Thursday, March 19, 2020

Free Online Entertainment for Families while #SocialDistancing



Normally we would be telling you about all the exciting spring activities, but now in March 2020 we are using terms like SOCIAL DISTANCING and SELF ISOLATION to describe the times.  With the outbreak of the CORNAVIRUS aka COVID-19 we are all inside.  We want to keep your spirits up so are some FREE ONLINE activities to keep you busy.  Some you can watch and others you can participate in.  If we missed any family friendly free online activities, please post them in the comments.
Here is our list so far

March 19, 2020
Jeff Sheppard’s Line Dancing Class at 7pm

March 20
Artshine drawing class on YouTube at 10am https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08RXLDLgZYE46JXLS7O7vw

Sonshine and Broccoli at 11:30am on Instagram Live https://www.instagram.com/sonshineandbroccoli/

Arkells music lesson at 1pm https://www.instagram.com/arkellsmusic/

Magic Juggling Comedy Show at 5pm https://www.facebook.com/jpmagic.ca

March 21
Debbie Allen (from FAME) dance class for kids at 2pm  https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

#DistanclyDancing with Thunderstorm Productions (you may just want to do the audio as some videos may not be age-appropriate) https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

March 22
If someone is looking for a family church service, this is the link that was sent in by Lindsay Kivell
https://www.facebook.com/mycalvarylife/posts/3082391241805088

Sign up for the SING-ALONG happening on the 23rd
Send an email to communications@kwhab.ca 
info from
 https://www.facebook.com/KWHabilitation/photos/a.377958582245681/3675688955805944/?type=3&theater


Trivia 7pm
(not sure if it is family friendly as we have not done it before)
https://www.facebook.com/293311194395877/photos/a.293825617677768/1008612959532360/?type=3&theater

March 23

Artshine online string art
 Monday at 10am EST

March 25

Dance Class with Debbie Allen (from FAME). Salsa at 4pm
https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

Artshine Ice Cream Dream 6pm
(not sure if it is family friendly as we have not done it before)
https://www.facebook.com/293311194395877/photos/a.293825617677768/1008612959532360/?type=3&theater

March 26
#DistantlyDancing Kids Dance Party with Thunderstorm Productions
 https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

March 27
Author Sandra Wilson will be reading her children's story at 11am on her facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/authorsandrawilson

Artshine Comic Book Super Hero 2pm
Debbie Allen (from FAME) tap dance class 2pm  https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

#DistanclyDancing with Thunderstorm Productions 8pm-midnight (you may just want to do the audio as some videos may not be age-appropriate) https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

March 28
Debbie Allen (from FAME) dance class for kids Time to be determined  https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

Storytime with Summer Santa 2pm https://www.facebook.com/jollysanta4hire

#DistanclyDancing with Thunderstorm Productions 8pm-midnight (you may just want to do the audio as some videos may not be age-appropriate) https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

March 29
Williamsburg Window Walk -theme is flowers
https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca/photos/pb.117547391605170.-2207520000../3450621308297745/?type=3&theater

Fred Penner Sunday March 29th 2020 at 2pm CST on Instagram and Facebook pages.
Elton John's #LivingRoomConcert at 9pm on FOX (and maybe MuchMusic) https://www.instagram.com/p/B-UcGLpAp2V/



March 30
Full Body Exercise w/Williamsburg Community Association on Facebook Live
at 9am https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca using small hand weights or soup cans
Info from
 https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca/photos/pcb.3446333228726553/3446331632060046/?type=3&theater

Kids Art Explorers w/Williamsburg Community Association on Facebook Live 6:30pm https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca
Supplies Needed = paper and crayons (or pencil crayons/markers)
Info from
 https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca/photos/pcb.3446333228726553/3446331632060046/?type=3&theater

March 31
Artshine in French 2pm

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08RXLDLgZYE46JXLS7O7vw

April 1
Erick Traplin on facebook live at 10am on the Kitchener Public Library page https://www.facebook.com/kitchenerlibrary/
info from
https://www.facebook.com/erick.traplin.9/posts/10157924149976023

Facebook Live at 10am on the Thordale Fall Fair Page it's Agri-Music with Markus starting at 10am.
Sing-a-long with some of your favourite family friendly songs with Juno nominated children’s recording artist Markus!
Markus is a staple in Canadian Entertainment - featured guest appearances on the Mr. Dress-up Show & Treehouse TV host. Dance, clap and sing along!

Williamsburg Window Walk -theme is JOKES
https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca/photos/pb.117547391605170.-2207520000../3450621308297745/?type=3&theater

Dance Class with Debbie Allen (from FAME) at 4pm
https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/


Zumba w/Williamsburg Community Association Facebook Live 6:30pm https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca
Info from https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca/photos/pcb.3446333228726553/3446331632060046/?type=3&theater

April 2
Soper Creek Wild Rescue Facebook Live at 10am on the Thorndale Fall Fair Page https://www.facebook.com/thorndalefair/

Artshine in French at 11am
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08RXLDLgZYE46JXLS7O7vw

Kids Dance Party 6-8pm with Thunderstorm Productions
 https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

Zumba Gold (slower pace) w/ Williamsburg Community Association. Their FB page will have the zoom login 6pm https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca
Info from
 https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgca/photos/pcb.3446333228726553/3446331632060046/?type=3&theater

Goodnight with Dolly Parton Bedtime Stories at 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2518816801707089/

April 3

Birds of Prey Facebook Live at 10am on the Thorndale Fall Fair Page https://www.facebook.com/thorndalefair/

Stronger Forever FB Live Family Friendly Fitness Class 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/StrongerForeverYou

All Ages Dance Party 8pm-Midnight with Thunderstorm Productions
 https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

April 4
Debbie Allen (from FAME) dance class for kids 11am on Instagram Live
  https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

Disney themed Show Us Your Ears Kids Dance Party 5-7pm with Thunderstorm Productions
 https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

All Ages Dance Party 8pm-Midnight with Thunderstorm Productions
 https://www.twitch.tv/thunderstormproductions

April 6
Blake's Balloon Variety Show Facebook Live at 7pm on the Thorndale Fall Fair Page
 https://www.facebook.com/thorndalefair/

Other resources we have found

Attractions Ontario Virtual Tours and Online Collections
 https://attractionsontario.ca/virtual-tours-online-collections/

Some Good News from John Krasinski
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5pgG1M_h_U&t=24s
If he does more this is the channel page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug

Nutrition for Learning Free Pop Up Snacks, dates and locations vary.
Info at https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/popupsnacks/

Free Watercolour Paint class daily at 6:30pm on Instagram Live
 https://www.instagram.com/stories/candiceleylandart/


Family Friendly workout
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10158167027735750/

Lots of fun and free ideas on the Kitchener Public Library Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/kitchenerlibrary/

Daily Activities shared via video. Sign up for the Daily Activity newsletter
 https://www.recessguardians.org/daily-activity-newsletter

Crafting ideas with household items https://www.instagram.com/luso.canadiana

For those with older kids, Joe Kimpson (From Flag Raiders) goes on Facebook Live at 10am with some History News (he also asks ALEXA the weather and makes oatmeal)
 https://www.facebook.com/joe.kimp

mindfulness for kids courses for free ! Www.themindfulmama.ca

kids yoga through Modo Yoga Brantford's Facebook page (public) on Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 11:15 am. Claire is doing a story time at 6pm, also through MYB. If your friends follow the MYB page they'll see an updated schedule every day. Download the MYB app or go to https://modoyoga.com/brantford/

Sonshine and Broccoli on Instagram Live Mon-Fri at 11:30am https://www.instagram.com/sonshineandbroccoli/

I believe the ARKELLS Music lesson happens Daily at 1pm
Arkells music lesson at 1pm https://www.instagram.com/arkellsmusic/



Alan Doyle (from Great Big Sea) live daily at 5pm on his facebook page this week
https://www.facebook.com/alandoylemusic (now over, 2nd last week in March)

Our local YMCA has workouts by age group at https://www.thisisy.ca/body/

Stronger Forever You fitness classes on Facebook Live
https://www.facebook.com/StrongerForeverYou

List of Apps that may be helpful from
Melissa Dube
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10158177226860750/

Colouring Contest (ends March 26) http://eatonrealty.ca/2020/03/22/eaton-realtys-picture-perfect-contest

Science Magic videos - links at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10158156066530750/

Erick Traplin's YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Mzj7s1nei02guFvC17w7Q

Google Arts and Culture https://artsandculture.google.com/

Disney Imagineering in a Box
Link to start

I will do my best to update this list as I find more info
Here are some others from our STUFF TO DO WITH KIDS IN KITCHENER WATERLOO Facebook Group contributors
Julie Bundscho  They are in the states and have been running a daily art class for free. Their plan was just the 2 weeks, but have now extended it to 4 weeks! My Kids have been enjoying it!

https://www.facebook.com/McHarperManor/ daily at 1pm



Jess N. Dela Cruz Since many kids are/will be home from school, sharing an awesome list of ideas from a parent who homeschools.

Online resources:
- BrainPop
- Curiosity Stream
- Tynker
- Outschool
- Udemy
- iReady
- Beast Academy (Math)
- Khan Academy
- Creative Bug
- Discovery Education

YouTube Channels:
- Crash Course Kids
- Science Channel
- SciShow Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Free School
- Geography Focus
- TheBrainScoop
- SciShow
- Kids Learning Tube
- Geeek Gurl Diaries
- Mike Likes Science
- Science Max
- SoulPancake

Lots of board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/upcycling with household junk, etc.
Some resources to help with kids at home:

*Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/.../learnathome...

*Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/.../museums-with-virtual...

*This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!

https://allinonehomeschool.com/

*List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/

**More awesome free learning websites that we like to use**

https://www.starfall.com/h/

https://www.abcya.com/

https://www.funbrain.com/

https://www.splashlearn.com/

https://www.storylineonline.net/

https://pbskids.org/

https://www.highlightskids.com/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.mathgametime.com/

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.switchzoo.com/

https://www.seussville.com/

https://www.turtlediary.com/

https://www.e-learningforkids.org/


Kaitlin Marie Carruthers K5LEARNING.COM has free printable worksheet for preschool to grade 6!

Olivera Banda I saw this list of online resources for kids..


Brandi Thompson https://www.thenewstribune.com/.../article241307611.html and Virtual Paint Night listed under March 20

These are from

Lisa Buckle Lynch

16 Card Games for Math https://www.weareteachers.com/math-card-games
Virtual Harry Potter Escape room https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/136211/digital-escape-room-harry-potter
Scolastic online kids courses https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/scholastic-coronavirus-students-trnd/index.html
150+ Educational Shows on Netflix https://homeschoolhideout.com/educational-shows-on-netflix
Virtual Museum Tours https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/virtual-museum-tours
10 ball games for kids https://frugalfun4boys.com/indoor-ball-games-kids
60+ Best Math Websites https://www.weareteachers.com/best-math-websites
Netflix Party https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/03/17/coronavirus-netflix-party-lets-friends-do-movie-nights-quarantine/5072347002
60+ Classes from YMCA https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article241307611.html
Journal the experience https://news.virginia.edu/content/write-it-down-historian-suggests-keeping-record-life-during-pandemic
KW Short Story Contest https://www.jenniferfarquhar.com/short-story-contest

Michele McBride Roach

Boredom Buster list

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home

Lea Vasiljevic

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-1-2.htm

https://www.khanacademy.org/ (also see Disney Imagineering in a box above)
Math Game https://www.prodigygame.com/
Math http://www.cockeyed.com/personal/homework/homework_problems.htm
Crafts https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts

This post was also featured on CTV Kitchener on the News at Noon and a different clip at 6pm

Noon News info at the 4 minute, 26 second mark


 and another a clip at the 6pm news at the 7 minute mark (this one doesn't show properly but can be found at https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?&binId=1.1147281 )



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