Survive and Thrive: Things To Do At Home

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips allow children to visit places around the world without ever leaving their homes. Through virtual field trips, they can visit other states, countries across the globe, and even other planets.

Check out our new Stories!

StoryArk just completed our Winter session and we have loads of new content for you!

Get outside!

Quarantine doesn’t mean you’re locked up in your house! Fresh air is key to staying healthy and parks are still open! Go for a walk, run, hike, whatever! Even sitting out on the front porch with a good book will boost your spirits. It’s spring so get out in the sunshine!

Write that novel!

Tap into your muse and get to it! Let your imagination run wild across the page. There is no better time like the present.

Learn a new Language

Duolingo is an app that makes learning a new language fun and it is completely free!

Meditate on it.

It’s a stressful time. Give yourself love and find a quiet place to just be a peace. If you need a little help, there are loads of free guided meditations on YouTube and great apps here as well.

Tour a Museum

From your couch! Museums from around the world have created virtual tours just for you! 

Take an Art Class

There are loads of online courses for the artist in you! Many are free, and even more are self-paced—allowing you to take classes at your own convenience—meaning it’s never been easier to go back to school. And there are plenty of enticing offerings when it comes to the visual arts.

TED Talks for Kids

TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing important ideas on a variety of topics. TED brings together the world’s most innovative people to deliver short, powerful talks on issues that matter. At 18 minutes or less, these TED Talks can be a phenomenal classroom resource. TED Talks can engage students and spark meaningful conversations. Here are some of the best TED Talks students (and you) will find informative, funny, and uplifting.

Draw with
Mo Willems

Mo Willems⁠—a bestselling author and illustrator⁠—has announced that he will be teaching drawing every weekday on YouTube to kids who are now at home. Mo will be having sessions called Lunch Doodles where he will occupy the little ones by doodling together with them.

YMCA Online

The YMCA is offering 60 free online exercises classes and youth programs to “support the health and well-being of the community,” the organization said in a press release.

Among the classes: boot camp, barre, yoga, weightlifting, boxing, Tai Chi and more.

Lets Schoolhouse Rock!

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get nostalgic here with Schoolhouse Rock! 

The complete series we know and love is available on YouTube! 

Read all your books?

While we of course advocate supporting your local independent book store – and independent publishing houses – and would urge you to purchase copies of your books where you can afford to, here you can find a collection of 45 websites where you can download tens of thousands of books, plays and texts for free. Oh, and these sites are also all completely legal, of course!

Get Cooking!

Now is the time to learn how to cook or teach someone else! There are great tutorials on YouTube, and recipes are only one Google search away! 

Explore the virtual outdoors

Take a virtual road trip to some of the Nations greatest parks! From Acadia to Zion, we have you covered!

Keep on Learning!

Here is a great list of family activities for all ages! Math, Reading, virtual field trips and more!

Netflix Party

Everyone knows this: the need to socialize is a primal part of human nature, so while the world practices social distancing, it is important to fill that void. Luckily, there is a Google Chrome extension that allows you and your friends to watch Netflix together without having to be in the same room.

Animal Cams

Hang out with the animals in a virtual zoo. Check out various animal cameras

Read with Josh Gad

Actor Josh Gad, voice of the lovable snowman Olaf from Frozen,  Is Reading Books to Kids Online Every Night During Coronavirus Quarantines.

Crash Course

Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube!

From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter.

Virtual Rides at Disney

 a list of some rides you can enjoy virtually

Musicals From Home

While it used to be a rare treat when a Broadway show was filmed live on stage, it’s becoming more and more common today—great news for Broadway fans. Now, if you can’t make it to New York City or just want to see a show you may have missed, there’s an ever-growing list of productions available to watch wherever you are.

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