Hey parents: We know you're discussing literature and algebra while you quarantine and homeschool simultaneously, so we've compiled a few great ideas for your use - you're not in this alone!

Photo Credit: To the adorable tot @_thechristianway.

P.S. We're also included an at-home drink recipe to keep all our parents out there enjoying quarantine!

Field Trip, Anyone?

The weather is perfect so take a break (we know you need one) and plan a wildlife field trip with a packed picnic lunch. 

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park: See ya later alligator. Staying six-feet apart right now is smart but there's nothing stopping you from looking at wildlife up close and personal. Grab a camera and a sketchbook and have a drawing contest for all the animals you spot. Pro Tip: We do advise staying six-feet away from those gators!

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area: Time to stretch those legs and incorporate a bit of P.E. into your day! Take a hike as a family on the canal and design some sprinting exercises for the kids. 

Take virtual field trips to anywhere in Georgia, by using Georgia Public Broadcasting's resources for each grade level. Local school systems are offering distance learning that provides FREE resources for all your homeschooling needs (you're not alone in this). 

Pro Tip: Have your kids collect leaves and flowers to take home for scrapbooking and drawing - can you say science field trip? 

Get Creative 

Augusta Greenjackets: Have a few mini sports fans in your family? Grab the crayons and have them download, design and color an Augusta Greenjackets jersey and submit their creation to the local team on Facebook. 

Morris Museum of Art: This attraction might be temporarily closed but they're offering FREE resources on their educational blog. This includes coloring sheets, still-life drawing at home, and a free online digital library.

Pro Tip: Take a drive around downtown Augusta to catch a few of our favorite murals, including the Happy mural located at Tire City Potters

Mac-n-Cheese Please 

We totally understand that you'd rather just order takeout at the end of each day while you are at-home, plowing through algebra courses. We've compiled a list of local restaurants that offer family meal packages and allow you to get off your feet AND support our local businesses. 

Fat Man's Mill Cafe: Big family? We feel ya. This local group is offering catering services available for pickup or delivery that will feed SEVEN guests. Get dinner ready for tonight by calling 706.394.2985 or by visiting their website. Follow the fat man on Instagram (@fatmanscafe).

Frog & the Hen: Sweet tea and fried chicken to-go? You'll be the star of the family if you bring home this delicious bundle. For all you parents out there, add on a bottle of the bubbly to your fried chicken family meal for $15. Specialty order: For a limited time, this local restaurant will be offering a creamy short rib penne with roasted tomatoes and mushrooms for $25 - ready for pickup with their handy drive-thru window. Visit their website to start your order and follow the sauce on Instagram (@frogandthehen). 

Pizza Joint: Who doesn't love pizza? Order the kid-approved pie with extra pepperonis tonight by calling 706.774.0037. 

Wifesaver: Fried chicken and mac-n-cheese? Yes, please! Bring home a little southern comfort food with this long-time local favorite. They're offering meals that will feed a family of four, all from the comforts of drive-thru pickup. Visit their website to get your chicken in the frier and follow the this life saver on Instagram (@wifesaver). 

Due to growing health concerns, all restaurants have been mandated by the State of Georgia to close their dining facilities. For local businesses offering curbside pickup or delivery services, check out our list here

ProTip: All of these local restaurants have drive-thru or curbside pickup available! 

The Lunchbox 

We've whipped up a local craft cocktail for you to enjoy from the comforts of your couch after a long day of homeschooling. We're calling this one The Lunchbox for all the parents out there drowning in algebra. Here's how to make it: 

  • 6-ounces of Capri Sun or fruit juice for that Vitamin C immunity boost 
  • 1-ounce of vodka - we suggest using 2nd City Distilling Co. or Fruitland Vodka
  • Coat rim of the glass with ½ to ¾ ounces of simple syrup and dip into animal cracker crumble (we used about six animal crackers)
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwich square to garnish