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Spring Break plans canceled? Plan a staycation or virtual getaway

You can camp without leaving home. What a great idea for right now.



Families are canceling their Spring Break plans in light of travel warnings due to the coronavirus, forcing many to rethink what their break will look like, close to home. Here are a few ideas to get you excited about your "staycation."


Camping at home. Dust off your camping gear and spend a couple nights in your own backyard. Look at the stars, toast some s'mores, take advantage of beautiful spring evenings. The best part? You can always go inside if it rains!

Geocaching! Find boxes filled with trinkets and treasures hidden in the woods. With over 2.1 million treasures to find, you are bound to have a trail near you to explore. Remember to dress for the weather, carry a pen to sign your treasure out, and bring a few knick-knacks to trade or leave behind for others. Download an app like Geocache or read this "getting started" guide from REI for more information on how to do this fun activity with your kids.

Explore beautiful (and nearby) beaches for seastars, shells, mussels, crabs, and so much more. Make it a family scavenger hunt and see how many PNW sea creatures you can find! Loads of scavenger hunt worksheets can be found on Pinterest. Beaches to visit: Golden Gardens, Picnic Point Park, Carkeek Park, and Brackett’s Landing. And more beach guides: 5 great Seattle-area family beach hikes || Best Seattle beaches (depending on what you're looking for in a beach!) || 8 great beaches for exploring at low tide

Museums still closed? Need some art therapy? Throw down a blanket and have your family take a virtual tour of 12 museums around the world. Google’s Arts & Culture Collection includes famous museums from the British Museum in London to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Extend your child’s learning by having them choose a favorite piece of art to recreate or write about.   https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Missing the animals at the zoo and aquarium? Lots of facilities, around Seattle and elsewhere, have live feeds so that you can keep in touch with our animal friends. Watch the bears on the Woodland Park Zoo live feed, visit the San Diego Zoo's multiple live cams, and see the Seattle Aquarium "eyes" trained on harbor seals, with a fact sheet to accompany the view. Explore all the other videos with your kids, and make a splash creating your own aquariums and habitats at home.


Jasmin Thankachen is the administrative coordinator and project manager for Seattle's Child and the mom of two school-age boys.


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