Free Things to Do Online
Stuck at home? Missing the library? Check out these free online resources and take the family on a virtual trip to museums, zoos, opera, and more. Use your time home from work or school to learn to code or start a new workout regimen. As the Cat in the Hat would say “It’s fun to have fun, you just have to know how!”
Know something we don’t? Email MGilroy@easthaddamlibrarysystem.org to suggest some of your favorite online freebies!
If you’re missing story time, baby time, and our other outstanding children’s programs – here is a wonderful list of Live Children’s events brought to you by KidLit. If you’ve missed any of the live events, check out the links below for even more fun activities to do while your young ones are home from school.
275+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY7Qg/htmlview?usp=sharing&fbclid=IwAR0JSYoUxfdAjnbz6wY9Jh8vcWxK479VU2pjS8U5NumvUFnANfg5UUUeIcQ&sle=true
Kidlit Quarantine: authors and illustrators providing entertainment for stuck-at-home readers: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sxU02heqtCoZgi4HZ_f5f0rtN8S2ZuFFaLKT6S0U19A/edit?usp=sharing
Authors Everywhere YouTube Channel ( a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCowhHSUaWp3KJDcuI0nR0vw/about
Scholastic Learn at Home Resources (This free resource providesyour children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges): https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
But wait, there’s more! Try some of these free and free-trial products, sites, events, and programs:
ABCmouse will be free to new signups during school shutdowns. Please use code: SCHOOL7771 to take advantage of this offer
300 no-equipment workouts. The Darebee Resource is an independent fitness resource run and maintained by a small group of volunteers and fitness professionals. They make fitness accessible, make training fun and make a healthy lifestyle easier to start and maintain – on a budget.
edX is the trusted open source platform for education and learning and is freely available. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.
7 YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving & Grooving – collection of YouTube channels includes a heap of kids exercise videos to get kids moving, grooving and having fun.
One-hour tutorials designed for all ages in over 45 languages
Daily schedules for students age 4-18
Explore the world of children’s literature
Met to launch “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.
All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30pm EDT and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.
Starter list of K-5 science lessons that are easy to do from home for free.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Watch live cameras on baboons, polar bears, giraffes and more!
The Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy. The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty.
Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.