A Complete Guide to Keeping Your North Shore Kids Entertained
updated 3/17/2020 @ 11:50am
As school districts are closed due to the coronavirus, teachers, parents, and caregivers may be wondering how to keep children entertained. Thankfully, there are a myriad of free resources out there to help. Here is a list of fun, educational, and mostly FREE activities to do with your kids around the North Shore Area and online.
Note: During the school shutdowns, Spectrum is offering free access to the internet for students who do not have access at home. Call Spectrum at 1.844.488.8398.
Stay Entertained In the North Shore Area!
1.The North Shore Library offers FREE e-services which allow you to download books, magazines, comic books, audiobooks, and television series. Love crafting? Then check out Creative Bug and gain access to over a 1,000 online craft tutorials. Discover online resources to fix your car, learn a new hobby, or hone your business acumen.
2. The Board Game Barrister, Glendale’s privately-owned game store, now offers roadside service. With over a hundred games and puzzles…for all ages… their experts will make recommendations based on your budget. The store will remain open. However, order ahead and pick-up your new activity without leaving your vehicle.(Board Game Barrister’s Glendale Store…414.963.2100)
3. Now’s your time to learn a new instrument! Brass Bell Music Store is renting musical instruments from month to month.They will drop your selection off at your home and will provide helpful instructions. (Brass Bell Music Store…414.963.1000)
4. Maintain “social distancing” at any of Glendale’s Parks and Outdoor Recreation spots. Kletzsch Park offers walk paths and fields for running, hiking, yoga, fishing, archery, sledding, and more! You can hop on The Oak Leaf Trail at Glendale’s new trailhead located at the very West End of Bender Road at the Richard E. Maslowski Community Park.
Stay Educated Using Online Resources!
1.Take Virtual Tours of zoos, art museums, world landmarks, and outer space…right from your own couch.
Check out these virtual experiences coming from the Waterford.org website:
- San Diego Zoo: Learn exciting animal facts, explore exhibits in real time, and play fun games and activities
- Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China: Take a panoramic view of one of the seven wonders of the world.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium: Dive deep under the sea through exhibit webcams. After your child is done exploring the underwater life, the Monterey Bay Aquarium also provides activities and games on their classroom resource page
- Virtual Farm Tours: Learn more about agriculture from these videos!
- Discovery Education Field Trips: Discovery Education offers a variety of free, interactive tours.
- The Secrets of Easter Island Tour Head down to South America to discover more about Easter Island in Chile. You’ll learn who made the moai head megaliths, why they created them, and where their civilization has gone.
- Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip: Take virtual tours to explore the many attractions within Yellowstone National Park including the Grand Canyon, Mud Volcano, and Fountain Paint Pot.
- Online Tour of the Louvre Travel to Paris, France and visit one of the most renowned art galleries in the world. Take in the sights of the many exhibits that will transport you back in time through historical artifacts and paintings.
- Take a Virtual Walk on Mars: Do your kids have an interest in space? Thanks to NASA they’ll be able to explore Mars’ surface in a 360 degree view and learn more about space exploration
2. Want extensive lists of educational and creative activities to do with your child? Check out Forbes and Learn in Color’s recommendations:
3. Scholastic has released it’s Scholastic’s Learn at Home website that offers FREE daily courses for kids ranging from PreK to Grades 6+. For 20 days, children can read exciting articles and stories, watch videos, go on virtual field trips, and learn about topics they find intriguing. Scholastic’s will provide your child up to 3 hours each day of learning.
4. Does your child love math or do they need additional practice? Check out these websites.
- 60+ math websites that are free or discounted.
- Play 16 card games that make math fun and easy
5. Teach your children and teens the importance of financial independence, money management, and credit. Through Creditcards.com’s Financial Guide, experts provide educational games and lessons to help children of all ages begin exploring the benchmarks of financial literacy, such as earning, saving, and investing, to develop valuable problem-solving skills.
6. Learning A-Z is offering free access to Raz-Kids and Headsprout to schools/educators that don’t have these resources. Educators are able to register for FREE subscriptions until the end of the school year.
7. For children in Kindergarten-3rd grade- Storyline Online is a free children’s literacy program where actors read books to children. Each video includes visuals from the book as well as activity guides with lessons for students to do.
8. Specifically looking for fun craft projects? Starting on Monday, March 16th, McHarper Manor (in Milford, Ohio), will be going live with FREE art tutorials. You can watch daily at Noon CST via their Facebook page @McHarper Manor. Check out their blog for a supply list of materials you will need for their upcoming projects.
9. Want to expand your education and help others at the same time? Try freerice. Freerice is an online educational site for both children and adults. Users can learn from various categories including Global Goals, English, Geography, Humanities, Languages, Math, and Science. Interestingly enough, with every question answered correctly users will receive grains of rice. This rice generates money to pay for actual grains of rice as well as additional aid for others around the globe. 100% of all funds raised will go to the World Food Programme.
10.Watch one of the 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix. Topics range from animals, dinosaurs, earth & nature, outer space, history, documentaries, entertainment and more!
11. Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is offering various activities for your child to continue learning and exploring.
- Take a virtual tour of the museum and see various exhibits including dinosaurs, Old-town Milwaukee, Native-Americans and more!
- Test your child’s knowledge using MPM’s educational lesson guides for kids in Pre-K – K5 and Grades 1 -12 on topics such as Dinosaurs, Mummies, Archaeology, Insects etc.
- Check out 137 highlighted objects of the most important, unique, or interesting collections to commemorate MPM’s 137th anniversary. Many of the featured items are not on exhibit due to their fragile state. “These items reflect the broad scope of the over 4 million-plus objects in the Museum’s collections.”
- Discover behind the scene videos of MPM Untold– a Youtube series exploring the Milwaukee Public Museum’s collections.
- View MPM’s fun and educational newsletters with videos, articles, and activities for both children and adults. Sign up for their weekly newsletter if you’re interested.
- Watch shortened Planetarium productions and Museum Object Spotlight presentations by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate students.
Although our school system is closed, there are many ways to entertain our youth thanks to various online resources and local amenities. From taking online virtual tours, reading books, creating art projects, and even walking in the park, you can be sure your children will stay busy. Remember, we are all in this together, so please forward any of these links or ideas to your family, friends, and teachers who will benefit knowing these resources are out there to help during this time.
Article written by Jesse BaDour, Marketing and Event Coordinator for Welcome to Glendale. Although Jesse is not a mother yet, she has siblings and cousins that will need to stay occupied during these upcoming weeks. She is aware of the impact the school closures will have on students, teachers, parents, and care-givers alike. With her passion to learn and help, she wanted to forward her research to others in the North Shore area.