As the world changes and we all stay at home to limit the transmission of the virus, we are all looking for things to do and ways to learn. If your family is like mine, it’s a bit easier to convince the kids to learn when there is some sort of screen in front of their faces. Here are ten digital family boredom busters to get you through the next days and weeks.

  1. Canada’s Wonderland is doing virtual roller coaster rides so we can all get our adrenaline going!!
  2. Kennedy Space Centre has launched science lessons on it’s Facebook Live platform.
  3. This sports commentator has no sports to talk about, so watching him commentate daily life is absolute gold.
  4. The Globe Theatre is streaming Shakespeare plays on their Globe Player platform. You can rent or own the broadcast, and brush up your Shakespeare!
  5. Like movie musicals? Here are 47 classics that you can stream while in your house.
  6. Disney + Khan Academy! ‘Imagineering in a Box’ is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. There are 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences.
  7. The New York Public Library is offering 300,000 books free of charge on it’s SimplyE digital platform.
  8. Our dinner table discussion questions may help trigger some cool conversations during mealtimes!
  9. The Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation is having celebrities read books to kids. Here’s Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog.
  10. Here are some well-known children’s stories read in French – it’s a great way to improve your skills!
  11. Discover the Universe is broadcasting free online astronomy mini-courses for kids aged 8-12 every weekday at 2 p.m. (EDT) for 30 minutes of educational fun. We’ll cover a wide variety of subjects and often have fascinating guest presenting. You don’t need a camera or microphone. Kids will only be able to ask questions in the chat.

For more ideas, check out how not to go bananas during self-quarantine.

Good luck. Stay strong. And stay in the house to protect yourselves and others. Our medical professionals, delivery people, grocery clerks sand governments are working so very hard to get us to the other side.

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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