10 Things to do at Home this Weekend Vol. 2

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Try out one of these Columbus-based activities with your kids at home this weekend!

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This is the second volume of Columbus and Ohio based business who are offering things you can do with your family at home while we are under the “Stay at Home” order here in Ohio. I am continually impressed by businesses and organizations who have had to think outside the box during this difficult time.

It took about 2 weeks (surprisingly longer than I expected) for me to really start to miss everything that is “out there”. We have been wrapped up in the cocoon of our house and our neighborhood: playing at home and in the backyard, going for daily walks, and raiding the pantry and freezer to answer the question “whats for lunch?” But just putting this list together, I am remembering, with more than a little sadness, some of our favorite places in Columbus.

Until we can visit them in person again, enjoy some of these online and at home options with your kids this weekend!

10 Things to do at Home with the Kids this Weekend:

1. Do Music at Home with Musicologie! Musicologie has put together an online calendar of full of ideas on how to make music at home. There are hands on music activities, concerts to watch online and art ideas! (They also offer online music lessons for kids!)

2. Do yoga at home on YouTube with Youth Yoga Project! There are yoga videos for all age groups! Your kids might love one of these cute yoga mats for kids!

3. Check out the Day by Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar for songs, videos, songs and ideas for activities! Each day has various ideas for encouraging literacy in our kids from poems, videos, songs and more! Click on the days of the month near the top of the page for activities for each day of the month!

4. Watch the daily Home Safari educational videos from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Each day zookeepers will introduce you to a different animal and you can learn how they are cared for and what makes them unique! (BTW did you know that Fiona the baby hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo has inspired several children’s books?)

5. Do a family workout with this video from KSM Sports and Fitness Indoor Facility. This is so cute and looks like lots of fun!

 

6. Color your own Fairy Door – While we can’t go to local Dublin businesses searching for Fairy Doors, we can download and print out the fairy door template provided by Visit Dublin! Your child can color it and then post it on social media or mail it to Vist Dublin. Each Wednesday one winner will be chosen to receive a Fairy Door Trail t-shirt!

7. Watch an online talk about butterflies from Franklin Park Conservatory – we miss the butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory but the Conservatory is posting virtual tours on their Facebook page so we don’t miss out on what’s happening with the butterflies and other exhibits! You can even purchase your own butterfly garden to have at home if your kids are really missing this exhibit!

 

8. Watch and recreate this science experiment from Grange Insurance Audubon Center – this experiment (making rain clouds) can be adapted for all ages (and is a little bit messy!) You will need food coloring, a timer, foam shaving cream and a clear container.

 

9. Have fun with one of these Easy At Home Activities from The Lean Green Bean, a Columbus blogger!

10. Listen to an online story time from Columbus Metropolitan Library – we can’t go to the library for story time, so the story time will come to us! This one is geared toward preschoolers! A local librarian reads Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont.

 

In case you missed it, click the picture below for more online activities!online activities for kids when school is closed

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