Cool websites and 'virtual events' for Seattle families staying put amid coronavirus
Pacific Science Center
Are you (and your kids) bummed out about not being able to visit some of your favorite Seattle-area spots?
We all are!
These are unusual and challenging times, but for the good of our community, we must stay put. You've heard the term "flatten the curve," and it requires effort by all of us.
Please, please don't take your family out into crowds.
It's only temporary, and here at Seattle's Child we will do everything we can to provide you with ways to pass the time while stuck at home.
For starters, lots of our local faves are taking their show online. And their content is educational, which will be great for all of you sudden homeschool families out there. Check our Seattle's Child Family Event Calendar for kid- and family-friendly events that have "gone virtual." People are doing some great, creative things to help us all stay busy and happy. Let's support them as much as we can!
Let's start with just a few offerings, and we'll keep updating:
Seattle Symphony is taking its show online with free livestream performances. The next two are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 26) and 8 p.m.
Saturday (March 28). Specific programs TBA.
Washington State Parks has taken the Junior Ranger program online with activity sheets ranging from word finds to "wacky weather" lessons and scavenger hunts.
Former "MasterChef Junior" contestant Sadie Davis-Suskind of Seattle is sharing favorite recipes and cooking techniques. First class: homemade pizza dough!
The Burke Museum has launched #BurkeFromHome, with offerings including virtual tours, art projects and emailed learning packets.
Pacific Science Center has a whole section on its website called Curiosity at Home, featuring streaming live science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, interviews and more.
The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) promises to offer historic tidbits and flashbacks via its social-media sites and also calls our attention to its Rainy Day History podcast, which is -- bonus -- researched, written and produced by the teens who are MOHAI's Youth Advisors. Here's part of the description: "Dive into the muddy and complicated waters of Seattle’s past, its struggles with inclusion and exclusion, and histories of community, survival, and belonging."
A middle-school teacher pointed us to "Solve the Outbreak," an educational, interactive tool designed by none other than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Music Factory in Seattle's Madison Valley has taken its classes digital, offering livestreamed lessons in voice, all sorts of instruments and even digital music production. Learn about its offerings here.
Here's a fun one for the whole family: The travel website Jetsetter offers its "Ultimate Travel Bucket List: 10 Trips You Have to Take," and it's totally worth checking out for the photos alone!
More travel: Stunning virtual tours of 10 U.S. national parks, courtesy of website Travelzoo.
More ways to learn: The at-home learning products company Hand2mind is offering free, daily learning activities for grades K-5 including math, literacy and STEM topics in the form of streaming lessons, downloadable worksheets and tips for at-home, hands-on activities.
And here's a master list of education-related websites offering free subscriptions and materials right now.