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 emilirose.rasmusson@marshalllyonlibrary.org or message us on Facebook.

  • Options for Reading

    A separate list of links to free ebooks, audiobooks, video storytimes, and more for kids and teens.

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  • eLibrary MN

    Don't forget that Minnesota always has great resources available through eLibrary MN!

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  • Digital Library Collections

    There are also kid modes in our digital library collections! Learn about them here.

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  • Marshall YMCA

    While the facility is closed, the Y has digital resources to keep you moving.

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  • Educational Resources for ages 3-5

    Printable guides and helpful articles about education for kids at home.

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  • GoNoodle

    Free movement and mindfulness videos for kids.

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  • Free Classical music concerts

    From MPR, a list of places to stream concerts of classical music. Updated 3/16/20.

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  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

    Mo Willems (of Elephant & Piggie) will livestream daily doodle sessions. These can be viewed later.

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  • Armchair Travel

    CN Traveler shares a list of museums, landmarks, and concerts you can enjoy digitally.

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  • Learn at Home from Scholastic

    Scholastic offers free online educational material for grades Pre-K through grades 6 and up.

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  • EBSCO Resources

    This list of resources from EBSCO is geared toward parents, educators, and librarians.

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  • eLibrary MN temporary additions

    This GoogleDoc lists resources that are being considered for inclusion in eLibrary MN. The vendors are offering access to Minnesotans through the end of June.

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  • Khan Academy

    Khan Academy offers free courses for learners of any age, plus resources for parents and teachers.

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  • 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.

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  • PBS Kids

    Games and videos for kids from PBS, featuring PBS characters.

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  • PBS Resources for PreK-12

    Resources from PBS for educators and parents for pre-K through high school.

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  • NASA

    Explore the universe from home!

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  • National Geographic Kids

    Videos, games, and more featuring the natural sciences.

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  • American Girl

    Games, videos, guides, and more from the American Girl Company.

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  • TED Ed

    Technology, Entertainment, & Design ... for kids! Learn about a variety of topics.

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  • Funbrain

    A collection of educational games, books, and videos for kids.

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  • GoogleDoc of Virtual Fieldtrips

    A visual list of zoos, museums, and more that you can "visit" remotely.

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  • "The Den"

    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.

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  • San Diego Zoo live cams

    See the animals of the San Diego Zoo in their daily activities.

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  • Miss Humblebee's Academy

    An interactive program for ages 3-6, featuring math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.

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  • Field Museum

    Digital resources, tours, and more from Chicago's Field Museum of natural history.

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  • Tour a Farm!

    The American Dairy Association of the Northeast has a few farm tours available on YouTube.

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  • Encantos Learning Hub

    Tools for parents and online learning tools, including for bilingual English/Spanish study.

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  • Free daily theater classes

    Broadway stars offer free sessions on real-life theater activities via Zoom. See the Facebook page in the article for information.

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  • Duolingo

    Free language learning for all ages.

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  • Hour of Code

    Tutorials for coding projects on a variety of platforms and in a variety of languages, arranged by grade level.

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  • Need more ideas ... ?

    Click here for some low-cost ($20 or less) online activities.

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