Created 3/13/20. Last Updated 4/8/20 at 9:27am PST. The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has completely changed some of our lives in the past week. We’ve received several notifications of events, work, and school being canceled, postponed, or held online. With Spring Break starting, it can be difficult to think of things to do when you’re stuck inside.
We all know having the kids out of school on break can be fun, but between travel limitations, amusement parks closing, and activities being canceled, the next few weeks can be rough.
Here are things to do while you’re stuck inside, local resources, and restaurants and retailers offering curbside pick up or delivery.
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Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered/directed all non-essential businesses to be CLOSED as of Wednesday, March 18th at noon to halt the spread of COVID-19. Gaming establishments to be closed by Tuesday, March 17th at MIDNIGHT. Restaurants MUST have curbside pick up or delivery to remain open. A full list of essential vs. non-essential in the link above.
Beginning March 16, the Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription.
Paying Bills During COVID-19
DMV 90-Day Extension | The State of Nevada has granted an automatic 90-day extension on any driver’s license, vehicle registration or any document that has an expiration date of March 16 through April 30, 2020. Download and print the Extension Letter to present to law enforcement on demand.
NV Energy | NV Energy will suspend disconnects for non-payment for our customers directly impacted by this crisis. They will also waive late fees and deposits for customers who experience financial hardships related to COVID-19 or are unable to pay due to self-isolation. Please contact the customer care center to make alternative payment arrangements if you are directly impacted by the COVID-19 threat.
Southwest Gas | Temporary moratorium on natural gas disconnections for non-payment that is in effect until further notice.
AT&T | We won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and we’re waiving late payment fees for those customers.
Verizon | If you are a customer who is experiencing hardship because of COVID-19 and cannot pay your bill in full, we will not charge you a late fee or terminate your service until after 05/13/2020.
Sprint | For the next 60 days, we will support our residential and small business customers by not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic.
T-Mobile | We understand, if you are past due you can set up a payment arrangement online.
Please reach out to Ronald McDonald if you are an elderly community member, or an organization that serves seniors, and are in need of bath tissue. For more info, call 775-322-4663 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance from Nevada Moms On A Mission (That’s US!)
If you are elderly and need assistance getting groceries from the store. If you are a family struggling during this global crisis. Kids out of school due to closures and need meals. Or if you just need help. We’ve all been there, one of our local mom heroes will be there for you!
Other Goose | 3 Weeks FREE| Other Goose is 100% free for the next 3 weeks. Just use the link, create a profile for your kids’ ages (2-7 yrs), and get started with super simple, no-fuss, easy to implement ideas or lessons for the kids to try each and every day.
Easy Science Remote Learning | K-5th Grade| All of the lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
FREE Online Art Lessons for Kids | Starting this weekend, a list for supplies will go up and lessons will begin the week of March 16th. Subscribe to their YouTube Channel for updates.
Art For Kids Hub| Kids get a step by step instructions on drawing! From lobsters, leprechauns, and more
Mindfulness with GoNoodle | GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Write A Letter A Day | Have your child handwrite a letter or type an email to a different friend or family member each day.
Scavenger/Treasure Hunt | Have a scavenger hunt based on letters or theme. Get digital by Facetiming or videoing friends and family to find different items on a list. Go the treasure hunts route and leave clues and in the end, there could be some kind of treat, stickers, etc.
Send A Book, Read a Book (FREE AUDIOBOOKS) | FaceTime loved ones, especially the elderly. Send them a book via Amazon and have them read it to your Littles. Or you can download some free audiobooks using your library card.
More Things To Do While You’re Stuck Inside
While we were thinking outside the box on some activities you can enjoy while you’re stuck indoors, we also wanted to share some more common things to do.
We are also including any discount codes and links for easy purchase!
Here are some more things to do while you’re stuck inside – SUPPORT LOCAL.
TIP: Head to some of your favorite restaurants and purchase gift cards for future use (you can even purchase online!). You may not use it right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them once the dust settles!
Here are some local businesses that are offering (e-)gift cards, online ordering, curbside pick up or delivery options amid COVID-19.
We are adding all in alphabetical order. We are not including takeout/pick up (unless it is curbside) at this time to focus on social distancing and not spreading germs.
For additional places you can check out Yelp, however, please note that we are focusing on those that only offer curbside pick up or delivery.
How Can You Give Back?
Are you looking for ways to give back to your community during this time? There are new opportunities popping up daily. Even though we are social distancing, here are things you can do while you’re stuck inside to help out.
If you’d like to help out a neighbor, print out this note and tape it to your neighbor’s door.
Groceries: Items they would normally get from the store
Urgent Supplies: Toilet Paper, Water, Food (things they cannot go longer than 24-48 hours with)
Send Mail: Picking up mail from P.O. Boxes, delivering packages to the post office, etc.
Friendly Call: Maybe they don’t have family or friends to chat with, a quick phone conversation like to good ol’ days!
In terms of paying for groceries, it is up to the individual and can be decided between the two! Some just need help because they cannot go out but can afford it. Others cannot! So it’s up to you!
If you’d like to donate through us, Nevada Moms, you can send donations via PayPal and we will disperse those funds to those in need through different items.
We haven’t received an update on this: The City of Reno is organizing a “stuff a bus ?” event. We are going to be putting together a list of items we are hoping to collect (toilet paper, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and non-perishable food, etc.).
Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.
Connect with her on social media or IRL @mrsleannacarson on Instagram.