The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Waco Weekend at Home

4 years ago

By Claire Van Zee and Caroline Yablon

We hope you are all safe and sound in the comfort of your own homes this #WacoWeekend! We are deeply saddened to see all of the events people have worked so hard on cancelled or postponed, but hopefully this passes quickly and we can all get back to normal. In the meantime, for this edition of #WacoWeekend, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep yourself relaxed and entertained while staying home!

We also just wanted to remind you that there is no right way to be quarantined. There is not a mandatory list of should and should nots. While some people need to clean a closet or make an elaborate dinner to feel at ease, others may need to read a book and take a bath. Do what feels right and safe and comforting.

Stay healthy friends!

Vote for Best of Waco
Don’t forget that Best of Waco voting ends this Sunday! Sit down with your family and vote for 10 of your favorite Waco businesses. The winners will be revealed in our May magazine! Click here to vote!

Mayborn at Home
Just because you can’t swing by the Mayborn Museum doesn’t mean you can’t participate in their fun activities! Online you can find adapted activities such as “How to Make Sock Puppets” and “Habitat at Home” where you can use supplies you already have to participate. Click here to find their video demonstrations and downloadable instruction sheets.

Virtual Visit to the Dr. Pepper Museum
Bummed that you can’t make a visit to the Dr. Pepper Museum? Lucky you, they’re hosting virtual tours every day on Facebook Live at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Click here to visit!

Fabled LIVE
Fabled Bookshop & Café isn’t letting the virus get them down! They’ve decided to take their weekly story time online. Check out their Instagram this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for a long-distance story!

At-home Concerts
While you might not be able to attend any of the concerts you planned to this spring, there is one way you can have an at-home concert experience with NPR’s Tiny Desk series on YouTube. You can find hundreds of short, intimate concerts from artists such as Harry Styles, Adele, and Lizzo to people you’ve never even heard of that could become your new favorite. They each play four or five songs behind a tiny desk. How fun, right? You’re going to want to click here to check it out!

Read a cozy book
While cooped up on the couch for days, why not start, or restart, a cozy book! Series like “Harry Potter” or “Twilight” and books like “Where’d You Go Bernadette” are the perfect stories to help you escape from reality for a bit. Plus, all of these books have movies to go with them, so after you finish the book, you can turn on the television and compare it.

Fort it up!
Do your kids need a change of scenery but can’t leave? A perfect solution is to let your kids make a fort. There’s something so fun about bringing out all of the blankets and pillows in the house and hanging them on furniture and creating a fort. Of course, your living room or game room always ends up in a mess, but it’s fun for the kids to huddle in a new space and create fun memories while the foundation of the fort lasts.

Spring cleaning season!
While you’re confined to the comfort of your own home, it’s a great time to organize your pantry! In this month’s WACOAN home edition, Jennifer Snyder gave her expert tips on how to organize your pantry. Check it out on page 118 of the online magazine.

Dreaming is always an option
No matter the circumstance, you have the power and ability to dream. Dreaming isn’t just for when you are asleep but for all hours of the day. What about using this extra precious time at home to create a dream board. It can be individual or as a family.

How do you make a dream board you might ask?
Step 1. Find a blank piece of paper or poster board
Step 2. Gather your favorite magazines including the WACOAN, go through them and find things that you dream of. For example: go through the pages of this month’s #homeissue or September’s #homeissue (click here for the digital edition) and pick out living rooms, kitchens, yards, etc. that you dream of having and clip (or print) those out and put them on your dream board. Be inspired, dream and browse local websites by using our home directories on our website online at The purpose of a dream board is to have a visualization of your dreams in hope that you will make them a reality.
Step 3. Once you have found all of your clippings glue or take them on your piece of paper. You can even pull out markers, paint, and crayons and decorate it. However, you choose to do it, do it in a way that will inspire you to chase your dreams!
Step 4. Hang it wherever you please!

Food Network home edition
You know that shelf. The one that rarely gets open and is filled with books — cookbooks to be exact. Well, use this time at home to pull out those books or even navigate to our Food and Drink page to find some appealing recipes and get to cooking! If you have a family with kids, get them involved. But make this creative for your kids. Pick a recipe and dare them to a cooking challenge.

Talent Show
Laughing can cure a lot of things, and maybe even ease the stress of everything going on. With that being said, as a family, create an at-home talent show. Each family member is bound to have some talent and this is everyone’s chance to showcase it even if it’s just to each other. This will not only be fun to watch, but it will keep your kids occupied.

If you do decide to create a family talent show, film it and share it with us and we will share it!

Take a walk
Get outside for a bit by taking a walk around the neighborhood (while keeping the proper amount of social distancing, of course). A dose of fresh air and sunshine really do wonders for your physical and mental health!