The best way for parents to combat this anxious time is to enjoy some silly time.

“Playing with your kid is one of the best things you can do right now — for them and for you,” said Melanie Trimble, a Columbia-based drama therapist and former trauma specialist.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has closed schools, postponed festive events and limited large gatherings. With families spending more time inside their homes, Trimble said a great way to relieve the COVID-19 anxiety — and have good conversations about the virus — is to make sure to have fun with your children.

Get on the floor, she said. Be silly. Laugh. Talk in silly voices. Make puppets act goofy. Put away your phone.

Guinness World Records

Kids looking to stay active while spending most of the time indoors won’t have to leave their homes to attempt to become record holders.

Guinness World Records has started a #GWRChallenge, a weekly event that it hosts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. A new title holder will be named each week.

Every week kids will have a chance to get their names in the record books.


The novel coronavirus isn’t stopping the city of Hardeeville from making sure kids have fun during Easter weekend.

The parks and recreation department will host a virtual egg hunt at noon Saturday, April 11.


The Beaufort County School District is staying creative to inform the public during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The statewide school closure mandate did not prevent Red Cedar Elementary in Bluffton from holding its student recognition assembly, but instead of holding the assembly at the school as usual, RCES broadcast the event on Facebook Live. 

Free Meals2

At Red Cedar Elementary School one recent morning, families who came to pick up free breakfasts and lunches being offered by Beaufort County School District got more than just food.

The students who received the meals were the focus of loving attention and a reminder about the importance of academics from teachers and staff who volunteered their time. Wearing gloves and smiles, the volunteers asked each parent how many children were in the car.