FUN Activities for You!
Being quarantined is new and something we were not expecting to do as a global community but as we adhere to social distancing guidelines and shelter in place, it is our new reality. It is also an opportunity to do some activities that we never thought we would do, or have the time to do. There are so many fun and healthy activities being shared across local government entities, other park districts, programmers and so we wanted to put together a list of fun activities that you can do for now. Please continue to check this webpage for more information on upcoming fun activities for all ages.
Play PDOPopoly, the Park District of Oak Park's very own version of the popular board game. It's a great way to spend time and have fun with family while getting some exercise.
Download the board here!
Parks Rules: Do's and Don'ts
E-Learning Opportunities for Kids 2+
NEW! Learn Homecooked Recipes
A collection of family friendly recipes with step-by-step recipes that will get everyone into the kitchen.
Early Childhood Learning Resources for Learning at Home
Collection of great family-friendly activities.
Illinois Early Learning Project
Find information about healthy eating, questions about development, developmentally appropriate activities and ways to find support relating to many facets of our lives.
Outschool--Free online classes for families affected by US Schools Public Closures
Outschool is a marketplace of live online classes for kids ages 3-18. Classes meet in small groups over live video chat where students are safely connected with teachers and classmates who share their interests. They are making $1,000,000 worth of classes available for free to families in the U.S. who have been impacted by school closures and are facing financial hardship. Click on the link below to apply.
Scholastic Link for all Ages
ZooBook Links & Blogs
Learn more about animals visiting the blogs below.
Observe the animals at the San Diego Zoo
Arts & Crafts
NEW! Arts & Crafts Resources for Home Learning
From virtual tours, to interactive art games and activities, projects and crafts, and arts and painting, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Mo Willems, the author and illustrator of all Pigeon books is hosting a lunch doodle every day at 1 pm EST showing kids how to draw.
Quarantined with Ms. Rachel
Self-care strategies for young children and families.
8 at Home Projects Kids Can do to Alleviate Lockdown Boredom
Ranger Rick Jr. Animal/Outdoor Themed Crafts & Activities
Infant/Preschool Safety Video:
Water Safety isn't just about the rules. Anytime you participate in physical activity, you should stretch your muscles to keep your body safe. Watch the water safety video below while stretching your muscles!
Chicago Fire FC at Home--Soccer Drills, Trivia & Coloring Sheets
Creative Movement Class from our PDOP arts Team
GoNoodle Games help keep kids active while at home!
Gymmnastics Conditioning Exercises
Upper Lower & Core Exercises
HHD Hockey - Free Hockey Classes via Zoom
Homecourt --Basketball Drills
Illinois Shotokan Karate Club Youtube Page
Want to keep up with your karate skills during quarantine or try a new physical activity? Well join the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club for a variety of free videos to practice at home.
KH Kim Taekwondo
Taekwondo is a global martial art practiced by millions of people spanning all ages and cultures.During these difficult times, we are offering free virtual classes to our local school children and parents.
Kids Workouts To Do at Home
Buddha Belly Kids Yoga is doing free virtual yoga: https://www.buddhabellykidsyoga.com/
Schedules are up on their page. It looks like the sessions fill up, so sign up soon!
Continue working on your skating skills from home! Check out our website to find "At Home" workouts for skaters of all ages!
Sports Engine--drills for sports and fun activities including swimming & gymnastics!
For school-age children, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends at least 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity. During this time we are spending more time at home and less time playing sports and games. Here you can find sport-specific drills, youth-focused workouts, and additional activities to keep you and your family fit and healthy.
US Soccer Foundation
Soccer drills, trivia, coloring sheets and more for you favorite soccer player!
Arts & Crafts
In art, there is rarely a “right” or “wrong." With most coloring pages, we are limited to the lines on the page. These interactive worksheets allow you to decide how the masterpiece should be completed by showing only a small section of a famous artwork.
Worksheet #1 Wassily Kandinsky, Lightly Touching. 1931
Worksheet #2 Pablo Picasso The Charnel House 1944
Worksheet #3 Thomas Hart Benton Express Train 1924
Worksheet #4 Frank Kline Painting Number 2 1954
Worksheet #5 Jackson Pollack Free Form 1946
Worksheet #6 Coffin of Henttowe 950 B.C
Worksheet #7 Pol, Jean and Herman De Limbourg The Belles Heaures of Jean, Duke of Berry 1406-09
Worksheet #8 Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa 1503-05
Worksheet #9 Diego Velazquez, The Needlewoman 1640
Worksheet #10 Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 1653
Worksheet #11 Aert De Gelder, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt 1690
Worksheet #12 Francisco De Goya, Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga, 1780s
Worksheet #13 Edouard Manet, Gare St.-Lazare, 1873
Worksheet #14 Edgar Degas, The Curtain Call, 1877
Worksheet #15 Paul Cezanne, The Artist’s Father, 1886
Sun catchers—Make your home sparkle by crafting a sun catchers to hang in your window.
Beyond Hunger Free Virtual Cooking Class on 4/25. Visit their FB page to watch live.
Instructables Free Online Beginner Cooking Classes
Old Cookbook Show
Ever wondered what folks were cooking or baking back in the 1930s during the depression? or in 1915? Welcome to the "Old Cookbook Show" Youtube channel, where Glen makes a variety of old yet delicious recipes.
Educational Opportunities for Seniors
Looking for Ways to Keep the Mind Engaged, listen to TED Talks. TED TALKS are a great resource to learn about a vast array topics.
“Older People are Happier”
Take a moment to challenge the brain with some fun brain games. https://offbeat.topix.com/quizzes
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the launch of a six-program CSO radio broadcast series on WFMT, set to begin on Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m. CDT. From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times will be available to listeners on WFMT (98.7 FM), and streaming on wfmt.com and the WFMT app (wfmt.com/app). The broadcasts will also be accessible for on-demand streaming on csosoundsandstories.org.
Park District of Oak Park Fitness Classes
Join your favorite Park District of Oak Park Fitness instructors in a variety of fitness classes from strength, yoga, zumba and more! pdop.org/fitness
Blogilates Virtual Pilates
Fitness Blender Fitness Videos & Healthy Recipes
Go4Life, the National Institute on Aging Workout Videos for Seniors
10 minute sample workout https://youtu.be/G1lwVhnnkoU
15 minute sample workout https://youtu.be/Ev6yE55kYGw
20 minute sample workout https://youtu.be/8E8iCYG16ho
60 minute sample workout https://youtu.be/rkDlpZ3Musw
Just Dance Videos on Youtube
Nike Training Club
The Body Project
If you are looking to up your fitness routine, or need to add something to your “new normal”, I would suggest checking out “The Body Project”.
They have several fitness videos posted on YouTube. Plan ahead and do it virtually with your friends!
Senior Sneakers--200+ fitness videos for seniors
Available at no cost for adults 65+ on participating Medicare Plans.
Sit Less Move More TIPS for Seniors
1. When watching TV, get up during every commercial and do an active chore. For example, empty the dishwasher, throw some clothes in the laundry, or take out the garbage. Feel productive after just one show!
2. Use the stairs whenever you can.
3. Reduce time in front of the TV, computer and video games (unless you’re moving). Try other fun activities or finish home projects instead.
4. If you can’t walk or stand, try seated knee lifts, kicks, foot slides, punches or arm circles.
Decluttering--Declutter 65 things in your home
Additional Educational Resources
Environmental Education Programs - University of Montevallo
Check out this page from the University of Montevallo that talks about many arts and craft activities that you can do on Earth Day.
iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Join a community of nature lovers where you can track and record nature. They have a great app called Seek by iNaturalist where you can scan a picture of a species on your phone and it will tell you more information about it. Get ready to explore your garden in a new way!
North American Association for Environmental Education
Are you a teacher looking for additional online resources for your classroom? Or maybe you are a parent homeschooling your children at home, trying to keep them entertained while also learning new things? Well this site includes a list of resources designed to keep learners of all ages interested and engaged during the crisis, from hands-on activities and lesson plans to websites, virtual tours, and more.
A couple of really cool examples on this website are the Plant a Seed Day Toolkit, World Ocean Laboratory, Nature Activities for families and virtual fieldtrips to aquariums, museums and zoos. Check out the links below for huge list of activities to enjoy!
Adventure & Virtual Tours
We are all confined to our homes. Some of us are getting out to go to the store and that is the extent of our travel. We have found a few virtual tours to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Cave Paintings at Lascaux
These impressive images are nearly 20,000 years old and, when found, ushered in a new era of knowledge of both prehistoric art and our shared human origins.
Deep Dive with the National Geographic team
Disney World Virtual Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo
Be sure to follow the zoo's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page for animal updates and 'aww-some' photos and videos.
National Parks, landmarks & museums from around the world
18 National Park Webcams where you can see the wilderness from home
One Fascinating Fact about each of America's National Parks
15 Panoramic Webcams That Let You Virtually Travel the World
Want to visit Sydney, Australia or Nonsuch Island, Bermuda? Well check out this link and travel away!
Arts & Games
This is a very unique time we are living in and it could be important but also interesting to have a record of our experiences during this time. Writing can be very cathartic and it’s a great brain exercise. Give it a try.
Write your own paragraphs/short stories/poems/songs/etc.
Make your own list of writing prompts and work from those or use these prompts that Nancy, our Active Adult Coordinator put together to get you started:
--Where would you be if you could be anywhere else? Focus on sounds, sights, smells, weather, etc.
--What is your most vivid childhood memory?
--How did you meet an important person in your life?
--How do you think your pet or some other animal is viewing the world today? How are you viewing it?
--What is your favorite article of clothing - where / how did you get it?
Love trivia!? Well get ready to play either solor or multiplayer. You can even play live trivia with people from around the world. It's a great pastime and it really gets your brain working. For all ages.
Learn about 20 vegetables that you can re-grow from scraps!
Dancing Alone Together
You can find a huge variety of virtual dance classes to take from teachers around the world, watch dance concerts, and make art with other movement artists. Content for all ages and abilities.
Blog with multiple resources for Physical Education lessons/activities to do at home.
Hospital for Special Surgery (HHS)
Check out this webpage full of strength and flexibility exercises for all ages. It even has educational videos on how to do a push-up correctly. It is a good resource to look into staying healthy during these stressful times.
5 Sports Related Activities to do with your Kids during Quarantine
Yoga Classes at the San Antonio Zoo
Check out this article full of yoga videos at the San Antonio Zoo. Enjoy yoga classes in the presence of your favorite animals!
Oak Park Public Library
New! Digital-only library accounts
Oak Park residents who do not yet have an Oak Park Library card can apply remotely for digital-only accounts. Apply at oppl.org and learn more about how it works. Questions? Call 708.383.8200 and visit via oppl.org/contact; librarians are working remotely during regular hours, and will respond as soon as possible.
And here's a bunch of new stuff related to digital library content: