Looking for a few screen-free activities for kids? Need fresh ideas for family time? See our list of fun and enriching activities everyone can enjoy!
Make something! Whether it’s painting, sketching, or just coloring with crayons, creating art is a relaxing pastime.
- Want to change it up? Experiment by painting with different objects like bubbles or fruit.
- Looking to make mealtime more colorful? There's even a method for painting toast! Learn how to make edible paint here.
- Like to draw? Visit the Art for Kids Hub YouTube channel to learn how to draw character favorites like Baby Yoda, Ariel, and many more.
- Not into paper art? Try sculpting with modeling clay, or construct crafts using recycled materials to turn trash into treasures.
Tip: Need supplies? Michaels now offers Curbside Pickup, so you can place an order online and pick it up without ever having to leave your vehicle. Target also offers a Drive-Up option, but their art supplies section is limited.
Art Project Ideas:
Attend a Virtual Summer Camp
Attend an entire summer camp all from the comfort of your living room! Starport has teamed up with BlackRocket, Play-Well Teknologies, Mad Science of Houston, The STEAM Generation, and YouthTech Inc. to bring you virtual camp programming featuring science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). We're offering something for everyone ages 5 to 17.
Visit our Virtual Camps page and sign up today!
Audiobooks are a great way to get kids interested in reading. They allow for children (and adults) to engage in a story without having to sit still and concentrate. Studies have shown audiobooks can even improve focus and attention span. They also help children develop good listening skills, build critical thinking, and improve memory. You can borrow audiobooks from your local library and play them on your mobile device via the Libby app, or take advantage of Audible’s current offer and stream their collection of children’s stories for free.
Tip: Audiobooks are perfect for multitasking! Play one while doing chores to make daily tasks more enjoyable.
Cooking & Baking
Cooking is an essential life skill, but did you know that it can help children learn basic math and science concepts too? Preparing a meal together is also an excellent way for families to bond. Share an old recipe with your kids or discover new ones together in our list below.
Explore new worlds, virtually! Check out explore.org to view live webcams featuring a variety of animals and their habitats. Observe nesting eagles, tranquil jellyfish, and waddling penguins – all from the comfort of your home. Homeschooling? Visit the Education page for free lesson plans.
More Virtual Field Trips:
- Houston Zoo
- Kennedy Space Center
- Louvre Museum
- The Moon
- NASA Live
- The National Aquarium
- Polar Bears on the Tundra
- San Diego Zoo
- Smithsonian Museum
- Smithsonian's National Zoo
- The Vatican Museum
One of the more pressing challenges of this time is how to inspire and motivate young people to get physical. Marvel and Les Mills have teamed up to create some superhero moves that will get your kiddo motivated to save the world. Check out BORN TO MOVE on Les Mills OnDemand for more workouts created just for kids.
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a fantastic YouTube channel with lots of fun exercise videos designed specifically for kids. Each lesson has a different adventure theme including: Frozen, Trolls, Star Wars, and Pokemon!
Plant a garden! Not only is gardening good for getting kids off of the couch and outside, it’s also a relaxing and rewarding pastime the whole family can appreciate. Find tips on how to start your garden here.
NASA & the Peanuts Gang - Lesson Plans
Engage your children in learning at home with fun, educational activities inspired by Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang. Explore space with Snoopy and Woodstock, and learn about NASA and Mars with the Peanuts characters. Reinforce a positive mindset, goal setting, and perseverance with the Peanuts Gang. And, join them in celebrating spring. Use the activities for your child’s grade level to support their learning skills. Explore lesson plans here.
NASA STEM Engagement
Visit the NASA STEM Engagement page to launch rockets, build a hovercraft, create a winning science fair project and more! These science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for kids, adults and the whole family.
Origami is an inexpensive and generally mess-free activity with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) related qualities. It’s not just paper folding, it’s also a unique way for children to explore art and math concepts. Find over 50+ cute and easy origami projects for kids here.
Perform a Play
Learning and performing a play is an activity with the potential to keep children busy for hours. Challenge kids to memorize a script, and either perform it themselves or use their stuffed animals or action figures to act it out. Find a list of free children’s playscripts here and also here, no downloading required.
Tip: Create scenery and props using cardboard boxes, markers, and paint.
Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO® Engineering
Play-Well is going LIVE on Facebook every Tuesday 10:00am Pacific/1:00pm Eastern with free LEGO® build sessions. Find new and previously recorded sessions here.
Puzzles are terrific for keeping kids (and grownups) occupied. Some puzzles can be quite challenging and time-consuming, depending on the size and number of pieces. Make your puzzle more stimulating and put it together without looking at the picture on the box.
Tip: Make your own puzzles!
Snapology Daily LEGO® Build Challenges
Snapology is hoping their daily building challenges can provide some fun, focused activities and challenges for students who have access to LEGO® bricks and other creative recycled materials in their homes. Check out today’s challenge here.
STEAM Crafts from Parent's Night Out
Storytime with Celebrities
Hear a story read by your favorite actor! At Storyline Online, celebrated actors read children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Bonus: Each book includes supplemental curriculum.
Disney Princess Live Storytime Events:
Virtual Companion Camp
Love animals? Check out the Houston Humane Society’s Virtual Companion Camp for free, at-home animal adventures!