Virtual Activity Options

Updated: May 5


Just because we can’t be with all of the ones that we love in person right now, doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to connect. There is FaceTime, chat, social media, text, phone calls, or even snail mail.

Below, you'll find some virtual resources and activity options to get you through this period of social distancing.


I’ll continue to add to this blog page as I discover new ways for us to connect with our community from home, so check back from time to time. I'm also sharing to the Facebook group page directly with one-time virtual events (like paint n' sips and music fests). Take care everyone!

Arts & Crafts

  • Vermont Art Online was created to provide a resource for Vermont families while we're home, and their Art at Home page provides a resource for local organizations offering online art activities, videos or classes.

  • Burlington Paint and Sip Studio is creating new Paint and Sip To-Go Kits and Kids To-Go Kits that you can order and pick up, or have delivered, so that you can participate in one of their upcoming events from home.

  • Creative ReUse provides a few creative activities you can do with items lying around the house, like plastic shopping bags and cardboard boxes.

  • Chalk The Block or Chalk Your Walk: The idea is simple. Spread some color to brighten things up, and leave a positive message on your driveway, the sidewalk, in front of a neighbors house, etc.. (just keep at a safe distance of course).

  • Billings Farm & Museum has a "Billings Farm at Home" section, with crafts and activity ideas, and downloads.

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: every weekday at 1PM, join Mo for some drawing, doodling and writing.

  • Each Sunday from 12-3PM, take a free Staycation Art Lesson online (designed for any level of experience) by Lillian Kennedy.

  • Art for Kids Hub provides YouTube videos with art lessons for kids of all ages.

  • Milwaukee With Kids has all kinds of ideas for activities with kids, but start with this handy "All. The. Ideas" document, which is basically a Google spreadsheet with ideas in various categories like art/creation, science, math, reading, and more.

  • DIY has a large library of hands-on options, with how-to videos that you can try for free for 14 days.

  • Bubble Art Activity: If you have some bubble containers and food coloring around the house, than this is a pretty cool and simple art project you could do with your kid.

  • Find a new craft project, and even take a family-friendly class, with Blueprint. Every class is free until 4/9!

  • The Library of Congress is sharing ways for you to engage from home with their Friday "Dav Pilkey At Home" videos for kids.


Move

  • Get out for some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of our state while practicing safe social distancing. Check out the Vermont State Parks COVID-19 updates to see the latest on any park or trail closings (some of which are just due to mud season).

  • Story Yoga is offering free/by donation one-hour yoga classes through WebEx.

  • Yoga with Joanna Colwell of Otter Creek Yoga: watch free videos online. Make a donation if you can.

  • Sangha Studio of Burlington offers online workshops. They've offered hundreds of free online classes already.

  • Evolution Physical Therapy + Yoga provides online yoga classes, as well as physical therapy visits.

  • Bendy Beans Yoga: offers free daily classes for kids on YouTube.

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga: provides yoga classes from 5-25 minutes, and you can do a two week trial for free.

  • GoNoodle provides free movement and mindfulness videos.

  • Disc Golf is an outdoor activity that you can easily do while social distancing if you have access to an empty field, or you can simply play in your backyard. At my house, we mostly putt around the yard. Check out Disc Golf Vermont as a local resource.


Storytelling

  • The Social Distance Reading Series brings you readings by poets who have had events cancelled due to COVID-19.

  • Vermont Studio Center has an Alum Poets Reading Series, with 30 tracks for the month of April.

  • Vermont Folklife Center's Listening in Place Project features a crowd-sourced Sound Archive (documenting daily experiences during the pandemic) and Virtual Story Circles (where you can listen and share).

  • Search the hashtag #OperationStoryTime or #SaveWithStories on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You’ll find a ton of great videos from authors and celebrities reading children’s books.

  • You can also enjoy Story Time From Space, read by an astronaut.

  • Dolly Parton has a new weekly storytime series called "Good Night with Dolly," on Thursdays at 7PM (through May).

  • LeVar Burton is offering livestream readings through Twitter @Levarburton, with readings for children on Mondays at 9AM ET, and readings for adults on Fridays at 9PM ET.

  • Another weekly option is Mondays with @MichelleObama, a read-along series. You can catch this live at 12PM ET through PBS Kids or Penguin Random House facebook pages.


Games

  • Check out the popular Jackbox Party Games, available on a wide variety of platforms, with games for 1-8 players.

  • Play a virtual card game with up to 6 friends online, like Cards Against Humanity, with playingcards.io.

  • Get your friends and/or family to download the free Kahoot app, and compete against each other with a variety of trivia game quizzes (you can even create your own!).

  • Play a trivia game with your friends on a Zoom call, like this random Trivia Game Generator.

  • If strategy games are your thing, Dominion, Catan and Splendor offer online play that could work for a virtual game night.


Comedy

  • Take an online class or attend a virtual comedy show with the Vermont Comedy Club. Shows include a Late-night inspired variety show, their family-friendly Good Clean Fun! show, and live stream comedy open mic, and more. You can even check out VCC's Spotify playlist and a coloring book. Check it out, and support them if you can!

  • The Social Distancing Social Club does a live comedy stream at 6PM EST from Friday through Sunday, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The shows feature live audience Q&A, a celebrity guest, and comedians performing for tips.


Music


Museums


Learning

  • Amazon Future Engineer is providing a variety of free online lesson plans and coding resources for students, teachers, and parents in the Scratch and ScratchJr applications, so students can develop creative coding projects from home. Their partner, Code.org, is hosting new "Code Break" episodes as well, with celebrity guests each Wednesday, to teach computer science.

  • Order an early learning, art and design, science or geography and culture crate from KiwiCo. With crate options for people of all ages, these fun and creative projects are designed by experts and delivered monthly.


Food

  • King Arthur Flour has a Baking Bread with Kids show, and an Isolation Baking show, which can you can watch through Facebook.

  • Delish will be livestreaming cook-along videos for parents and kids on Instagram every day at 1PM EST. You can get a look ahead at the recipes here.

  • Dig In Vermont offers some ideas on how you can support Vermont food and farm businesses through mail orders, CSA's or gift cards.

  • Seven Days has compiled a list of local food delivery and take-out options. 

  • The public Facebook Group "To Go Tour" provides tips and ideas around local restaurants you can support each week by ordering food and/or drink.


Shop

  • If you are looking to purchase something local to the Burlington area, check out the public Facebook Group "Shop Local Delivery Service," where you can find Church Street merchants who are offering free local delivery or shipping.

  • Love Vermont has created an online store where you can support a variety of Vermont businesses by shopping, ordering take-out, or making a donation.


Other

  • Take an all ages virtual class through Circus Smirkus's Smirkus@Home, and learn hula-hooping, magic, clowning, juggling, prop manipulation and more.

  • Throw a Netflix Party, with a new Netflix feature that synchronizes video playback so you can stream movies and shows at the same time as your friends. You can even use a group chat!

  • Indoor Scavenger Hunt: If you’re stuck inside, a scavenger hunt is a great way to fill some time.

  • Want an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt? Check out this Vermont Springtime Scavenger Hunt from the Burlington VT Moms Blog.