Seattle's Child

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You can (and should) go outside and play during the coronavirus epidemic



With the stay-at-home order, you should be spending most of your time in the house, but you are still allowed go outside and exercise. In fact, getting active is likely to make everyone stay healthy, feel better and get along as we go through the weeks of school closures, and enforced isolation. While playgrounds and school fields are closed, parks are still open.

Avoid being within 6 feet of people, wash your hands before you eat, don’t touch your face and keep in mind that all manner of things can be closed or canceled at short notice. 

Here are some options:


Jump in puddles.

True, there’s no way to do it without your kids getting one or both rainboots filled with water, but there are few things that beat a puddle-jumping session for simplicity and joy.


Play in the yard

Here's a cool list of games for different age groups: 20 backyard games for beating boredom.

Here's a guide to some of the wildlife you might be able to spot in the yard: 12 wonderful animals you can spot in your yard in early spring.


Have fun on two wheels:

Any flat, paved public space is fair game for learning to ride a bike, and the sparse traffic on the streets these days make family bike rides an attractive option. Here's a guide to getting your kid started.

Teach a kid to ride a bike using these 4 steps