More Family Resources

STAY ACTIVE - PHYSICALLY

FOR FAMILIES

WebMD.com - 5 Simple, Fun Ideas for Family Fitness

Parents.com - 10 Ways to Exercise as a Family

CookingLight.com - Family Recipes to Make Together

Tasty.co - 21 Fun And Delicious Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids

STAY ACTIVE - MENTALLY

STAY INFORMED

CDC’S COVID-19 INFORMATION

Centers for Disease Control 

EDUCATIONAL 

Travel to the best the world’s museums have to offer with Google Arts & Culture’s Collections of Virtual Tours

Aquatic curiosity? Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live stream!

Marvel at elephants, bears, and condors by tuning into one of the Oakland Zoo’s webcams.

Stories for all ages - Audible free for kids- NEW!

FUN & GAMES

FamilyeGuide.com - Boredom Busters: 110 Fun At-Home Activities for Families & Kids

Pixar Child Development Center

Teddy Bear neighborhood hunt! (Tag us in your photos!)

12 Virtual Disneyland Rides That You Can Enjoy At Home Without A FASTPASS

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGES 

Bottle-Flipping Challenge - Partly fill a plastic water bottle and toss it in such a way that it lands right-side up. This one got so popular they made apps to replicate the experience!

Try Not to Laugh Challenge - Popularized by YouTubers like Markiplier, this trend involves watching short, funny videos and trying not to laugh. It’s simple and harmless, though there’s often a lot of laughing at others’ expense.

Whisper Challenge - You may have seen this one on Jimmy Fallon: One person wears headphones playing loud music. The other person says a phrase out loud, and the one listening to music tries to read their lips and repeat the phrase. Hilarity ensues.

Mannequin Challenge - A group of people gets together, poses, and freezes in place, and someone with a camera walks around recording the scene while music plays. Even celebrities have gotten in on this one, including Michelle Obama, Ellen, and Adele.

VISIT

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Webcams

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Webcams

Grand Canyon National Park’s Webcam (at the Yavapai Museum of Geology on the South Rim)

Shedd Aquarium Underwater Beauty LiveCam  

San Diego Webcams - 10 Different Live Feeds!

Aquarium of the Pacific Live Feeds

Shetland Webcams - the most northerly network of live webcams in the UK, located in key viewing points throughout Shetland. 

International Space Station on UStream

EarthCam - International Virtual Tourism with hundreds of live streams from around the world and throughout the US!

Live from NYC’s Times Square!

Santorini’s Caldera 

Africam Channels - LIVE  African wildlife safari channels

DO

Family game night: Have a weekly game night, and rotate who chooses the game. 

Family movie night: Show a movie on the main television in your home.

Camp out in your backyard: That travel is limited this summer doesn’t mean you can’t mimic experiences at home. Pitch a tent in the backyard for a few nights. 

Have a s’mores night outside: Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows are a perfect combination, and you don’t need a fire pit to set a marshmallow on fire. 

Nighttime tag: Play flashlight tag in the backyard or in the neighborhood. If the other side’s flashlight "gets" you, you’re out. 

Glow-in-the-dark treasure hunt: Try a nighttime treasure hunt with glow-in-the-dark items.

Family dance party: Host a family dance party to all sorts of different music and show the kids you can boogie (or salsa). Invite more guests via Zoom.  

House or neighborhood scavenger hunt: Set up a scavenger hunt with clues at the end that involve a prize such as a favorite dessert or the winner’s choice of movie night pick. 

Lego challenges: Give everyone a bag of Lego pieces and charge your crew with building a house, a store, a park, their school or a castle in the sky — and then set the timer. Creativity wins! (There are great 30-day Lego challenges to be found online.) 

Create a splash pad: Before there were nearby pools or even living in a beach town, we’d turn on the hose in the backyard to cool down. 

Grow herbs, lettuces and flowers: Plant cilantro, basil and parsley. Or have everyone plant sunflower seeds and patiently see whose will sprout first.  

Smash the virus: Make a coronavirus piñata, fill it with candy and whack the heck out of it. 

Chalk art museum: Chalk the neighborhood to make outside your kids’ art museum.

Map the neighborhood: Walk your neighborhood and see if your family can make a map from your house to another location. 

Pantry challenge: Pick an ingredient out of the pantry or refrigerator and cook from it. You can look at cookbooks for recipes or check online for guidance. 

Historic recipe hunt: Call a relative or friend and ask them to walk you through a longtime family recipe. Then make it.

Take a happiness class: Yes, you can learn happiness — and for free — from Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos. Her wildly popular class is online. 

Thank-you notes: Write thank-you cards to your teachers and other school staff, aftercare workers, neighbors, first responders and essential workers.  

Hand out snack bags: Gather shelf-stable snacks, bottles of water, socks and wipes into bags to hand out to people who need them. You can spot people from more than 6 feet away, wave, leave bags for them and walk away so they can safely pick them up. 

Signs of thanks: Make signs for your yard or front window that thank anyone you’re grateful for.

Head to Hogwarts: Listen to a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" together, and then do a Chapter Challenge to collect house points. (Yes, audio books count.) 

Plan a photo shoot: Choose a theme, select a location and get creative with props and costumes. Use a film camera or disposable camera to limit the number of shots and to work in an element of surprise with how they will turn out.