50+ Resources for At-Home Activities for the Whole Family
Libraries are resources for ideas and information, for things that enlighten the mind and cultivate curiosity. During this unprecedented time of social distancing, our librarians have taken the time to vet resources beyond our library’s offerings that can help us to stay connected — to one another, to other places, and to learning — no matter where we are physically located.
Active Learning for Children
Arts and Crafts
Every Child a Reader — Printable coloring book pages by 23 artists for craft time.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka — Daily drawing exercises with an author and illustrator.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems — Drawing and writing activities with Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems.
Messy Little Monster — Arts, crafts, and activities for young children.
Red Ted Art — Simple, at-home craft videos.
StoryMarch — Daily art prompts that connect to the previous drawing.
The Kitchen Table Classroom — Art technique videos, activities, and resources.
Abdobooks — Free distance learning materials for grades pre-K through 12, available through June.
At Home with Emily — Music, books, ukulele, and storytime with author and singer-songwriter Emily Arrow.
Brightly Storytime Podcasts — Children’s books read by Ms. Linda.
Clavis Publishing — Storytime books read by authors and accompanied by printable activity sheets.
Pebble Go — Interactive e-books for Little Ones.
Storyline Online — Storytime with celebrities that include animated, video illustrations
Teach Your Monster to Read — Interactive games in an adventure setting for learning to read.
Reading and Writing (School Age)
Authors Everywhere! — Readings, activities, writing games, and more from authors.
Brightly’s Book Club — A book club pick with discussion questions, activities, and recommended reads.
Jarrett Lerner — Drawing and writing prompt activities, like “Finish This Comic.”
Khan Academy Kids — Lessons, from reading to math, guided by animal cartoons.
New York Times What's Going on in This Picture — A photo caption writing prompt and conversation with students across the globe.
Scholastic Learn at Home — Daily books and activities to keep minds active.
Society of Young Inklings — Fun activities that build writing skills through helpful videos.
30-Day LEGO Challenge — A printable calendar of daily LEGO activities.
Babble Dabble Do — DIY STEAM activities presented in how-to videos.
Smithsonian Science How — Science webcasts with a live Q&A with a scientist.
Star Atlas — Interactive, online planetarium to learn about the more-than-60,000 stars.
Tinkercad — 3D design, coding with Codeblocks, and electronics programming to develop creations.
Virtual Embryology Program — Watch chicks hatch and interact on a 4-H live stream.
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips — A behind-the-scenes look at sites across the nation.
Explore Livecams – Live webcams from all over the globe featuring locations and animals.
TEDEd — TED videos on any topic to support a lesson / subject.
Arts & Culture
Color Our Collections — Museum collections transformed into adult coloring book pages.
Google Arts & Culture Art Museums — Online collections and virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the world.
Paris Musees — More than 150,000 online images from the museums’ collections.
Playbill — Broadway shows accessible from the comfort of your living room.
Class Central — Free online business courses from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and more.
SBA — A 30-minute course on how to write a business plan.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) — Webinars on topics geared toward small businesses.
TEDTalks — A playlist of talks for launching a business.
Harvard CS50x — An introductory course on computer science and programming.
Health and Fitness
YMCA 360 — On-demand fitness classes available for a limited time.
Yoga with Adriene — Yoga videos for all levels, interests, and lengths.
Museum, Park, and Zoo Tours
360 Videos — 360 google videos of everything from famous artwork to the Hubble Control Centre, the Orion Nebula to a Titanosaur, and the Umayyad Mosque to Coco Chanel’s Little Black Dress.
Ellis Island — A virtual field trip to Ellis Island complete with stories of young immigrants.
Denver Art Museum — Online collection searchable by culture, locale, country, and medium.
National Air and Space Museum — A virtual tour of the museum, activities, and games.
Natural History Museum — A self-guided tour of the museum and its exhibits.
White House — Three different virtual tours of the White House and associated buildings.
The Hidden World of the National Parks — 360-tours of five National Parks across the U.S. “led” by a park ranger.
Denver Zoo — Animal videos and family activities.
National Aquarium — Close encounters with sharks and coral reef life through webcams, as well as at-home activities.
Monterey Bay Aquarium — Live webcams of animals, educational resources, games, and activities.
San Diego Zoo — Animal videos, activites, games, and live animal webcams.