Quarantine Week 2 – things are not back to normal. Last week was full of uncertainty. This week is probably going to be focused on setting up that new routine, not going stir crazy, and collectively praying we do not end up on full lockdown.
TP is still a mysteriously popular commodity.
All in-person events are still canceled. Remember to get your information from a reputable source like the CDC. Though that guy who your sister knew in high school on Facebook really seems to know what he’s talking about. There may still be places open please use discretion and judgment before heading out.
Fortunately, we live in the best city so use this time to share the love. If you are financially able, tip better, order food more, and buy something from a small business even if it is a little different and you don’t need it (your local shopping strips and farmer’s markets are a great place to start).
Below are some great activities you can participate in this week. Have a great week, Houston!
It is Time to Homeschool
Set up your homeschool. Do not mistake it with actual homeschooling. When you are really homeschooling there are good odds you are not actually at home at least 50% of the time. But, take some time to carve out a little space for how you will help the kids. Many homeschoolers use:
- Kitchen tables
- Dining Rooms
- Basically, whatever works. Don’t be afraid to sit somewhere comfortable. Don’t be afraid to change it up if it is not working.
- It may save your sanity to invest in a cheap bookcase/ storage unit to have a dedicated place to put school work
This is still totally okay. Keep the peace. Reduce the quarantine stress. You do what you gotta do, mama. However, as we are all kicking into quarantine-gear here are some great options for while you are homebound that are also not totally mind-numbing.
Free Live/ Virtual Classes & Activities
Art/ Crafts/ Drawing
- Children’s Museum Houston is broadcasting daily at 12:15 pm an Educator Moment (could be Art, Science, or both) on Facebook or Instagram
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Virtual Drop-In Experience | Mystery Sound Recall – explore the potential of your auditory memory by identifying mystery sounds, March 28, 1 pm CST
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Virtual Music Fest hosted by CAMH’s Teen Council – online music event that showcases the talent of young Houston musicians, March 26, 6:30 pm CST
- Debbie Ohi (author/ Illutrator) will be posting a daily creative challenge (possibly a video) on Twitter – find it at #KidsDailyDebbieOhi
- DJ Corchin (Children’s Book Author & Illustrator) live every day at 10:30 am CST
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, daily on weekdays 1 pm EST
- Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Grancescana is hosting Kitchen Quarantine on Instagram TV – he usually airs at 8pm CST
- Children’s Museum Houston is broadcasting Toddler Time daily at 3:15 pm on YouTube
- Garth Brooks will have a live show on Facebook, Monday, March 23, at 7 pm EST
- Children’s Museum Houston is broadcasting daily
- Houston Zoo – Monday through Friday at 11 am CST live with the keepers
- Lone Star Flight Museum Virtual Visits on Instagram or Facebook
- Mark Rober will be going live M-W-F at 3 p.m. CST to share science fun
- New England Aquarium – daily presentations at 11 am EST
- Scouts: There are a lot of virtual merit badges being offered. Ask your troop for suggestions. And, the younger ones can work on anything with their families. Check out their scout book. There are a lot of ideas.
Social Studies/ History
- Taste of Texas’ Facebook Live stream go on a Texas History School Tour Saturday at 10 am CST
Storytime & Books
- Children’s Museum Houston is broadcasting storytime daily at 11:15 am (English) & 1:15 pm (Bilingual) on Instagram
- Harris County Public Library is sharing storytime and crafts daily
- Josh Gad (a.k.a. Olaf) will read stories at 7 pm EST
- Kate DiCamillo (children’s author) – weekly posts with different writing prompts.
- Oliver Jeffers will read stories live 2 pm EST
- Save With Stories – Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams are hosting celebs to read books to kids on Instagram
- Virtual Bookfest – hosted by Scholastic on March 27th, 3 pm EST; There will be authors and costumes, trivia, etc. – preregistration required
- 25+ Fitness Studios and Gyms Offering Live-Stream Workouts
- Mindfulness Class for Kids – Tu-W-Th at 1 pm EDT
Take a walk and another. Being in quarantine is a sure-fire way to go stir crazy! Maybe try geocaching? The national parks are waiving entrance fees. This may or may not be a good thing. You will definitely need to use your discretion and be prepared to take care of yourself in the event of an emergency. Whether they are short-staffed or not, prep as though they are.
Do a nature study. We are going to do a lot of these. I personally am planning and have bought the supplies for:
We have done these before. Almost everyone out there has mixed reviews. For us, the gel worked out better than sand. And, now is the time to get insects shipped to Texas – it will be too hot if you wait much longer. No one likes a sad ant farm.
We have done kits before. This time I went for getting the items individually.
Then I purchased milkweed seeds. (We are going to go into botany too!) Milkweed attracts monarchs so we will grow milkweed plants. Now this will take a little while to grow and attract the right caterpillars, and children tend not to be too patient. So, we are going to start by populating it with a refill kit from the Nature Gift Store of Painted Lady caterpillars.
Last up we are going to make a roly-poly terrarium. This kit comes with everything to grow a tiny chia seed forest for your roly-polies to live and (apparently, vigorously) multiply in. It says you can use roly-polies from your garden or order some. Did you even know there was such a thing as a zebra roly poly?
What are you doing this week in quarantine?