Local Neighborhoods Are Keeping Kids Entertained With Window Walks

Local neighborhoods are finding creative ways to stick together during social distancing – even if it is from afar.

Kudos to all the families practicing social distancing – let’s flatten the curve!  With most schools and businesses closed in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, being cooped up at home presents a new challenge for parents trying to entertain kids around the clock – especially while working from home.

Several families on my block have multiple children in their household and from my own experience, the days can get very long. Bundling up and going outside is an essential part of our new routine, even as the winter weather rages on.

I first noticed a deluge of shamrock drawings in people’s windows last week for St. Patrick’s Day and didn’t think much of it. But then, I saw a post on Facebook with a schedule of weekly themes for these so-called neighborhood window walks. I can’t seem to pin down where this idea and schedule originated, but it’s circulating in more neighborhoods than mine.

Photo by Jenna Kashou

The concept is simple, create a drawing in line with the weekly theme (or dig up a picture) and afix it to you window for your neighbors to see. Then, take a walk (or drive) around the neighborhood and look for all the pictures in your neighbors’ windows.

In addition to giving me and the kids a specific reason to get outside, seeing fun drawings in the windows creates a sort of solidarity and sense of community, even though we can’t connect face-to-face. It’s like sending an SOS – “I see you and we’re in this together!”

Please consider taking part and sharing with your neighbors. Get out with the kids and search for window signs during this strange time of uncertainty – it might just lift your spirits more than you would expect.

Comments

comments

Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.