Your Y At Home – Kids & Families
Get Creative and Active with Family-Friendly Resources
Opportunities for joy are abundant when families gather. What can we do today to inspire your little Michelangelo or work on some skills and drills for your aspiring athlete?
We’re scouring the web for the very best kid-friendly activities and videos! Check back for our latest collection of links, curated exclusively for Y families.
- MommyPoppins – get more out of life with kids.
- Explore free math games by grade level from pre-K to 7th grade and beat boredom while expanding skills with MathGameTime!
- Manchester Family YMCA is offering fun and engaging family Spanish lessons on their Facebook page. Catch the first video here.
- Anxiety may be running high right now. Learn how to help your kids manage their fears productively with these strategies from Child Mind Institute.
- ChopChopFamily.org – Cooking is fun for all ages! Learn about math, science, money, health, culture, geography, and more, all the while creating great food and memories.
- Sick of “Baby Shark”? There’s a new rendition of it, encouraging kids to “Wash Your Hands!”
- Quarantine in today’s digital world means plenty of FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Zoom video calls, no? 13 Activities to Make the Most Out of Video Chats With Kids details how these chats can become learning experiences, via PBS for Parents: “The research on video chat shows that children—even babies—can learn from these live interactions.”
- Toddler swim lessons for the bathtub! By Emily Potter-Smith, Spokane Valley Y Aquatics Director.
- Talking with children about Coronavirus: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children, via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Veteran home-schoolers share tips for parents during coronavirus closures, via Washington Post.
- 16 Self-Isolating Tips For Parents That’ve Worked For My Kids So Far Opens a new window, via Playfull on BuzzFeed
Youth Creative Activities
- Go on a South African safari from your home! Wild Earth broadcasts daily sunrise and sunset footage of animals in their natural habitat.
- Access millions of free ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library or school via OverDrive
- From Quiltscapes to Northwest Art Collection, Spokane’s Museum of Arts and Culture online exhibits has something for everyone.
- Get daily activities & tips to help kids play and learn at home on PBS kids
- YMCA Coloring Pages – create your own art gallery by hanging your colorful creations in your front window to share with your neighborhood!
- Sarah’s YMCA Music Room, a 20min music class for your kids! Every Tue & Thur at 10am, via YouTube
- Tired of making (and cleaning!!!) homemade slime? This wonderful 30 Day Science Activity Planner for Kids features unique STEM projects that we haven’t seen on other lists, via Life with Darcy and Brian
- In response to school musical cancellations, Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti welcomes you to submit #sunshinesongs videos of themselves performing for an appreciative social audience, via Smithsonian Magazine
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures offers a variety of free materials for Pre-k through Grade 9, via Scholastic
- From Yellowstone National Park to the Great Wall of China, her is a comprehensive list of virtual field trips for kids of all ages, via Denise Farney (7th/8th grade science teacher at Longfellow Middle School, Lorain, OH)
- Take a Brain Break With These 10 YourTube Channels With Movement-Encouraging Videos For Kids, via PopSugar
- Family-approved, kids-can-cook-too recipes, via ChopChopFamily.org
- Children’s musician Laurie Berkner live streams a music break every weekday, via Laurie Berkner Band Facebook
Youth Physical Activities
(Please read Health & Safety Warning below before beginning any physical exercise routine)
- GoNoodle – kid-friendly physical activity videos and active learning created by child development experts for “brain breaks.”
- Kids Yoga with Corri – Deep Breathing: Learn how to use focused breathing, via ymca360.org
- Fitness Games: Use the Fitness Guide to identify the exercise for Bingo, Dice, or Card games geared to keep families active together!
- The YMCA of Central New Mexico offers up this fun indoor balloon tennis activity, via YMCA of Central NM Twitter
- 12 Bursts – a fun new way to be active right from home. Each day’s challenge includes 12, five-minute bursts of activity that are kid-friendly and don’t require any special skills or equipment, via YMCA of Greater Twin Cities
- Family BINGO – a fun way to everyone moving, via Stacy Pincock, Group Exercise Lead at the Central Y
- Dice Workout for Kids – a little math mixed with exercise? Good for the brain and the body!, via Stacy Pincock, Group Exercise Lead at the Central Y
- Fun workout video for you and your kids, via Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA YouTube.
- Kids Yoga, via ymca360.org
- Youth Soccer Skills – Designed to develop basic soccer skills and drills for all levels, via YMCA360.org
- Youth Sports Performance – A program for young athletes to help develop overall athleticism and reduce injuries. Use these at-home drills to help take your skills to the next level, via YMCA360.org
HEALTH & SAFETY WARNING
Physical exercise, in all of its forms and with or without the use of equipment such as blocks, straps or any other equipment that may be used by an instructor, is a strenuous physical activity. Accordingly, you are urged and advised to seek the advice of a physician before beginning any physical exercise regimen, routine, program, or using any suggested equipment shown in any of the videos from the YMCA. The YMCA is not a medical organization and its instructors or staff cannot give you medical advice or diagnosis. All suggestions and comments relating to the use of equipment, poses, moves, and instruction are not required to be performed by you and are carried out at your election while viewing YMCA videos. Nothing contained herein should be constructed as any form of such medical advice or diagnosis.
By using this content you represent that you understand that physical exercise involves strenuous physical movement and that such activity carries the risk of injury whether physical or mental. You understand that it is your responsibility to judge your physical and mental capabilities for such activities. It is your responsibility to ensure that by participating in classes and activities from the YMCA, you will not exceed your limits while performing such activity, and you will select the appropriate level of classes for your skills and abilities, as well as for any mental or physical conditions and/or limitations you have. You understand that, from time to time, instructors may suggest physical adjustments or the use of equipment, and it is your sole responsibility to determine if any such suggested adjustment or equipment is appropriate for your level of ability and physical and mental condition. You expressly waive and release any claim that you may have at any time for injury of any kind arising out of your participation in a YMCA program or use of a YMCA facility against the YMCA, or any person or entity involved with the YMCA, including without limitation, its directors, principals, instructors, independent contractors, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates and representatives.