Keeping Busy in the Time of Coronavirus

Most of us will be staying away from other people and in our homes for the next several weeks (at least), but in addition to taking a stroll outside (staying appropriately distanced from others), there are some great virtual activities you can partake in online.

Many public libraries have gone digital; you can become a member of your local public library and take out an e-book! Some libraries, such as the Columbus Metropolitan Library, even offer a catalog of online movies streaming for free to their members!

In early February 2016, museums and libraries worldwide took part in #ColorOurCollections–a campaign where they made available free coloring books, letting you color artwork from their collections. Click here for more information and links to downloadable coloring pages and books!

Our hearts go out to people everywhere affected by COVID-19, and Italy has been particularly hard-hit. One blogger wrote, “There is so much beauty in the world, even if we have to hit pause on seeing it directly in front of us.” She put together a list of museums in Italy that you can explore online; click here for the article and links to those museums.

Visit more museums around the world! Google Arts & Culture teamed up with more than 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits. Click here to start immersing yourself in art and culture worldwide.

Many of us have kids who will be stuck at home as schools have closed for extended periods of time. Keep their learning going with Scholastic’s Learn at Home website, offering free lessons for Pre-K through 6th Grade and beyond!

Many school trips have been cancelled as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Click here for some fantastic virtual field trips you can take with your children!

Learning is for adults too! There are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online FOR FREE right now! Click here to learn more and to start learning!

Caribu, an app designed for kids, ages 0-7, to have a more engaging video-call with parents who traveled and grandparents who lived far away, has announced FREE and UNLIMITED access for all families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about the app, which also offers an in-app library full of 1000+ books, games, activities, and coloring sheets, in eight languages, for kids to immediately use in a Caribu Call with a friend or family member. You can download the app from or your device’s app store.

100 things for kids (and students) to virtually tour. These are world-famous places that can be fun (such as LEGOLAND), educational (the Colosseum in Rome), or a bit of both (the National Aquarium). The article has details on each one as well as information on how to do the tour. 

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