Connect and Engage
Life is different now, but it is definitely possible to enjoy activities and companionship while following social distancing guidelines. Combine online activities and chats with outdoor breaks for fresh air and exercise to create a summer calendar that keeps you and your family engaged, happy and healthy.
Online Activities and Tours
- Art Lessons. Wild, Free and Crafty is offering free Youtube art lessons for children and families.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.
- Virtual Zoos, Aquariums and Museums, including:
- The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
- The San Diego Zoo has what may be the most live cam options, letting you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
- National Aquarium. Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
- Walt Disney World Virtual tours include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you’re on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- YMCA at Home. Activities and tips for kids, adults and families to stay active and engaged.
Online Peer Group Activities
- Best Buddies Washington Virtual “Hang In”
Connect with the Best Buddies community in Washington through stories, conversations, videos, art, trivia, games, and more!
- People First of Washington
Connect with peers on Facebook and Zoom with daily online video chats.
Real Outdoors (It’s not just possible, it’s recommended!)
- Camp Without Borders. A free travel program for young adults (18 to 35 years old) with medical illnesses and disabilities. This inclusive program addresses issues of social, emotional and physical isolation. During the COVID-19 era of social distancing, Camp Without Borders is offering virtual entertainment and live music. Email Zac Gannett for a current schedule.
- Washington State Parks Free and Reduced Fees. Washington State Parks offers passes that reduce or waive camping, moorage, watercraft launch fees and day use for limited income senior citizens, disabled veterans, foster parents and people with disabilities. Qualified individuals may apply for more than one type of pass, although only one pass may be used at a time. Apply here.
- State park ADA recreation map. Locate accessible recreation areas, from ADA-compliant campsites, to restrooms, trails and docks. (Check to make sure the park’s status and guidelines during COVID.)
Resources for Individuals and Families
Find out what’s happening online with other families and peers in your area. Local Arcs and Parent to Parent chapters are offer support, ideas and connection for yourself and your family member with IDD.
- Local Arcs
From Virtual Game Nights and events for all ages, Local Arcs are finding ways for individuals and families to stay active and engaged.
- Parent to Parent
Whatever your need or circumstance, Parent to Parent will help you find activities and support that fits your family’s needs.
- ParentMap Events
Join FREE weekly webinars featuring talks with parenting experts and fun family activities.