Stay-at-Home Resource Page
Tickets for Kids continues to search out resources to help keep your kids engaged with learning and fun during Stay-at-Home orders.
Activities listed here are by region, but remember, online experiences on this page may be accessed by everyone!
Thank you to the generous donors who have offered interactive, virtual opportunities to Tickets for Kids Charities.
Learn more about them in the links below!
- Comcast is providing 2 months free Internet Essentials Service. Normally, this service costs $9.95/mo , qualifying families can receive two months of free service if they apply by June 30, 2020. See if your families qualify and share with them now.
- Check out PNC’s Grow Up Great Resources for kids, parents, and educators!
- Check out this activity book from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Are your kids confused about COVID-19? Want an opportunity to teach them more about viruses and health? This interactive activity booklet is for you!
- A Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Zoom – Everything you need to know for logging your kids into, and using, Zoom!
- Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips! – Visit this site for fun and wonderful links that will show you different parts of the world, famous landmarks, beautiful works of art, historic marvels, science adventures and so much more!
Arts & Cultural
- The Lion King Experience is an immersive arts education program that introduces students to many aspects of theater-making through the lens of The Lion King. Disney Theatrical is thrilled to unlock all sessions of The Lion King Experience for you to explore at home!
- Cirque du Soleil has made available several full-length performances, free of charge.
- College Center Showcase – A place where college seniors can showcase their musical talents and you get to enjoy them!
Educational & STEM
- Learn About Wolves – The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands, and the human role in their future.
- Audible is offering free audiobooks as long as school is out. It is completely anonymous, with no login, no payments, and no strings attached! Audible has stories for ages from very young to older teens. Access these stories on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, just navigate to stories.audible.com.
- Words Alive connects children, teens, and families to the power of reading. Through Books Connect Us, they are providing free resources for all ages to navigate, cope with, and recover from the jarring impacts of COVID-19 through reading and writing. Novel Ideas features three exhibits and work from 400+ students as they explore the themes of student activism, social distancing, and a love of reading. Submit your work to be featured!
Sports & Recreational
- Even when you’re at home, you can still do things to get your blood pumping and your muscles moving. Try these activities from ladyboss.com to stay active and healthy!
- The MLB has several amazing resources:
- ProCamps is hosting interactive, daily Pro Talks with various athletes live on their Facebook page.
- The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Extraordinary Measures” their series of videos, practice guides, and concerts, including content made specially for kids.
- Explore the Cleveland Orchestra in this 3D digital tour!
- Take advantage of these free recorded theater education programs. If you ever wanted to take an acting class, learn how to create a script using stories from your own life experiences, connect with your family or grandchildren in multi-generational classes, or explore health and wellness activities using theater, then these classes are for you!
- Want a new look at art? Develop tools to respond critically to challenging works and appreciate multiple viewpoints. Visit the Warhol’s most popular lesson plans with kids age 10+.
- Participate in Gemini Theater’s virtual performance of Jane’s Jungle Adventure. Step one: make a mask. Step two: practice your jungle skills. Step three: go on adventure!
- The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is producing live events on Zoom. Between family dance parties and Q&A’s with artists, there’s so much fun to be had.
Educational & STEM
- ALCOSAN plays a part in keeping our local streams and rivers clean and healthy. Want to learn how we do it, and do some fun experiments at the same time? Check out our fun activities to do at home!
- Learn about the African American Archives Auxiliary, Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, and more by diving into these well-written posts on the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Then & Now Blog page.
- Phipps Conservatory offers you the chance to relax, recharge, stay calm and relieve stress. Bring a little of Phipps’ tranquil atmosphere into your kids’ homes with this relaxing video. Also check out their photography archive or design your own troll for a chance to appear in this year’s Phipp’s Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls!
- The Heinz History Center wants to remember how western Pennsylvania lived through this moment in history, and it wants materials from Pittsburghers to fill the archive. Click here to learn more on how to become a part of this effort.
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is offering free classes as part of its Virtual Classroom.
- Did you know that the zoo’s first Monkey Island was built in 1940? Or that an elephant will respond to it’s own name? You can find out loads of fun facts like these about the Metropark’s Zoo by visiting their history page.
- Wizard World is teaming up with The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank to provide high-quality, gently-used children’s books. Click here to request books for your agency’s kids.
- The National Aviary presents their Education Center, place where kids can learn about birds and other animals.
- The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is providing tips for talking to kids and coping with quarantine.
- The office of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is offering free books for children under 5!
- The Carnegie Museums brings activities, videos and their “living collection” with Museum from Home!
- Two baby eagles have hatched in the Hays nest. They’re the 11th eaglets for the Hays bald eagle couple, which nests on a steep, remote hillside above the Monongahela River near the Glenwood Bridge. You can watch their daily lives on this webcam.
- Downtown Cleveland – Build Something – What will you build? Build something downtown. A brief look at the history, hope and future of Cleveland right here in this short video.
- The Cleveland History Center is now featuring stories from Cleveland’s past: Explore Life in the Early 1900’s, including lessons from the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, WWI in Cleveland, and how the Cleveland Indians kicked off the Roaring ’20’s with a big win at the 1920 World Series.
- Your kids can now participate in FREE online ZOOM Experiment Sessions with Citizen Science Lab! Fascinating subjects like the Cabbage Juice PH Indicator, Strawberry DNA Subtraction, Lunar Lander, and Crayon Rock Cycle will peak their curiosity and engage their minds with new topics for conversation.
- The Cleveland Botanical Gardens recommends these encouraging tips, while sheltering in place or anytime, to spot birds in your own backyard!
- The Pittsburgh Zoo brings the zoo to you! Animal webcams, One Wild Place Podcast, Animal Tracks Program and varying educational videos will keep kids entertained and learning about their favorite zoo animals while they hunker down over the next several weeks.
- Mondays through Fridays at 11AM visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Facebook Page to join biologists who are working to secure a future for wildlife at the zoo. Then at 1PM, park naturalists explore the Emerald Necklace and look for early signs of spring.
- Need to get out for a bit? Metroparks locations are still open, with social distancing, and a scavenger hunt may be just the thing your kiddos need to shake the sillies out!
- For those in search of a new hobby, flower pressing is easy to begin and can be done using items that most have on hand at home. Visit Western Reserve Historical Society’s blog page for a simple tutorial and fascinating history of this forgotten craft.
- The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Museum Lab is celebrating its first year! Celebrate with them by watching their virtual birthday party, baking a chocolate cake, making cool confetti poppers, or a festive pinata!
- If you’re looking for fun science activities to do at home with the kids, you’ve come to the right place. Learn how to make Oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid, with Science Educator Jill Rible. It’s ooey, gooey, slimy, science fun!
- The Akron Zoo education team is offering homework help to students who may need a little more assistance in science right now. Students can email their questions between the hours of 9 a.m. – noon, Monday-Friday, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The education team will work to provide further information by the end of the day.
Sports & Recreational
- The Pittsburgh Penguins invite parents and educators to access their Pen Pals Activities page for fun, downloadable activities and games!
- The Cleveland Indians are featuring their comprehensiveWalk-Up Music Database. Listen to your favorite walk-up songs until you can hear them in the stadium again! Also check out their coloring pages!
- PNC Park Tours and the Pittsburgh Pirates have provided Pirates-themed coloring pages. Check them out here, here and here.
- Urban Air is all about fun. So, while they’re unable to welcome you into the park, they thought they’d help you bring the fun of the park home.
- Review team facts and milestones, explore stories, multimedia, and photos of team greats. Learn all you need to know about Cleveland Browns Football history right here and be a treasury of football knowledge the next time you Zoom your friends!
- The First Tee Pittsburgh presents these links for keeping kids active through learning the sport of golf, and its unique etiquette, online! Includes fun golf-related videos, and weekly lesson guides, posted by FTP coaches.
- The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is offering environmental education at home with their Parks on the Go page.
Arts & Cultural
- The Minnesota Orchestra invites you to attend the following young people’s concert experience:
- Musical Menagerie – Go on a musical journey to meet animals! Presented in partnership with the Minnesota Zoo and Twin Cities PBS (TPT), this Minnesota Orchestra concert for grades 1-6 presents a variety of composers and styles of music as well as unique film elements and guests from the Zoo. Accompanying the concert experience are activities from the Zoo and other partners, a music education curriculum, and instrument demonstrations.
- Make origami fish with local St. Paul artist, Mayumi Amada!
- At Home with the Minnesota Opera! Check out their full collection of shows featuring their Resident Artists.
- Home art making, virtual tours, activities, teaching resources, and even live family events can all be found at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Art from Home” web page!
- Check out these great resources from Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra:
- Concert Library: Includes 18 full-length concerts (including two for kids), learning guides, and activities.
- Story Time: Engaging and interactive activities in partnership between the SPCO and MPR
- Learning Guides: Work on your listening skills, imagination and dreaming, and coloring with full activity packets.
- Ordway Virtual Field Trips bring the joy of a school performance to your screen! In addition, their YouTube Channel has a variety of video lessons, activities, and content available!
- Minnesota Orchestra: See demonstrations, meet the musicians, learn about the instruments, and much more. Check out their Meet the Musicians Guide and YouTube Channel!
- Re-purpose your household items and make some beautiful music! Check out their Make Your Own Instruments page now.
- Sarah’s Music Room: A music therapist who does YouTube shows for younger kids.
- Join Divya from SAATH (South Asian Arts & Theater House) every Saturday morning on her YouTube Channel for more live Bollywood Dance classes and education!
Educational & STEM
- North American Bear Center has lesson plans for children of all ages!
- The Science Museum of Minnesota invites you to make some ancient croc art. Learn to draw a Borealosuchus!
- The Bakken Museum has provided some electrifying activities for your kids to try at home! Videos and experiments are designed for learners as young as 2 and all the way through 8th grade!
- Our friends at the Science Museum of Minnesota have dozens of easy experiments using materials you likely have at home! They also suggested these pages with great resources:
- Each day on KARE 11’s YouTube Channel, you can find a new WeatherMinds video with a lesson, story, and at-home activities!
- Minnesota Historical Society is here for history class! Check out their new platform: History at Home for videos, Minnesota history, or to research your own heritage!
- Earth Day Resources:
- Check out KidsGardening.org to learn all about how to care for the plants that make our lives healthy and beautiful!
- Interactive eBooks+: Even though the library is off limits, you can still get access to free books about the ecosystem, light, space, and more! Available for grades k-12!
- Get Your Ocean Fix: You can now take a deep dive into the deep blue from home! Check out the Smithsonian’s live ocean webcams, meet the animals, and explore a coral reef.
- The United States Census Bureau has built lesson plans, activities, and data points to teach 9th-12th graders why they should care about counting themselves and their family in the census and how it impacts their future!
- Check out Toys from Trash for hundreds of fun, creative, and simple projects.
- Our friends at 3M state that a lack of access to education and training is among the biggest threats to the future of innovation. That’s why they’ve created 3M’s Science at Home, a program that offers dozens of free experiments from world-renowned 3M scientists.
- Summer is a great time to get kids in the kitchen! Raid the garden to learn where our food comes from and how to transform it into tasty, healthy snacks. Here are some helpful sites to get you started:
Sports & Recreational
- The Minnesota Twins & REM 5 invite you to dive in and learn more about Twins history through their new virtual fan experience!
- The Twin Cities’ Metropolitan Council wants you to explore their calendar of events and activities at all the regional parks!
- Get loon-y with the Minnesota United and check out coloring sheets, word searches, mazes, and more on their Funtivities Page!
- Belwin Conservancy has wide open spaces to hike while social distancing!
- Each Summer the they welcome a heard of bison to visit and enjoy their vast space. See them and learn about their habitat, benefits, and history!
- Valleyfair Thrills: Ride the rides, build your own theme park, or be an internet sensation!
- Minnesota Viking’s new 21 page activity book – coloring, puzzles, quizzes and more!
- The Minnesota Twins launched their Twins Kids page to keep your kids active and inspired by the game of baseball.
- Urban Air At Home! New activities will be posted 3-4 times a week! Check them out and share with friends!
- YMCA Y At Home: Free fitness classes, recipes, meditation resources, and more. You do not have to be a member of the Y to participate.
- The Minnesota Wild invite you to show off your Wild Pride by entering their #mnwildkids coloring contest! Print out these coloring sheets or make your own creation. Then post to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #mnwildkids and Nordy will pick his favorites!
- As our state begins to slowly reopen, you may be looking for new adventures to try with the kids! We recommend the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary from our friends at the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board. They have implemented several social distancing best-practices to ensure safety and enjoyment on this adventure.
- Have you discovered the 27,000 acres of the Three Rivers Park District in the Western Suburbs? Not only are there thousands of miles of trails to hike and bike, but you will find dozens of low-cost and free activities for kids to enjoy.
- Comcast is providing 2 months free Internet Essentials Service. Normally, this service costs $9.95/mo; qualifying families can receive two months of free service. See if your families qualify and share with them now.
- Twin Cities Public Television has resources to keep you busy for weeks! Check out their multilingual graphics, age-specific learning activities, and games!
- Girls Are Powerful is calling for participants in their community events. If you or your daughter is a graduate, submit your name to be honored. You can also check out their daily challenges!
- Check out this guide to social distancing for youth and student programs.
- Need access to food for your kids? Download the Free Meals for Kids app to see all food access sites statewide.
- Click here to view free COVID-19 testing sites in Minnesota.
Arts & Cultural
- Princeton University’s McCarter Theatre is bringing you the digital stage! Check their website often for updates on classes, conversations, interviews, and opportunities to participate!
- Our friends at Big Apple Circus are bringing you Circus at Home: Balancing Tricks and Skills! Click here to check out their tutorial and learn how gravity works in the circus!
- The Museum of Modern Art has rounded up some of their favorite drawing, collage, audio, and movement activities inspired by artworks in their collection! These activities are recommended for kids ages six and over. Click here to learn more!
- Engage with art and culture remotely with a variety of virtual events for all audiences! Join The Met for storytelling, live performances, film screenings, art-making programs, and conversations with Met curators, conservators, and educators.
- Spark your creative thinking and take inspiration from the Museum of Arts and Design makers, artists, and designers! Click here to watch, read, look, and listen!
Education & STEM
- Looking for fun ways to learn about nature at home? The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has you covered! Click here to learn about photosynthesis and how to make your very own chlorophyll prints. Click here to explore the world through trees!
- For over 15 years, O’Logy has been recognized as a premiere site for science learning because it supports kids’ questions about the natural world!
- Keep kids growing at home with lesson plans, activities, videos, and more from the New York Botanical Garden!
- The New York Hall of Science has put together STEM activities to keep your kids engaged! These free, fun, at-home resources encourage open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight for all age ranges.
- Join the Liberty Science Center for LSC in the House, the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room!
- Join the Bronx Children’s Museum for bite-size moments of educational fun! Click here for art and STEAM activities, how-to videos, inspirational stories, sneak peeks at future museum exhibits, and fun facts about what they know best: Bronx-centric art, nature and culture!
- Enjoy the American Museum of Natural History exhibits and online offerings, from materials for families and teachers to virtual tours, videos, games, digital backgrounds, and more! Click here to find resources for science enthusiasts of all ages!
- Educators from CMOM (Children’s Museum of Manhattan) can still be a part of your day through videos, sing-a-longs, games and so much more for you to do together with your family at home! Click here to learn more!
- Keep those wheels turning with remote learning resources from the New York Transit Museum! Virtual visit videos with museum educators, archival images, lesson plans, suggested reading lists, and background information can be used on their own or to continue the learning after a previous visit to the Museum! Read more here!
- The Whitney is bringing you a series of online events! From live screenings of video art to art history lessons and art-making classes taught by their team of dedicated educators, there’s something on offer to spark moments of creativity and learning for everyone! Click here to learn more!
Sports & Recreational
- The NY Mets are happy to share two virtual programs:
- Our friends from the New York Yankees have put together some at-home activities for all the kids out there who are missing baseball!
Arts & Cultural
- See how music moves the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra! While at home, the musicians are creating short videos explaining the beauty of music and why they love it, as well as showcasing their instrument.
Education & STEM
- Get lost in the beauty of nature with the webcams from the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
- Visit Tampa Bay has awesome online jigsaw puzzles. When you find pieces that fit, there is a satisfying clicking sound that indicates you have a match!
- Check out the new Instagram page, #stepuptothechallengesrq. A group of Sarasota youth-serving organizations developed this page with the help of a focus group of high school students. The page will be offering online challenges nationwide such as Madden tournaments, bake-offs, and poetry slams.
Sports & Recreation
- Our friends at the Tampa Bay Rays have a whole page of creative activities for kids to explore including puzzles, baseball math, word search, and coloring sheets.
- The Aquarium of the Pacific is now offering an Aquarium Online Academy to bring educational programming, as well as fun and entertaining activities, to the public during their current closure.
- The Miami Marlins are sharing all kinds of content for kids and families. Check out their Home Fun page here!