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Great WA Camp-In with Allison & Hamish (Photo: Allison Lu for WSPF)

What to do (online) in Seattle this weekend

Seattle organizations are getting creative with online activities, and we’re HERE for it. Since you can’t leave your house to enjoy the cultural bounty of the city, you’ll need to make a few virtual adjustments to your weekend plans. Here’s what you should do this weekend.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, so it’s the perfect time to dive into the impressive literary work from local artists. This weekend, check out Cadence, a video poetry festival presented by the Northwest Film Forum. The online festival explores the complexities of video poetry as a literary genre.

Cadence offers screenings throughout the weekend with a sliding scale admission up to $25, with proceeds supporting the move to their virtual platform. Films are available for 24 hours from the showtime.

Entertain the Little Ones

We’re about a month into Washington’s stay at home order, which means parents are desperate for kid-friendly entertainment. Seattle Public Library has you covered with live-streamed virtual storytime almost daily. During the week, librarians read books for babies, toddlers, children and families in 30-minute blocks.

SPL is also offering something for adults. Throughout the month, spend an hour or so of your Saturday learning about money management with seminars focusing on investment and financial planning. No need to include these events in your budget, though, as all library events are free.

Experience the Great Indoors

Aching to escape to the great outdoors? This Friday, join the Washington State Parks Foundation for the Great Washington Camp-In. Washingtonians are invited to pitch a tent —or pillow fort— and join in for an evening of park ranger stories, poetry, acoustic guitar singalongs and campfire recipes (think s’mores hot chocolate). Sort of like glamping from home!

The campfire lineup includes celebrity chef Kathy Casey, musicians Johnny Bregar and the Brittany Collins Band, Charmaine Slaven and poet Kamari Bright. Plus appearances from plenty of park interpreters, artists and surprise guests.

You’ll also have a chance to win an REI gift card by entering a photo contest for the best house-camping setup. Plus Discover Pass, state park guide and map handouts. Oh, and the event’s free.

Take a Digital DIY Class

The Works Seattle is offering digital classes that cover all your DIY curiosities. With everything from mochi-making to mixology, there’s something for everybody.

You Can Pickle That! Teaches you how to pickle all the fruits and veggies your heart desires. And after a Homemade Happy Hour class, you’ll have the most impressive cocktail on the Zoom. If live-streamed classes are more your learning style, you can try your hand at an upcoming embroidery stitching or tarot card reading class.

Digital classes range from $29 to $49. But, if you’re a front-line worker or directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, you can receive 50% off. The Works still appreciates full price payments by those not financially affected. Find your favorite and get crafting!

History at Home with MOHAI

We’re in the midst of a historic moment, so now is the perfect time to learn about the past. And although MOHAI is closed right now, you can still get your history fix online.

Check out MOHAI On Demand, which offers a Community Conversations series that discusses relevant topics to the community. There’s even a (very timely) webinar that explores the parallels between the Spanish flu of 1918 in Seattle and COVID-19. For something less pandemic-heavy, delve into MOHAI’s past exhibits like Celluloid Seattle and Edible City.