Zoo / Animal Activities:
- San Diego Zoo Live Cams
- Houston Zoo Live Cams
- Cincinnati Zoo Facebook Live Events Schedule
- Watch puppies being cute
- Follow The Shedd Aquarium on Facebook
- National Aquarium Virtual Tour
- Georgia Aquarium Beluga Whales Live Cam
- Snite Museum “Our Collection, Your Inbox” Email List
- The Louvre Free Virtual Tours
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
National Park Virtual Tours
Send an eCard to Friends and Family:
- Family Karaoke Night, search youtube for free Kaoke versions of your favorite songs or use a premium site like KaraFun or SingSnap
- Perform a play, view free scripts at Playscripts.com or write your own play!
- Break out family favorite board games and regular old playing cards
- Movie Night, Turn down the lights, make popcorn and stream your favorite movies.
- “Drive-in” Movie night. Turn cardboard boxes into cars and pick a theme for the night (action/adventure, tropical, sports, etc)
Fun with Food:
- Cook Together, try one of these kid-friendly recipes
- Have a stay-at-home picnic, try these food ideas or make your own.
- Make your own pizza, experiment with new toppings!
- “The Great British Bakeoff” at home: choose a basic idea, like cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. for the “bakers” to make but give then a challenge of decorating, or a theme, or a unique flavor that they must use.
“Chopped” at home: put mystery ingredients in a basket for contestant family members to cook and use other family members as the judges. Don’t forget to set the stop clock!
- Jigsaw Explorer Free online puzzles
- Jigzone Free online puzzles
- Jigsaw Planet Free online puzzles
- Or, dig through closets and bring out your own physical puzzles that you haven’t used in awhile!
- Cardboard construction. Turn all those Amazon boxes into buildings, cars, airplanes and more!
- Create a board game, use this to get started.
- Recreate famous works of art like this!
Make your own Playdough with this recipe
Fun with Literature:
- Like Harry Potter? Bring Hogwarts Home!
- Join the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Learning Family Challenge
- St. Joseph County Public Library Facebook page has virtual storytimes and other reading activities
Go Outside (Please avoid crowded parks and jungle gym equipment)
- Use sidewalk chalk to do something creative
- Fly a kite!
- Exercise! Get that heart rate up with these backyard exercises
- Start a family podcast. Practice interviewing family members and learning about them. Record on your phone and share the episode with friends and family everywhere. Free plans available here.
- Write your own book. Whether you write 5 pages or 100 pages, here’s some things to consider
Record kids reading story books that can be shared with others, like grandparents or possibly nursing homes