COVID-19 Family Resources

Activities to support your school-age children at home 

If you are a working parent who is looking for extra information, activities, programs, and social-emotional learning (SEL) resources, below is a list of programs and courses available from online sources. 

Reading, Learning and Engagement Activities

  • Google Doodle Coding Logo: Thanks to this interactive Google Doodle, learners of all ages can set off on an adventure that introduces basic coding principles and problem solving.
  • Apple's Swift Playgrounds: This free app for Mac and iPad devices helps to introduce and expand coding skills for learners interested in using technology to create new worlds, interactive games, and more!
  • Coronavirus: A Book for Children: A free e-book for young readers written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Kindle version available HERE).
  • MIT Media Lab's Scratch: Designed to help develop the digital creativity of young students (ages 8 to 16), this free software program introduces the fun and exciting world of coding stories, animations and games on the computer.
  • Creative Activities for Kids: Discover free online activities hosted by authors, illustrators, and publishers, including readings, art prompts, and a writing workshop (compiled by The Kennedy Center).
  • Creative Activities for Kids: Discover free online activities hosted by authors, illustrators, and publishers, including readings, art prompts, and a writing workshop (compiled by The Kennedy Center).
  • Edutopia's 20 Classic Books for High Schoolers: Use this time to catch up on a new reading list.
  • Smithsonian Science and Education Center's Game Center: Free educational games and brain-tickling challenges for K-12 students.
  • Space Station Explorers: Videos from astronauts aboard the International Space Station, offering fun and insightful space facts about living and working far from the Earth.
  • NASA's Space Place: Take a trip to the moon and beyond by visiting NASA's online learning portal for science activities and space-related education.
  • Energy Kids: Educational games and activities for younger learners from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • NCES Kid's Zone: The Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics online activity space, where students can learn valuable skills, play games, and these their knowledge.
  • Harper At Home: Free activities for young readers, parents filling in for teachers, and educators looking for learning-related programs (provided by HarperCollins Publishers).
  • StorylineOnline: A collection of free videos, featuring your favorite celebrities reading stories for younger listeners (provided by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation).
  • Little Brown Young Readers Activities for Kids: A free resource portal of books, interactive downloads and storytime videos for younger children (Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the available books and videos).
  • Scholastic Learn At Home Program: An activity portal of free daily courses for children.
  • Kids Out and About: The ultimate parent survival guide to 2020-2021
  • Mommy Poppins: Stay-at-home Guide - 100s of activities and resources for families
  • CHOC Children's: Activity ideas for kids during COVID-19

At Home Education and Support Programs

Entertainment and Physical Activity Resources

  • Boy Scouts of America at Home: Resources for Scouts and families, including ideas for activities and projects to do at home.
  • Girl Scouts at Home™: An online platform for all girls (including non-members) and their family to foster connectivity and learning through various activities organized by topic and grade level.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel: Incorporate healthy screen time into the day with kids yoga (3+) that emphasizes mindfulness and relaxation techniques through story-telling.
  • Fitness Blender Free Workout Videos: Great at-home physical education for teens with videos of varying levels, including kickboxing, strength training, and more.
  • MyPlate Kids' Place: Various games, activities, videos, and songs to help kids learn about food groups and making healthy choices (provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture).
  • Hogwarts Digital Escape Room: For fans of the Harry Potter book series, Peters Township Public Library has created a free, online escape room for an afternoon of magical adventure.
  • Audible Audiobooks: A selection of streaming audiobooks for children of all ages (available in six languages).
  • GoNoodle: Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

Online Field Trips 

Online Field Trips