How To Keep The Kids Busy When You're Stuck Indoors




Normal is now cancelled. Many families are coping with the new reality of being house-bound for some time, due to school closures and public events being cancelled because of COVID-19. With routines disrupted and families thrown into close quarters, cabin fever is imminent... Keep kids engaged with the following fun and educational activities!


Take Your Kids to a Virtual Zoo or Aquarium
To help relieve the stress, boredom and loneliness that come with self-isolation, zookeepers are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. More


Unleash Your Inner Mad Scientist
Science experiments are a lot fun! Try out these 15 experiments to keep your kids learning while they're out of school. You may even have most of the ingredients lying around the house. Who doesn’t love slime? You'll find that recipe and more! More


Learn Online as a Family
If kids can learn online, the whole family can connect online. Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is a non-profit, running programs with virtual guest speakers and field trips for classroom across Canada, connecting them with scientists, explorers, conservationists and adventurers all over the world. With more and more school boards closing for the next few weeks, they will provide events, encouraging students to tune in from home with their families. It's absolutely free for classrooms/students/parents everywhere. The events will stream live via YouTube and the recordings will be found on the YouTube channel afterwards as well. More


Visit Virtual Museums and Galleries
Countries all around the world are shutting down. Many of us are now forced to stay home. But staying at home doesn't have to be boring! Did you know you can visit some world-class museums and galleries, without ever leaving the comfort of your home? Inject a little culture in your kids and visit these museums online – stroll and take as much time as you need to look at all the paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. More


Teach Your Kids To Cook It Up
So many recipes, so little time. Now would be a great time to try something new. Can’t decide? Check out these websites with kid-friendly recipes they can make and get tips on how to get the entire family cooking. More


Are Your Kids into Sharks?
While Shark Week is still months away, here are fun crafts and recipes for little shark lovers. More


Get Artsy
Bust out those arts and crafts supplies. Here's a page with lots of ideas for easy crafts. Think St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Earth Day and much more. More


Build Something
Have cardboard boxes lying around from the holidays? Make vehicles or houses out of them. Touch up on your fort-building skills and try to make the biggest fort ever with pillows and sheets. Have fun making something out of a giant box with these 10 ideas... More


Bring the Sugar Shack Home
Visiting a Sugarbush Festival is one of the highlights of Spring break yet many have been cancelled. Why not bring the Sugar Shack home to your family? Here's how to do it. More


Keep Calm & Theatre On - A New Virtual Theatre Experience!
Sit back and relax, because Electric Moon Theatre has decided to run a little virtual theatre experiment to spread some joy during this difficult time. Direct from Electric Moon's Isolation Station is KEEP CALM AND THEATRE ON. Share with family, friends and anyone and everyone who loves theatre, needs a little happiness right now, or is looking for some fun arts education activities to keep their kids occupied. More


 

100 Activities for a Rainy Day
While this list was put together for rainy days, there are lots of great ideas here – perfect for house-bound families. More


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Bring the Outdoors, Indoors
For littles, don't hesitate to bring some of the outdoor toys inside. Set up the kiddie slide in your living room (into a pile of pillows, whee!) or ride the big wheels in the basement, if you can.


Sweat It Out
Get off the couch and just move... you too, Mom and Dad! Turn on your favourite jam or playlist and have a dance party. Get your blood pumping by exercising. Do push-ups, jumping jacks or crunches, or some yoga for relaxation.


Spring Cleaning
While it may not be the first thing on your kids’ mind, this would be a good time to do some spring cleaning. Try to make it fun – make it game. Set the timer and see what you can do for 15 minutes. Did you put toy organisation on your resolutions list? Purge closets and tackle any other projects you've been wanting to do but just haven't found the time! Do one small project daily.


Stay In Touch with Family & Friends
Another important component of good mental state is feeling connected to others, especially during difficult times. Technology is your friend. Connecting and making time for friends on social media or over the phone will be critical for families. "Play" board games via Skype or FaceTime, set up your book club to "meet" in a chatroom, have your playdates over the internet or have dinner on a call with relatives across the country. Children are used to highly social environments and will also need to connect with friends through technology.


Board Games
Get the games out! Teach your kids the games or card games you loved when you were kids. Pull out your family's favourite game and let older kids change the rules to make it harder. Games like Scrabble (adult or kids' version) will keep minds sharp.


Get Into a Big Puzzle Project
Find one big challenging puzzle that the entire family can get into!


Read a New Book
Hit the family library and start a new book. If you want something new, you can download books electronically online via your public library or other services.


Do Get Some Fresh Air
Kids should still get out for some fresh air. If the weather is nice, play in the backyard or go for a short walk. Avoid any contact with others, during this isolation period.

Check this page regularly as we will post updates and new fun activities for families ongoingly.

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