Spice up your stay-at-home routine with interactive excitement and awe to keep your kids wildly entertained all day long. These science experiments, virtual tours, and celebrity read-alongs, etc., will help you pass the time while wiping that look bored look right off their little smug faces.
1. Turn Your Home Into One Big Science Experiment
Being stuck at home with the kids doesn’t mean you need to have a living room full of social media zombies. By doing cool and fun science experiments you can add awe and wonder to your daily routine while also giving them some worthwhile to talk about on Facetime.
Let’s face it, it’s a given rule that children will never tire of things that explode or go at least gooey! Well, adults too… so why not try these safe but amazing experiments:
- Explode to your heart content with Elephant Toothpaste or Mini Volcanoes
- Watch things grow by Hatching a Dinosaur or Making Crystals
- Get your goo on with Lego Slime, Glow in the Dark Slime, and Funfetti Play Dough
- Chase rainbows with a Fizzy Picasso, Celerybrate Colors, Strawbows and Crawling Colors
- Get all sudsy with Rainbow Bubble Snakes and Foam Paint
- Blow their minds by Making Snow and Penny Shoe Shine
- Sail through bath time with a Speedy Motor Boat
If that’s enough to keep you busy there’s also an endless supply of Science Experiments for Kids found on the web.
2. Go On a Virtual Museum Tour Round The World
Many museums also host virtual tours on their own websites, so just hit up Google to find their website address and look for a virtual tour link. Some kid-friendly favorites include:
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Boston Children’s Museum
- The Smithsonian Museum of National History and the British Museum in London
- The NASA Glenn and US Air Force Museum.
Should virtual tours are not available on your favorite museums, do note that most museum websites like the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at least offer online exhibitions. If you’re also looking to add in some culture to your virtual visits, try out The Louvre in Paris or the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
3. Host a Celebrity Read-Along Party Every Night
While every kid loves a good bedtime story, why not treat them with a celebrity read along at bedtime throughout the week. Storyline Online has a ton of animated videos on YouTube read by screen guild actors with favorites like I Need My Monster read by Rita Moreno, Arnie the Doughnut read by Chris O’Dowd, or Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White.
If you want to stay connected at bedtime, then join Save with Stories as they flood Instagram with in-home readings from celebrities like Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Garner, Chris Pratt, Colbie Smulders, and more. For a special treat, check out #gadbookclub on Twitter every Friday where Josh Gad (Olaf from Frozen) does a highly animated reading.
4. Visit Your Local Library in Virtual Reality
While the doors to your favorite library might be padlocked during quarantine, rest assured that they are always open 24-7 online. As long as you have a library card login, you can visit the online library that is usually hosted on several different sources:
- Stream free movies and TV shows via Kanopy
- Stream free music via FreeGal.com
- Download e-books & audiobook via YourCloudLibrary,
- Read newspapers and e-magazines via PressReader
- E-learning classes via CreativeBug.com
Most libraries also offer a quick online registration that only requires your name, address, phone, and email address; making it easily accessible during lockdown from the comfort of your living room.