Fun and Educational Resources for Caregivers

Here are some fun and educational things to do with your kids! 
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Doodling, Stories & More

Bedtime Stories with Dolly
Dolly Parton will kick off a 10-book video series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, with The Little Engine That Could, and will continue weekly with other titles from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Activities, stories, songs and more

DaybyDay en Espanol
Es un sitio web para niños jóvenes y sus familias

Draw Every Day with JJK
Every weekday at noon, artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, aka JJK, will be offering up a free art lesson on a webcast.

Erie Canal Educational Resources
Fun Erie Canal coloring pages

Family Tree Activity Sheet
A fun family tree activity created by an OCPL Local History & Genealogy librarian.

James Dean
Reads his Pete the Cat books every day at 12 PM EDT

Jarrett Lerner Activities
Blank Comic Book Pages, “Finish This Comic!” Comics, and Drawing/Writing Prompts.

Kids Ask Authors
A weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader. Most episodes will end with a book review, poem, short story or a joke by kids!

Lunchtime Doodle with Mo Willems
Mo welcomes you into his studio at home and guides you through drawing activities every day at lunchtime.

Michael Chabon Evening Storytimes
Every evening Michael Chabon readings bedtime stories.

A live streaming platform with weekly episodes hosted by MISTER G, featuring musicians, authors, and special guests from around the world.

Oliver Jeffers Reads A Book A Day
Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books each day at 2 PM on Instagram, then archives the reading on his website.

Oprah Reads Thelma Godin's The Hula-Hoopin' Queen
Oprah Winfrey reads Godin’s book and is accompanied by a handy teacher’s guide.

SeaWorld Classroom Activities
SeaWorld provides access to their classroom activities for a variety of ages, that you can use at home.
Teacher's Guide also provided

SeaWorld Saving a Species Video Series
Bringing you face-to-face with the wonders of wildlife through species-focused episodes and a wide array of deeper dive extras.

Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids
Games, activities, meet the animals and more for kids of all ages.

Spanish Children's Books
Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.

** Many more author story times, lesson plans and fun things to do with elementary, middle school and high school aged kids.

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears...(and more)

EarthCam: Animal Collection
A collection of animal cams from around the globe

Giant Panda Cam
Giant Panda cam from the National Zoo

Lion Cam
From the National Zoo

Penguin Cam
Penguin Cam at the San Diego Zoo

Red Panda Cam
From the Beardsley Zoo, camera hours: Live Feed from 8:30AM-6:00PM

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Videos
Watch elephants have a birthday party, leopard cubs playing and other videos from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

Sea Otter Cam
From Seattle Aquarium

Sloth Cam
From the Hattiesburg Zoo

Music & Art

Guggenheim Museum Tour
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

National Gallery of Art
Features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Metropolitan Opera
Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website.

Musee d'Orsay
Virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

**More virtual museum tours compiled by MSN

Seattle Symphony Live Broadcasts
We are offering free broadcasts to share strength, comfort and unity with our community in Seattle and around the world during this uncertain time.

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
An extensive collection of spaces and places doing virtual museum tours, e-learning and more.


Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.

Educational videos and live streams

San Diego Zoo
A special section for kids. Provides videos, stories, fun facts and more about the animals in this zoo.

Storytime From Space
Astronauts on the Space Station read stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.

Talking is Teaching: Family Staycation Resource Kit
10 ways you can talk, read, sing, and play your way through the day—just with things you might already have at home.

Virtual Field Trips

Farm, Food, 360
Explore Canadian Food and farming in 360º

Explore the actual surface of Mars, recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover.

Yellowstone National Park
View and learn about the mud volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs and other Yellowstone attractions.