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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Indoor Dining Begins In Hoboken: Which Places Are Ready?

HOBOKEN, NJ — After Gov. Phil Murphy announced early Monday morning that limited indoor dining would be allowed in the Garden State starting Friday, the city of Hoboken issued its own rundown of the rules on Thursday, with added recommendations.

In a Nixle alert Thursday, the city said, “Earlier this week, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order permitting restaurants and bars to re-open at 25 percent capacity as of Friday at 6 a.m. According to the Executive Order, the following rules and regulations have been established for restaurants:

  • No consuming of beverages or food while standing

  • Food and beverages must be brought to tables by wait staff to seated customers

  • 25 percent capacity, excluding employees

  • Seating limited to 8 customers per table

  • Minimum of six feet of distance between chairs between tables

“Following the state’s guidelines,” the city added, “we are also recommending that restaurants keep doors and windows open

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Indoor cycling machines for home workouts

From smart machines with accompanying apps to basic bikes for a simple cycle workout, we've reviewed something for every budget: Working Title/Allstar
From smart machines with accompanying apps to basic bikes for a simple cycle workout, we’ve reviewed something for every budget: Working Title/Allstar

Going nowhere fast has never been so much fun with the current line up of indoor cycles, which seek to emulate the intensity of your favourite, sweat-drenched, exercise class at home.

The new breed of “smart” bikes add an extra layer of digital fitness to their appeal and connect you to existing indoor cycling apps, like Zwift, or live and on demand classes. This means you’re unlikely to lose interest, so they’re in no danger of turning into a glorified clothes horse after a couple of weeks.

We tested a range of bikes suited to very different budgets and fitness aspirations, but with each one we were first looking to see how big the footprint was once it had been set up after all you don’t want an

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