Looking for something to do with your child while at home? Here are some online educational activities. Most are free all the time. Some are only free during the Covid-19 Pandemic. I’ll continue to add to this document as I learn about more resources for us.
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See table at the end for off-line activities for the family …
National Park virtual tours on Google Earthʻs
Superb! Visit all 31 listed
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park virtual tour
Not as exciting as the Google Earth virtual tours.
Check out things around the globe
20 Virtual Field Trips
So many places to visit and share with your child.
Great Wall of China virtual Tour
What a great way to see this amazing
PBS Nova Special on Easter Island
Explore Easter Island
MUSEUMS & THEATER
Paris Museums 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use
The Louvre virtual tour
Tour The Lourve in France
Boston Childrenʻs Museum virtual tour
Learning Toolbox on Covid-19
One of my favorites. Hosts a variety of online activities
Free 7 day trial
Live Opera Performances from the Met, streaming presentations from their Live in HD series
Each stream, which can be found at metopera.org for free, will begin at 7:30pm EST and will stay up for 20 hours.
Virtual School Activities
… more than just museums!
ANIMALS, ZOOS & WEBCAMS
National Geographic for Kids
National Zoo Webcams
Love checking out the Pandas.
Take a peek at the Cincinnati Zoo!!
Watch The Fiona Show about a baby hippo!
San Diego Zoo for kids
This site has a bunch Videos, Stories, Activities and Games
San Diego Zoo Webcams
Watch some of the animals in the Zoo
Visit a farm in Canada
Ever wanna know what happens on a farm?
Art doodling with Mo Willams
Join the Kennedy Center Education
1 PM EST, but itʻll be put up on the website to access later too.
Artist-in-Residence at Home (program)
Art Instruction with Ms. Filmore
Easy to follow videos …
#DrawWithRob free drawing lessons to inspire kids stuck at home
Best for young children
How to draw: The best drawing tutorials
Best for upper elementary and up
Mostly math, but has science, arts, humanities and reading
Fabulous site! You can request free access if schools are closed.
Focuses on reading, phonics & math - educational games, movies, books, songs, and more for children K-3.
Math game online
Scholastic Learn at Home program
Free for now … must set up free account
NASA's Climate Kids website brings climate science to life with fun games, interactive features and exciting articles.
NASA Kids Club
NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency.
NASA Solar System Exploration
NASA's real-time science encyclopedia of deep space exploration.
Science Time from Space
Click the Science Time Videos tab. Explore 4 different concepts through astronauts.
Haven’t checked this out myself, but a friend recommended it.
Mystery Doug Science Learning
Remote Science Learning
Science is for Kids
Check out 5 different organizations that focus on teaching kids about animals.
Learn a new language
STORYTIME, BOOK SHARING
Virtual Storytime with
Pete the Cat
Follow on Instagram (@petethecatofficial) March 17th at 12pm EDT to join James Dean for a LIVE storytime!
A read aloud by Peter H. Reynolds on Facebook.
Storytime at noon EST each weekday with Peter Reynolds.
Read aloud by Betty White
Harry the Dirty Dog …
Storytime from Space
Click the StoryTime Videos tab
PE with Coach Wood
Iʻm usually pretty cautious about sending kids to YouTube … This guy is definitely motivating!
Mindfulness movement as a family
Zumba Fitness for kids
I’m not familiar with Doyvedas … but his Zumba workouts are quite energetic
Fluency & Fitness
You can get three weeks FREE
Music and Song lessons by Prodigies
21-day free trial
JUST FOR FUN
Hosts a variety of online activities. Warning: the ads can be distracting, but the kids do love the games.
PBS kids online
Great site and kids love this Keyboarding practice website
Learn about History, Biography, Geography and Games
Learn Chess; can play without an account. Also offers Chess lessons
Baking with Kids
King Arthur Flour Company offers a downloadable recipe book and instructional videos online free
Origami Fun Online
While Disney World & Disneyland Are Closed, Take Your Kids On Virtual Rides
Just for FUN
Common Sense Media
25 best Podcast List
Off-line activities for the family
Link to Common Sense Media’s Free Online Activities and Events for Kids During Coronavirus Shutdowns.
Read a Book
“Would you Rather?”
Take a Walk
Go for a Hike
Build a Card House
Walk the dog
Build a pet house
Make a Fort
Write a Story
Write a letter