MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – March 26, 2020
For most parents, it’s been about two weeks since the National State of Emergency was announced, followed by local and state governments shutting down school for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Social distancing and self-isolation are in full swing and it’s quite possible that your children (and let’s be honest, you) are getting a little stir crazy.
We get it! It’s hard to educated and entertain your kids all day long, especially if you’re still reporting to work remotely. For some, this may be the first time your kids are back in the house full time since they started attending school. Ideas running low? No problem!
To help, we’ve pulled together some useful online resources and activities for you and your families.
FREE Activities for Children Online
- Lunch Time with Mo’s – everyday at 1pm ET / 12pm CT Learning new Doodles. We think this is super fun for adults too! https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
- Access RangerRick.org for FREE for 3 months https://rangerrick.org/
- Vroom offers free activities for children ages 0-5 years, from ‘Fun with chores’ to memory and focus activities. Ideal for parents to guide their children through the exercises https://www.vroom.org/
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
- Educational Activities for Kids with PBS.org & Freckle.com
Tap into learning with these fun, activity-based educational sites
https://pbskids.org/ & https://www.freckle.com/
- Visit Museums – Children and Adults!
Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free.
- Visit Disney Land or Sea World
Take the family to Disney Land or Sea World without leaving your home.
- Check these National Parks from Home
Yellowstone National Park as well as the Yosemite National Park provide virtual tours.
Tap into Creativity
- Facebook LIVE Story Time & Family Arts Days with Arts @ Large
Arts @ Large is going viral, connecting youth to the arts on social media. Facebook LIVE Story Time will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Family Arts Days will be on Saturdays at 10:00 AM. Follow Arts @ Large on Facebook to join in and learn more about other activities they offer during this time.
- Theater Games & Learning with First Stage Children’s Theater
New resources including theater games, education, and activities posted every Tuesday by First Stage.
- Move and Groove with Danceworks on Facebook
Danceworks is offering FREE dance and dance fitness classes on Facebook for both youth AND adults. Follow Danceworks on Facebook to find out when their next FREE class is.
- Virtual Programming for Youth & Families with HeartLove Place HeartLove Place is offering FREE programming such as arts and crafts, gardening tips, healthy recipes and more every Friday starting on April 10th through Facebook LIVE. Follow HeartLove Place on Facebook to learn more.
- Art for Kids Hub
A Youtube channel ideal for K-8 graders that offers hundreds of step-by-step drawing and craft tutorials. Check out Art for Kids Hub and get the creativity flowing!
We will keep updating this list as we find great resources online to share with everyone 🙂
Please feel free to share others you know of in the comments below:
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