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Online Pastimes for Kids
We’ve been delighted to see all the free resources–educational, fun, or both–being made available for kids to enjoy remotely. We’ll collect some great options here. Please keep in mind that a lot of people will be accessing some of these pages, so they may not all be available due to server overloads.
(Adults, you can find
more ideas for yourselves here … but a lot of the resources below are great for you, too!)
Have a recommendation? Send it to
email@example.com or message us on Facebook.
This list was last updated 12/15/2020.
Options for Reading
A separate list of links to free ebooks, audiobooks, video storytimes, and more for kids and teens.
Don't forget that Minnesota always has great resources available through eLibrary MN!
Digital Library Collections
There are also kid modes in our digital library collections! Learn about them here.
Educational Resources for ages 3-5
Printable guides and helpful articles about education for kids at home.
Free movement and mindfulness videos for kids.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems (of Elephant & Piggie) will livestream daily doodle sessions. These can be viewed later.
CN Traveler shares a list of museums, landmarks, and concerts you can enjoy digitally. (Article from 04/07/2020.)
This list of resources from EBSCO is geared toward parents, educators, and librarians.
Khan Academy offers free courses for learners of any age, plus resources for parents and teachers.
GoogleDoc of online activities
Compiled by Facebook user Joy Novack Rossom, this is a massive list of online activities. Please note that the links are still routed through Facebook; you may want to copy-paste where possible.
Games and videos for kids from PBS, featuring PBS characters.
PBS Resources for PreK-12
Resources from PBS for educators and parents for pre-K through high school.
Explore the universe from home!
National Geographic Kids
Videos, games, and more featuring the natural sciences.
Games, videos, guides, and more from the American Girl Company.
Technology, Entertainment, & Design ... for kids! Learn about a variety of topics.
A collection of educational games, books, and videos for kids.
GoogleDoc of Virtual Fieldtrips
A visual list of zoos, museums, and more that you can "visit" remotely.
The Den is part of West Yellowstone, MT's Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and about wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. You will need to create an account, but their wolf and bear cams are available without one on their main page.
San Diego Zoo live cams
See the animals of the San Diego Zoo in their daily activities.
Digital resources, tours, and more from Chicago's Field Museum of natural history.
Tour a Farm!
The American Dairy Association of the Northeast has a few farm tours available on YouTube.
Encantos Learning Hub
Tools for parents and online learning tools, including for bilingual English/Spanish study.
Free language learning for all ages.
Hour of Code
Tutorials for coding projects on a variety of platforms and in a variety of languages, arranged by grade level.
Need more ideas ... ?
Click here for some low-cost ($20 or less) online activities.