Whether you’re at home with little ones or are looking for ways to spend (virtual) time with grandkids, or are just a kid at heart, these family-friendly activities are sure to make everyone smile.
America’s Test Kitchen—our partner in exploring the world (and learning new things!)—is offering online cooking classes that are tailored to kids in the kitchen. These easy recipes are perfect for little chefs, and each offers a special “learning moment” that teaches a new skill or fact.
You might be familiar with illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s work in the cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat (also one of our favorite travel shows to stream right now!). She’s hosting daily drawing lessons for kids of all ages on her Instagram at 10am PST, and past lessons are on her YouTube channel.
Do some yoga
Yoga is one of our travel-inspired workouts to do right now, and Cosmic Kids Yoga has a ton of short and fun videos that are specifically designed for younger yogis. Each class is a colorful story that kids can enjoy while they’re learning their poses!
Visit the zoo—online!
You can visit furry, scaly, and swimmy friends with live streams from zoos and aquariums around the country. A couple of our favorites? The Georgia Aquarium has a live webcam of their Ocean Voyager tank, so you can say “hi” to the whale sharks, and the Cincinnati Zoo offers “Home Safaris” for meeting the zoo’s residents on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Whether it’s before bedtime or an afternoon break, everyone loves a good story. Oliver Jeffers, one of my favorite authors and illustrators, is reading one of his stories each day on his Instagram. But plenty of famous faces, from LeVar Burton to Dolly Parton, are reading to kids of all ages online.