These towns redefine #WeAreInThisTogether…
From distance learning to remote work to serious social distancing, it’s been a game-changing week—but as we’ve seen over and over, being stuck inside isn’t getting our suburban friends and neighbors down. In fact, we’ve seen some unbelievably cool, creative and community-oriented activities and experiences emerging in towns from coast-to-coast—all suburbs we’re proud to call “home.”
Get inspired by these amazing initiatives—and check back for other ways to stay engaged and in-the-mix over these next few weeks. We’re loving all of this, and are completely blown away by how the ‘burbs are coming together to keep community spirits high. Keep it up!
#1. Rainbow walks on Long Island
In Glen Head and Sea Cliff on Long Island, kids are busy drawing, painting and coloring beautiful rainbows to hang in their windows. Every afternoon, families go on “rainbow walks” to see—and report on Facebook—how many rainbows they spotted. Many of the houses have also hung hearts in their windows to thank local healthcare workers for their service.
#2. A week of themed fun in the Chicago suburbs
Glen Ellyn families love a good theme party—and now is no exception. Every day there’s been a new theme community members can dive in on. The 17th included a town-wide Shamrock Hunt—families hung shamrocks on and around their homes, and kids could “hunt” for them during walks or drives. They’ve also done a similar “Silly Face Day,” encouraging families to get creative then get out and search for the silliest.
#3. This Chappaqua neighborhood is keeping it clean…
We’re hearing reports that a Chappaqua, New York neighborhood is taking turns donning gloves, grabbing garbage bags and strolling through the area tidying up. For taking pride in their immediate community—and for getting the entire family out regularly—this suburban neighborhood gets a serious gold star from us.
#4. Wellesley is staying WELL
The Wellesley Parks & Rec Department in suburban Boston is hosting a daily wellness challenge, live on its Facebook page. Every day there’s something new to try, from stretching to juggling to feats of strength—and families are encouraged to share their successes on social media. The rec department also offered a free streaming yoga class for kids and adults—if you’re local and want to get in on the fun, check Facebook for the latest.
#5. Virtual mindfulness—and get-togethers—in New Jersey
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey hosted a Shamrock Walk, with kids strolling through their neighborhoods looking for pops of green. The Home & School Association is, now, hosting virtual book clubs. Participants can hop online during designated times to talk about the book and chat with other local families. The latest topic: mindful parenting, perfect for right now.
From coast-to-coast we’re raising a VIRTUAL glass!
One trend we’re hearing about (and participating in) across the country? Virtual happy hours! Whether it’s via Google Hangouts, Zoom or Facetime, parents are jumping online, grabbing a drink and catching up with friends.
Our verdict? SERIOUS thumbs up. Not only is this a great way to connect and unwind, but it instantly extends your happy hour circle to friends anywhere. And—bonus—there’s no need for a blow out (or to get out of your bathrobe, even) to join in the happy hour fun.
Cheers to that.
Tell us what YOUR town or neighborhood is doing to support one another—or to just have fun while we’re all stuck inside? Email Suburban Jungle and be sure to include a pic!
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