What day is it? How long have we been inside? As the days and weeks roll along with many families self-isolating, I give you boredom busters: round three. Thankfully, more and more institutions and artists are putting out insanely good content and educational opportunities. There’s never been a better time to grow! Who knows what might spark a new idea, a new tradition for the family, or a passion for something the kids didn’t know about before. My heartfelt thanks goes out to the educators and friends who keep sharing ideas for me to pass along!

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  1. Take virtual tours of famous castles from the coziness of your own home. Think of the $ you save on airfare!
  2. Lincoln Centre has launched free virtual classes for kids. Lincoln Centre At Home pop-up classroom happens daily at 2pm on their Facebook page.
  3. Again, save on flights as you explore the world with these 4K walking tours.
  4. We are all trying to teach our kids more life-skills as we move through this pandemic. Bear Grylls, the world-renowned adventurer, and chief Scout has 100 ‘indoor survival challenges‘ for kids to do at home.
  5. For those of us who are carb-loading (ah-hem), this 84 year-old grandma is teaching pasta-making classes from just outside Rome.
  6. Podcasts can be just the thing to take your kids’ minds off the scariness of what is happening. These 23 podcasts geared toward kids could be just perfect.
  7. If you are missing the great outdoors, or like me, have never had the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Explore.org has set up a live webcam so you can catch a glimpse.
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  8. In case your little Picasso is running out of ideas or want to hone some technique, the Milford Art Studio is streaming live classes.
  9. Haven’t written that novel yet? Kate DiCamillo shares writing tips on YouTube.
  10. You may not have an aquarium at home or the ability to do diving right now, but in our own Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium is streaming sharks live.
  11. If you are missing wilfdlife and animals, here are 25 nature webcams to check out.
  12. Or how about 50 art and music resources to help kids learn and create from home?
  13. Storyline Online is a YouTube channel where celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Bell, Sarah Silverman and many more read stories that your children will love. Each video also has moving illustrations from the book to keep your children even more entertained.
  14. The Banff Mountain Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic, but here are the best short films streaming for free.

In case you missed the last iterations, here are some digital family boredom busters, and how not to go bananas during the pandemic.

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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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