You’re Not Going Anywhere. 10 Kid-Friendly Ideas for Having Fun at Home

"Выживает не самый сильный, а самый восприимчивый к переменам." Чарльз Дарвин ©

Though it may seem like everyone on social media is spending their #isolationtime completing ambitious home projects or working out their abs … you are not the only one debating whether it’s worth it to put on pants today. If you have kids at home, being productive is even more of a challenge. We may never quite learn how to go easy on ourselves, but we may take an online drawing class with our teenager or watch a deep sea exploration video with our toddler and consider them to be excellent distractions, and therefore actual accomplishments. Below are some of our favorite finds from the web:


Oliver Jeffers, one of our favorite visual artists and authors, reads from his vast collection of children story books — most of which are about adventure and exploration. Catch him on Instagram Live at 6 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST or browse the archives.


Illustrator Wendy Macnaughton holds Instagram Live drawing classes Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST


Coder Neal Agarwal has created a series of wonderfully endless scroll websites to explore The Deep Sea and Space. 

Scholastic’s Learn at Home program features projects and videos and divided by grades: Pre-K-Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-9.

So this may be stretching the definition of «fun online,» but it’s a good resource to have in your back pocket: The New York Public Library is offering free online tutoring in partnership with Brainfuse every day  from 2-11 p.m. in English and Spanish, for all grades and all core subjects. Videos and other resources are available at any time. 


A true source of happiness from the San Diego Zoo, the International Wolf Center, Happiness Village Baby Panda Park, and the Senior Dog Sanctuary. Cincinatti Zoo is live streaming a daily safari on their Facebook page at 3 p.m. EST. At Shedd in Chicago, staff let penguins roam the empty aquarium. (Penguins! They’re just like us.)


Prompts from artist Carson Ellis include making a butterfly, coloring a self-portrait, and drawing a treasure map.


IRL field trips from Creative Mornings move online. Take a piñata basics class or have a virtual coffee with an international peace-building trainer. 


Travel without moving. See a live cam of an empty Times Square, Red Rock Sedona, or Miami Beach.


Hilarious children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems hosts silly YouTube animating sessions. A delight for kids of all ages.


Keep your eyes out for this online gathering of kid lit authors. The Everywhere Book Fest is opens its virtual doors May 1 + 2, unveiling two free full days of live and pre-recorded sessions with picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors.


The NYT asked Broadway songwriters to create hand-washing songs — and they’re pretty catchy. Hear these alternatives, then practice. #20secondhandwash

Special thanks to Fathom pal Becky Cheang for her crafty ideas.

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