If the prospect of having your kids home for weeks while you try to “work from home” has you more freaked out than contracting covid-19, then know that you are not alone. No school, no camps, no playdates, no birthday parties, no touching playground equipment. If it has you reaching for the IPad and throwing up your hands, welcome to the club. Do you what you gotta to do to stay sane!! More than now we need compassion and forgiveness for ourselves, our mom squad and our neighbors.
If you are ready to do more, we put together a list of free options that we have seen floating around the internet. Full disclosure, we haven’t vetted any of these. We did our best to rely on reputable sources. Let us know in the comments if a link is broken or if the resource isn’t great.
National Geographic—Quizzes, science experiments, videos, and more. Find their boredom busters here.
Scholastic—Grade-level daily projects for kiddos. Find it here.
Virtual Field Trips—This is a Google doc with links to websites that kids can explore. San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, the Mars Curiosity Rover and more. Find it here.
Free Resource List—We don’t know who put this together and we haven’t explored it in depth but here is another Google doc with free educational resources. Find it here.
BalletNova—Streaming dance classes live on Facebook. Find them here. If you can, donate to help them.
GoNoodle—Chances are your kiddos use this at school. Movement and calming exercises of various length to keep the kids focused and not couch potatoes. Find them here.
Laura Kelly Designs Printable—Activity and coloring pages for your kiddos. Find them here.
Laura Palmer—Another Laura (this is fast becoming our favorite name) with printable coloring pages for your kiddos. Find them here.
Snapology—Lego Challenges. Follow them on Instagram for regular building challenges to mix up your day.
We probably missed a bunch so if you have something to offer, feel free to add in the comments.
Stay sane. Parents. Stay sane!
Updated List as of 3.18.20 Pulled from comments and more.
Mo Willems Lunch Doodles--doodle along with a fav author. Find it here.
Colorado Ballet Academy-- Refine your technique with this IGTV instructional videos. Find them on Instagram.
Monsters Dance--Have some hiphop fun every Friday at 3PM Eastern Time. Find their YouTube channel here.
StarNetLibraries--If you have capacity to add at home science projects, then check out these vetted activities. Find them here.
Did you just move to Colorado? Do you want you kiddo to embrace the Colorado lifestyle? While there are no summer camps on how to brew craft beer and attending these camps will not get you a coveted “NATIVE” bumper sticker, here are a few summer camps that will help you raise a Coloradan.
Avid for Adventure. When we asked parents which summer camp represented “Colorado” this was a clear winner. Kids spend all day outside challenging themselves with enthusiastic and well-trained counselors guiding them. Kids can choose multi-sport summer camps or specialize in a single activity, like rock climbing, kayaking, or mountain biking. Your kids will come home exhausted. Plus, you don’t have to watch them do things like climb 200 feet above your head, or speed down a trail on a mountain bike.
SPREE. Another outdoor favorite, but this time with a little science mixed in. Run by the nonprofit Greenway Foundation, SPREE summer camp teaches kids how to care for the environment, some local history, and arts and crafts all while they are having great time. They have two locations and are reasonably priced.
SNOBAHN. Did you know that you can ski indoors? You can at SNOBAHN. Give the kiddos a head start on skiing next winter with a summer camp. The kiddos will also enjoy the giant trampolines, perfect for honing their new tricks, and parkour training, which might help them to jump, dive and roll off your furniture a bit more gracefully. Also check out Shredder summer camps if SNOBAHN is too far for you.
Craftsman & Apprentice. Hands on building and creativity. Coloradans tend to be an independent bunch and this summer camp helps your kids learn self-sufficiency through fun activities, like woodworking, and fiber arts. If you want to encourage your kiddo to swing a hammer, or sew but you don’t have the space or you can’t tolerate for the mess, then check out Craftsman & Apprentice.
Art Students League of Denver. Denver and Colorado are home to a lot of artists. No. I’m not kidding. Who wouldn’t want to create art in our beautiful state? So if your kids are into drawing, painting, or ceramics turn to ASL to help guide their development. You can mix and match morning and afternoon sessions for a full day or stick to the half day option.
P.S. We did not receive any compensation from these camps. These just some ideas to get you started. Do you have your own ideas? Let us know in the comments.