With the kids at home constantly, we all need ways to occupy our time and keep from going stir crazy.
The community has pulled together in some amazing ways while everyone has put a pause on their daily routines. With schools out, extracurriculars canceled, and an uncertain timeline ahead of us, community members and businesses have stepped up to offer educational lesson plans, virtual tutorials, workout routines, free games to play, and live concerts.
There are so many options coming at us at once while we’re busy watching the news, waiting on updates on when life will become “normal” again. So we took some time to streamline some of our favorite finds to keep your family entertained while at home.
From exploring space to getting to know your grandparents, and keeping busy with cool podcasts, we’ve got you covered. In the next few pages we’ve shared some of our favorite ways to weather this storm.
Virtual Field Trips
Field trips may be canceled, but there are lots of virtual adventures available online. Kids can head to the San Diego Zoo in the morning, pop on over to Yellowstone after lunch, then take a leisurely stroll through the Louvre after dinner. The best part? No gift shops!
ocial distancing has turned our world upside down, and our kids—who are used to seeing their friends and teachers on a daily basis—have been hit especially hard. When we’re stuck at home for long periods, the loneliness is all too real. Here are five ways that kids and grownups can interact with each other online to help ease our minds.
Imagineering for Kids
Disney fan kids, this one’s for you! Disney and Khan Academy have teamed up to bring 32 online lessons to future Imagineers—the folks who dream up and build Disney’s worlds. Imagineering in a Box is free, and includes lessons from Disney pros on how they build the immersive worlds of Disney’s theme parks. Teens can learn how to conceptualize their own area of the park, including themes, design, engineering the rides, sound design, and how to bring the characters to life.
10 Podcasts to Keep the Kids Happy
While your kids are home from school for weeks or more with schools closed due to the coronavirus, don’t forget that podcasts are a great way to keep their attention without giving them extra screen time. While you might think of podcasts as an adult medium of entertainment, kids love them too, and there is a wealth of great shows out there. Our kids love them during road trips, and they’re also handy for when you have to get your own work done. If your kids aren’t ready to don headphones and listen solo, these are quality shows that even parents can enjoy.
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