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Five Tips from Virginia’s First Lady To Keep Your Kids Active & Healthy

First Lady Pam Northam stands outside the Governor's Mansion with Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat

First Lady Pam Northam and her friends Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat have tips for keeping your family safe and healthy. 

Watch along with your kids and encourage them to share their feelings during this scary time. Let them know the adults in their life are here to help! 

Let your kids know that they can help too. By washing their hands, staying active and helping their parents around the house, children become one of Mister Rogers' “helpers.” 


#1: Stay Safe

Katerina Kittycat waves from the porch.
Photo Credit: Jack Mayer, Office of the Governor

Practice social distancing by greeting friends with a wave instead of a hug or a high five.

#2: Stay Healthy

First Lady Pam Northam and Katerina Kittycat wash their hands in sinks side by side.
Photo Credit: Mary Arritt

To prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
How does soap wash away germs? Try this fun and simple science experiment to find out!

#3. Stay Active

First Lady Pam Northam stands outside with Katerina Kittycat and Daniel Tiger, looking at trees.

Go outside with your family!

  • Kick a ball
  • Ride your bike
  • Go for a walk
  • Help your parents in the garden.

If you see a friend or neighbor outside, remember to wave and stay a safe distance apart. 

#4. Stay Curious

First Lady Pam Northam reads a picture book to Katerina Kittycat and Daniel Tiger
Photo Credit: Jack Mayer, Office of the Governor

There are lots of fun activities you can do inside to help your family and keep your mind busy. 

  • Storytime is a great way to expand your imagination! 
  • Throw a dance party to keep your feet moving. Here are some songs from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
  • Ask grown-ups if you can borrow blankets and pillows to build a fort. Daniel Tiger loves playing make-believe!
  • Help your family by cooking together or matching clean socks in the laundry pile.

#5 Stay Connected

First Lady Pam Northam face times with Katerina Kittycat and Daniel Tiger.
Photo Credit: Mary Arritt

  • Missing your friends? Ask a grown-up if you can call your best buddies by using a video app. 
  • You can also give loved ones in your home lots of hugs and remember to share your feelings if you feel sad or lonely.
  • Another great way to stay connected is by practicing your writing and sending letters. Everyone loves to get mail!

In these challenging times, there are many helpers, but together with our children, we can help too! Let’s all work together to take care of our neighbors and ourselves. What we do now will make a difference.