Some online resources to keep your kids busy while school is closed.  Some of these are offered free right now due to the COVID-19 crisis and others are free all the time.  When the crisis is over, we’ll update this page to remove/replace the resources that are no longer offered for free.

  • 10+ Things to do with NASA at Home — An article that has 10+ things to do it at home from NASA and a list of other resources.
  • 111 Boredom Busters — “Our list of Boredom Busters includes over 100 fun (and mostly free) activities that you and your kids can enjoy at home.” by familyeguide
  • 25 Amazing Ideas for Virtual Field Trips — An article from WeAreTeachers with some amazing ideas for virtual field trips.
  • 2simple — 2simple has resources to support skills in writing and coding and allows them to use open-ended tools help children “create expressive multimedia stories, make their own games, paint a picture, or compose multi-instrumental songs”
  • Audible — For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
  • Author to Author — Videos of different authors talking about how they work during different parts of the writing process.
  • BiblioBoard — An assortment of rich historical and carefully curated multimedia content, as well as high-quality open access journals, textbooks, and other open educational resources.
  • Century — Get instant access to English, math and science resources. Powered by the world’s leading AI teaching and learning platform, our resources are suitable for Years 3-11 and aligned to the national curriculum.
  • circletime — Kids Classes from Home. Watch on-demand or participate live. Learn and bond with your 0-6 year old. Follow and interact with an expert instructor.
  • Citizen Science through SciStarter — A way for everyone to be a scientist! Their goal is to encourage people from all walks of life to help advance scientific research by completing projects on their site. There are many projects that you can from your own device at home. Take a look to find a project that interests you and help a scientist gather data to advance their research.
  •  cK-12 — Always a free website but this page is an easy starting point for anyone who hasn’t used it before. It has resources for all ages.
  • Class Central — Class Central keeps track of MOOCs (massive open online courses) that are offered for free year round.
  • Dyslexia Academy — Dyslexia resources to support homeschooling, families and teachers.
  • EarthCam — Live video streams of animals in the USA and other places in the world.
  • genially — Genially is a platform that lets you create interactive and animated content.
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History — Register here to get full FREE access to the Gilder Lehrman Institute website and to receive the latest updates on online programs and other resources they will be rolling out in the coming days and weeks.
  • HippoCampus — HippoCampus has free videos aimed at middle schoolers to college students.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s youtube page — He has a “draw everyday” video series and how to draw videos of Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy: Revenge of the Sis and The Platypus Police Guide.
  • LunchDoodles with Mo Willems — “Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making ” -Mo Willems
  • Mechanisms — Mechanisms – The first and only tool for organic chemistry that allows students to learn and practice reaction mechanisms by moving and manipulating individual bonds and electrons.
  • MommyPoppins — 100’s of at-home activities for families from MommyPoppins.
  • NASA — Online resources, a lot of at home projects, podcasts for kids and ebooks about space.
  • The National Parks Service Virtual tours — shows visitors the “Hidden Worlds of National Parks”
  • National Weather Service — The National Weather Service has amped up their games and videos page while the kids are out of school.
  • Ology — A science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. Has games and pictures and explanations of different exhibits in the museum.
  • Scholastic — Scholastic has put together online resources for PreK-9th grade. They also have resources for families section with printables, documentaries, and a section for 3-6th grades that has trivia and scheduled chats with authors.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab — The Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Here, on the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers like you. Use the search bar below to search for Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections.
  • Steve Spangler — Steve Spangler is recommended by the Infinity Science Center as someone for kids to watch and learn science. He’s the original Mentos in Coke eruption guy. He’s doing a science video daily.
  • Story Time from Space — Kids can listen to astronauts read them a story or watch a science lesson.
  • StoryCorps — A non-profit organization that would like to hear your stories and preserve them for future generations. They hope these stories will help build new ongoing connections between people from all walks of life. To do that they are asking individuals to download the StoryCorps app, which is available on ios and Android. Using the app you can record your story where it’s then saved it in the Library of Congress. We hope that you will add your stories to their collection of recordings to tell others how your life has changed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Travel & Leisure — A magazine article featuring 12 Famous Museums that have virtual tours.