Stay At Home Activities and Resources 

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Family

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Missing your regular family visits to the zoo? Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has been bringing animals to millions with its daily Home Safari Facebook Lives, which feature Fiona, the famous hippo, Rico, the adorable porcupine, and many more.  

The Hidden Worlds of the National Park

This Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary allows you to take 360-degree tours of some of the most remote and beautiful U.S. National Parks including Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawaiian volcanoes, and New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns. Amazing! 

National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from home. Love this! 

King Arthur Flour

What better way to create memories than to make delicious food with your family? King Arthur Flour has a wide range of fantastic recipes including a collection specifically for baking with kids. 

Hands On As We Grow

Hands On As We Grow provides a variety of simple, stress-free activity ideas for the family. Check out the website’s “Super Simple Sidewalk Chalk Gross Motor Obstacle Course” post which looks super fun for the entire family. 

Ziggity Zoom

Ziggity Zoom emphasizes good old-fashioned fun and presents an array of kid-friendly recipes, arts and crafts ideas, and learning activities. Its “Making Paper Airplanes” post includes a tutorial for making the ultimate gliding paper airplane. 

Bicycle Playing Cards Rules

Ready to learn a new card game? Forget the rules to an old favorite? Bicycle Playing Cards has a collection of rules for popular card games that would appeal to players of all ages. 

Digital Escape Rooms

Experience escape room fun at home on your computer. Here’s a collection of digital escape rooms created by librarians all around the world. 

Giant list of ideas for being home with kids

Need more ideas on what to do at home? Check out these amazing suggestions! 

Dav Pilkey at Home 

Hello Supa Buddies! Welcome to Dav Pilkey At Home. Together we can get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check back every Friday to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more! 

Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other 

Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a “for now normal.” Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play—even in everyday moments. So our site is filled with content you can use all day long to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself, too. After all, it’s important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can best care for our families. 

Teens

Hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service offered by Geauga County Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone, and even your TV, and it’s FREE with your library card!

OverDrive/Libby

OverDrive is another free digital service (with your library card) provided by Geauga County Public Library. Borrow a wide selection of ebooks, audiobooks, videos, and magazines anytime, anywhere. Download the Libby app for easy access on your mobile devices. 

Creativebug

Interested in learning how to draw, paint, sew, knit, crochet, quilt, bake and more? Geauga County Public Library provides free access (with your library card) to the Creativebug resource, which provides award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists! Get ready to be inspired! 

Bicycle Playing Cards Rules

Ready to learn a new card game? Forget the rules to an old favorite? Bicycle Playing Cards has a collection of rules for popular card games that would appeal to players of all ages. 

Google Arts & Culture

Knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries from your computer at home. 

Duolingo

Want to learn a new language or two? Duolingo offers a free and fun way to do just that! 

Lynda.com

Toying with the idea of creating videos for YouTube or producing podcasts from the ground up or learning how to drum or play the guitar, check out Lynda.com. Lynda.com offers video courses taught by industry experts in creative, technology, software, and business skills, and access is FREE with your library card.  

DIY Projects for Teens

DIY Projects for Teens offers cool ideas and instructions for teenage fun! You can find a wide variety of DIY projects, from fun food recipes like how to make a Wendy’s frosty at home to creative crafts such as how to create awesome string lights that fits your budget, and so much more!  

Ancient Egypt Tomb Challenge (Digital Escape Room)

Experience escape room fun at home on your computer!  

Digital Escape Room

Can’t get enough of digital escape rooms? Here’s a collection of digital escape rooms created by librarians all around the world. 

Reader's Advisory

Novelist K-8 Plus  

A great resource to find your next great read.  Explore both fiction and non-fiction titles and recommendations specifically designed for kids in grades K-8. 

World Book Kids  

Running out of books on your favorite topics?  Keep exploring and learning with the best encyclopedia around complete with articles, activities, and games. 

Adult

Lynda.com

Creative Bug   

Ancestry

Western Reserve Historical Society History at Home 

Western Reserve Historical Society is dedicated to helping the community stay engaged by providing members and the public with online exhibits, activities, stories, content, lessons, virtual speakers, and more. We will be updating this page regularly, so please check back soon for more updates! 

Virtual Exhibits from the Library of Congress 

The Tourist Map of Literature 

The Literature-Map is part of Gnod, the Global Network of Discovery. It is based on GnooksGnod’s literature recommendation system. The more people like an author and another author, the closer together these two authors will move on the Literature-Map. 

NASA at Home 

MoMa online courses 

Immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art. In MoMA’s free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera, you will hear directly from artists and designers, look closely at works in our collection and exhibitions, and join a community of learners unlike any other. Enroll any time and complete the course at your own pace. Click the course below or visit coursera.org/moma to enroll. 

Julie’s Library 

Welcome to Julie’s Library, where books bring us together. Every week, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will settle into the reading nook for a new story. Coming April 29. 

Virtual Tours of the Louvre  

Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the facades of the Louvre. Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view, thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido.