleep under the stars: Sticking glow-in-the-dark star decals on the walls of your living room gives it a more authentic outdoorsy feel.
4. Create An At-Home Carnival.
If you’re feeling crafty, many classic carnival games can be re-created for indoor fun using basic—and inexpensive—supplies.
Cut different sized holes in the side of a cardboard box. Assign point values to each hole, and have your children take turns tossing beanbags into the holes.
Lucky Duck Pond
Fill a small kiddie pool with a few inches of water. Put several rubber ducks—including one with a star on the underside—in the pool. Have your kids guess which duck is the lucky one.
Attach an indoor basketball hoop to a door in your house and let your kids see how many baskets they can make. Just be sure to use a softer ball—like a beach ball—to avoid any potential damage.
To make the experience even more authentic, you can award tickets for each of the games that your children can redeem for prizes.
If you don’t consider yourself particularly crafty or creative, don’t stress. Remember that the goal is to keep your child from missing out on quality time with your family—and that’s something you can do no matter what materials you have on hand.