Families throughout Burlingame are keeping children busy with activities that don’t require close contact. Among them are Chalk Your Walk, which invites children to draw or write encouraging messages on their driveway or sidewalk with chalk. Above, Jenn Wade admires the artwork created by her children, Ryder (on left) and Sienna, in the driveway of their home on Hillside Drive.
Another fun family activity is an Indoor Scavenger Hunt. Here’s a suggested list to get young children started: something antique, something shiny, a really big book, something for a pet, a map, anything that can fly, something for babies, a key, something edible, something electronic, soap, something funny, something cold.
Burlingame’s Parks and Recreation staff has come to the rescue with lots of fun activities in its Virtual Recreation Center here.
Your Burlingame Library card can access an extensive collection of popular books for children and adults in a variety of electronic formats, including Kindle and your computer browser, via Libby and OverDrive. You can stream more than 30,000 films for free on Kanopy, and you can learn 34 languages on Mango, including Shakespearian English and Pirate. For a list of all the e-library services offered, click here. Library staff members are available to help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Sense Media has launched a free online resource called Wide Open School to support families and educators seeking remote educational opportunities for kids in pre-K through 12th grade. This gold mine of high-quality learning experiences and activities, organized by grade band and subject, is a collaborative effort by 25 organizations, including PBS, Khan Academy and Apple. There’s a scheduling feature aimed at keeping kids engaged and exploring one day or one hour at a time.
Audible.com is offering hundreds of its titles for free to help keep children entertained. This collection, handpicked by the company’s editors, is a mix of stories aimed at young people, ages 0 to 18. It’s available at stories.audible.com.
Explore.com features live webcam feeds of animals in action here, including a kitten rescue sanctuary in Los Angeles, baby bald eagles in Iowa and an elephant park in South Africa.