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Kids here in North Louisiana, except for those in Desoto Parish, are still out of school. Desoto returned on Wednesday, August 5th, but others, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are still home and for the most part, are going stir crazy.

We even got word this week that Phase 2 of the recovery effort would now be extended to August 28, and according to the LHSAA, high school football is being delayed again, and for student athletes, that was one of the things they were hoping would soon have them out of the house.

It's just been a weird year, and here we are again with another weekend, and we'd really like to spend time having fun with the kids. But what's open? What can you do?

I knew things were weird when I went to the Party Central website and saw "Unfortunately, our facility is closed. It is our pleasure to serve our community and we want to do our best to keep our employees and customers safe. We will continue to monitor the federal and state guidelines and we will reopen as soon as they allow."

I even visited Chuck E. Cheese Bossier's website and saw essentially the same, "We will not re-open our doors just because we can. We are following the guidance of national health experts and local officials; our teams are working on new safety and sanitation procedures and when we do re-open, we will be confident that we are doing everything we can to provide the safest experience possible."

You'd think there was nothing left for the kids to enjoy and practice responsible social distancing at the same time, but you'd be wrong. Just look at all the great stuff we found available.