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Help with Having Fun at Home

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Our staff has spotted so many fun, interesting and creative efforts popping up to help everyone combat the difficulties of staying at home. We've gathered links to online storytimes, virtual field trips, music and creative activities--even ballet! We'll keep updating as we find more socially-distant online fun, so keep an eye on this space!

British Museum, London
An interactive experience through time, continents and culture.

Georgia Aquarium webcams
Sea otter, beluga whales and more!

Guggenheim Museum, New York
Hear about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, virtually tour the space and explore the collection.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European and American history—from medieval times to the present.

The Louvre in Paris, France
Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Including artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin and others.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
From Byzantine altarpieces to pop art, the collection includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and other works.

National Parks
It's best to stay home but that doesn't mean you can't see our incredibly National Parks virtually!

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Explore the museum, including an exhibit on Van Gogh's love life and one on his favorite books.

Anne Frank House 
Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam. 

Buckingham Palace 
Tour the famous London palace without leaving home! 

Fiona the Hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo
We're pretty sure Fiona the Hippo makes everyone feel a bit better.

San Diego Zoo
Live camera feed featuring Polar Bears, Elephants, Baboons, Tigers, Koalas, Penguins and more!

Shedd Aquarium Penguins
While the aquarium visitors are away, the penguins will play! Watch as the penguins tour the aquarium.

Bald Eagle Cam at Upper Mississippi River Refuge
The bald eagle trio at the Upper Mississippi River Refuge in Thompson IL laid two eggs in February, so might have eaglets any day now.  Click here for more information on the eagles.

Working from Home as a Pet Parent 
How to stay productive with your adorably distracting coworker. 

Opera at the Met
Opera, anyone? Enjoy a daily live-streamed video.

Broadway Shows
Theater-streaming service BroadwayHD is offering a seven-day free trial so you can watch performances from Broadway, the West End, and other venues from your living room.

Hamilton's America
Experience Lin-Manuel Miranda's writing process for the song "My Shot".

Petra Sings: Chicago Jazz Vocalist 
Hours of jazz music videos from one of our program performers! 

A Roadmap for Life's Unexpected Events 
A timely TEDx Talk by one of our Library’s regular presenters, Martina Mathisen.  

Social Distancing Festival 
An online community celebrating and showcasing the work of artists who have been affected by the need for social distancing. 

Laura Doherty
Interactive kid's concerts on Facebook: 3/18 at 3pm, 3/19 at 9:30am, 3/20 at 12pm, 3/21 at 11am.

Laurie Berkner
Storytime favorite Laurie Berkner has 50 minutes of education music available on her website. 

Playtime Playlist
A daily listing of independent children’s musicians around the globe who are transitioning live shows to live streams for home viewing.

 

Writing Prompts for Students from the New York Times
Looking for ideas for remote learning? Each week The Learning Network offers a dozen new ways for students to practice reading, writing and thinking using Times journalism — all free.

Scholastic Learn At Home
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.

Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems
Author of Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus , Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggy does doodles at lunch! Grab the kids, some paper and pens and get doodlin' with Mo! (Here's a Youtube link if the live feed is busy)

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
A digital escape room for Harry Potter fans! 

Free Dice Games to Play at Home 
Do you have dice at home? Here are some free dice games to play for fun and math skills! 

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood 
Explore the set, meet the cast and watch 5 new episodes every week. 

Crayola At Home Activities 
DIY crafts and at-home Learning 

Personality Quizzes for Kids from National Geographic 
Find out what type of dinosaur you are or which animal pattern is most like your personality. We’ve got a bunch of Apatosaurus’, a Stegosaurus, a Triceratops and a T-Rex on staff at the Library! 

#OperationStorytime and #SaveWithStories
Famous people reading children's books is one good thing coming from social distancing.

Josh Gad Reads Stories
The voice behind Olaf from Frozen is reading books to kids online during the quarantine.

Storytimes from Space
As if astronauts don't do enough, they also do storytimes from space!

Stuck, Written and Read by Oliver Jeffers
Because we're all feeling a little bit stuck right now.

Author Read Alouds curated by the Children's Book Council
With Lemony Snicket, Eric Carle, B.J. Novak and more!

Storyline Online 
More celebrities read stories! 

Tumblebooks 
A collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. Log in with your Helen Plum Library card. 

Free Online Ballet Lessons from Cleveland Inner City Ballet
Free ballet classes online through Facebook. Information on how to access and timing of lessons is linked in the title above.

Yoga with Adriene 
Free yoga videos for all levels, bodies and genders! 

Morton Arboretum Yoga Online
One-hour classes practicing poses, breathing and meditation to help ground you. $7/class (discounted rate).

Free Mindfulness Class for Kids 
12pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mindful activities, movement and read-alouds.  

ScienceBuddies 
A collection of 160+ fun, hands-on STEM activities and videos for K-12 that can be done in an hour or less, usually with materials easily found at home. 

SpellingCity 
Efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list. Currently free with code "VSCFree90". 

Scholastic Teachables 
An online tool offering unlimited access to award-winning activities and skills sheets, lesson plans, clip art, customizable games, and other resources. Log in with your Helen Plum Library card.