With kids and parents hunkering down at home, restlessness is on the rise. And that can be tough for the whole crew. Ease the cabin fever while staying safe at home. From storytime and science fun to a new twist on yoga, the Olympia region offers loads of online activities and entertainment to keep family spirits up and kids’ brains buzzing.
Check out Dr. Science
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean Dr. Science is taking a break. The Hands On Children’s Museum’s resident rock star of the science world brings his special brand of cool via video songs, stories and science experiments. Dr. Science videos are part of a series designed to bring Hands On 2U@Home, which also includes weekly storytime. Visit the museum’s Facebook page for more info.
Tune into a concert
Nothing rejuvenates like music, and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra is making sure you get an ample dose of the good stuff. Gather the family ‘round Facebook Sundays to listen to a broadcast of a past concert, and tune in weekly for “Tuesday Huwsdays” when music director Huw Edwards spotlights some of his favorite orchestral pieces.
Tap into the science of water.
The kids may not be able to explore the interactive exhibits at the WET Science Center, but thanks to YouTube, they can still dive into the wild world of water from home. Learn more about cool bugs that lurk in the water, and find out what happens when you flush those sanitizing wipes or paper towels. (Spoiler alert: Don’t do it.)
Free your spirit with a yoga class.
Had your fill of homeschooling and Zoom meetings? Unwind with some virtual down dog and Shavasana. True Self Yoga is live-streaming classes to help you manage the challenges of social distancing and get back in touch with your inner Zen. Choose from family classes, gentle yoga, meditation and more.
Lean on school district resources.
When “back to school” means your dining room is now a classroom/science lab, keeping home-based scholars engaged and focused isn’t easy. Help is available. Check out these learning resources from the Tumwater School District, North Thurston Public Schools and the Olympia School District.
Bring Parks and Rec home
Make a backyard obstacle course or bug hotel, sign the kids up for online yoga or take a video songwriting challenge. Olympia Arts, Parks and Recreation offers loads of virtual ways to stay active, get close to nature and nourish lifelong learning. Many programs are free and open to the public, while others require advance registration. Interested in strolling the park? Check out City of Lacey’s Parks virtual tour.
Buy now, play later.
Mother’s Day is on the horizon. While the celebration might look a little different this year, Mom still deserves something special. How about a gift card from one of the Olympia region’s stellar restaurants, brewpubs, wineries, attractions or hotels to use down the road? (That goes for dads and grads, too.) ShowWaLove.com makes it easy to say “thanks,” show your love and support local small businesses.