8 easy indoor activities for west coast kids stuck inside due to wildfires

Parenting in 2020 has not been easy.

As if coronavirus quarantines weren’t tough enough, now west coast fires are keeping kids inside. Air quality maps indicate unhealthy to hazardous conditions from Oregon to Southern California and official advisories instruct limiting outdoor activities and keeping children indoors.

“It’s been extremely surreal,” Kirsten Russell, a mother of two in Wilsonville, Oregon told TODAY Parents. “This is their childhood in 2020.”

Sons, Connor, 4, and Jackson, 2, keep Russell on her toes.

Kirsten Russell and sons, Connor, 4, and Jackson, 2, have been spending more time upstairs due to the wildfires ripping across the west coast. (Courtesy Kirsten Russell)
Kirsten Russell and sons, Connor, 4, and Jackson, 2, have been spending more time upstairs due to the wildfires ripping across the west coast. (Courtesy Kirsten Russell)

“With a preschooler and a toddler, (we do) a lot of fort building, playdough, building, creating, dance parties, the floor is hot lava…getting creative as best we can without going to buy new supplies,” Russell said, adding that the family spends most of their

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The impact canceled AAU tournaments due to COVID-19 is having on college basketball prospects

We like you and we’re interested, but we want to see you play live. 

The head coach will be coming out to see you.

I look forward to watching you on the AAU trail this summer. 

Mid-level college basketball prospects hear some version of these phrases over and over from programs in conversations with coaches throughout high school. 

The fate of their careers, delivered in the form of an official offer, is often determined by their performance on the hardwood of gyms filled with dozens of teams and a steady stream of coaches and analysts eager to discover the next hidden gem in the heart of summer on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. 

None of those promises have come to fruition this year as the three major circuits — Nike Elite Youth Basketball, Adidas Gauntlet and Under Armour Association — completely canceled their national string of tournaments by the end

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Hoboken Has $521K To Help Those Behind On Rent Due To Coronavirus

HOBOKEN, NJ — Has the coronavirus pandemic made it difficult for you to pay rent after March 1? If you fall within income limits and don’t have other resources or significant savings, you can apply to get some of the $521,313 made available to Hoboken residents through the federal CARES Act.

In addition, during the State of Emergency, no tenant is permitted to be evicted from their home or apartment for the inability to pay rent. See below for information on the local tenant advocate that can help you.

Also, residents also can get help with heating and energy bills.

Various other avenues of relief and benefits have also been made available, including family leave for 12 weeks if you can’t work due to your child’s school or camp being closed, and changes to unemployment rules to help those who were at a job for a short time, or freelancing.

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100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic

As concerts are postponed, sporting events are canceled, schools are closed and tourist hot spots are shut down, experts recommend that even those who show no sign of illness stay home during this time of global pandemic. 

That’s right: It’s advised that you self-quarantine.

Although remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help “flatten the curve” of daily cases that put pressure on our health care system, it could lead to a lesser evil: boredom and stir craziness. 

What’s there to do while stuck indoors? We’ve compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible.

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Hoboken Low On Rapid Coronavirus Tests Due To U.S. Shortage: City

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken’s uptown drive-through coronavirus test center is low on rapid tests and is “utilizing non-rapid testing at their site for some patients and reserving rapid tests for those with symptoms or who are at-risk,” the city announced Friday. Typically, Hoboken residents can head to the 15th Street center to get a test, but only some go because they have symptoms, while others do it to ensure they are well before seeing older relatives, or in order to travel to another state with restrictions.

The city said the issue is “due to a nationwide shortage of rapid COVID-19 tests.” As a result, “Riverside [Medical Group] has ordered more rapid tests, however, non-rapid tests may be used for most residents at their site for the near future. We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused for residents scheduled for testing over the next several days.”

To get a

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