Hello friends! If you’re anything like me, the novelty has definitely worn off staying at home. I know it certainly has for my high school age daughter. School (such as it was) is now over for her…and boredom is creeping in. And life has become decidedly sedentary. Sleeping time is increasing…and exercise time has been decreasing…a trend everyone in my house really needs to start reversing.
Luckily, my daughter is teaming up with some other friends to start a workout-by-Zoom group. And we are trying to commit to a daily walk as a family. As things begin to open up, many of us are remaining cautious, as the science of pandemics is still being learned by all of us. It’s understandable…we all want to protect our precious loved ones.
The museum is opening up too – on a somewhat limited basis to start, of course. We are in the business of protecting what’s precious – and that includes not only our animal population and our staff and volunteers, but all of our wonderful guests and members as well. Our outdoor areas are open, as well as our galleries, for you to safely explore and enjoy. Some experiences are not yet available as we await new orders from our governor, and research the safest ways to reopen some of our attractions. But slowly but surely, we are finding our way to that “new normal” we are all hoping for.
For our younger guests who need get up, get out and get moving…but whose family might not be quite ready for an in-person summer camp…check out our VLM Virtual Adventures. We can connect with your kiddo via the internet and plenty of how-to videos that encourage your child to get outside and explore a wide variety of natural and space science topics. All of our crafts and activities are designed to use items that should be easy for you to find around your home or have delivered from your local store. It’s a great way to keep your child active, excited, and learning! I hope to see you and your kiddos at a virtual meet-up soon!
For now, the planetarium and the observatory remain closed. We miss you all very much. Watch our social media pages for sky information daily and get outside during the cool of the evening to explore your night sky. Until such time as we can all be together again, get outside, get moving, and keep looking up!