Fun Ideas for Teleworking with Kids

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In these unprecedented times when the world is practicing social distancing and following stay at home orders, families have been getting creative with ways to interact and stay engaged.

California Child Support Services caseworkers are teleworking, some for the first time, and they join hundreds of their colleagues in the social services, court systems, and employer payroll offices trying to keep their own kids busy while continuing to move program resources, important information and payments towards the families they serve. The reality is that parents do not have to do it alone. The brilliance of technology delivers dozens of free resources available online that are both educational and entertaining for the whole family.

Tired of art projects?  Travel and Leisure’s website recently put together a list of 12 museums offering virtual tours including world-class attractions like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and more.

Got a budding marine biologist on your hands?  The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is offering both educational videos about sharks as well as “Story Time Live” readings on their Facebook page.

Another amazing list of 20 virtual field trips suitable for families with kids is offered by Adventures in Familyhood.com.  These field trips include the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the San Diego Zoo, and that’s only a few. These include coordinated activities and resources like field trip lesson plans.

Disneyland may be closed but families can experience it virtually: go to YouTube and search “Disneyland rides” or “Disney World rides.” Dozens of videos of the amusement park rides are available online for a virtual ride-along

The Monterey Bay Aquarium broadcasts from 10 live web cam offering live action starring jellyfish, sea otters, penguins, sharks and other denizens of the deep.

Was spring break cancelled? Google Earth offers the opportunity to explore national parks in an exhilarating and fun experience.

Utah’s Arches National Park using Google Earth

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

Alaska’s Denali National Park

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

California’s Yosemite National Park

Zion National Park