Spring is in full swing and Earth Day is on the horizon. You’ll find plenty of ways to love your mother (Earth, that is) this weekend. It starts at home with Earth Day movies, perfect for a marathon, and crafts to make together. It continues through the week with local and national virtual programs you won’t want to miss. This weekend we can’t wait for: a worldly celebration that calls Seattle home, a virtual art challenge and a collection of scavenger hunts that will keep the kids busy all weekend long. Read on to keep your at-home time fresh!

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Virtual Events

Virtual Movin’ Around the World Celebration
It’s the final day of the Movin’ Around the World Virtual Celebration, presented by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, who remain committed to uplifting our community and celebrating the arts and culture of our region. Tune in to participate in dances, music and culture from around the world right in your own home. If you missed events eariler in the week, you can catch them here too. (Fri.) Event details.

Live Ballet Classes
Join the Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma for livestreamed ballet classes on Saturday mornings. Put your toddlers in their cutest tutus because they’re up first. Then, let the big kids get their pointe shoes on for class immediately following. (Sat.) Toddler class event details. Kid class event details.

Story Time at Seattle Opera
If you miss this weekly program at the Seattle Opera, you’re in luck. It’s gone virtual. Set your youngest opera lovers down for a virtual musical storytelling program, delivered by one of our teaching artists. New sessions will be posted every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (Sat.) Event details.

Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 18 without leaving your home. Teachers from The Children’s School will email interactive STEAM activities and easy, earth-friendly projects for kids of all ages to perform at home. Click here to receive your Virtual Earth Day activities. (Sat.) Event details.

Bellydance Class
This class, available to be streamed through Hip Circle Empowerment Center, is for parents with kids ages 4 and up, and focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Each class will feature a warm-up, simple drills, a dance game, small combinations and a full cool-down stretch. (Sun.) Event details.


At-Home Activities

Go on an Underwater Adventure
You’ve been checking in on the harbor seals and sea otters via the Aquarium’s webcams for a while now. But if you haven’t checked out their curated collection of online activities, experiments, story times and more, there’s no better time than the present.

Tour the Tulips
If you’re missing your annual pilgrimage to see the glorious blooms in Skagit Valley, we’re right there with you. Find out how to take virtual (live) tulip tours, enter a coloring contest and cook some Calico Cupboard favorites at home.

Set Out on a Scavenger Hunt
We’re crushing on these around-the-house and outdoor scavenger hunts, developed by the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Part of their Nature at Home programming, they put a creative twist on being at home or wandering the neighborhood.

Challenge Accepted!
Give your crafty kids a mission with the Job Carr Cabin Museum’s weekly art challenge. Each week, they assign a theme and challenge kids to come up with creative, inspired artwork they can submit to win a prize. Find all the deets here.

Turn TP Rolls into Art
You know you’ve got plenty, so rather than recycle those TP rolls, use them to craft and craft and craft some more!

—Allison Sutcliffe