Although many 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 the website content for appropriateness for your child and monitor his/her online activity.

Family/All Ages Activities & Resources

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 zoos and aquariums feature live streams of animals including the Columbus Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the San Diego Zoo.

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.

Making and fixing things is satisfying for children and teaches important lessons in creativity and self-reliance. For hands-on activities in woodworking, construction play, and computer building and other STEM activities, check out the junior handyman’s page at Dragonfire Tools. (Be sure to properly supervise or assist children when using tools.)

Scholastic Learn at Home offers projects to keep kids reading and thinking.

The Institute of Education Sciences offers a list of educational games for preschool through adult on a variety of topics.

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 ideas.

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.

Educational videos, games and more are available from PBS for Kids, Education.com .

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.

Youth Activities & Resources

The Kennedy Center has arts education designed just for kids.

JumpStart offers a variety of activities organized by grade/age and topic.

Fun resources for learning about animals are available from organizations like the Cincinnati Zoo, San Diego Zoo kids, and Columbus Zoo School.

Engagement for a variety of ages is available through Library of Congress family resources.

Entertain Kids on a Dime has 100 ideas for activities to do at home.

ActiveKids offers many online resources for kids and parents including home-schooling resources.

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.

Minute to win it games can be great ways to stay engaged.

Video games can also be avenues for learning. Check out the Science Game Center and  Immersed Games.

https://www.education.com/games/first-grade/

Sports Activities & Resources

Baseball Drills from Little League

Basketball Drills

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.

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.

Spending time working on home projects? There are lots of good DYI (do it yourself) ideas, many repurposing items you may already have in your home. Visit websites like DIY Home Sweet Home, Family Handyman, Homify and  Handy.com.

Gardening including growing plants inside can be relaxing and productive. Check Gardening Know How for ideas.

Senior Activities & Resources

The City of Grove City has a call center set up to help citizens get needs met: 614-277-3560.

Go4Life from The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging has workout videos and other resources for older adults.

Spending more time online? The Ohio Attorney General’s office offers tips for protecting yourself.

AARP offers news and information specifically for seniors.

Want to learn more about using technology? Prepare to Care Ohio partnered with the Evans Center, Women in Technology International’s Columbus Regional Network and others for a series of videos to support seniors in accessing resources.