Online Activities for Children and Families

Looking for ways to keep the family entertained and educated while staying at home? Check these out!

Image of family gathered around laptop

READ ONLINE  

Hoopla
https://www.hoopladigital.com/  

Northern California Digital Library (Overdrive)
https://ncdl.overdrive.com/

International Children’s Digital Library
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Start by clicking on the very first link at the top left “Read Books”

Read Online/Lee en línea (En Español)
http://www.losbloguitos.com/

The Big List of Children’s Authors’ Read Alouds & Activities
https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/ 
Broken down by grade level

DRAW ONLINE

Live stream videos by authors for kids, tweens, and teens 
https://www.stimolalive.com/ 
Join a free author read aloud, a draw along, and other cool events starting on March 23.  
 
Comic Book Illustrator, Jarrett Lerner, Free Drawing Activities 
https://jarrettlerner.com/activities/

LEARN AT HOME 

Scholastic Learn at Home 
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html 


Curiodyssey
https://curiodyssey.org/activities/science-experiments-for-kids/
Part science museum, part nature center, Curiodyssey (located in San Mateo) offers easy science experiments you can do at home. 

Cal Academy of Sciences, Science at Home
https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans?fbclid=IwAR2oO-VMWM9vq0SWwV3S_IEu7QBIr3nwpPwpI6Me9S_0YHhpGi3VOHmwLw4

Encantos Learning Hub (brand that makes the Lil Libros books)
https://www.encantosbrands.com/learning

BrainPOP (Free Access for 30 Days during closures due to COVID-19)
https://www.brainpop.com/ 

LIVE CAMS

Curiodyssey
https://curiodyssey.org/animal-cams/

California Academy of Sciences
https://www.calacademy.org/learn-explore/animal-webcams

Oakland Zoo
https://www.oaklandzoo.org/webcams

Monterey Bay Aquarium
https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
Shark cam, and jelly cam, and sea otter cam, oh my! :-) And more. 

MOVIES FOR KIDS  

Kanopy Kids
https://hayward.kanopy.com/
After logging in, click on the top right for Kanopy Kids.

Hoopla
https://www.hoopladigital.com/