Your online hub for recreation and mindfulness within the City of Mountain View
August 10-18, 2020
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Monday: Today, a game of Frisbee can get you moving, jumping and throwing. We recommend Eagle Park, Rengstorff Park or Cooper Park for the large grass space. Afterwards, try searching for bugs. While you could try to collect them in a jar for close viewing, we recommend taking photos of them and building your bug photo collection. For a variety of bugs, try going to Heritage Park and search around the garden beds. When you get home, make a rainbow fruit kabob - try to include a fruit you've never tried before. Click here for fruit kabob inspiration. As the sky darkens, try your hand at shadow puppets. All you need is a flashlight (the light from your phone could work too) and a hand! To improve your puppetry skills, check out this how to video.
Tuesday: Tuesdays are for walking! We challenge you to walk to your neighborhood park. Want a list of all City parks? Click here. Once at the park, play freeze tag with your family. After a fun game at the park, it's time to relax... and build the ultimate pillow fort! Optional materials include blankets, chairs, sofa cushions, flashlights. Want an easy fort idea? Throw a large blanket on your kitchen table and call it done. After the fort in built, its time for family game night! You can bust out your favorite board or card game or try something new. We're partial to charades.
Wednesday: Start your activities outside with a little game of lawn bowling. Keep it simple - empty cans or bottles work best - and bowl with a standard rubber ball. After your quick games, its time to work on your chalk masterpiece. Recreate a famous artwork or draw a scene of your wildest imagination. All that fun must work up an appetite. Time for a taste test of summer fruits! Summer fruits are at peak ripeness, so explore your local food market for FIVE different fruits. At home, rate and rank your favorites. Bonus points if you can find a recipe using your top ranked fruit. To round out the evening, round up your stuffed animals. Create a little habitat for them to play, eat and run around in.
Thursday: Today's the day to try a new sport! Perhaps you've always wanted to try tennis or even ribbon dancing? Try it out. No regrets! Afterwards it is time to play, or should we say YALP, because it is opposite day. Try eating breakfast for dinner, wearing your clothes backwards or switching roles - maybe the child makes dinner and mom gets to play? At the end of the day, grab a jar and head outside. Create a jar terrarium and then take a look up at the sky. How many stars can you count? How many constellations can you identify?
Friday: Splish, splash! Use a hose, squirt gun or even a sponge! As long as everyone is getting wet, it's all fun. After drying off, take a walk around the neighborhood. Is there a street you haven't walked down before? If so, today's the day to take a detour. When you get home, change into some comfys and get ready for s'mores. While traditional s'mores are made roasting marshmallows over a fire pit, we know that not everyone has a pit or grill. If so, try these s'mores cookies or microwaved s'mores mug cakes. When the treats are ready, you'll know it's movie time. Need some inspiration? Try a classic!
Saturday: Ready for a busy day? Us too! Before it gets too hot, go for a hike. Rancho San Antonio and Shoreline at Mountain View have some great trails. While exploring, keep a lookout for birds. At Shoreline, see if you can spot sand pipers, cormorants, and swallows, oh my! At Rancho San Antonio, can you spot a red-tailed hawk or California towhee? Take this bird bingo card and see how many you can identify. After all that activity... let's go home and tye-dye! Socks, shirts, and bandanas all work well. At the end of the night, get your mind focused for trivia. Set the scene, get the scorecards ready, and let's play! Here are some resources for an online trivia game or your standard question & answers.
Sunday: Namaste it's Sunday. Reach for the mat and let's start the day early with yoga. Are you stretching with little ones? Try Cosmic Yoga. If you'd like a little challenge, try Yoga with Adriene. With mind and body centered, time to get some fun and healthy food. The Mountain View Farmers Market is open from 9am-1pm at the Mountain View Caltrain Station. The afternoon brings the best wind to Mountain View at Shoreline. Did you know there is a kite flying area? To round out the week, time to build a bird feeder. For science!
We hope you've enjoyed this fun and active stay-cation. Give us some feedback. What did you like? Would you like to see another stay-cation around Thanksgiving break? Email us at Recreation@MountainView.gov.
We are lucky to live in an area surrounded by trees, trails, mountains, and incredible outdoor opportunities. If you are considering visiting a park and are able to travel further afield, now may be a good time to explore some or our region’s larger or more remote natural areas, which may be less crowded.
Can’t get out? Explore virtual options!
There’s nothing like getting outside, feeling the sunshine, breathing in fresh air and connecting with nature. But during these difficult times, we recognize that the opportunity to get outside is going to be limited for many. Several organizations have put together great free resources for online exercise classes, virtual at-home workouts, and other ways to explore your world and connect with others remotely. Mountain View Recreation is also working to explore virtual fitness and recreation programming and we will have more information about these opportunities soon. In the meantime, check out these resources:
If you find yourself with a little more time on your hands or need some stimulus for your little ones, perhaps its time to pick up a hobby or learn a new skill.
It's a stressful situation, we get it. If you need a mental break, check out the below links to relax, breathe and maybe even laugh.
Below are a list of resources that might help you or a neighbor stay informed or access essentials.
Nutrition Services, Senior Hours, and more.
Keep up to date with the City's response to COVID 19,
including 'The Briefing', Resources, and more.