Many facilities and activities in Fort Saskatchewan are now unavailable for residents, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan has some ideas for things to do, while still following the recommendations of Alberta Health Services.
In the community:
- Be a good neighbor! Shovel snow for someone, drop off a meal, leave your neighbour funny notes to brighten their day, nominate someone for the Good Neighbor Award. Communibee or NextDoor are two apps the City of Edmonton Neigbourhood Connector Programs are using to get neighbours connected
- Online shop at local stores
- Online shop at the auction for local deals until Tuesday (Mar.24)
- Take yourself or your pet for a walk at the dog park
- Participate in a Neighbourhood Window Walk to get active, get fresh air, and spend time with family. See how many you can find!
- Mar.23: Animals
- Mar.26: Encouraging Words
- Mar.29: Flowers
- Apr.1: Jokes
- Apr.4: Easter eggs
- Get outside for a walk, hike, sled, ski, snowshoe or bike ride
- Visit the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library’s Facebook page to stream things like their Live Story time or access digital material with your library card
- Consider renting a community garden plot and starting your seeds now
- The Fort Alliance Church is offering help to those who need groceries or prescription refills
In your household:
With your child, practice how to...
- Tie your shoes
- Read an analog clock
- Follow a recipe
- Make a meal plan and grocery list on a budget
- Plant and care for seeds – take this time to start your garden!
- Write a resume
- Deep clean
- Look after the house (outdoor tasks, recycling, budget and bills)
- Read (ask them questions about what they’re reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do)
- Write (keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
- Advocate for positive change in the world (write a letter, sign a petition, join an online group)
- Maintain a vehicle (check the oil, change a tire, top up the washer fluid, fill a tire)
- Build physical literacy (do yoga, play catch, play frisbee, kick a soccer ball, shoot hoops)
- Build fine motor skills (draw, colour, knit, crochet, cross- stitch, sew, weave)
- Practice self-care and what that means to each individual family member
Or try something new...
- Find out what everyone’s Love Language is
- Try a free, no-equipment fitness classes either online or through an app
- Spend time without the internet (unplug it for a certain time everyday) and limit screen time (video games, phones, tablets)
- Connect with each other - ask about hopes, dreams, fears
- Encourage curiosity and have your child research things they’re interested in (a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn, their favourite animal)
- Try tackling a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) challenge (build a tower, boat, bridge) out of materials around the house
- Have each family member take turns hosting family game night
- Chrome has an extension called Netflix Party that allows people to watch together at the same time with a chat window and a synced play/pause function
- Try new interactive online trivia games that let you connect with others who aren’t in the same house (Jackbox.tv, TV trivia through DVDs like Scene It?)
- FaceTime relatives during dinner time
- Try out family art night with supplies around the house and prepare for some fun mess
- Bust out the puzzles and dedicate a space to periodically drop down and piece away
- Start a meditation practice – headspace and calm are great apps to start and there are guided meditations on Spotify
- Listen to a countdown. The American Top 40 is on MIX 107 at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. on Sunday
- It takes 10,000 hours to truly master something – choose an activity you always wanted to get good at and challenge yourself to practice one hour a day
- Home Science Kid is a resource put together by a science teacher who compiled a list of science related resources broken down by grade
- Amazing Educational Resources contains descriptions and links to tons of information and activities
- Scholastics online is offering free online courses to help encourage learning at home
- Draw along with this daily online illustrating session
- Have Fun Teaching provides free coronavirus relief packs for grades K-12
- MIT offers open courses that anyone can download – if anyone wanted to become a computer programmer there are a ton of courses to get started
- UBC has granted access to all BC Studies content
- Stream a live concert
- Watch these classical music live streams and read about how it’s happening all around the world, no live audience necessary
If anyone has ideas to share, they can let the city know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 info page.