Elizabeth Rovit, a 23-year-old PhD student and experienced camper, was very proud to host an Olympic Games Day for her family this year.
“It’s just a fun family competition,” Ms. Rovit announced as she spoke to the other teams (her parents and two younger siblings) during the opening ceremony at her home in Short Hills, New Jersey. “Each person for themselves during the games, but we all live under one roof, so we leave it outside at the end of the day.”
Ms. Rovit then handed each player a white candle across the board. Let the games begin.
Keep it safe.
To avoid injuries, safety should come first. “For younger children, parents need to set safety rules and ensure that children run with their heads raised to see where they’re going, shoes are tied, and the area is protected from obstacles,” said Jesse Corben, a sports teacher for the Hewlett-Woodmere school district Long Island.
Most games can be played on grass and with special care on a paved driveway. If in doubt, wear a mask and have a first aid kit ready just in case.
With the corona virus, beware of activities that require physical removal, especially if your Olympics include non-family members. When Jaime Schechter, also from Short Hills, organized a birthday party for her 7-year-old son Blake, she organized certain games so that children did not have to interact closely with each other. For the three-legged season, each boy teamed up with his mother.
“It was a great way to reconnect to simple activities and avoid close contact,” said Ms. Schechter.