The Staying-In Guide :: A Boston Moms Guide to Activities that Can Be Done at Home

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As moms, we are used to the hustle and bustle of daily life with children. We are constantly on the go, taking our kids to school, sports, activities, play groups, and story hours. 

Now, though, we are being forced to slow down. Schools are closed, all activities are cancelled, and we are home with our children day in and day out. As the hours have ticked by and turned into days, then weeks, we are being faced with the challenge of keeping our children active and stimulated.

Boston Moms has got boredom covered! We have compiled this list of activities and resources that can be done from the comfort of home! Do you know of any resources that should be added to this list? Contact us and let us know!

Even if you can’t get there in person, you can tour the Boston Children’s Museum online!

Art Museums

Louvre Museum, Paris

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 

Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy 

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Guggenheim Museum, New York

The British Museum, London

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

MASP, São Paulo, Brazil

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Zoos and Aquariums

San Diego Zoo

Zoo Atlanta (direct link to their adorable Panda Cam!)

Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington D.C. 

Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam, Tuscon, AZ

Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs, Rhenen, Netherland

FarmFood 360 — Tours of Canadian Farms

Houston Zoo, Houston, Texas

Cincinnati Zoo Virtual Safari

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

New England Aquarium, Boston

Georgia Aquarium

National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland

Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, Washington

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater, Florida

Walrus Cam of Round Island

Destinations

Ellis Island, New York

Google Street View of Pompeii, Italy

The Great Wall of China

Tour England

Yellowstone National Park

Live view of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

Alaska’s Fish and Game Trails

Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico

360 Degree Tour of U.S. National Parks

Northern Lights Live Camera

You don’t even need to stay on Earth! Tour Mars or see the Saturn 5 Rocket!

Looking for more? Google Arts and Culture has teamed up with 2,500 museums from around the world to offer virtual tours. See the complete list here.

Mo Willems Lunch Doodles

Free Online Art Classes with Paint Sip Fun

Free drawing classes with Carson Ellis

Free drawing classes with Wendy MacNaughton

Stop Motion Kids Camp with Trisha Zemp

Draw Every Day with JJK by children’s book illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka

Drawing With Toddlers by children’s book illustrator E. B. Goodale

Free drawing classes with children’s book illustrator Thyra Heder

Comic book illustration with Jarrett Lerner

Free online art classes with Anna Abramzon Studio

Free online art classes with The Hansen Art Studio

Free online art classes with The Creative Collective 

MazeToons Cartooning Classes

Color Our Collections — Coloring content based on collection items from 113 art museums

Debbie Allen offering an online dance class via her Instagram feed

Laurie Berkner Band offering free kids music performances most weekdays at 10 a.m.

Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band offering free kids music performances

Metropolitan Opera Free Virtual Shows

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home

All-Arts offering digital screening of films relating to music, dance, and theater

Grammy Museum releasing never before seen interviews with entertainers

Berlin Philharmonic offering a digital concert hall

Broadway World offering daily “living room concerts” with Broadway stars

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offering daily releases of archived videos 

Seattle Symphony streaming live videos of performances

 

Online activities and learning are wonderful, but we all need a technology break once in a while! Here is a list of ideas to keep your family active away from technology!

Read every picture book on your bookshelf.

Bake something from scratch.

Use electrical tape and make “roads” for your kids’ toy cars.

Write someone a letter, or draw them a picture! 

Write a play with your family, and perform it for each other. That video will be priceless a decade from now!

Play balloon ping pong! Tape a popsicle stick or a paper towel roll to a paper plate to create your paddle, and bat that balloon back and forth! 

Build a giant tower. Do you even need to use blocks? What about rocks, Matchbox cars, or even shoes? 

Have a race! Run, hop, crab walk — any kind of race you can think of! 

Make your own playdough! 

Put a bar of soap in the microwave to create soap clouds

Learn the names of the plants (and weeds!) in your yard. How many of each are there? 

Make up a story together. Write it down and illustrate it! 

Put water, oil, and drops of food coloring into a jar to create fireworks in a jar!

Learn how to make paper.

Have a board game marathon. 

Have the little ones give all of their plastic toys a bath! Water play and clean toys, all at once!

Choreograph a dance routine with your kids.

Make a scrapbook. Or maybe make that baby book you never made when your kids were babies! 

Plant a garden. 

Make a blanket fort! 

Bird watch. Research what kinds of birds you see in your yard! 

Create a stuffed animal using your old clothing. Sock puppets count!

Play with cornstarch and water! Make Oobleck and slime! 

Do a big puzzle as a family. Or, have a puzzle race with smaller puzzles: Put several puzzles (20+ piece puzzles) in a paper bag and shake it up. Pour pieces out and give each person the puzzle box they are to put together. Go! (Cooperation tends to be a result as pieces are traded.)

Create art using items you have found around the house. 

Draw your whole family.

Clean out the car (this won’t be fun for the kids — but just think of how great it will be for you!).

Play with sidewalk chalk. Make sidewalk chalk paint! Create a masterpiece on your walkway or driveway!

Create your own Olympics! Who can be the sock-toss-into-the-laundry-basket champion? 

Go for a hike! 

Ride your bike! 

Make your own bubble solution and bubble wands and have a big bubble contest!