Over the last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced various precautions and statewide measures to combat the COVID-19 health crisis.
This includes the closure of all sit-down dining in restaurants and bars, movie theaters, gyms, and more.
Elementary, middle, and high schools across Long Island are closed, which means kids are stuck inside and parents are figuring out how to keep them entertained.
GreaterLongIsland took to social media to ask local businesses and community members what kid-friendly activities are being offered to families during this social-distancing period.
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Make a pizza at home
A couple of Long Island pizza places are selling home-made pizza kits in an effort to make dinner into a fun activity. This includes The Slice of Bay Shore, Donatina Neapolitan Pizza Café in Patchogue, and Gino’s Pizzeria in Ronkonkoma.
Visit their Instagram pages for more details:
Have a family paint party
Pinot’s Palette in Bay Shore is offering curbside paint kits so families can bring creativity to their homes. The studio provides the paint, canvas, and instructions on how to create your masterpiece.
Bring gardening indoors
Spring has sprung and Hitch LI in Babylon Village is selling and shipping home-growing kits, which includes a mini-greenhouse, seeds, soil, and other gardening essentials. A fun, educational activity for the whole family.
Go on a “bear hunt” in the neighborhood
The Bay Shore Brightwaters Summit Council is hosting a week-long event based on the children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”
The 30-year-old story is being brought to life by community members. Homeowners and Main Street businesses are encouraged to place teddy bears or a stuffed animal in their window. On a warm, sunny day, families can take their kids outside and go on a “hunt” throughout the participating neighborhood. The event ends on March 30th at 6 p.m.
Pick up a free PB&J for lunch
Even though schools are closed, kids are still receiving homework and are expected to continue learning — and with schoolwork comes a lunch break. Local Burger in Patchogue and Bay Shore is offering free PB&Js for kids in need who attend these school districts.
KiDS NEED MoRE Virtual Camp
KiDS NEED MoRE is a Long Island-based non-profit organization for families battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Its Virtual Camp sessions allow kids to video chat with their favorite Super Heroes and Disney princesses. They can also enjoy cooking classes animal pose yoga, Saturday Night Live with teens, scavenger hunts, and more.
Families may sign up for virtual camp sessions by clicking here.
Get crafty with the family
Sayville’s popular do-it-yourself craft studio Hammer & Stain is offering kits for couples, families and friends to enjoy together. They’re even offering curbside kit pickup at their 15 Main Street location.
See the kits in the Instagram post below: