Activities During Isolation

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: A Safe Way to Get Out and Play

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington has always been a summer mainstay for our children. We have been there so many times, you would think we would tire of it, but we never do. Instead, we began to miss our regular zoo trips this year. When we heard that Point Defiance Zoo …

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A$AP Limeade: A Cocktail / Popsicle For Your Quarantine Summer

Y’all, It’s hot out. I don’t know about you…but I could use a drink. Or a popsicle. Or both. Quarantine doesn’t judge.   Now, what I’m not going to do is write a 10-paragraph intro reminiscing about summers in suburban Houston, making popsicles with my family. BUT, I am going to give you the recipe …

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Tabletop hiking: 6 Games to bring nature home

Yearning for nature, but stuck inside due to inclement weather and/or a global pandemic? Want to upgrade your board game collection with something leafier than urban cutthroat Monopoly and power-mad Risk? We played a stack of recent tabletop offerings that focus on the great outdoors to come up with a half-dozen green games worth your …

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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area: A Hidden Gem near Olympia, Wa

We stumbled upon Woodard Bay last year looking for waterfront areas we could frequent, and it always seems to surprise us. It has become one of our go-to local places on beautiful days to get out of the house and enjoy a nice walk. It is easy to stay far from people on this trail. …

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A Family-Friendly Game with a Ridiculous Illicit Past Comes to Olympia, Wa.

Mafia, Car Bombings in Seattle, Corrupt New York Politicians and the Innocent Game Caught in the Middle. According to the Seattle Times, the game once lead to a string of car bombings, dead bodies, and a corruption sting that led to indictments against the Seattle Council President, A King County Sherriff, and government officials from top …

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Western Washington Day Hike and Camping Near Porter Creek Falls

Earlier this spring, my son won a book from the Wet Science Center. He entered a photo of a massive earthworm that he found in our driveway and received the book Urban Trails Olympia by Craig Romano. Romano’s book details more than 155 miles of trails in the Olympia and surrounding areas. He provides GPS coordinates …

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Coronavirus or Not: 5 Packable Items to Keep You Healthy

With Coronavirus making its rounds around the world, travelers far and wide are looking for ways to keep themselves healthy. Whether you’re flying for business or taking a break from reality, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself from whatever ailments are out there. Now or in the future it’s always important to put …

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