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10 Things to do at Home This Weekend Volume 8

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Need something to do this weekend? Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your kids at home this weekend!

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I’m continuing to give you ideas for things to do with the kids while we are asked to stay home! Each week’s list is really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas! 

If you’re interested in updated Farmers Market info for this weekend, check out my post on Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio!

1. Join Westerville Public Library for an Online Storytime

Westerville Public Library has family storytimes, baby story times, toddler story times, and more on their YouTube page! There are LOTS of videos to choose from here! There are stories, songs, activities and more!

 

2. Experience Virtual Recreation with Westerville Rec Center

Westerville Rec Center has put together a page of resources for virtual recreation! There are classes you can take in real time, videos to watch, art projects, and list of at home games and DIY projects for families and kids!

 

3. Watch a Virtual Story Time from the Underground Railroad Museum

The Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio is doing a weekly story time. This one features the book Frederick Douglass and is about 10 minutes long.

 

4. See Aurora Play with her Cub at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Remember when Aurora was the polar bear baby? Now she’s a mama! Aurora has a 5 month old cub named Kulu. Watch a short video of them playing together on Mother’s Day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! 

 

5. Listen to a story from Ariel of Paulette’s Princess Parties

Watch Ariel read a story and talk to the listeners about all things Princess!

 

6. Check in with the Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

Home Safari continues and this video features Henry the Orangutan! After watching click over to the Home Safari Resources Page and school down to Orangutan for instructions on how to make your own Orangutan Maze at home! 

 

7. Sing-a-long with Michael Frogman of Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Kids can sing or dance along these nature themed songs like I Love Trees, Down By The Bay and the Scat Song!

 

8. Watch a Parade of Art Cars

Art Cars are cars that are elaborately decorated and they often pop up at car shows and local festivals like Summer Jam West. Summer Jam West coordinated a neighborhood parade of Art Cars through the Hilltop last week!

 

9. Play Victorian-era Parlor Games from Ohio History Center 

Check out this PDF from Ohio History Center that explains various games that were played during the Victorian Era! These are some pretty simple games you can play with little to no props. Did you know the game of Telephone used to be called Russian Scandal?? Check out this coloring book of Victorian Dresses!

10. Free ABC Printables from Melissa and Doug

This one is not Ohio related, but these ABC printable coloring pages look like a lot of fun for preschoolers and toddlers!

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10 Things to do at Home This Weekend Vol. 7

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Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your kids at home this weekend!

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure

This week I’m continuing to give you ideas for things to do with the kids while we are asked to stay home! Each week’s list is really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas!

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

1. Practice Tips from Columbus Youth Jazz Academy

Do the musicians in your household need some tips for practicing? Check out these tips from Columbus Youth Jazz Academy!

 

2. Socially Distanced Carmen Ohio

Watch members of the Ohio State Marching band come together through the internet to play Carmen Ohio! OH-IO!

 

3. Random Acts of Art from Lindsay Gallery

Gallery Hop has gone virtual and you can check out one piece of art from each artist at Lindsay Gallery in the Short North on this slide show. Click the link above.

 

4. Watch Supervolcanoes courtesy of SciDome Planetarium at The Works

The Works in Newark is offering their SciDome Planetarium shows online! You can learn about Supervolcanes in this 20-ish minute video. Make it a science lesson with one of these volcano kits for kids!

 

5. Get Outside with Ohio State Parks

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has given us a little inspiration in 30 ways to spend time outdoors in May – or anytime, really! These ideas can be used any day of any month as far as I’m concerned! If your kids like to get outside, check out the book Sticks and Stones: A Kid’s Guide to Building and Exploring in the Great Outdoors by local author, Melissa 

6. Watch a BUG Show Online with BUGMAN Education and Science Shows

Join the Bugman for an educational Bug Show! Skip ahead to minute 9 for the actual start of the show! This show is about an hour long!

 

7. Virtual Adventures: Playwriting with CATCO is Kids

Have kids who are interested in theater? CATCO is kids is offering some playwriting lessons online! There are already a couple of lessons online, this is the first one!

 

8. Rent a Board Game from Kingmakers

Getting bored of your games? Haha – pun not intended! Try renting out a new game from Kingmakers in the Short North! 

9. Join the COSI Science Festival Online this Week and Weekend

COSI’s Science Fest goes online this year with many virtual events you can watch from your laptop! And on May 9th you can participate in the Big “At Home” Science Celebration! COSI is offering BOGO Free memberships if you purchase by May 31, 2020! Read more here about this membership deal plus COSI’s upcoming Online Science Festival!

 

10. Exercise WITH Your Kids with Squats and Tots

Need to get in an extra PE class? Join Columbus blogger Lindsay Goodman and her daughter for Squats and Tots! This is a fun way to exercise WITH your kids! 

 

**Bonus Tip: The Columbus Zoo is offering extended Memberships!

Purchase a new membership before May 11, 2020 and receive 14 moths of membership starting from the date the Zoo reopens! Current memberships are being extended for the period of time the zoo is closed. 

 

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10 Things to do at Home This Weekend Vol. 6

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Try out one of these Columbus and Ohiobased activities with your kids at home this weekend!

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure

This week I’m continuing to give you ideas for things to do with the kids while we are asked to stay home! Each week’s list is really applicable at all times, so make sure you check back through the older lists for more ideas!

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

1. Make a Shark Photo Frame courtesy of Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

This looks like a fun craft! You need construction paper, heavy paper (like a manila folder), glue, scissors and a marker.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo FB live and activities online.

2. CATCO is Storytime

Join CATCO is Kids for a virtual birthday party and story time! This video includes a reading of Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You! and is perfect for any kid who has to celebrate a birthday during our Stay at Home time.

3. Online Storytime with Columbus Metropolitan Library

Virtual story times continue from CML and this story is The Widemouthed Frog, a cute pop up book.


 

4. Virtual Experiences at Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory continues to add to their virtual experiences. Check the website or watch this virtual tour of what’s blooming in the Children’s Garden!

 

5. Color Famous People from Not Your Mama’s Craft Market

Print out and color Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Bob Ross, and more! There are a total of 6 artists to color and they’ve also included some YouTube videos about each artist on their website

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Print Out and Color the Together Ohio Coloring Book from Ohio Find it Here

7.  Zoo Craft Time with The Toledo Zoo

This video from The Toledo Zoo teaching kids how to make homemade bird feeders!

 

8. Lunch and Learn with the Akron Zoo

Every day at noon, the Akron Zoo features a Lunch and Learn on Facebook Live! You can scroll through their Facebook page to watch all of the past videos or tune in live!

 

9. Learn about Music from Rock Hard EDU

Search the music education content from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland! You can narrow your search by decade, grade group subject and media type. Info available includes images, lesson plans and activities, videos, audio files, playlists and more!

10. Dance with the Duke Energy Children’s Museum in Cincinnati

Let the kids get out their excess energy by watching these dance party videos from the Children’s Museum in Cincinnati! The videos also include activities like making a tambourine and blowing bubbles! You can also listen to their Dance Party Playlist!

 

** Bonus: BOGO Free COSI Memberships!

COSI is offering BOGO Free memberships if you purchase by May 31, 2020! Read more here about this membership deal plus COSI’s upcoming Online Science Festival!

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