While Washington state continues to tighten up COVID-19 precautions, you may feel like you’re in a rut. And if you’re like me with young kids at home, you may be itching to switch up your daily routine. Looking for inspiration for new activities to engage your children? Below are some recent outings I took with my little ones:
Virtual Story Time with Kitsap Regional Library
My daughter’s personal favorite is virtual story time with the Kitsap Regional Library on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 10:30am. There is a secure Zoom link to participate in this wonderful 25 minute story time. The librarians read books, sing songs, and have wonderfully engaging games to play from the comfort of your own home. You have a choice to have your video on or off if you are concerned regarding privacy. There are many other classes provided virtually for children, teens, and adults, as well.
Curbside Pick up at Kitsap Regional Library
The Kitsap Regional Libraries are also open for curbside pickup! First, be sure to have your library card number handy or you can get a library card through the website. Next, browse the online catalog for your child’s favorite authors or topics. Then, request book holds for each book you would like to check out. Once the book is available, you will receive an email to select a time for pick up. Different factors can impact the turnaround time, including the location of the book or if the book is currently checked out. My daughter was thrilled for new books to read as going to the library was a weekly event prior to social distancing.
Outing at Point Defiance Zoo
Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open! Just 45 minutes away from Silverdale, all outdoor and some indoor zoo exhibits are waiting for exploration. A fun and socially distant trip is a wonderful change in scenery. My daughter’s favorite adventure in Connecticut was going to the Mystic Aquarium. The zoo has taken extensive precautions since reopening to the public. Every adult requires a timed ticket for entry to space out people arriving and distancing groups as they move through the exhibits. There are no concessions or outside food to be consumed in the zoo, however they encourage bringing your own water as all water fountains have been disabled. Everyone is required to wear masks (prior to the masking law being enacted in WA). There is a one way route around the zoo marked by arrows and paw prints at each exhibit designate viewing spaces six feet apart. My daughter was thrilled to be outside and see all her new animal friends. The tigers and polar bear were her favorites. We are so excited to have a low risk outdoor place to visit.
DIY Cookie Kits From Monica’s Waterfront Bakery
I recently came across an easy at home activity! Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Silverdale now has cookie decorating boxes for order 48 hours ahead of time. You can choose from round or specialty cut out shortbread cookies, with frosting bags and decorative toppings included! Prices range from $29-$39.
What socially distant activities have you enjoyed with your children? Share below!