The YMCA of Greater Boston is here to support you and your family with virtual resources that foster learning, healthy living, exploration, and play.  Check out these fun and educational activities to ensure that your family is staying active and thriving at home. 

We will continue to add to this page, so keep checking back for more fun ideas that the entire family can enjoy!

Creative Arts

 

Family Wellness

 

Parent & Caretaker Wellness

 

Science & Exploration

 

Sports & Play

 

Student Success

 

Creative Arts

Busy Toddler

Hands-on learning activities for toddlers
and preschoolers.

Adventures in Familyhood

Virtual trips to museums, zoos
and aquariums.

   

Fantastic Fun & Learning

Hands-on learning activities and fun
things to do with kids at home.

Highlights: Kids

Experiences that engage, delight, and
foster joyful learning by your child.

   

Theatre Folk

Plays and drama resources for middle
school and high school students.

 

Playbill

A list of remote classrooms, virtual craft and
dance workshops, celebrity bedtime stories,
and much more.

   

A2Z Homeschooling

Put on a play or skit with these free scripts
and staging ideas in these short plays.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy a collection of wonderful BSO performances
from Boston and around the world.

   

Boston Ballet

Behind the Scenes videos with dancers and musicians.

 

Highlights for Kids

Ideas tips, lists, how-to’s, stories,
round-ups, and more to help you and
your kids bond together as a family.

   

Boston Central Events

Daily live virtual events for families
and kids.

 
   

Family Wellness

Your Y at Home

Stay connected to nation-wide Y
programs while practicing social distancing.

Daily Dozen Challenge

12 activities that kids can do to receive
60 minutes of physical activity every day.

   

Born to Move

Combines fun, music, and fitness
in ways that children love.

GoNoodle

Discover kid-friendly movement
and mindfulness games.

   

Shape America

Fun physical education and adaptive
fitness lessons.

American Heart Association

Live videos, workouts, and nutrition
tips for the whole family.

   

Chop Chop Magazine

Nutritious, delicious, easy to
make recipes.

Boston Children's Hospital

New Balance Foundation Obesity
Prevention Center Resources.

   

Masks and Gloves: A Social Story

 
   

Parent & Caretaker Wellness

Manage Life During COVID-19

Expert resources and guides to help
you manage life during COVID-19.

Mental Health

Caring for your Mental Health
despite the Coronavirus.

 

 

Family Mental Health

How to protect your family’s mental
health in the face of COVID-19.

Coronavirus:
Mental Health Coping Strategies

 

 

 

CDC

Coronavirus Stress & Coping Resources

 

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus

For parents, prioritizing your own
well-being benefits your whole family.

   

Support Children's Emotional
Well-Being

Resources for supporting children’s
emotional well-being during the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Tips for Families

Age-appropriate responses to common
questions, a guide to self-care, and
activities for young children experiencing
social distancing.

   

Caring for Caregivers

 

 

COVID-19 & Early Childhood Development

Resources from Harvard University’s Center
on the Developing Child

   

Science & Exploration

Sciencing

Environmental science activities
for kids.

National Geographic for Kids

Explore the natural world around
the globe.

   

Tinkergarten

Enjoy outdoor, play-based learning
for all ages.

National Parks Foundation

Explore the wonders of America's
national parks.

   

Google Earth: Parks

Guided tours of the world's
wonders.

Zoo Borns

Learn fun fact and watch videos
about baby animals.

   

Generation Genius

Science videos and lessons
for kids grades K-5.

NASA

Explore the universe with NASA.

   

Museum of Science

Attention all scientists explore the
Boston Museum of Science here!

American Museum of Natural History

Science stories, games, hands-on
activities, and videos.

   

The Almanac

Cool facts and stories.

 
   

Sports & Play

Adapt at Home

Live and pre-recorded adaptive
wellness classes.

Jr. NBA

Play basketball like the pros with
these skills and drills.

   

Sports Engine

Get your game on. Skills and drills
for different sports.

Fun Brain

Online educational games for
kids of all ages.

   

teamSNAP Sports Drills

Sports-specific skills and drills that
you can easily use on your own or
implement into the team’s practice routine.

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Find sports news for kids, scores,
games, photos and expert analysis 

of sports of all sorts.

   

Jr. Celtics At-Home Workouts

Check out these exclusive at-home
basketball skills and drills.

Playworks Playbook

At home recess games and activities.

   

Action for Healthy Kids

We've created and collected resources
to help parents and educators keep kids
active and healthy while schools are
closed or doing online learning. Resources
will be added continually, so check back often.

 

Playworks

Play at Home with Playworks every
weekday at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm EST!
Join their livestream and follow one of
their trainers through 15 minutes of at

home exercise. Suitable for children and
families of all ages and open to all! 

   

BOKS

BOKS is a free physical activity program
for kids supported by the Reebok Foundation.
These offerings include a number of
activity packs available for download in
both English and Spanish and new,
weekly activities that are emailed out each Sunday. High energy Facebook LIVE
BOKS classes each week day at 12pm.

 
   

Student Success

WGBH Distance Learning Center

Free, trusted digital resources from
PBS to support home learning for
grades Pre K-12.

TIME for Kids

Authentic journalism for kids to
motivate their curious minds.

 

   

Storytelling with The Moth

Students can listen to stories bi-weekly
and discuss what they've heard with
parents or teachers using reflection
questions and journal prompts.

Mystery Science

Popular science lessons for grade K-5
students that are designed to use simple
supplies that families likely already
have at home.

   

PBS Kids

Educational games and videos from
your favorite PBS KIDS shows.

MA Schools Extended Learning Tools

Resources to promote home learning from
our YMCA of Greater Boston school districts.

   

Boston Public Library

Explore all of Boston Public Library's

online resources.

 

BPS Resources for Students & Families

BPS has listed online learning resources by grade level for students and families. Access learning materials for your student below.

   

BPS Coronavirus Updates

Visit the BPS Coronavirus Update web
page for the latest updates on district

wide information and resources.

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Currently offering the same quality programming
to girls, volunteers, and families virtually for at-home
enrichment experiences with our new “Girl Scouts
at Home” catalog! Every day, they will add virtual
badge activities, programs, and resources for girls
and families to engage with from home.

   

NEW! CovEd: Continuing K-12
Education during COVID-19

A free virtual platform for pairing
mentors from higher education
institutions with K-12 students affected
by school closures to support with

course work. 

 
   

Distance Learning Tools: How-To Tutorials

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