As the Great White North goes into its second month of shutdown, keeping wee-ones entertained is paramount for all parents. From aquarium tours to virtual ballet classes, here are some of our top suggestions to keep your children learning, having fun and most importantly, occupied.
National Ballet of Canada
Is there a tutu-clad star twiddling their thumbs (and toes) in your house? Let the darling dance! The National Ballet of Canada has free, follow-along classes through their Instagram page! They offer ballet lessons for both children and adults at all levels!
En francais s’il vous plaît…
Voici une ressource pour les activités en français en ligne pour vos enfants. For you native English speakers with beautiful bilingual beasts at home, here is a hub with everything you require.
Royal Ontario Museum
Grab your entire family and (virtually) stroll the hallowed halls of the ROM where they offer ancient Greek and Egyptian artifacts, biodiversity exhibits and so much more. Beyond perusing, you can also take advantage of their online classroom activities.
Ontario Science Centre
Any little STEMheads in your house? The OSC has your back. Keep their brains curious with their Science At Home programming which offers everything from in-home science experiment ideas, free educational films and meet-the-scientist forums.
Little Bins For Little Hands
If you answered yes to having little STEMheads in your house, but your science-loving sweetie happens to be a toddler, Little Bins For Little Hands is what you seek. Little Bins is full of safe slime, lego, and other science-forward activities for two and three year olds.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Everything is better down where it’s wetter, take it from us! Your homeschool afternoon will go swimmingly with an assist from Ripley’s Aquarium! From a shark cam (cue Jaws music) to downloadable educational fun, there is something for every budding marine biologist.
University of British Columbia
If there is a future Picasso of any age in your house, UBC’s digital colouring book library is sure to bring you hours of creative fun. They make it possible to bring maps, landscapes, mythical creatures, and much more to life!
Evelyn A currently works for Yelp from home in Toronto. She is quarantined with her partner, their busy four-year old daughter and sleepless nine-month old son.