Local Digital Resources for Kids During COVID-19

Local Digital Resources for Kids During COVID-19

While we’re all at home practicing social distancing, many resources have become available to keep our families busy. Here are some local resources to add to your list of things to do with your kids!

American Family Martial Arts Louisiana :: We began virtual classes for children on the Autism spectrum for ages 7 and up. This internationally acclaimed karate program introduces specialized skill based training for this community. Children on the spectrum sometimes struggle in areas of physical, intellectual, social and emotional abilities. Spectrum Skillz emphasizes building skills in these areas while using contemporary teaching techniques to help them grow at their own pace. This is a virtual martial arts class that balances fundamental skills training with having FUN! Virtual classes are on Thursdays at 2:00-2:30pm and is a free introduction class. Links are posted on the American Family Martial Arts Louisiana Facebook page. For parents and students who want to continue training there will be a closed virtual class from 2:30-3:15pm with various pricing.

BREC Refresh :: During this difficult time for East Baton Rouge parish, BREC is here for you! Refresh your mind online and outdoors with our Play & Grow Pros Refresh. Check out virtual versions of some of your favorite BREC activities and adventures. See which of parks still open and safe to visit as well as some ideas for you and your family to do that will revive and refresh your mind in a positive and safe way. Play, discover and grow safely with BREC today!

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo :: The zoo may be closed, but you can watch virtual adventures starring all your favorite animals!

East Baton Rouge Digital Library :: The Digital Library is always open! We’ve got you covered with online resources. See the staff picks for you and your kids and all of our online resources in The Digital Library.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library Kids :: Check out their Facebook page for fun activities, read aloud storytime videos and more!

Kendra Scott Coloring Sheets :: We encourage you to download our coloring sheets below, complete them with friends or family, hang them up, and then maybe even design some of your new custom creations at the Color Bar™ online! After all, what would lift spirits more than a yellow box on your front doorstep? We’re thinking of all of you during this time and are sending virtual hugs and some sunshine to wherever you may be.

Kids Orchestra KO@Home :: We are committed to pushing our mission forward by helping families like yours as they stay-at-home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Music is important during these uncertain times, and we want to help you keep music alive @ home with our new virtual learning program, KO@Home! What You Get with KO@Home: Weekly mini-lesson videos from our Teaching Artists for our enrolled students, a series of instrument care guides for each of our 9 instruments available to all students, a curated list of lagniappe music resources available to all students.

Louisiana 4-H’s Virtual Recess:: Daily activities and challenges to keep kids’ minds and body active.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum coloring sheets :: Featuring some of our favorite spots in the Museum for you to print out and color at home. We can’t wait to see what you create – tag us and use the #InspireCreativity to show us! You can also see all of the LASM virtual resources HERE.

Louisiana State Museum Online Education:: See lesson plans focused on our exhibition “From ‘Dirty Shirts’ to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture” and more. Additional activities will be added soon. When we reopen, bring your whole class on a free field trip to see the exhibitions in person!

Louisiana Public Broadcasting At-Home Learning :: In an effort to ensure limited disruption to Louisiana students’ education due to public school closures, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and in collaboration with PBS stations nationwide have announced a plan to provide teachers, parents, caregivers, and students with resources to continue learning at home.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Education at Home :: Do you know someone eager to learn about nature? Are you looking for some free resources to teach children about Louisiana’s fish and wildlife? Look no further. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has curated several great resources.

Ochsner Academy Jr. :: a virtual library of easy and fun STEM Activities and Healthy Recipes that anyone can do at home. You can find a new video every weekday on the website or the Ochsner Hospital for Children Facebook page.

Sarah Clostio Artistry Coloring Pages :: There isn’t much I feel like I can do right now with the growing panic, but I CAN provide your kids with a few FREE printable coloring pages I drew a while back. These are all Louisiana themed and easily accessed through my site. If you or your kids do color them, please share them with me or tag me in them!! I’d love to see how you use them!

South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center :: To help with all of the students at home, we will be sharing fun games, activities, and links so that kids can continue to learn and explore while at home! Check out our page on Monday for a new activity!!

The Spanish Class Goes Viral :: We are opening a Spring Virtual Session beginning April 20th! We’d like to invite ALL students to join our Spring Virtual Spanish Class Program! With virtual classes, we are no longer limited by location – you can invite friends & family, near & far, to join!

Is there something we missed? Let us know and we’ll add it!

Jenny
Jenny is originally from Kenner, LA, and considers herself a New Orleans girl at heart. She moved to Pineville in 2004 to attend college where she met her funny and always entertaining husband Brandon. Together they relocated to Baton Rouge almost 10 years ago and married in 2008. They added their joyful daughter Salem to the crew in April 2014, and blue-eyed son Declan in July 2015 and now live in Zachary. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from LSU and has previously done some freelance writing. She now works full-time for the State of Louisiana. She and her family enjoy spending time together, making each other laugh and being a part of their church community. She loves wandering around Target, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, having people over and making any kind of craft. Read more about Jenny’s family on her blog.

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