While we generally try to limit screen time for our children, in the wake of social distancing, some amazing resources are now being offered online that kids and parents alike would enjoy. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see an Opera at the Met? Or hear the Seattle Symphony play? Thankfully you can view a live stream of both now, for FREE. Enjoy!
Note: Please comment or email us if you hear about more that are not included! I’ll be adding to this list regularly as I get more information, so please note this post is an ongoing work in progress, but I didn’t want to waste time creating a complete and comprehensive post because a) things are changing daily and b) some of you may already be feeling a little stir crazy and could benefit from this information sooner rather than later. Thank you all!
Virtual field trips, including the San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National park and Mars: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic
More Virtual Tours (some overlap of the above 2): https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/03/16/social-distancing-free-virtual-tours/5060244002/
Daily free courses from Scholastic: https://www.koin.com/news/scholastic-releases-free-daily-courses-for-kids-stuck-home-amid-coronavirus-school-closures/
Our friends at Union Square Play are streaming FREE Music Classes and Potty Training Seminars.
Jam with Jamie is going virtual! They will feature both live streams and pre-recorded classes from talented performers across the nation!
Cosmic Kids Yoga will keep your little ones entertained for hours. My kids especially love the Frozen & Pokemon episode.
MaryPoppins.com has many great online resources and activity guides for all ages
PBS Kids has free online resources for all age ranges, including new video content they just released
Crowd-sourced ideas from parents and small businesses
Free, live art lessons for older kids on the Make Facebook page
Online Pictionary you can play remotely with friends: https://skribbl.io/
Ages 3+ Educational Games
PreK & Private K Students E-Learning Ideas:
For Adults or Older Children:
Free catalog of Indigenous films online, with the recommended first 6: https://www.cbc.ca/arts/there-s-a-massive-free-catalogue-of-indigenous-films-online-and-we-have-6-picks-to-get-you-started-1.4623884
Free tv show and streaming movies online: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2020-03-17/coronavirus-tv-streaming-free-trial-deals
Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images online for unrestricted public use: https://kottke.org/20/01/paris-museums-put-100000-images-online-for-unrestricted-public-use
Seattle Symphone offers Free Video Broadcasts and Livestreams: https://seattlesymphony.org/watch-listen/beyondthestage/live-broadcasts
The Met Opera offers ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’: https://operawire.com/metropolitan-opera-to-offer-up-nightly-met-opera-streams/
Free Concerts from Coldplay, John Legend, Keith Urban and More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/03/17/coldplay-john-legend-keith-urban-coronavirus/
Use your time at home to create easy photo books to keep for yourself or to cheer up loved ones. We’re giving a 20% off with code: HOMEBUTNOTALONE
Virginia Museum of History and Culture – History at Home
- Banner Lectures: Browse more than 250 hours of recorded lectures about Virginia history by world renowned authors and speakers. Watch and listen to all of our past Banner Lectures here:
Website Archive | Vimeo | YouTube | SoundCloud
- Virtual Tours: You can still spend the day at the museum with our virtual gallery tours! Virtually walk through our exhibitions with our 360° mapping and click on exhibition objects to learn more about their stories. Tour now.
- Upcoming Webinars: In the coming weeks, we’re offering a series of free webinars from our VMHC Education team to keep you engaged from the comfort of your couch. Register now.
- Shop Merchandise: Curl up with a new book, play a historical game, spruce up your home office, or treat yourself to a gourmet food product. Order unique products from our online shop today! Browse now.
- Activities & Resources for Students: We have a variety of engaging learning resources, educational online tools, and meaningful media to bring the classroom to you remotely. Explore now.
TikTok Cat Videos: Just what we need right MEOW during social isolation
Virtual Dance Party: https://ew.com/celebrity/ben-platt-virtual-dance-party-coronavirus/
Free entertainment, including PC games, magazines, audiobooks and more: https://www.cnet.com/news/free-entertainment-to-help-you-survive-coronavirus-social-distancing/
Streaming Promotions and Deals: https://www.allconnect.com/blog/streaming-promotions-coronavirus
Natalie lives in Houston with her family of four!
Cooking healthy meals that are delicious and satisfying can be hard work for us moms! Lately, I’ve been struggling to curate a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner that include all of the important nutrients and vitamins, only to have my kids come to the table with a stubborn palate.