Try out one of these Columbus and Ohio–based activities with your kids at home this weekend!
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This is our fourth week of at-home activities! In a way, I can’t believe it has been so long already! I have found that having some sort of flexible routine has made our weekdays more doable, but the weekends end up moving kind of slowly due to the lack of routine.
I have an 8 year old and a 5 year old. One of them is required to do school work and the other isn’t. I’ve been trying out one of these ideas to start out our “school” time in the morning. They are usually both relatively entertained and afterwards I give them each something age appropriate to do. Then my 8 year old does his online work and I let my 5 year old play with some educational apps on my phone. This is what’s working for us!
I plan to keep giving you these ideas every week for as long as we need to stay home! And each week’s list is really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for ideas!
10 Things to do at Home with the Kids this Weekend:
1. Download the ‘Sit. Stay. Color!’ Activity Book from Value City Furniture
Value City Furniture has launched a coloring and activity book featuring the company’s official mascot and resident heart-stealer, Ernie the Bernedoodle, who is on the hunt to find the perfect new sofa. Download the coloring book at ValueCityFurniture.com/Color-Ernie, and don’t forget to share your kids’ Ernie masterpieces by tagging @ValueCityFurniture and using #MyVCF.
2. Take Virtual Lessons and Make Crafts from BalletMet.
BalletMet is posting fun content from its teachers to their YouTube channel as a playlist. Content ranges from dance moves to crafts and ballet history lessons!
3. Watch a Virtual Magic Show from Magic Nate
Click this link to watch a magic show on Facebook Live from Magic Nate! The show lasts about 22 minutes.
4. Check Out the Online Animal Guide from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
This is awesome for any of your animal lovers out there and could easily be adapted into some kind of school report or project!
5. Color a Free Printable from Natterdoodle.
Natterdoodle is offering 3 free spring and Easter themed coloring pages to download! If you are familiar with her work you will already know that they are super fun! Since they are Easter-themed, I’m not sure how long they will be free. But her other coloring pages are usually $3.99/sheet. You can see more here.
6. Learn Spanish with Spanish for Niños.
Whether you’re already a Spanish speaker or you and the kids would like some exposure to the Spanish language, enjoy a story time and Spanish lesson on FB live from Spanish for Niños! Enjoy the story Hormigas En Mis Pantalones / Ants in My Pants!
7. Complete LEGO Challenges and Other Online Activities from LEGOLAND.
Try out online Lego Building Challenges, weekly coloring pages, maze challenges, silly stories, word searches, trivia challenges and more! (If your kids love LEGO, they may also enjoy one of these LEGO sticker books!)
8. Watch a Snake Eat a Mouse at Battelle Darby Metro Park.
This might not be for the faint of heart, but if your kids are into this kind of thing, let them watch this video filmed at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center!
9. Watch a Family-Friendly Virtual Concert from ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
ProMusica is offering a Virtual Family Concert! All three segments can be found on this blog post on their website: https://promusicacolumbus.org/blog/virtual-family-concert/
10. Pick a Virtual Activity from the Children’s Museum of Cleveland
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland has online story times and programs including STEM activities, music activities, art projects, recipes, gross and fine motor skills activities and much more! Lots of great ideas here!