The holidays are approaching, and the virtual fun continues! Keep up the learning and fun from home with these engaging activities.
NASA At Home
Do your kids love to learn about space? NASA offers lots of fun, family-friendly activities on their website for your budding scientist. With activities for all ages, kids will learn about the Carbon Cycle, explore galaxies, and even make a Mars helicopter! There are plenty of simple crafts and coloring pages to keep the kids engaged. They won’t even realize they’re learning! 3…2…1…Blast off! Visit www.nasa.gov/nasa-at-home-for-kids-and-families to get started.
Teach your kids about the cultures of the world with Encantos online. Through three unique brands, Encantos fosters appreciation for different languages and cultures. Canticos helps preschoolers begin learning Spanish with nursery rhymes and songs. Tiny Travelers offers resources for social studies, geography, and history for preschoolers and elementary students. Finally, Issa Edible Adventures teaches kids about the world through inspiring recipes! Visit www.encantosbrands.com/learning-hub/ to start your virtual adventure.
Spark creativity at home with Crayola’s online learning resources. Download free coloring pages from favorite characters and brands as well as DIY craft ideas like Galactic Goldfish, Paper Bag Stars, and more. Parents can find lesson plans as well with activities in geography, history, literacy, and even sports. There are free coloring pages for adults, too! Visit crayola.com/athome.
From Sea to Space
Learn about the past, present, and future of navigation with the Mariners’ Museum’s student virtual lecture: From Sea to Space. Grades 3-12 can sign up for their time slot, where they will team with Aerospace Engineer Andrew Rader and Mariners’ Museum staff to learn about spacecraft navigation through interplanetary space. Students will also see artifacts from the museum’s collection. Visit marinersmuseum.org/event/space.
Get ready for an exciting STARturday night as you view the evening skies from your own home. The Virginia Living Museum will be streaming live on Facebook on November 14, for an exclusive chat with Dr. Kelly Herbst, astronomy curator at the VLM, to learn about how to identify stars and planets. Using Starry Night Dome planetarium software to view the sky, Dr. Herbst will be providing resources and tips for your own observing at home. The fun continues every second Saturday, so be sure to visit facebook.com/VirginiaLivingMuseum to catch the fun!
Online Visits w/ Santa
Want to avoid the crowds but don’t want to miss your kids meeting the jolly old elf? JingleRing is an online service scheduling personalized meet & greets with Santa himself. Complete your family profile and choose your preferences–there’s even a Sensitive Santa for children with special needs! Create your very own package with storytimes, keepsake videos, and a post-Christmas gratitude visit. Who knows, Mrs. Claus may even make an appearance! Visit JingleRing.com to get started.
Now You’re Cooking
Learn a new skill at home with the help of Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio in Chesapeake. Every Monday at 6 p.m., learn a fun new recipe like egg rolls, pizza, tacos, and even sushi! Kids will have a blast learning to put together their favorite dishes while enjoying some family time, too. Families can also purchase an “I Heart Cooking with U” cooking kit for pick up that provides all the supplies you need to make a yummy meal together at home. Cooking kits change weekly, so the fun can continue! Visit nowurcooking.com for more information.
Does your child or teen love to write? Now they can connect with others for some inspiration and creative motivation with monthly virtual writing groups hosted by Slover Library and The Muse Writers Center. These workshops, led by Muse instructors, provide writing prompts and opportunities for sharing works including stories, poems, songs, and more. It’s a great way for your child to express his or her creativity and learn from others, too. Visit facebook.com/sloverlibrary to RSVP. Workshops for adults also available.