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Stay, Learn & PLAY: virtual experiences for families during social distancing

Editor’s Note: We will be updating this list throughout this Coronavirus crisis. If you have a virtual experience you would like to add, email wendy@playgroundmagazine.com

Music, Art & Culture:

Carve out some time in your day for these culture club activities together!

  • MusikGarten Orlando at Bushel & Peck Studios is offering virtual classes for members! @musikgartenorlando
  • Kindermusik House Party
    Grow & Sing Studios is offering an online interactive experiences for members. Online access will include links to LIVE activities such as Kindermusik classes, story time, sing-a-longs, puppet shows, sign language activities, instrument demos, craft tutorials and bedtime lullabies. It’s a $68 one-time fee to access all online programming. Register here.
  • Songbrids Music, Arts & Dance Center in Oviedo is offering virtual art and dance classes. This week these classes will be provided for free. Register here.
  • Social Distancing Festival Online Calendar
    Check out this website that is creating an up-to-the-minute calendar of concerts being live-streamed.
    https://socialdistancingfestival.com
  • #TogetherAtHome
    John Legend and other artists live streaming concerts from their homes on Instagram using the hashtag #togetherathome.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams
    Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1 p.m. EST. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
  • Art for Kids Hub
    Your kids can take this free, easy and fun art class on YouTube. Many of their lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies. New videos are uploaded Monday through Friday.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub

Fitness & Wellness:

Self care right now is of utmost importance! Check out these awesome classes available right at your fingertips.

  • Bar Method
    The Orlando-Winter Park location is live-streaming classes on Instagram. The kids can join you … or not. @barmethodorlandolive 
  • Red Sun Yoga’s Good Vibe Tribe
    Red Sun Yoga in Winter Springs is offering multiple, daily, live, virtual classes through their “RSY Good Vibe Tribe” Facebook group for members.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSYGVT

Science:

Some of our favorite local zoos, museums and attractions are providing content to keep you entertained and educated.

  • Mad Science’s Jr. Scientist Letter Program
    Scientists know that encouraging your kiddo to write can be hard. So, they’re requesting letters from your Junior Scientists! They can:
    – Write about their favorite dinosaur
    – Ask why the sky is blue
    – Draw a picture of their favorite science experiment
    – Ask about Mad Science’s favorite dinosaur
    … or whatever else they would like to write!
    Mad Science has promised to write back! Just have your kiddo use the special border paper below (but not necessary)! Then post the letter on Facebook with the hashtag #DearMadScientist, or email the letter to DearMadScientist@gmail.com. They can’t wait to hear from you!

 

  • The Zoo Comes to You
    Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens are live-streaming a zoo tour every day at 2 p.m. where you can see the animals up close and ask questions to the zookeepers.
    https://www.facebook.com/CentralFloridaZoo/
  • School of Crocs LIVE with Gatorland Orlando
    Gatorland’s famous reptile friends give us their best faces for close-ups every day! The experts share information about their resident alligators and crocs for kids and adults.  10 a.m. daily
    https://www.facebook.com/gatorland/
  • Kennedy Space Center
    The education team at Kennedy Space Center will have daily Facebook Live videos that cover topics such as living in space, Mars and rocketry. Tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Astronaut Training Experience will also be offered. The videos will pair with at-home activities kids can do using everyday items like paper towel tubes and rubber bands to build a rocket. These Facebook Live videos will take place Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. EST for young children. Older children, including those in high school, can tune in at 1 p.m. for programming geared toward them.
    https://www.facebook.com/KennedySpaceCenterVisitorComplex/

Storytime:

Don’t worry parents, your beloved story time is alive and well with the help of the internet!

  • Josh Gad reading stories on Twitter
    The voice of Olaf and the actor who plays Le Fou, Josh Gad, reads bedtime stories each night to children, and it is adorable!
    Twitter.com/joghgad
  • The Orange County Library’s Virtual Story time
    OCLS is live streaming virtual story time on their Facebook page with multiple sessions for different age groups. Movement activities combined with songs, finger puppet plays, picture books, and flannel board stories encourage active toddlers in developing verbal and listening skills.
    https://www.facebook.com/oclslib
  • Mayor Megan Reads and Educates
    Oviedo’s Mayor, Megan Sladek, is taking the time to read daily to kids of all ages.  Every day at 4:30! Also, join her LIVE and streaming from City Hall where she will be hosting an interactive lesson on government and how government operates! This is a cool opportunity for kids to ask a real mayor real questions.
    https://www.facebook.com/MeganSladek

Supplies To-Go:

Support these local businesses and keep your sanity by purchasing toys/activities from local businesses to keep your kids happy and busy.

  • Arty Party To-Go by local business Art in the Park Orlando
    This art party in a box will keep 5 people creatively engaged in fun activities. It includes a custom project, a step-by-step digital tutorial, an 8×10 pre-sketched canvas, all supplies (paint, brushes, smocks, etc.). Locally delivery included or they can ship.
    http://www.artintheparkorlando.com
  • Busy Boxes by Tugboat & the Bird
    Specially curated boxes of fun delivered to your door. Call for details: 407-647-5437. Prices vary.
  • FREE shipping on all orders from YaYa + Lou
    YaYa + Lou is a great place to order your stay-at-home survival supplies, such as toys, gifts, clothes, and dolls.
    https://www.yayaandlou.com
  • Curbside pickup at Good Crowd
    Shop their Instagram posts, DM them your order and pick up your stuff … It’s just that easy!
    @goodcrowdshop

Technology

Kids will love these programs to increase their tech skills.

  • Nitro Type
    Challenge your kiddos to a racing game… The fastest typer wins! One game that mom will probably hold the championship title on for many years to come.
    https://www.nitrotype.com/race
  • Build, Design and Develop a Wix Website
    Tweens and teens can get creative building their own free website at Wix.com
  • Full Sail Labs FREE Online Courses
    It’s never too early for teens to start their creative journey and explore future career opportunities in media and technology. Full Sail Labs offers teens free online courses for personal enrichment so they can work toward their dream. Their free courses in Music & Recording or Game Design are centered around unlocking creativity, encouraging personalized learning, and making relevant connections to technology, entertainment and media-driven industries.

 

Wendy Meyer
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Wendy Meyer

Wendy Meyer is a Winter Park mom to son, Beckett, a self-proclaimed #Disnerd and an integral collaborator at PLAYGROUND Magazine. She currently holds the titles of social media manager, events editor and writer. (That's what happens when you're good at everything they throw at ya!) You can read her single-mom musings on her blog: Mommy’s Little Rebel.

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