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Keeping the kids close-to-home this Spring Break?

Here are ideas to spend quality time while keeping them occupied.

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Michael C. - Bartell's Employee | April 8, 2021
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It’s Spring Break! Yay!

Although some of our kiddos have returned to in-person learning, we’re still living in a largely socially distanced, closed-circle environment.

With that in mind, here are great activities that you can do with the kids while keeping your bubble relatively small.

Explore new flavors

Cooking together is one of our favorite ways to spend quality time with our kids. Both of mine like the increased ownership and ‘adultness’ of having helped make a meal.

Make it an adventure by visiting one of the areas international markets. My kids are fans of ramen, so we like to make special trips to one of the areas Asian markets. Alternately, as a Spanish speaking household, a trip to a local mercado can be fun.

Here’s a sampler of local options:

1. Uwajimaya Asian Market – Renton – Bellevue – Seattle

2. 99 Ranch Market – Kent-ish & Edmonds

3. H Mart – Seattle – Bellevue – University District – Federal Way – Lynnwood – Tacoma

4. India Supermarket – Bellevue

5. KK Market – Kent

6. India Village Grocery Store – Kent

7. La Huerta International Market

8. El Mercado Latino – Seattle (Pike Place Market)

9. Carniceria Michoacan

Living room campout

Pull the cushions for the couch and the pillows from the bed, grab some sheets and a blanket or two and construct an epic pillow fort. We use all purpose plastic hand clamps to secure the blankets and sheets to the backs of dining room chairs to create a secure roof.

Make smores, popcorn and tell spooky stories by flashlight.

If your back can take it, you can even all sleep on the floor for the full experience.

Find a new park!

Although we’ve lived in our current home for nearly two years, we only recently found a new park within walking distance. That made us wonder if there were other parks on which we were missing out.

You can use Google, government websites and even the Trip Advisor app or website to find well rated and/or nearby parks you may not have explored.

If you’re up for adventure, swing by a friend or family member’s place for an appropriately distanced visit and then visit a park near their home. As many parents know, there are few things as captivating as someone else’s toys.

Home Spa Day

Even my 8-year-old boy enjoys a pamper filled home spa day. A soothing face mask, cucumber slices for your eyes, a mani-pedi topped off by long bath-bomb enhanced tub soak, listening to his favorite audiobook. Stop by your local Bartell’s scoop up all the necessary supplies and pamper away

Need more activity ideas for the kiddos? Check out our list of fun playtime ideas here and over here.