A List of Activities and Resources for Anyone Stuck at Home

Apr 22, 2020

If you are stuck at home and are getting bored, need something to do or need some help keeping your kids educated, check out this list full of free online resources from local and national sources

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Basalt Regional Library Card Digital Resources

A lot of digital resources are available with a Basalt Library Card such as Kanopy, Mango Languages and a New Online Book Club. If you do not already have a library card, you can register for one and get instant access to these resources at basaltlibrary.org/library-cards

The Art Base

The Art Base in Basalt is providing Art Kits To-Go that can be picked up for free at the studio building's back porch. They also have a lot of online art prompts available in both English and Spanish, and they are also in the process of creating more online content for kids and adults. Their online resources are available at theartbase.org/art-prompts-in-english-y-en-espanol/ 

Aspen Historical Society History at home

The Aspen Historical has put together a collection of a bunch of ways you can enjoy their history while at home. This includes coloring pages, historical videos and videos of past programs on their YouTube Channel, their online photo archive which includes thousands of photos, and more. To check out this collection of history, visit tiny.cc/deznmz 

Virtual Museums

Google has taken street view images at over 3,000 different museums and heritage sites around the world, such as the British Museum in London and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., which you can virtually tour online. For a complete list of museums and to virtually visit each, visit artsandculture.google.com/project/streetviews

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a searchable collection of many of their digital resources and materials from each of their museums, major resource centers and the National Zoo. For more information and to search the learning lab, visit learninglab.si.edu/about

The National Theatre

The National Theatre streamed one performance each week during the month of April.

  • April 2, One Man, Two Guvnors
  • April 9 Jane Eyre
  • April 16, Treasure Island
  • April 23, Twelfth Night

You can stream them all at youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJgBmjHpqgs6WHi1g0FW7Tdf3ejvWbcL0  

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is livestreaming rebroadcasts of previous concerts, led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard. They are also livestreaming two "family-friendly" education broadcasts, "Meet the Instrument" and "Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots".

This can be accessed through their Facebook Page facebook.com/seattlesymphony, YouTube Channel youtube.com/seattlesymphony and on their website at https://seattlesymphony.org/live

 

Harry Potter at Home Hub

Author JK Rowling and the Harry Potter team have launched the Harry Potter at Home Hub. The website features quizzes, fun articles, craft videos, puzzles and more, all inspired by the wizarding world. You can check it out at wizardingworld.com/collections/ harry-potter-at-home 

ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books

The American Society of Landscape Architects has created printable books with lots of activities and facts about architecture for all ages.

A PDF of the Activity Book for Kids can be accessed and printed at asla.org/uploadedFiles/CMS/Education/Career_Discovery/ASLAActivityBookKids.pdf

A PDF of theActivity Book for Teens/Adults can be accessed and printed at asla.org/uploadedFiles/CMS/Education/Career_Discovery/ASLAActivityBookTeensAdults.pdf

Scholastic Learning at Home

Scholastic Learning At Home features daily projects “to keep kids reading, thinking and growing” for grades PreK through 9th. There are also resources for families and teachers. These daily projects and resources can be accessed at classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Khan Academy Remote Learning

Khan Academy has created resources for teachers, parents and students who are dealing with school closures.

Resources for parents and teachers:

www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/611770255064350720/remote-learning-with-khan-academy-during-school

Resources for Students (Grades Preschool through 1st Grade):

khankids.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/ articles/360040315632-How-to-use-Khan-Academy-Kids-for-remote-learning 

Lego Lets Build Together

LEGO is sharing simple design challenges and has assembled LEGO designers, creatives and play experts to come up with new ways to help families "stay creative, curious and connected" while at home. This includes daily play challenges, new play ideas and live build-a-longs being shared through photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #letsbuildtogether and at lego.com/letsbuildtogether

Scratch Coding for Kids

Scratch is a free online drag and drop coding language that teaches kids the basics of computer coding, created by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information and to get started with coding, visit scratch.mit.edu The Scratch Team will also be offering online activities throughout the month of May for this year's Scratch Day, which are usually in-person meetups anyone may host, that are held around the world that month. For more information on Scratch Day, visit day.scratch.mit.edu

Storm The Castle

www.StormTheCastle.com is a fantastic site filled with 100’s of instructions for making all kinds of cool stuff with items you already have at home: cardboard castles, stop motion animation, terrariums, dioramas, cardboard armor and even a recipe to make vinegar & milk “plastic”.

National Geographic Resources For Families

National Geographic has created Resources For Families, a web page featuring resources for families, students and kids, including interesting articles, “Boredom Busters”, videos for kids, homework help and more. This collection of resources has been put together at

nationalgeographic.com/family/in-the-news/coronavirus/ 

PBS Resources

PBS has published a press release with information on all the online resources they are providing, including Coronavirus related programming, PBS Digital Content/Resources and Educational resources for PreK through 12th grade. The press release can be viewed at tiny.cc/g1jpmz 

Udemy Free Resource Center

Udemy has created a free resource center featuring a curated collection of over 150 courses that will help “students adapt to working from home, search for a job, maintain balance, and more.” They will continue to add new courses on an ongoing basis. To access the resource center and the free courses, visit udemy.com/courses/free/  

Free Ivy League Courses

Many Ivy League Universities across the US are offering some of their courses online for free. Quartz has a list of over 450 of these free online courses at qz.com/1821327/450-free-ivy-league-university-courses-you-can-take-online/