Are you struggling with ideas of what to do during these challenging times? The kids are home and we can’t go anywhere! With all the restrictions and closures in place, we’re all struggling with what to do next. Also, keep in mind that, just because we can’t go to the gym, go out to eat or go shopping, it doesn’t mean we can’t go outside. You can still go into your own yard for some sunlight and activities with the kids!
Here is a list of some activity suggestions you can do while you’re stuck at home:
The Elmwood Park Zoo is closed but they’re doing what they can to bring the zoo to you.
They have a number of resources to educate and entertain while our kids are at home. [Link]
- Buddy’s channel is a series of educational videos about all the animals at the zoo.
- There are games and a book club as well.
- A live broadcast from the zoo will take place each day at 11am on Facebook Live.
- This 15-20 minute program will feature the zoo’s Education Team presenting a lesson along with an animal from the zoo’s Ambassador program. Viewers can post questions to be answered live during the stream.
- Live animal cameras will also be available for viewing. You can watch the giraffe and bald eagles from 10am – 5pm.
Phoenix Arts in Blue Bell
Offering live Little Feet Dance Classes. It’s a 15-minute dance and sing-a-long class for toddlers. They also plan to offer classes for other age groups including adults. [Link]
Sol Yoga (Conshohocken & Audobon) is offering free virtual classes.
They’re using zoom to live stream a 30-minute yoga flow. This week’s schedule is Tuesday/Thursday at 12p, Wednesday at 4:30p, Friday at 9:30a and Saturday at 10a. If those times don’t work for you, check out Sol To Go, which is a previously recorded class for $5 that you will have access to for 24 hours. [Link]
A Facebook page specifically set up for those looking to get a workout in while your gym or dance studio is closed due to the coronavirus. Buddy Casimano, a professional dancer and dance instructor, will offer 2 free dance/workout classes a day. One in the afternoon and one in the evening. Buddy is there to laugh with you & sweat with you during the 30-minute classes. Keep in mind fitness instructors have lost their income during this time so if you like Buddy’s class, consider sending him a tip via venmo @buddycasimano [Link]
M&M is offering a free Virtual Paint Class on Thursday at 6pm. The class will be on Facebook live. It’s free but you do have to register for it. Classes are for kids and adults. On their Facebook page is a list of supplies you will need in order to participate. [Link]
Shows to binge on Netflix:
- Ozark (2 seasons with a 3rd season being released next week)
- Dead to me (1 season with a new season coming but no release date)
- In The Dark (1 season with a 2nd season premiering on May 28th on CW)
- You (2 seasons with a 3rd season coming out in 2021)
- Atypical (3 Seasons with the 4th and final season coming out in 2021)
- Restaurants on the Edge (1 season)
- Paint a room
- Build something
- Refinish a table or chairs
- De-clutter the house
- Organize a closet or rearrange/redecorate a room.
Get a head start on your DIY Easter decorations:
- Make an Easter wreath [Link]
- Twine wrapped Easter eggs [Link]
- Other DIY Easter/Spring decorations [Link]
Try something new:
I’m going to try cooking something. We’ll see how this goes.
Learn a language…there are plenty of apps and online programs to learn Spanish, Italian, French, German and pretty much any other language.
450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free. Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania offer free online courses across multiple platforms. [Link]
There are different hour-long classes for kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade that teach them to code, create video games, develop an app and more. The classes are free at Code.org.
This local Narberth studio is offering creative instruction to help keep a routine and continue to encourage kids to learn by making. ‘Creativity Time’ is every week day at 10:00AM for 30 minutes via Facebook Live. They’ll interactively guide you and your child through making projects with common household items. For example, upcycling toilet paper rolls we’ve all been hoarding to spring-themed and holiday projects! These daily activities help kids embrace their imagination while school is out. [Link]
Sundials have been around since ancient times. See if you can figure out what time it is by making one on your own. There are easier sundial crafts for younger kids and more difficult time consuming sundial crafts for the older kids. [Link]
Make a Mandala. A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols. In modern, typically American and European use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any circle ornament, which can be used as a relaxing tool, for diagnostic or in art therapy.
I like to have my son use items from nature (pinecones, stones, shells, flowers, berries). The kids can also use things from their playroom if its rainy and they can’t go outside (Marbles, legos, buttons, nerf darts, matchbox cars, string, etc). Place a larger item down as the main focal point. Then build from there by creating rings and other shapes around the center item. 5 rings is usually suggested for visual impact.
Fill water guns with paint and let the kids spray poster board for a colorful art project. OUTSIDE!
An easy way to keep your kids entertained for a bit.