As we continue to practice social distancing, it’s likely your kid’s boredom is becoming tougher to combat. The school year is ending in just a few weeks, which means that parents have to worry about entertaining their children in the morning, afternoon, and night. Your little ones may be growing tired of movie nights, educational videos, and fort building. To help ease the stress of keeping the kids entertained, we’ve compiled some unique virtual opportunities to keep kids busy while practicing social distancing.
If your kiddo is a gymnast at heart and missing their after-school classes, then The Little Gym’s Youtube videos are exactly what they need. These classes range in length, and vary by different age groups and skill levels. Are you raising a dancer? Then check out Kidz Bop’s follow along dance videos on Youtube that take participants through the dance step by step. Did someone say free dance recital?
Fan-Favorite Fantasy Fun
If your kid’s face is constantly in a book and they are fans of the Percy Jackson series, the Camp Half-Blood website is offering free content such as story time and crafts. Or, if your little one is more into the Harry Potter series, there’s an interactive online escape room that lets users put their wizarding skills to the test. They will have to solve puzzles, and use photos and videos for clues to figure out the Hogwarts themed game room.
Take a Trip to Disney
Did you have to recently cancel a trip to Disneyland? Or, are your kids obsessed with the rides and characters? Thanks to Disney enthusiasts who uploaded their rides to Youtube, your family can join them on a virtual experience. A few popular ride videos are Frozen Ever After, Space Mountain, and the Journey of the Little Mermaid. For more ride experiences just search Youtube, and explore Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland for free.
Storytime & Camp Magic
If you need a break from storytime, don’t worry! Former first lady, Michelle Obama, is hosting Mondays with Michelle. PBS Kids and Penguin Random House will be streaming these experiences on Youtube and Facebook at noon on Mondays. Books include major hits such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Gruffalo”, “There’s a Dragon in Your Book” and more. Actress Kristen Bell has partnered with Camp Hello Bello, where it has transformed the normal camp experience into one that is completely online. Activities include coloring, scavenger hunts, sewing, toy theatre, sing-alongs, storytimes, and even workouts.
If the kids are going a little stir crazy, even a few unique activities can turn any boring day into something exciting and new. For more virtual experience ideas, check out Phoenix’s Kids Out and About that have created a detailed list of kid friendly activities available 24/7.