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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

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E-Learning Opportunities for Kids 2+

Academic

Early Childhood Learning Resources for Learning at Home

Collection of great family-friendly activities.

https://www.pinterest.com/collab4kids/early-childhood-resources-for-learning-at-home/?autologin=true

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.

https://illinoisearlylearning.org/reslists/trying-times/

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.

https://outschool.com/2020-school-closures-offer#abk7wcufcl

Prodigy Math

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Scholastic Link for all Ages

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?fbclid=IwAR2A3oSFUfuB5le8NvfdaL3k391Aburf1sgoK2Zu9DwmvEBwXD_HZCGczb4

ZooBook Links & Blogs

Learn more about animals visiting the blogs below.

https://zoobooks.com/zoobooks_blog/

Observe the animals at the San Diego Zoo

https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Arts & Crafts

Drawing

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKS7859jVy4&list=PLLzCaS-D9o9k0GRpvaHFuklSMb02IjWI4&index=7&t=0s

8 at Home Projects Kids Can do to Alleviate Lockdown Boredom

This article has some cool ideas for kids to do while in lockdown and they require adult supervision.  Make a bird feeder, start your seed garden and more!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/8-at-home-projects-kids-can-do-to-alleviate-lockdown-boredom/ss-BB11k9DU?li=BBnbcA0#image=9

The best free online activities to keep your kids occupied, happy, and healthy while stuck at home during the coronvarius pandemic

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/parenting/the-best-free-online-activities-to-keep-you-kids-occupied-happy-and-healthy-while-stuck-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ss-BB12tStK?li=BBnb7Kz#interstitial=2

Ranger Rick Jr. Animal/Outdoor Themed Crafts & Activities

https://rangerrick.org/crafts-activities/

Safety

Infant/Preschool Safety Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfjO2Dcg7mY

Water Safety

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!

Sports/Physical Activity

Chicago Fire FC at Home--Soccer Drills, Trivia & Coloring Sheets 

https://www.chicagofirefc.com/cffc-home#quiz

Creative Movement Class from our PDOP arts Team

https://www.pdop.org/programs/dance/

GoNoodle Games help keep kids active while at home!

https://www.gonoodle.com/blog/gonoodle-games-movement-app-for-kids/

Gymmnastics Conditioning Exercises

Upper Lower & Core Exercises

HHD Hockey - Free Hockey Classes via Zoom

https://www.hhdhockey.com/

Homecourt --Basketball Drills

https://www.homecourt.ai/hcpe

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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxO1f7E8RMJJizmdycdYJUg

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.

https://www.martialartsnorthbrook.com/free-online-tkd-classes

Kids Workouts To Do at Home

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k

Kids Yoga

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!

Skating

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.

https://www.sportsengine.com/at-home-family-health-and-fitness

US Soccer Foundation

Soccer drills, trivia, coloring sheets and more for you favorite soccer player!

https://ussoccerfoundation.org/athome

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Arts & Crafts

Artistic Worksheets

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.

https://www.100directions.com/easy-sun-catchers-coloring-pages/

http://www.wholesalersusainc.com/blog/kids-crafts/suncatcher.html

https://artfulparent.com/making-melted-bead-suncatchers/

Cooking Classes

Beyond Hunger Free Virtual Cooking Class on 4/25.  Visit their FB page to watch live.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/gobeyondhunger/events/?ref=page_internal

Instructables Free Online Beginner Cooking Classes

https://www.instructables.com/class/Cooking-Class/

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.  

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgOb3zseg1hSVSOqZj3nAR6v7uN0TH59F

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”

https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_carstensen_older_people_are_happier?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Brain Games

Take a moment to challenge the brain with some fun brain games.  https://offbeat.topix.com/quizzes

Music

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

https://csosoundsandstories.org/category/cso-radio/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200402_ContentRoundup1&utm_content=version_A&uid=612094&promo=36400

Sports/Physical Activity

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 

https://www.blogilates.com/workout/

Fitness Blender Fitness Videos & Healthy Recipes

https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Vlhde7N5uGDIFXXWWEbFQ

Nike Training Club

https://www.nike.com/ntc-app

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjoBQsoekgk&list=UUFjc9H89-RpWuIStDqhO7AQ

Senior Sneakers--200+ fitness videos for seniors

Available at no cost for adults 65+ on participating Medicare Plans.

https://tools.silversneakers.com/

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.

Other Activities 

Decluttering--Declutter 65 things in your home

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/cleaning-and-organizing/65-things-in-your-home-to-get-rid-of/ss-BBMwCS8?li=BBnbcA0#image=43

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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.  

https://www.montevallo.edu/academics/experiential-learning/partnerships-outreach/eeprograms/

iNaturalist

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!

https://www.inaturalist.org/

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!

https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/covid-19-resources-tips-and-support

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.

https://archeologie.culture.fr/lascaux/en/node/9028/salle-taureaux

Deep Dive with the National Geographic team

https://youtu.be/XDZ39JJsSp0

Disney World Virtual Tour

https://www.visitorlando.com/en/things-to-do/virtual-tours/walt-disney-world-resort

Lincoln Park Zoo

Be sure to follow the zoo's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page for animal updates and 'aww-some' photos and videos.

Machu Picchu

https://www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu?pl=f

National Parks, landmarks & museums from around the world 

https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/welcome

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/streetviews

18 National Park Webcams where you can see the wilderness from home

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/18-national-park-webcams-where-you-can-see-the-wilderness-from-home/ss-BB12qZhZ?li=BBnbklE#interstitial=2

One Fascinating Fact about each of America's National Parks

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/travel-trivia/one-fascinating-fact-about-each-of-americas-national-parks/ss-BB121TJ0?li=BBnbklE#image=4

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!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/15-panoramic-webcams-that-let-you-virtually-travel-the-world/ss-BB12sn6q

Arts & Games

Writing

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?

Sporcle Trivia

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.  

https://www.sporcle.com/

Gardening

Learn about 20 vegetables that you can re-grow from scraps!

https://www.ruralsprout.com/regrow-vegetables/

Sports/Physical Activity

Basic Stretching 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeNwE4VXqgs

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.

https://www.dancingalonetogether.org/

Gopher Sports

Blog with multiple resources for Physical Education lessons/activities to do at home.

https://www.gophersport.com/blog/at-home-learning-resources/

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.

https://www.hss.edu/feel-better-from-home.htm

5 Sports Related Activities to do with your Kids during Quarantine

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/five-sports-related-things-to-do-with-your-kids-during-covid-quarantine/8i9icd1my9ur1o4wt5o3fyaov

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!

https://www.insider.com/san-antonio-zoo-animal-yoga-livestream-2020-04

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:

If you or your family are looking for resources and information to cope with COVID-19 and its impact, here is a resource guide packed full of information and resources currently available in our community.

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