With kids home from school and daycare, many parents are looking activities to keep them educated and entertained.
Many of our team members are experiencing the same reality so we put together a list of resources for parents. From arts and crafts, to home schooling activities and museum exhibits being streamed online, there’s something for everyone. We’ve thought of all ages too – from pre-school to teens.
Art and Crafts
Google Art Project gives you access to view thousands of art appearing in museums across the world.
Mad Scientist has a range of home science activities downloadable through PDF.
National Geographic offers games, videos, and explorative learning activities for kids.
Instructables is an online community for people that makes things. Explore projects that you can do with your family, including math and the art of origami and how to make your own mandala colouring page.
Khan Academy offers free courses for children (and adults) at all levels, including math, grammar, engineering, and art history.
Open Culture’s K-12 free educational resources for parents and kids.
Prodigy has a range of math topics from Grades 1 to 8.
TVOKids offers Pre-School and School Age online games and activities free. You can also watch their channel live and ad-free on their YouTube channel.
Connect with nature in Canada by exploring its inhabitants by iNaturalist.
Health and Exercise
YMCA exercise programs classes, including fitness, dancing, yoga, and more.
Ripley’s Aquarium’s Shark Camera allows users to take the plunge into a shark tank.
Calgary Zoo’s Panda Cam can be viewed 24/7 free of charge.
Vancouver Aquarium’s live feed allows you to view sea life from the ocean floor.
Art Gallery of Ontario’s online collection can be viewed free of charge.
Canadian Museum of History has several exhibits online.
Googles Top 10 Museums to walk virtually, including the British Museum and Guggenheim Museum.
National Gallery of Canada’s online archive of photos is accessible to the public.
Virtual Museums has several Canadian virtual tours online free of charge.
Resources for parents
How can we talk to kids about COVID-19? Be “realistically reassuring” – Canadian Pediatric Society.
Talking to your anxious child about COVID-19 – Children’s Mental Health of Ontario.