Now that many businesses and offices have been forced to remain only partially open, many workers are still left to work remotely from home. At the same time, many fun activities for children have been closed off, like amusement parks and summer camps. There lies the problem: while parents are home working, children are home too, but now they have no organized activities, or social events to look forward to. More and more children are being left with the arch-nemesis of fun: boredom. Fortunately, online meetings have been holding up strong during the pandemic and charitable organizations and businesses alike have answered the call for fun. Here are five online sessions that provide creative, engaging, curiosity-fostering, and intellectually stimulating activities to keep children engaged and active at home.
Where: https://bit.ly/3i4YiKP Price: $40 Ages: 5-12 When: July 6-10, 2020
No list of summer activities would be complete without an arts and crafts activity. The Art Exploration Club for Kids is a week-long camp that aims to get young children’s imaginations churning while also creating something unique in the process. Children not only get to learn how to create art using all different kinds of mediums, but they’ll have access to a private group of other children to share and celebrate their creations. Art supplies that are needed are listed beforehand, but rarely exceed the usual supplies in a household. Art classes start on July 6 and end July 10.
Where: https://bit.ly/3ezd0Ib Price: $15 per session Ages: All When: Saturdays, June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 8, at 10 a.m.
Ever since the stay in home orders took place, people, especially children, have been missing out on the essential human-nature connection that every person needs. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is trying to bring the natural world to your living room by hosting weekly virtual meet-and-greets with some of their most popular and beautiful animals. Children will be virtually guided by several zoological experts and will get too see the true personalities of seals, bears, flamingos, penguins, and many other amazing animals. This session is held every Saturday, each time with a different host, and different fascinating animals.
Where: https://bit.ly/2NHJ8xv Price: Free Ages: All When: Fri, June 26, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
Treats by Ash is an online baking lesson that combines both the joy of cooking and eating, with the wholesome feeling of family activities. Ashleen is a fourteen year old that wanted to start a baking video series with her little brother, who is only six years old. Together, they make easy recipes for cookies, cake, and other delicious pastries, all the while showing off their goofy sibling antics. Ash and Taran also offer other activities like yoga classes, given by their mother, and pop trivia questions. They hold their baking classes every week, and you can find more information on their facebook page.
Where: https://bit.ly/3fW1AOT Price: Free/Donation Ages: 6-10 When: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm
This online workshop combines the universal fun that video games provide to children, while also keeping them intellectually engaged. Taught by a professional with a BA in Mathematics and a MA in Behavioral and Computational Economics, children will learn not only the core aspects of what makes a fun game possible, but will also learn how to take the very things the see in the real world and turn them into a virtual one. Children will work with the kid friendly Scratch program, and will work on programming real physics into a game. Although this class is technically free, they highly recommend you donate but are willing to accommodate any financial needs. These online classes are held every Tuesday.
Where: https://bit.ly/2Nxv613 Price: $125 Ages: 8-11 When: Mon, July 6, 2020 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM PST
Getting a pet is big responsibility, but it’s also one of the most fun experiences in a lifetime. This class aims at getting children to both enjoy the fun of having a pet and learn the important responsibilities that come with being a good pet owner. In this week-long virtual camp, children will gain a brand new perspective for their pet, learning about their natural behavior, their ecology, their nutrition and exercise needs, how to groom them, and even about their health. Each virtual camper will be given “Annenberg PetSpace swag” to truly become part of the Annenberg Pet community. There is a new class every week starting July 6.
Get Your Kids Involved!
There are so many options for kids to create fun memories and learn along the way, and they’re all right at our fingertips, some even for free. Although nothing can take the place of an in-person class, or a normal play-date, children can still laugh, play, and smile online. Parents should get their children involved in these dedicated virtual communities. That way, children’s curiosity and creativity will always continue to grow.