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Spring is here!
Due to the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, as of now, many events may be canceled or postponed for April. But, we have put together some ideas of things you can do at home or online to keep the family entertained.
Please note that this will be an ever-changing resource. While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and details, we always encourage you to do the same. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. Check back often to see what has been added.
Columbus Businesses and Organizations Offering Online Classes or Activities
Learn from home with these science lessons from COSI Connect.
Digital Storytime with the Westerville Public Library
Paulette’s Princess Parties has come up with some creative ways to have children interact with various characters.
Virtual Books and Badges– Columbus Police Officers read books on their Facebook page.
Captain from the local kid band The Shazzbots goes live on Facebook daily (for now) at 10:30 a.m.
Ohio History Connection has put together some history lessons.
Magic Nate is live-streaming magic tricks on his Facebook page.
Virtual songwriting classes are being offered by WAV.
Local Take-Home Options
Although not all of the options are available at the Metro Parks (ex. no playground use) here’s an overview of some Central Ohio Metro Parks to visit.
Kids will have fun with these Natual Play Spaces for Your Backyard.
TV and Movies
We know many people are catching up on shows and movies. Here are some suggestions.
Netflix List for Kids
Hulu List for Kids
Lists from various streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu and Disney +
Netflix List for Adults with shows that came out this fall
Kanopy– use your public library card and you can watch 7 movies per month for free
Kanopy Kids-unlimited plays in the curated collection for kids using your public library card
Staying active is important!
Modo Yoga Columbus has been going on Instagram Live with classes and offers other live streaming options.
Local hip hop instructor M. Nicholson has a Youtube Channel so you can dance at home.
YouTube Workouts for Kids
Most weekdays at 10 am Laurie Berkner Band will go live on Facebook for singing, moving, stories, and more.
Virtual Field Trips
Hilliard Ohio Historical Society
Explore a Zoo from home
12 Famous Museums to tour from your couch
View webcams at Colonial Williamsburg
Find electronic content free of charge (with a library card) from Columbus Metropolitan Library
These chapter books for kids will encourage a love for reading.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite books for moms in a variety of genres- Mom Reading List.
Columbus Podcast Directory
Momcast– a local podcast featuring topics related to mothers and parenting.
Cooking and Baking with Kids
This is an easy banana chocolate pancake recipe.
Read the post- The Joy of Baking with My Toddler.
Activities for Younger Kids
Here’s a list of 20 Things to Do with Young Kids When You’re Stuck Inside.
Activities for Older Kids
This tech animation project will keep the kids occupied for a long time.
Have a family game night!
It’s not as easy to find some alone time and actually get away from the kids, but here are some at-home ideas for connecting with your partner.
Need a theme or idea for every single day in April? These wacky, fun and unique holidays for the month of April will be fun to celebrate. The list even includes some activity suggestions for certain days. We can’t wait to see your creative ideas!
We update this list all month long, so check back often. If we missed something, please comment below. We hope April is full of sunshine for you and your family!