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ACTIVITIES AT HOME

Fun Stuff for Kids and Families

When kids are out of school and families are home together, it can be a wonderful way to connect, engage and support each other. But let’s just be honest, it can also cause some stir-craziness, a lot of sad faces and plenty of “I’m boooored” bellows. We get it! 

So we’ve asked our preschool and youth program staff to compile some great ways to keep your kiddos smiling, their brains working and their feet moving.

LEARNING

learning

Audible

Audible is offering hundreds of free stories for kiddos and teens. From Winnie the Pooh to YA bestsellers, it’s a wonderful screen-free option to keep children and young adults learning and growing. 

AUDIBLE

Chip’s Kids Club

While kids are remotely learning right now, CU Boulder has developed some virtual programming for kids through their Read with the Buffs Program and Chip’s Kids Club. Listen to CU athletes who have recorded themselves reading their favorite Read with the Buffs book.

READ WITH THE BUFFS

Creative Curriculum and Ready Rosie

Featuring the curriculum used at YMCA Inspire Preschool, Ready Rosie offers up activities that families can enjoy at home. Bonus, it provides information in English and Spanish.

READY ROSIE

Denver Zoo

If you have a little animal lover at home, you will love the live videos on the Denver Zoo’s social media pages. You can meet their animals up close and learn all about your favorite furry (and not-so furry) friends. 1pm daily.

DENVER ZOO

Dolly Parton Story Time

Well, hello, Dolly! Dolly Parton has long served as an advocate for childhood reading and literacy, and now she’s bringing her charm and love for stories into your home. Join her for stories that inspire and inform. Begins April 2. 

GOODNIGHT WITH DOLLY

Funbrain

Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

FUNBRAIN

Kristen Bell Virtual Camp

Wish you could ring a bell for a butler? Let’s ring one for parents. As they say, it takes a village. Actress Kristen Bell created Camp Hello Bello to help parents. As a parent herself, she knows that being a parent while stuck at home is hard. So, why not be in that together virtually? Check every Sunday for the week’s schedule. Music, dancing, food, and more. Free to join.

CAMP HELLO BELLO

NASA Kids Club

Find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NASA KIDS CLUB

Online Story Times

Desparate to keep your kids engaged and entertained while you work? We hear ya! This blog is a helpful compilation of all the virtual story times and online illustration times offered for free. 

ONLINE STORY TIMES

Pop Culture Hero

Pop Culture Hero Coalition is offering emotional support — free of charge — to children, teens and parents. They created The Heroic Journey at Home: Mental Health During COVID-19 by adapting their successful psychological support tools for schools, which use powerful examples from Wonder Woman, Batman, Black Panther, Harry Potter, and other stories that families find relatable.

POP CULTURE HERO

Scholastic Learning

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.

SCHOLASTIC LEARNING

Sea Life Virtual Aquarium

Ever heard of a dugong? Learn about all kinds of sea creatures you’ve never seen before. Live streams of the animals, activities and more.

SYDNEY AQUARIUM

Story Time with Boulder Public Library

Enjoy the classic library story time from the comfort of your home.

BOULDER LIBRARY

Wide Open School

Wide Open School is a collection of the top online learning offerings for kids — inspiring young learners, supporting parents and relieving families as they embrace this new era of homeschooling. From live events to reading lesson to STEM projects to movement videos, Wide Open School is not to be missed. Contributors include Sesame Workshop, National Geographic, Noggin, Khan Academy and more.

WIDE OPEN SCHOOL

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

coffee filter crafts

Busy Toddler

Developed by a former teacher and education advocate, Busy Toddler is a popular website and Instagram account that is dedicated to bringing hands-on learning back to childhood. Find tons of ideas to teach your kiddos, inspire creativity and show them just how fun learning can be.

BUSY TODDLER

Coffee Filter Art

It’s so simple, and you’ll find a million iterations on Pinterest. Children color on coffee filters with washable markers, spray them with water or use eye-droppers of water. And then lay them out to dry. It’s a blast!

COFFEE FILTER ART

Corn Syrup Painting

This art project gets a little messy, which the kiddos love, and it gives their paintings an extra special shimmer.

SYRUP ART

Egg Carton Mancala 

Kids (1st grade and older) will love this game involving counting and easy strategy.

EGG CARTON MANCALA GAME

Invisible Ink Messages

Use science to write secret messages to each other. Play spy or FBI. 

INVISIBLE INK

Make A Pinata

This project will be a hit (see what we did there?). Create and design a pinata. Fill it with candy or toys and whack away.

MAKE A PIÑATA

Origami

Make paper boats, dogs and more. Use silly voices and put on a show. 

ORIGAMI CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Painting with Water and Cotton Balls

In need of a fun, easy project for your younger kiddos? Just add water. 

COTTON BALL ART

Pipe Cleaners & Colanders

This is a great challenge for little ones and helps them improve fine motor skills. You can also try it with strings.

PIPE ART

Snow Painting

If it’s snowing out, bring in some snow and let children use watercolors or food coloring to paint the snow.

SNOW ART

Sunken Pirate Treasure Bottles

Ahoy! If your little ones are into treasure hunts, here is a great way to go under seas. 

DISCOVERY BOTTLES

Tape Resist Art

An art project that will keep your kids busy and creative — and results in a fridge-worthy masterpiece. Plus, it uses supplies parents may have at home.

TAPE ART

MUSIC, DANCE & MOVEMENT

dancing

12Bursts

12Bursts encourages you and your children to achieve 60-minutes of daily recommended physical activity through 12 activity “bursts” of five minutes each. This YMCA-developed program inspires excitement, activity and fun for the whole family.

12BURSTS

Greg and Steve Music Videos

Are you ready to kick it old school? The Kids In Motion YouTube channel from Greg and Steve is full of 80s music, movement and leotards. It’s rad!

DANCE

Kidz Bop

All the latest hit songs, sung by kids and done for kids. No bad words or inappropriate content. Sing your favorites or join their dance-alongs.

KIDZ BOP       

Super Simple Songs

Your kiddos already know the songs, so they can jump right in and sing-a-long with the Super Simple Songs YouTube Channel. They also have Spotify and Amazon Music playlists — so no screen needed. 

SONGS

We All Go Traveling By

Based on the popular book on tape, We All Go Traveling By now has the song and lyrics on YouTube. It’s very popular and catchy.

WE ALL GO TRAVELING

Y360

Y360 is an on-demand healthy living network developed by other YMCAs. Includes kids yoga.

Y360

HARRY POTTER GAMES & ACTIVITIES

Harry Potter crazy? We are too! During these uncertain times, we could all use a little magic. Here are some ways to bring magical creatures, spells, potions and adventures into your lives:

Harry Potter at Home Hub 

Made by the world-famous author J.K. Rowling, occupy your kids with tons of fun Harry Potter activities. Check out the quizzes, puzzles, articles and arts and craft ideas. Suited for kids of all ages, including those new to the wizarding world and those already familiar with it. 

Introducing Harry Potter At Home

Harry Potter Meets Science

Compiled by a few parents who love the series, this has a lot of hands-on activities that bring the books to life. All of these provide an entertaining educational experience. 

11 of The Best Harry Potter Activities for Kids

Wizarding World Art and Coloring

Do your kids love to color? This is great for making house ties, crests, shields and more! You can even dress up in what you made. 

Activity Village

Wizarding World Games

Full of lots of ideas and easy-to-print Harry Potter games to keep kids happy and engaged. 

49 Best Harry Potter Game Ideas

Harry Potter Meets Crafts

Taught by a kid for kids. Meet Sunny, who will lead you in making some great things from the witchcraft and wizarding world. Help make your home the next Hogwarts. Create floating candles, glitter potions and wands.  

Harry Potter Hacks

Harry Potter Meet Harry Potter

Learn more about Harry’s world: written by J.K. Rowling, read about wizarding schools from all over the world, thestrals and boggarts, what Hogwarts professors were like as kids, where quidditch came from and what the wizarding world was like before Harry was born. Endless pages and endless magic await you. 

JK Rowling Archive

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