As you already know, events are being canceled, businesses are temporarily closing and kids are out of school for three (or more) weeks.
We also know it will be a challenge for kids to be away from school for so long, for working parents trying to juggle child care, and for parents home with little ones all day. Not to mention trying to keep everyone healthy while unsure what to participate in during the break.
Beginning next week, we will be sharing things to help you over the upcoming weeks – in the form of Virtual Playdates
We're lining up small businesses and organizations (their response to this spur-of-the-moment project has been phenomenal!) to lead us through daily 5-15 minute activities via video.
The Virtual Playdate videos will be available each day on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We hope that this will be a great way to keep our families engaged in the community even while practicing social distancing.
Look Forward to:
- Follow-Along Dance Lessons
- Special Character Appearances
- Study Tips for doing Schoolwork at Home
- Fun Science Experiments (Video demos you can follow along to)
- Outdoor Activities
- Fun Treats Kids Can Make at Home
- Magic Tricks
- Easy Art & Craft Ideas (How to videos with these too)
- Family Challenges
- Ideas for Helping Families in need
- and more!
How to Follow Along
Join us on Facebook and Instagram to follow along the fun.
Many thanks to our community partners for making this project possible.
Do you have a Business that Would like to Get Involved? Email Danielle at email@example.com to let us know you are interested.
Jumping Tips & Games
We've got an Olympian at our virtual playdate today! Justin from Rodhe Sport is here to share jumping tips and games for kids. Many thanks to for joining us!
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Join in a fun family sing-a-long with our friends at Cafe O'Play. They even have a special guest joining them.
Make a Superhero Utility Belt
Our friends at Spectacular Party Entertainment are back and this time they are showing us how to make a superhero utility belt.
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Use Science to Create a Lava Lamp!
In this virtual playdate, Chrissy from Nutty Scientists Cleveland gave us a lesson on density and showed us how to make a lava lamp using items you probably already have at home.
Make an Origami Tie
Grab a piece of paper! Our friends at Akron Canton Jellystone are here to show us how to make an origami tie. Remember to use the hashtag #NEOhioFamilyFun when you share your photos!
Top Study Tips – Set Your Child up for Success with Online Learning
This virtual playdate is for you parents! Kim from Hunting Learning Center is here to give us she’s here to give some easy to follow tips that will help set your child up for success with online learning. Head over to their website to learn more about how they can help your child from struggling with schoolwork. Get the details here.
Meet Ziggy the Blue Tongue Skink
In this virtual playdate, Outback Ray has a friend he wants you to meet.
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Make a Laser Maze
In this virtual playdate, our friends at the the Children's Museum of Cleveland are going to show you how to easily make a Laser Maze you're kids will love. Find even more activities you can do at home on their website. Get the details here
Get Dancing: Virtual Playdate with Alrene Cassara Dance & Theater Center
In this virtual playdate, Nicci from Arlene Cassara Dance is here to lead us all in a fun dance. Get the family together and get on your feet.
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Makn' Hats with Maggie
In this virtual playdate, we've invited a special friend to join us in celebrating St. Partick's Day. I know you're going to love Make'n Hats with Maggie! Many thanks to Spectacular Party Entertainment participating in our virtual playdate.
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Meet Rufus an Animal Ambassador at Lake Metroparks
In this virtual playdate, you get to meet one of the animal ambassadors at Penitentiary Glen Reservation. Many thanks to Lake Metroparks for participating in our virtual playdate.
Many More Coming Soon!