More Free Resources
We know that you’re looking for options to keep yourself and your family entertained and educated. We’re posting lists of online materials and resources that are available for free! Some of them are only accessible temporarily due to closures from COVID-19; others are available year-round. This list will be updated as we find more options. (Page updated 5/4/20.)
Free literacy activities--including videos, games, and coloring pages--are available at Scholastic, Books By The Bushel, and the classic, Sesame Street. Starfall has games and activities for children K-3, as well as resources and downloadable materials for parents.
DiscoveryMindblown has scientific videos, and a free app to let you explore science; the Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids site has stories, activities, and more on animals, history, the weather, and the sky.
Formal lessons and educational materials are accessible for a wide range of ages--preschool through adults--from Seeds of STEM, Khan Academy and Open P-Tech. The latter allows students to earn industry-recognized badges for their efforts!
Students K-12 can learn coding and computer science at Code.org.
Just for Fun
Now archived on the Kennedy Center site, the “Lunch Doodles” with Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie, Knufflebunny, and Pigeon books) shows the author/illustrator at work and has connected activities. The Kennedy site also has performances and resources for caregivers.
PBS KIDS has games, videos, and a daily newsletter with tips and activities to keep kids busy.
PBS has the Ken Burns documentary on baseball available.
Stream SiriusXM for free through May 15.
Visit museums in Massachusetts and around the world using the Google Art & Culture collection.
Want to explore the natural world? The Museum of Science has STEM resources and live streams available to keep kids and adults engaged, and to help parents teach their children.
Do you love animals? The National Zoo, the Houston Zoo , the San Diego Zoo and Massachusetts' own Zoo New England (Stone Zoo & Franklin Park) have online resources, animal presentations, and live webcams on their animals. Prefer the water? Just keep swimming at the New England Aquarium, the National Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Georgia Aquarium. View animals of the air, land, and sea from around the world in real-time as well--and browse video highlights--at Explore.org.
Interested in the fine arts? The New York Metropolitan Opera, Alvin Ailey, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offer a variety of online experiences, from streaming performances to classes and dance workouts.
Don’t forget to check out these institutions' social media pages, especially YouTube!