The silver lining to staying at home? All the online events families can enjoy in their jammies! Couple that with creative ways to keep the kids busy inside and you’ve got yourself a winning weekend. From a DIY Caspar Babypants concert, to the Seattle Aquarium’s Sea Otter Week at Home, to living room camping adventures, here’s how to rock the weekend, no matter what the circumstance. Read on!

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At-Home Activity Ideas

Go Camping at Home
Our state and local parks may be a no-go at the moment, but faux camping can give you the nature fix you need. So grab the family tent and track down s’mores sticks in the backyard, this weekend you’re going camping in the living room.

Eat Science
Conduct a science experiment you can actually eat and enjoy it during family dinner.

Go on a Bear Hunt…
…in your neighborhood. Ask neighbors to put teddy bears in their windows and then take the kids to catch a big one on a beautiful day. We’re not scared.

Dig Dinos
Missed the I Dig Dinos program at the Burke? No problem. Burke at Home has coloring pages and dino carfts you can do anytime. You can also make trippy dyed eggs that look like they were laid by a dinosaur, or assemble a dino terrarium that’s easy enough to make even the littlest Paleontologists can partake.

Go on a Sensory Walk
Thanks to Swanson’s Nursery, you can add a little purpose to your daily stroll through the neighborhood. Follow this sensory walk guide for sensational ideas.


Virtual Events

DIY Caspar Babypants Concert
The Kindiependent Rock Series may be on hold for the moment, but Caspar is still churning out the hits for Seattle kids. String together new performances from Caspar for the best living room dance party ever.

Visit the Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight just launched their At Home website and we couldn’t be more excited. Here, kids can take virtual 3D tours, flip through their collection of planes, even watch an astronaut take over the museum. It’s out of this world!

Get Moving
Make Friday a fun day when you check out Indoor Movement for Kids: LIVE, a quick class run by Curt Jordan (a.k.a. Seattle’s Kong Academy’s Chief Monkey) that your kids will love.

Say Hello to Sea Otters
Friday is the last day of Sea Otter Week at Home hosted by the Seattle Aquarium. Be sure to check out the day’s virtual events and activities before it’s too late!

Attend a Virtual Party
Microsoft is turning 45 and the Living Computers: Museum + Lab is hosting a weekend-long celebration… virtually! Be sure to log in for activities, speakers, demonstrations and more.

—Allison Sutcliffe