Maintaining Normal During this Abnormal: How to Keep Kids Entertained and Safe During Covid-19 Without Added Costs

Maintaining Normal During…

Over the past several weeks, millions of children across the US have been displaced from their schools and sequestered to their homes for an indefinite amount of time. Both parents and educators are scrambling to find balance between education and entertainment with low or no extra costs. Thankfully, there are many helpful resources being made accessible to parents and teachers – most free of charge.

We are seeing an increased use of livestreams on social media services such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. A multitude of Maryland-based virtual events can be found courtesy of the Maryland State Arts Counsel. These events include livestream concerts, museum tours, book readings, and many more.

A few online events that have peaked our interests include:

  • Facebook Live dance classes with the Metropolitan Ballet Theater and Company on Thursdays
  • Virtual Fieldtrip – 12 World Class Museums offer Virtual Tours. No lines and no ticket costs.
  • Story Time from Space – popular children’s books being read on video by astronauts in space.

If your children want to see familiar faces, several celebrities and organizations are doing daily livestreams that are sure to keep your children engaged. Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, is reading children’s books every night at 7:30 PM EST on his Twitter account. Actress, Debbie Allen is hosting dance classes daily at 4:00 PM EST on her Instagram. Your child can even explore the zoo from home with Riverbanks Zoo every weekday at 10 AM on the zoo’s Facebook page.

Although it is important to keep children’s minds occupied and stress-free during this uncertain time, it is also imperative to keep their routine as close to normal as possible. While the idea of becoming a home-teacher overnight is puzzling to most parents, there are several resources that can help to continue your child’s education. Crash Course, created by author John Green and his brother Hank, offers free educational videos for high school and college-aged students. Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization that offers a free, diverse education for students aged 2-18. Education site, ABC Mouse is offering a free 30-day trial for their learning service geared towards children between the ages of 2 and 8. You can also find an exhaustive list of education companies offering free subscriptions here.

During this uncertain time, we will continue to serve our clients by offering virtual meetings, mediations, and consultations from our satellite offices – at home. Like you, we are working to maintain normal during this abnormal time and we will continue to share additional information as it becomes available.

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