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Passing the Time
While we practice social distancing in our houses, we have a lot more time to ourselves! Below are some ways you can have fun at home the Maryland way. Click each title to visit the fun sites.
See the world below the surface with live broadcasting from Maryland’s own National Aquarium. Watch the Jellyfish Invasion or learn about the Blacktip Reef. For at-home activities, dive into the deep for word search activities, color the ocean from A to Z and more!
Take on engineering challenges, discover new science in your backyard, try some DIY experiments or watch the stars with celestial highlights.
Tune in each Wednesday at noon for a Facebook LIVE Dance Fitness class with Miss Katie! Boost your spirits and get those bodies grooving!
Junior Junction Specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays includes virtual story time, educational activities, or take a journey in the past. Visit the B&O TV Network, starring actor Michael Gross, which spotlights moments in B&O railroad history.
O! say can you see… “The Star-Spangled Banner”, written by Francis Scott Key, came from the valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. Watch the “living flag” – you can even sing-a-long in this special patriotic tribute.
Join DJ Joe’s “Share the Love Virtual Dance Party” on Facebook. DJ Joe is a proud member of The Arc Community. His parties are held on Saturdays from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Can’t wait until Saturday? No worries, as his past parties are ready for you to dance the night away now!
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, take a virtual tour of the Drum Point Lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum on Solomons Island. A true national treasure!
Engage in some fun projects at home using everyday household items with help from the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore.
Energize and empower yourself with these online workouts and enjoy the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle with the Annapolis Athletic Club.
See artwork from around the world and across the centuries on the Walters Art Museum website. Get detailed information about the artworks, including conservation and exhibition histories.
Looking for a new hobby? Learn ballet right in your own home with these online classes from professionals at Maryland Youth Ballet.
Meet Raoudi, artist Henri Matisse’s perky schnauzer, in Matisse for Kids, a delightful on-line exploration of the beloved 20th century master’s bold, bright paintings. Along the way, you’ll earn props, patterns, and colors to use in creating your own Matisse-inspired artwork. (Requires Adobe Flash)
From family events, art exhibits, history happy hours, and more, you’ll be sure to find the activity that’s right for you from Sandy Spring Museum.
Link up with your County’s Art Council for a gallery of artworks thanks to the Maryland State Art Council.
Virtual Farm Tours for all ages across America while you’re stuck at home. See what is going on out in the fields from the American Dairy Association.
From daily bookclubs, storytime, conversation clubs and more, your local library has many virtual, online activities for all ages. To find additional libraries in your own County offering virtual activities, visit their websites.
Answer the call of the wild! The Philadelphia Zoo is hosting a daily video series featuring a new animal each day. Learn about animals from zookeepers Monday through Friday at 2 PM. Tune into their Facebook page for the latest episode each day. You can also binge-watch their first few videos on their website.
Join in the world of Harry Potter through fun online games, activities, and quizzes through the brand new “Harry Potter at Home” website. Long time “wizards” and “muggles” are all welcome!
Learn about all types of animals, play fun and educational games, and test your knowledge on all types of science topics through quizzes on National Geographic Kids.
Try out a new workout like yoga, soccer, tai chi, and more through online classes with the YMCA! Choose one of their recorded workouts with instructors so you can stay active at home.
It is important not to spend all day cooped up indoors. Step outside for an animal scavenger hunt, do yoga in your yard, and more. The Howard County Conservancy has plenty of options for you outdoor explorers!
Tune in for an hour-long performance from one of the world’s most popular circus performances: Cirque du Soleil! Kids’ content is also available.
This free service has a library of stories read, on video, by actors such as James Earl Jones, Betty White, Kevin Costner, Viola Davis, and more. Check out the website to pick a story. Options cover multiple reading levels.
Additional Resources can be found on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website.
This project was supported, in part by grant number CFDA 93.630, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.