20 Local Online Resources

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Until social distancing measures begin to loosen up, many of our local museums and more remain closed. Take the kids for a visit with our virtual guide!

(Featured Photo: The Cincinnati Museum Center keeps learning going with weekly programming online.) 

1) BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM

Visitors might not be able to explore the BC Museum in person, but they can make tons of discoveries during a 3D Virtual tour of the museum’s four floors. Families can also head to the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s YouTube page for some educational entertainment at youtube.com/user/bcmuseum/videos.

2) BLUE MANATEE LITERACY PROJECT ONLINE STORY TIMES

Beloved Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. story times are heading online via BMLP’s Facebook and Instagram pages at facebook.com/bluemanateebooks and instagram.com/bluemanateebooks.

3) CHAI TOTS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

From Latke Stacking to Mitzvah Matching, there are plenty of great games and kid-friendly Jewish videos available at chaitots.com/child-resources.

4) CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM: CAM CONNECT

Get creative with CAM Connect, a cool new public Facebook group for art enthusiasts. This page is dedicated to all things Cincinnati Art Museum including tasty recipes from the Terrace Cafe, kids yoga and CAMDo, a family-friendly, artmaking video with Alex from the Rosenthal Education Center (Fridays at 2 p.m.). Learn more at facebook.com/groups/CAMconnect.

5) CINCINNATI BALLET

Print coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word searches and also learn dozens of dance moves! Stay connected and embrace dances healing powers at cballet.org/cb-at-home.

6) CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER

Keep learning with CMC! Weekly programming includes Wonder Zone experiments (Mondays at 11 a.m., Fridays at 2 p.m.), meeting museum curators live (Tuesdays at 11 a.m.), Story Tree Time (Wednesdays at 11 a.m.) and STEM Girls programming (Thursdays at 11 a.m.). Check out daily programming on Cincinnati Museum Center’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cincymuseum. To browse past CMC videos, visit youtube.com/user/museumcenter11.

7) CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY

Look to the sky for inspiration and also some education, too! With space activities, videos, quizzes and other resources, the observatory’s online resources are out-of-this-world! Learn more at cincinnatiobservatory.org.

8) CINCINNATI ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDEN: HOME SAFARI LIVE

Meet amazing animals and their cool keepers during these daily chats, then discover at-home activities such as obstacle courses, quizzes, art projects, games and more; daily at 3 p.m. on the zoo’s Facebook page: facebook.com/cincinnatizoo. To check out past home safari videos and activity ideas, head to the zoo’s website at cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-recources.

9) CLIFTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

Looking to learn some new dance moves? Feeling creative while being cooped up? CCACMakes has plenty of ideas for families to dance and create recycled crafts together. Get inspired at cliftonculturalarts.org/classes/ccacmakesonline. CCAC has also created printable coloring pages of Cincy landmarks, available at cliftonculturalarts.org/onlineresources-color-clifton-with-ccac.

10) CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER

Enjoy the CAC from home; Thursday Art Play craft ideas and lots more are now available on the Contemporary Arts Center’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cincycac.

11) GREATER CINCINNATI STEM COLLABORATIVE

Get learning and playing with STEM-based experiments, challenges, games and activities from the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative at facebook.com/greatercincinnatistemcollaborative.

12) GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY: PARKS @ HOME

The trails are still open and Ohio families are encouraged to responsibly hit the trails to get some fresh air! For those who can’t make it to the parks, find tons of great resources including activity ideas, craft videos and so much more at Great Parks @ Home! Learn more at blog.greatparks.org/category/parks-at-home.

13) JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS

Joseph-Beth’s new josephbeth.com website can help families by offering workbook, flash card and book deliveries, but JB also provides virtual story times Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 11 a.m. on their Facebook page at facebook.com/JosephBethCincy.

14) KIDS FIRST SPORTS

Get dancing, work up a sweat with a work out, learn new physical skills or try out tumbling; kids can get active with daily Kids First Sport’s Facebook videos at facebook.com/kidsfirstsports.

15) LINTON MUSIC PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM: MUSICAL MORNINGS

Enjoy energetic live music videos, and get kids moving and grooving, too. Daily at 10 a.m. at facebook.com/pbjsessions.

16) METROPARKS OF BUTLER COUNTY

The MetroParks are open for Ohio residents to explore; families can enjoy hiking and biking at the parks responsibly! If you can’t make it to the park, simply log off, shut down and get outside with tips from MetroParks. The MetroParks Facebook page is full of craft and activity ideas. Head to facebook.com/metroparks.

17) TAFT MUSEUM OF ART

Art is just a click away with Taft’s amazing offerings including Sunday Family Fundays sponsored by Cincinnati Family, Monday Virtual Studios, Wednesday Taft Chats and Friday Taft Trivia. Follow along on their Facebook page at facebook.com/taftmuseum and Instagram at instagram.com/taftmuseum.

18) THE ARTSCONNECT SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP

Get connected to awesome art projects with The ArtsConnect; watch videos and enjoy art class all from the comfort of your home at facebook.com/ theartsconnect and youtube.com/channel/UC_5MGf2tayR6oz1fGOZxNJA.

19) THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI: TCT EVERYWHERE

TCT is now everywhere with the launch of this amazing new online resource. TCT Everywhere features three entire shows available on YouTube (Sleeping Beauty; Casper: The Friendly Musical; and Suffragettes: With Liberty and Voting For All), contests, podcasts, lessons, crafts, games and so much more. As TCT says, “During uncertain times, we can still rely on theatre!” Visit thechildrenstheatre.com/2020/03/tct-everywhere for more information.

20) THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF CINCINNATI AND HAMILTON COUNTY

The library is a treasure trove of resources for families at home. Families can download eBooks, audiobooks, stream movies or music and even access online databases through the eBranch at cincinnatilibrary.org/eBranch. Families can also enjoy cool content such as their daily Storytime at Home Videos on the library’s YouTube page at youtube.com/user/CincinnatiLibrary/featured.

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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