Feel Good Friday: Zoos Reopen, Virtual Kids Cooking Camps, and Drive-In Movies

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See Your Animal Friends Again

There’s no doubt about it. Kids and parents missed their favorite Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium animals when both places closed due to COVID-19 earlier this year. Now both locations are open with safety measures in place. Here is what you should know before you go:

  1. Buy tickets online in advance. They are limiting guests for social distancing purposes and popular times fill fast.
  2. Wear masks.
  3. Northwest Trek recently reopened the central park area so guests can walk through and see animals. It also is continuing the popular “Wild Drive” tours where you drive your own vehicle through the park. Tickets for August are on sale now.
  4. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium opened a while ago and now the aquarium areas also are open.
  5. Both parks have several new baby animals who are eager to meet their adoring fans!

Virtual Kids Cooking Camp = Dinner for Four Served

Hey parents, we found a genius kids cooking camp. Blue Ribbon Cooking School will deliver all the ingredients to your home in the morning. At 2:30 p.m., kids sign on to Zoom and learn how to prepare a gourmet dinner for four each night. A whole week off from cooking dinner! Check out this culinary camp and more here.

Meeting Baby in a COVID-19 World

Hours after his grand entrance into the world, baby Za’Kai James N’Daiye nestled firmly in his father’s arms as mom and dad waved at the crowd two floors down. A group of nearly 30 people — family and friends — held signs welcoming the new addition to the family. Za’Kai, son of Zaid N’Daiye and Mikayla Duhamel, was born at MultiCare Covington Medical Center in the wee hours of May 6 in the time of COVID. In the pre-COVID world, hospitals had few visitor restrictions. Now siblings and grandparents have to get a little creative. Read more about it here.

Drive-In Movies in Kent

This week you can see The Goonies and Raiders of the Lost Ark from the comfort of your own vehicle at the accesso ShoWare Center Outdoor Cinema in Kent. Buy tickets here.

Last Weekend for Fair Food To-Go in Puyallup!

This is the last weekend to drive through the Washington State Fair and get your big burger fix and bag of scones. More about that here.

Make a Mactastic Meal

Earlier this week was National Mac & Cheese Day, and in case you missed it, we are here to say every day is a great day for a bowl of noodles swimming in cheese. Here is a basic recipe you can enjoy as is, and ideas on how to customize it. How about Dungeness mac and cheese?

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