Spain was in a mandated lockdown from March until June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the numbers started to go down and the country's efforts had flattened the curve, the country began to slowly reopen allowing businesses...
My daughters attend Iowa City schools. We chose online school for at least the first trimester.  Samantha is in eleventh grade at West High, and Piper is in eighth grade at Northwest Junior High. Or they would be, if they were...
What are you doing for Halloween? No really, what are you doing for Halloween? I have to admit that back in the spring when COVID-19 first started really moving around in Iowa I did not fathom that we would be having...
6:30 a.m. My alarm goes off. I need to pee but can’t bring myself to unravel from the cocoon of my comforter. I should also shower. I should have showered last night, but I fell asleep on the couch and...
“I’m here to pick up a prescription.” Standing in line at the pharmacy, I reflect back six months. Back to March 2020 — a time of uncertainty following spring break, premier of Tiger King, initial shelter in place orders, and...
There have been no easy answers or simple solutions this year. COVID-19 has ripped through our lives in a way that none of us could have imagined or predicted. Anything that was once normal is gone, and a return...
I am a planner. I thrive when things are consistent and predictable. I tried to be spontaneous once, and no one was available to do anything with me — it was a major disappointment! Back in July, when the...
The air is growing crisper, mornings are cool enough for a sweatshirt, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. As with everything 2020, many of the fall traditions that we are used to may be more difficult...
  Well, I think it’s safe to say that the 2020 school year didn’t start the way anyone would have imagined. My daughter started kindergarten in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) this year, and the first day of school...
Halloween and trick-or-treating go hand-in-hand. However, this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, neighborhood knocking may not be something you and your family are up for doing. Use this guide brought to you by our friends at Montessori School of Iowa...

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Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities: 2020 Edition

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As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this holiday guide – will look a bit...