Sure, TGIF has taken on a whole new meaning during these pandemic days, but if engaging activities are what you’re after, we’ve got a dozen. From simple no-plan adventures that get kids outside to farm animals in need of pen pals, there’s something for everyone on this list. Your weekend plan is here!

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1.Befriend a farm animal
We’re crushing hard on Pasado’s Pen Pals program. It’s a great way for your little animal lover to connect with the adorable farm animals living at Pasado’s Safe Haven in Sultan. So break out the pen and paper and write a letter to Blue the cow, Heart the pig or Duke the rooster. Then, pop it in the mail and wait to receive something special from your farm friend in return. Be sure to take the virtual farm tour when you’re done. You might spot your barnyard bestie while you watch!

2. Print out puppets
Thanks to Seattle artist and mom, Irene Akio, families can print out and color these artistic paper dolls at home. Stage a fantastic production that showcases your little one’s art once they’re done.

3. Do a little song & dance
TGIF! Tune in to Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots with the Seattle Symphony on Friday mornings. Then crank it up for a Fri-Yay dance break when it’s done. The best way to start a weekend!

4. Spy Seattle
Get your daily dose of vitamin D and play I-Spy when you find out how many of these Seattle originals your crew can spot around your neighborhood.

5. Up your backyard game
Kiddie pools aren’t just for water, even on sunny days. Here are 13 other ways to play with yours in your backyard this weekend. Don’t forget the pool noodles! They make great racetracks, bubble blowers and launchers.

6. Win it in a minute
You know the drill. You’ve got a minute to win it when you play one of these 25 silly games with the kids. Challenge accepted!

7. Rock on
Have you picked up the new Caspar Babypants album yet? Add to your tot’s tuneage collection with 10 other hot new releases your kids will love.

8. Be spontaneous
Whether you’re looking to kayak around a lake, hike to a waterfall or frolic in a fountain, here are 11 ways to find adventure in the great outdoors this weekend.

9. Make history
Stationary bike or no, sit down with the kids to enjoy this virtual bike tour of Tacoma’s historic Wapato Park before bedtime.

10. Welcome tweets
Your garden’s blooms are all the rage. Now it’s time to bring in the wildlife. One of these DIY birdfeeders should do the trick. Hello, birdie!

11. Get crafty
Whether you’re looking for a craft kit you can pick up today (or have delivered) or just need some mess-free craft options to keep the kids engaged, we’ve got the art inspiration you need.

12. Experiment outside
Amaze your kids with seaside experiments you can try at the beach, simple sun experiments you can set up in your backyard or science that centers around water. It’s all about keeping kids curious.

—Allison Sutcliffe