Although most activities and events are canceled, you can still stay active at home. Below are some activity ideas, links, handouts and other resources to help all ages stay productive.
Some activities require registration. Parents, as with any electronic resource, please check websites content for appropriateness for your child and and monitor his/her online activity.
Family/All Ages Activities & Resources
The Institute of Education Sciences offers a list of educational games for preschool through adult on a variety of topics.
Libraries are a great resource for accessing ebooks, audiobooks and a variety of online resources including genealogy research, streaming movies, DIY projects, historic newspapers and much more. The Southwest Public Libraries, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and other local systems partner to allow card holders from any system to access materials from the others. Many online resources have been extended temporarily to non-card holders.
- Southwest Public Libraries
- Columbus Library
- International Children’s Digital Library
- Library of Congress
Museums offer opportunities to enjoy their collections from your home including the Columbus Museum of Art, the British Museum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Guggenheim Museum, National Gallery of Art and The Louvre.
NASA offers online resources and STEM experiences that can be sorted by age group and interest.
COSI has launched COSI Connects for fun, at-home learning with daily experiments for families.
Check out nature activities from groups like Children & Nature Network.
Scholastic Learn at Home offers projects to keep kids reading and thinking.
Are you a quilter or otherwise enjoy sewing? Find a pattern and instructions to make medical-style face masks. Arrange a pickup from your porch on a Thursday afternoon by The Naz Outreach team or drop off at Jackson Twp. Firefighters Local 2672 Station 202 or the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
A variety of learn-at-home resources for all ages are available at WOSU‘s online classroom.
Use the metal cans left after your home cooking to make crafts. Visit Fabulessly Frugal for idea.
Come up with your own family challenge or try one of our suggestions.
Preschool Activities & Resources
Don’t miss Online Storytime with the Columbus Library (YouTube videos).
JumpStart offers activities for preschoolers.
PBS for Kids offers educational videos, games and more.
Learn at home with help from Scholastic Magazines.
Red Ted Art has ideas for crafts good for little hands.
Many authors of children’s books are reading their works and sharing them online. Visit We Are Teachers for links.
Create a do-it-yourself egg roll game from The Crazy Outdoor Mama.
Youth Activities & Resources
Artist Mo Willems shares a new doodle each day through the Kennedy Center.
JumpStart offers a variety of activities organized by grade/age and topic.
Entertain Kids on a Dime has 100 ideas for activities to do at home.
San Diego Zoo kids offers online activities.
Make Salt Dough Egg ornaments with instructions from Design Mom.
Looking for something to do with all those toilet paper rolls? Check out some ideas from Red Ted Art.
Make ice cream in a bag.
Bring an Easter theme to exercising for your kids from the Seasoned Mom.
Minute to win it games can be great ways to stay engaged.
Sports Activities & Resources
Baseball Drills from Little League
- Base-running Drills: Leading Off
- Arm Strengthening Drills
- Bat Swinging Drills
- Game of 21
- Throwing Accuracy
- Popup Drill
- Water Balloon Toss
- Infield Drills (YouTube video)
- Ground ball hat drill (video)
- Outfield drills I (YouTube video)
- Outfield drills II (YouTube video)
- SportsRec has some basketball drills to build skill in your home.
- Daily drills are available at Breakthrough Basketball
- Dribbling: develop dribbling skills with tips from a variety of sites including
- Catch and Shoot
Online Soccer Academy features tips, drills and videos to improve soccer skills.
For volleyball drills you can do at home, check out HowTheyPlay.
For some ideas on improving softball skills on your own, check out Softball Galaxy.
Adult Activities & Resources
View performances from the Kennedy Center’s digital stage.
Remember to take care of yourself. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center offers health and wellness tips.
The YMCA is offering a free fitness challenge from March 23 until April 23.
Want to see the sights from around the world? Visit AirPano for panoramic photographs of famous places and natural wonders.
Cooking more at home? Good Housekeeping has some suggestions and recipes.
Not sure what you can cook with the ingredients you have? Check Supercook – enter ingredients and get suggested recipes back.
Senior Activities & Resources
The City of Grove City has a call center set up to help citizens get needs met: 614-277-3560.
Spending more time online? The Ohio Attorney General’s office offers tips for protecting yourself.
Are you a quilter or otherwise enjoy sewing? Find a pattern and instructions to make medical-style face masks. Arrange a pickup from your porch on a Thursday afternoon by The Naz Outreach team or drop off at a Jackson Township Fire Station or the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
AARP offers news and information specifically for seniors.