Parents are coming up with some incredibly creative ways to keep their kids entertained while stuck at home during quarantine.
Lara and Harv Barenz from Salt Lake City, Utah had planned to take their three children to Disneyland earlier this month when the theme parks shut down due to the pandemic.
But using just an old diaper box, a TV screen, and a bit of ingenuity, Harv still managed to get the kids to Disney, creating a makeshift ‘rollercoaster’ in their living room.
Family time: Lara and Harv Barenz from Salt Lake City, Utah had planned to take their three children to Disneyland earlier this month when the theme parks shut down due to the pandemic
Bummer: When they had to cancel the trip, Harv got created to make some fun for their children
Lara posed a video of Harv giving their five-year-old son James the ride of his life on Reddit.
He’s set up a POV video of the ride Splash Mountain on their television, then sat directly in front of it with James in an empty diaper box on his lap.
As the ride climbed to the top of the big ‘mountain’ at the end of the ride, Harv jiggled his legs to make the box move. At the top, he dipped the box forward, shaking it to make James feel like he was really on the ride.
And at the end — when rider splash into water at the bottom and get wet — he sprayed his son repeatedly with a spray bottle of water.
‘My husband had seen something like this on Reddit with just a regular roller coaster and so he decided to re-create it with Disney rides as a way to cheer us all up,’ Lara told PopSugar.
Wishing they were there: The real Splash Mountain is one of Disney’s most iconic rides
Fun! He put five-year-old son James in an empty box in front of a POV video of the ride on the television. Harv jiggled the box to make the ride feel real, then splashed his son at the end
More where this came from! Lara said he did versions of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and Epcot’s Frozen Ever After ride with all three kids
‘We all are huge Disney fans and were supposed to go to Disneyland at the beginning of the month before it shut down,’ she went on.
She added that Harv actually recreated several different rides over the course of a couple days to keep the kids having fun.
Some choices included Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and Epcot’s Frozen Ever After ride.
James got to have some fun on the makeshift rides, as did their three-year-old daughter Ella and one-year-old son Thomas.
‘[It was] a great way to entertain [the kids] for a while when there isn’t much else to do. Although, maybe a bit tiring for my husband,’ she said.
‘We’re all just doing the best we can with the circumstances given. It’s a hard time for everyone right now. However, with a little creativity and a little bit of magic you can turn a sad moment into a happy one!’
Having a blast! Another dad from Fort Worth, Texas did something similar with his daughter
Woohoo! He put his daughter in a hamper in front of the same POV video and also splashed her with water
Other parents have tried some similar tactics in their own homes.
In another video that’s going viral on social media, a dad from Fort Worth, Texas is seen using the same Splash Mountain POV video for his daughter’s faux-rollercoaster.
She sits on a table in front of him inside a laundry basket, and he tips and jiggles the basket as the ride progresses — and finishes off with a water bottle spritz of his own.
Like Lara and Harv’s son, the little girl seems to be having a blast, and yells as she wooshes down the big mountain.
It’s not just for kids, either: One grown man on Reddit tried a version of it himself, watching the POV video and having someone throw a cup of water in his face at the bottom.