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The Best Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home

The Best Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home

Entertainment is only a click away with these virtual activities

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As schools close and non-essential workers are asked to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents around the world are now spending more time at home with their children. Here is a guide on how to entertain your kids while social distancing keeps your family indoors.

Stream a children’s yoga class

Stream a children’s yoga class

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You don’t have to run around a local park or go on a long-distance hike to get your kids moving. Exercise that is both physically stimulating and fun is only a click away with Cosmic Kids Yoga. Designed for kids ages 3 and up, this YouTube channel provides interactive videos packed with yoga exercises that double as story time.

Home safari with the Cincinnati Zoo

Home safari with the Cincinnati Zoo

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You don’t have to leave your home to walk on the wild side. The Cincinnati Zoo hosts a Facebook livestream every day at 3 p.m. Eastern. The educational videos focus on the zoo’s animals and end with a fun activity. But, if you can’t make the livestream, don’t worry. You can watch the videos on YouTube at any time. If the zoo isn’t your kid’s thing, try taking a virtual tour of one of these historic landmarks.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

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The Kennedy Center is there for you when it comes to working from home with kids. At 1 p.m. Eastern sharp, the center’s artist-in-residence, Mo Willems, posts a new video to his Youtube channel. Willems teaches kids how to write and doodle every weekday. Willems is also a children’s book author. So get some arts and crafts supplies ready and tune into “Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.”

New Victory Theater’s arts break program

New Victory Theater’s arts break program

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The New Victory Theater understands the importance of keeping busy during the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, the theater is giving you and your children entertainment options from home. The theatre group posts week-long lesson plans to its website, broken up into individual videos for every day of the week. Each video focuses on a specific skill, like learning how to make music without any instruments. Maybe you can even learn to play the most popular song from the year you were born.

Reef Relief’s marine science educational videos

Reef Relief’s marine science educational videos

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Reef Relief is dedicated to protecting the world’s beautiful coral reefs and educating your kids. The group hosts virtual science lessons every week on Facebook. The lessons focus on topics ranging from food chains to the mangrove ecosystem. And while it’s a great way for your kids to learn at home, the educational experience doesn’t just have to be for your children. In fact, continuing to learn is one healthy habit that keeps you young.

Read aloud with Dan Gutman

Read aloud with Dan Gutman

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Best-selling author Dan Gutman is using Facebook weekdays at 2 p.m. Eastern to read his books to your children. Each video lasts about 20 minutes and posts online in case you can’t make it for the live reading. While your kids enter the magical world of Gutman’s children’s books, you can get in a quick at-home workout

Live concerts with Justin Roberts

Live concerts with Justin Roberts

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Three-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts launched a “Stuck at Home” series in which he performs concerts on Facebook live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. So whip up some iconic brunch dishes and tune into a great show. And if you’d rather wait until later in the day to get your rock and roll on, don’t worry. Every video is posted to Roberts’ Facebook page following the livestream, so you can watch at any time.

New England Aquarium educational live stream and tour

New England Aquarium educational live stream and tour

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If your youngins love aquatic life, then you’re in luck. Every Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern, the New England Aquarium posts educational videos to its YouTube channel. The videos feature everything from sharks to dwarf seahorses. But if your kid is more of a history buff, give them a look at these historical mansions that are frozen in time.

Read aloud of ‘Mac B: Kid Spy’

Read aloud of ‘Mac B: Kid Spy’

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Children’s author Mac Barnett is giving your child the chance to become an at-home spy. Every night at 8 p.m. Eastern, he puts on a tuxedo, pours himself a glass of milk and reads a chapter from one of his books. His show airs on Instagram through IGTV and can be watched at any time of day. And while it might not be as interactive as walking through one of the world’s most stunning libraries, Barnett sure does put on a great show.

Mr. Jon and Friends live concerts

Mr. Jon and Friends live concerts

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While you may not be able to head to a live concert, Mr. Jon and Friends bring the music to you. The popular band, which makes music for kids and their families, goes live on Facebook every weekday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. So whip up some amazing at-home coffee and tune into a rockin’ 30-minute show.

American Museum of Natural History’s ‘Ology’

American Museum of Natural History’s ‘Ology’

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A great way to boost your productivity while working from home is by making sure your children are well occupied. And one site that could entertain your kids for the rest of time is “Ology.” The American Museum of Natural History’s science website for children offers stories, games and hands-on activities like puzzles. Every activity teaches kids something valuable about science.

Draw with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Draw with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka posts a new video every weekday at 2 p.m. Eastern to his Youtube channel. His videos last around 20 to 30 minutes and teach children how to tell stories through words and pictures. While your child gets to know Krosoczka, you can focus on work or even tidy up with these life-changing organizational hacks.

Petersen Automotive Museum livestream

Petersen Automotive Museum livestream

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If your kids love cars, then Petersen Automotive Museum is the place to virtually visit. The museum posts livestream videos to its website at 1 p.m. Eastern every day. The videos include story time and interactive activities like clay modeling and build-your-own license plate. While your child is learning all about cars, use the mid-day break to whip up some lunch with these easy recipes that take less than one hour.  

Science mom and math dad YouTube channel

Science mom and math dad YouTube channel

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One small act of kindness you can do from your couch is offering to virtually tutor someone. And science mom and math dad are here to help. The dynamic duo livestreams YouTube videos at 11 a.m. Eastern. Each lesson is two hours long and features engineering challenges, crafts and games. You can also watch the videos via Facebook.

Crayola free coloring pages

Crayola free coloring pages

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If you’re looking for an easy activity to pass the time, try downloading some free coloring pages on Crayola’s website. Choose from coloring pages with plants, animals, Disney characters and more. If your child is a little older and you want a more advanced arts and crafts project, try repurposing mason jars and other household items together.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden virtual meet the animals

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden virtual meet the animals

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Every weekday at 10 a.m. Eastern, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden posts videos on its website and Facebook for you and your children to enjoy. Each video features a new animal, covering everything from spiders to naked mole rats. But if you’d rather bring the furry friends to you, look into fostering a pet during the coronavirus pandemic.

Center for Puppetry Arts puppet shows

Center for Puppetry Arts puppet shows

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is bringing the fun to you with at-home puppet shows. Members of the arts center post daily videos on Facebook. The shows typically air at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern, but check the website before tuning in, as times may vary. This is a unique experience for your children to witness some magic from home. If puppets aren’t your family’s thing, try entertaining your kids with Barbie’s best moments.

Learn to draw Disney characters

Learn to draw Disney characters

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While there are a plethora of underrated Disney World rides and restaurants, you might not be able to name a Disney character that your child doesn’t know. If that’s the case, head to Disney Parks’ website, where editorial content director Thomas Smith uploads drawing tutorials for everything from Tinkerbell to Daisy Duck.

Meet the animals at Charlie's Acres

Meet the animals at Charlie's Acres

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Charlie’s Acres is a sanctuary in California that has dedicated itself to rescuing farm animals. Staff members post videos to the sanctuary’s Facebook page featuring a different animal and virtual tour of the farm. The live stream typically happens on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Eastern, but be sure to check the Facebook event page for more details. And if this gets you in the mood to get a little critter of your own, it might be time to brush up on the household items that can harm your pets.

Write a short story for Story Pirates

Write a short story for Story Pirates

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Story Pirates is a media company that advocates for the arts education of children. New episodes of Story Pirates’ hit podcast are posted online on Thursdays. The podcast presents stories written by children and voiced by adults. Children can even submit one of their own original stories to Story Pirates. Reading and writing with your children is one thing every parent should do in their lifetime.

“Staying Safe, Staying Positive” with Kyle Dine

“Staying Safe, Staying Positive” with Kyle Dine

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Every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eastern, educator and public speaker Kyle Dine goes live on Facebook with his series, “Staying Safe, Staying Positive.” Dine has a cast of characters in his videos, including his daughter and an array of puppet friends. The videos help children cope with and stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic. Dine is just one person that's been practicing kindness during the virus’ outbreak.

Crocodile Encounter educational livestream

Crocodile Encounter educational livestream

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If you’ve got some fearless kids at home, then you should consider tuning into Crocodile Encounter’s educational videos, which stream on Facebook daily at 11 a.m. Eastern. The videos are educational and provide lessons on snakes, crocodiles and more. After the live stream, ask the hosts whether crocodiles live in any of the most beautiful waters in the world.

How to draw cartoons with HowtoToon

How to draw cartoons with HowtoToon

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If your kids want to learn a new hobby during social distancing, then they should watch HowtoToon on YouTube. The videos provide easy-to-learn cartooning tutorials for all ages and can be watched at any time of day. Afterward, schedule a video call with your family and show them your child’s new talent — it’s a great way to stay in touch with loved ones during the pandemic.

Daily workouts with EnerGEEwhizz

Daily workouts with EnerGEEwhizz

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There are many free online workout classes and exercise apps, but one that is catered to your children is hosted by EnerGEEwhizz. The kids fitness group has changed its class schedule to feature one virtual class a day at 2 p.m. Eastern. The classes are 45 minutes long and are a great way for your kids to stay active while they’re stuck at home.

DIY arts and crafts

DIY arts and crafts

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If you’re looking for some things to do that don’t involve a computer or phone screen, consider trying your hand at some old-fashioned arts and crafts. There are plenty of easy-to-make recipes like make-your-own funny putty, pasta jewelry and play dough.

Tutu School dance class

Tutu School dance class

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Dancing is among the best activities you can do during social distancing, and Tutu School is there to help. The Walnut Creek, California, location hosts classes every day on its Instagram page. The classes feature art, scavenger hunts, yoga and more. The videos are live-streamed and aren’t posted following the class, so be sure to check into Instagram regularly for dates and times.

Audible Stories

Audible Stories

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While your little one may not be able to go on their own spring adventure right now, they can still go on endless expeditions with Audible Stories. Audible is the world's main source for spoken word entertainment and during the coronavirus pandemic they're offering free streaming for kids everywhere. Now, your children can listen to a variety of stories, offered in six different languages. The stories can be streamed on your desktop, laptop or phone. 

Story time with your local library

Story time with local library

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If your kids miss connecting with their friends and the community while in coroanvirus quarantine, then check in with your local library and see if they have anything planned. Some public libraries are offering story time and other fun activities on Facebook livestream. While your child watches their favorite librian read aloud, you can get to work on your spring cleaning, with this home maintenance checklist

Home Zone with Kohl Children's Museum

Home Zone with Kohl Children's Museum

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While there are plenty of new DIY hobbies you can do from home, one hobby that never goes out of style is learning. The Kohl Children's Museum is a great resource for any little tykes that miss the classroom. Their remote learning video series offers stories, activities and fun experiments that you and your family can do from home. 

Cooking lessons for kids with Erin Chase

Cooking lessons for kids with Erin Chase

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This is a great thing for both you and your children to do. Erin Chase uploads videos to her Facebook and Youtube page every week in her new series, “School Cancellation: Kids Cooking Lesson.” The videos feature easy-to-make, affordable recipes that your kids will love. But make sure you’re storing the leftovers properly with this guide to how long foods last in the fridge and freezer.

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