Covid resources to help us navigate ways we can safely practice social distancing and still be involved in activities and have family fun through the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now we all need some positive inspiration to keep our spirits up. With the world changing so rapidly and so many unknowns, the best way to stay safe is to keep informed, be smart with our decisions and help one another as much as possible. Please let me know if you have valuable information or ideas for safe, family fun and I will be happy to include.
Atlanta’s Cultural Attractions Host “Field Trip Fridays” and More – Online
Although the physical doors to Atlanta’s iconic cultural destinations are closed, curiosity continues to thrive online. For that reason, the city’s top attractions, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, are joining together to provide virtual experiences to the community — including educators teaching remotely — for free.
The initiative includes ongoing social media and website posts of unique content from 11 organizations, culminating each week with a special “Field Trip Friday” event. The first event begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 3. A variety of activities and experiences allows audiences to take a virtual field trip or enjoy a virtual spring break around the city from home. Because many plans were canceled or rescheduled because of COVID-19, this programming still allows all communities to participate in meaningful and fun digital experiences together.
Cyber audiences can discover behind-the-scenes animal encounters, tours, hands-on activities, experiments, story times, spring blooms and more. Members, educators and other visitors can find links to this special content at ATLMuseumsatHome.org, as well as by searching #ATLMuseumsatHome on social media, or by visiting partner websites.
**Provided by the Atlanta Botanical Garden*
Children’s Museum of Atlanta Weekday at 11 a.m. Virtual Programs
To help families keep their little ones engaged in the current landscape, Children’s Museum of Atlanta has debuted a new virtual program called #CMAatHome. Each weekday at 11 a.m., the Museum will provide an interactive activity, vocabulary list, song list or book recommendation to help parents and kids stay engaged with education. Additional programming is expected to launch in the coming days, including live singing and story time with the Imaginators, Q&A sessions with Professor Labcoat and more. Children’s Museum of Atlanta will continue to serve as a beacon of learning through the power of play, with activities continuing on digital platforms until the Museum is able to resume its regular onsite programming schedule.
Virtual educational activities to help keep little ones engaged in learning and play
Weekdays at 11 a.m.
Online at childrensmuseumatlanta.org/blog or by following #CMAatHome on Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter
This programming is free! Voluntary contributions are accepted by visiting childrensmuseumatlanta.org/make-play-possible
In these stressful times, Dahlonega GA wants to share what their partners are offering for free (Animal Encounters) for families or individuals looking for positive and uplifting virtual experiences right now.
North Georgia Zoo is offering a virtual zoo experience.
Wildlife Wonders is at 1:00pm, Mondays-Fridays via Facebook LIVE.
Educational Program Presenters offer an up-close look at some of the zoo’s most interesting animals, and followers can learn all about them – where they live, what they eat, funny behaviors, and more.
For those who want to see a favorite animal featured, the zoo is asking that followers leave a comment so they can spotlight requests in upcoming days. They want to feature the animals that followers most want to see!
These segments are FREE. The zoo will also feature a link for donations where all proceeds will go towards the feeding and care of the animals during the coronavirus economic downturn.
Where to go for the Wildlife Wonders https://www.facebook.com/northgeorgiazoo/
More about Animal Attractions in Dahlonega:
Animal lovers, families, and groups can tour, touch, and feed at two unique wildlife attractions in Dahlonega. From exotic and endangered species to a variety of rare and unique farm animals, visitors enjoy hundreds of animals and can experience special walks and behind the scenes tours that are always favorites with adults and the kids!
North Georgia Zoo is home to over 80 different species of exotic animals. From alligators, monkeys, kangaroos, wildcats, zebras and more! Get up close and personal with some of their amazing animal ambassadors. Enjoy visiting with hundreds of animals! Visit with the new babies and meet some famous animals! Have fun feeding a variety or rare, mini, and unique farm animals.
Join North Georgia Zoo for their new, improved Wildlife Walks – a hands on experience you won’t forget!! Take a ride through the zoo to view animals such as camels, zebras, water buffalo and more. Pony rides and bottle feeding are always a favorite with the kids! Visit us this year for your family adventure!
Visit Worldwide Venues Virtually
Not only can we watch virtual happenings locally, but now we can make “visits” around the world! Check the San Diego Zoo website to meet their animals. Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has a virtual visit. Visit the Buckingham Palace in England and many others!
PBS.org offers fun activities and ideas to keep the kids engaged. Sign up for their daily newsletter for tips on ways to help kids learn and play from home. Disney’s “What will you play today?” ideas are helpful.
Once the kids are finished with their morning school routine, try visiting a park or musuem, color, play with legos or games and maybe even have them help you cook or clean.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta Begins Contactless Curbside Pickup
Order your favorite LEGO® sets and pickup curbside at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta
Stuck inside looking for something to do? Jump into LEGO® fun at home! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta is now offering FREE curbside and contactless pickup of your favorite LEGO sets! Choose from BRICK-tastic sets like Pop Village Celebration from LEGO® Trolls World Tour, Mickey and Minnie’s Birthday Parade, and many more! Start your order here.
Main Event has developed a new standard of cleanliness that called the “Play Smart, Play Safe” plan to prepare for the future of safe entertainment, fun, and celebrations. This plan has been implemented immediately in all centers.
- There is now a new clean team of employees specifically dedicated to cleaning the center from top to bottom, throughout the day as guests play
- All staff will receive a temperature check before each shift and are required to wear a mask during the entirety of their work day
- All locations will now feature 6-foot markers throughout the venue to promote social distancing
- Every piece of equipment will be cleaned between
- We have implemented contactless pay for everyone
- Customers will find sanitation stations placed throughout the center, including the entryway so guests can sanitize their hands as you transition from game to game
- Gloves will also be available for guests who would like them.
Pike Nurseries Online Resources
NEW Online Resource: Pike Nurseries’ Kids Corner makes garden-themed learning accessible to all school ages
Online school can be an adjustment! Pike Nurseries is helping parents and educators introduce teachable lessons from the garden to keep kids entertained with free activity sheets, lesson plans and more at its online Kids Corner. Gardening can promote well-rounded skills, as well as enhance classroom lessons. Young learners love playing in the dirt, so the pros rounded up their best ideas on how to turn flower beds, container gardens and more into an outdoor classroom:
Development Basics: Gardening and fine motor skills go hand in hand! The act of digging, pouring water or using a seed-starting kit can help smaller children develop strength in their hands and fingers. Gardens also provide an interactive space to engage and stimulate all of the senses – smell, touch, taste, sound and sight. Parents or teachers can prompt children to describe each sensation after finding items in a Scavenger Hunt.
Life Skills: Planning a garden, planting seeds and watching them grow gives kids a sense of purpose and teaches the importance of responsibility and accountability. In addition, tending to a plant and ensuring it gets what it needs fosters mindfulness. Since gardening is often a slower process, children learn patience, while the wonder of seeing a flower bloom boosts self-confidence and nourishes a positive attitude towards hard work.
Nutrition and Garden-to-Table: Nothing is more rewarding than homegrown food! Edible gardens get children excited about eating healthier and foster a sense of ownership in the garden. Parents and children can develop recipes together for scrumptious strawberries or tasty tomatoes. Gardening can also foster good habits in children, providing moderate-to-high exercise and fresh air for their lungs.
Curriculum Ideas: Gardening can be an important tool to enhance classroom learning. Activities can also be supplemented with books, a trip to the local garden center or farm and more.
- Writing: Keep a plant journal to reinforce key vocabulary and record observations and measurements. Children can also draw sketches or diagrams of their gardens. Six different activity sheets include mini quizzes, diagrams and word search puzzles that reinforce teachings.
- Art: Children can learn about color palettes with analogous color or complementary color container gardens. Parents can lead garden-themed arts and craft time with Nature Paint Brushes, Ladybug Rocks, or Melted Crayon Pumpkins.
- Science: Botany and biology come to life using real plants to learn about photosynthesis, seed germination, basic parts of a plant and plant life cycle. Kids can also learn about the importance of pollinators and other critters in these lessons plans on Birds, Worms, Ladybugs and Butterflies.
- Math: Basic math and units of measurement activities include counting the number of flowers or vegetables on each plant; adding or subtracting harvested crops; measuring the height of plants week-to-week using a graph; and measuring soil depth.
For more information on Pike Nurseries, please visit pikenursery.com.
Make Home Made Play-Doh
Homemade Play-Doh is fun for all ages! It only takes 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to make, but will last for months. See the recipe below:
1 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cooking oil Olive oil or vegetable oil
1 cup water
- In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.
- Mix food coloring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food coloring to a large pot. Mix together.
- Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.
- Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
- Once it starts to form a ball together and looks fully cooked, take off the heat. Let the dough cool first before touching.
- Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.
- Take some cookie cutters and cut out fun shapes and designs.
Thank you Dr Leach of Michael J Leach DDS Pediatric Dentistry!
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Stay safe! Christy**