Nothing drags by slower than idle time for your kids. They want fun. They want adventure. They want something, anything, to do to help pass the time.
Well, good news! There are a ton of great things out there your kids will love. You just need to do a little looking around. From games and activities to virtual tours and (shh, don’t say it out loud) educational opportunities that make learning fun.
To get you started, here are some options you might want to check out.
- Online Digital Escape Rooms
Virtual escape rooms are a great way to pass time, have a lot of fun, and maybe even learn something. Check out this article that discusses ten free digital escape rooms across a variety of themes offering a little bit of everything.
- Take Virtual Tours
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t take terrific tours of museums, famous sites and fun destinations. Here are a few ideas: explore Yellowstone Park, the Georgia Aquarium, Legoland, the Smithsonian and Hershey’s Chocolateworld.
- Read Me a Story!
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.
- Mommy Poppins
Forget about Mary, instead check out one of the coolest sites around for neat kid stuff to do, Mommy Poppins. We’re talking about an entire site dedicated to boredom busters, cool science experiments, pandemic parenting, easy crafts and other entertaining ideas to keep your kids happy. This site might just become your new best friend.
- MasterChef Junior, Here We Come
More and more kids are getting interested in being in the kitchen. And, with schools all over the country closed, there are now many free or affordable online classes that can teach your kids how to cook and bake. Here are some of the best: Spatulata Cooking for Kids, Kids Cooking Activities, Food Literacy Center, Foodschool and Raddish.
These are just a few of the options out there to help you keep your children busy, entertained and happy during their time at home. Who knows, you might just find some of these pretty enjoyable too! Stay well.