Stay-At-Home Survival Guide: Online Resources For Educating And Entertaining Orange County Kids

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To help us stay positive during these challenging times of mostly bad news, we’re sharing uplifting stories happening right here in Orange County. Be sure to check out the May issue of Orange Coast for many such profiles; in the meantime, we offer a few tidbits to make you happy now. Check our homepage regularly for O.C. Steps Up—anecdotes about your neighbors doing whatever they can to lift the community.

Looking for ways to educate and entertain your kids? Here are some great activities children can participate in from home that are convenient and free.

O.C. Dance Productions
Join in for free virtual dance classes and give your kids a way to channel all their energy.

Mainplace Mall
Santa Ana’s Mainplace Mall is offering virtual princess story time on their Facebook page as well as Easter activities you can participate in from home.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Need arts and crafts materials? Come to the drive-thru kiosk and pick up free art kits for kids.

Girl Scouts of Orange County
Have you been thinking about registering your daughter for Girl Scouts? Now’s the perfect time to try out some of their activities and resources from home without a membership.

KinderCare has made their online curriculum available for free, regardless if your child is or was enrolled at a local center.

OC Public Libraries
Library card holders have free access to ebooks, audiobooks, and more. OC Public Libraries has also put together a list of websites that kids can use to play fun and educational games online.

Discovery Cube OC
Celebrate Earth Day by taking the eco-challenge and downloading a free booklet to help your kids learn about organics and composting.

Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City is offering a free downloadable guide to helping your kids reach their milestones. They are also hosting online events, such as a Digital Online Week of the Young Child from April 14th through April 17th.

Bowers Museum
View their Walt Disney archives exhibition virtually and check out some of their online learning resources for kids.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Experience the mission online with virtual tours, art walk Zoom sessions, and digital museum archives. Stay tuned for more online learning activities to teach kids the history behind the mission.

Regretting your annual pass? It’s not quite the same as visiting, but your kids might get a kick out of watching first-person POV videos of Disneyland rides from YouTube channels such as SoCal Attractions 360.

Children’s Museum at La Habra
Visit their Facebook page for creative activities, new STEM at Home videos, and links to important community resources.

Knott’s Berry Farm
Get a taste of Knott’s at home with recipes (boysenberry shortcake, anyone?) and free printable coloring and activity pages.

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