Whether you're choosing to keep your children at home or out of other options since schools and daycares are closed, let's face it: you'll need to keep them entertained. PAW Patrol episodes can only keep them busy and engaged for so long, and I definitely wouldn't resort to blaring Peppa Pig's voice through the house.
There are all kinds of online programs, virtual museum tours and STEM games the kiddos can try out, but sometimes, you just need a break from screens. Luckily, stores across the country are holding sales on books, toys, games and other things you can turn to whenever someone inevitably says "I'm booored."
In their statement addressing new COVID-19 protocols, Toys R Us announced plans to sell what they call "Stay at Home Play Packs." I had no idea what that meant at first, but the Play Packs are finally available online! There are three to choose from, and each bundle consists of at least $141.88 worth of toys – all for $99.95.
The Family Fun Pack gives you the most bang for your buck, since it's packed with $154.94 worth of games, building sets and craft kits you can all play or work on together. I especially love that it comes with a ring toss game, but the pièce de résistance is the included LEGO Creator Townhouse Toy Store!
If you have kids who love to build and create things, look no further than the Big Imaginations Fun Pack. It comes with different kinds of blocks, modelling dough, a game and art supplies valued at $147.94.
And last but not least, there's the Little Hands Fun Pack, which I think is perfect if you're looking for the most variety. It includes things that will get the kids on their feet and then back at the crafts table to make Play-Doh pizzas, block towers, decorated pebbles and more. It's valued at $141.88 and includes a basketball hoop!
All three kits are still in stock and will either ship to your door for FREE, or you can arrange for in-store pickup. That policy might change as more malls and box stores are closing, but it's still an option right now.