All about the Pandemic

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by | Mar 14, 2020 | Things to do

This is new territory for all of us, but I wanted to have one page that had a lot of information so you don’t constantly have to go to different pages to find what you are looking for!!  That said, I didn’t feel the need to include a “closings” section.  It seems most area attractions are closed, museums, libraries, large events, etc. If you are making the decision to leave your house and go looking for some fun, please call the venue before you leave to make sure they are open for business!

 

Please try to support local businesses as much as possible!  Most restaurants are offering curbside or delivery for FREE, so take them up on it!!  Also, if you had an event that was canceled or just have too much food around, please contact The Hunger Network and they will help you take it off your hands!

 

14 Ideas to Make the Most of Social Distancing for You and Your Kids:

 

  1.  Learn to play an instrument!  Head on over to Yousician and you and your kids can learn to play the piano, guitar, bass, ukulele and voice!  You do have to subscribe to this to enjoy the lessons, but at a fraction of the cost it would be for a private lesson!!
  2. If you kids are really bored or getting into trouble, have a dance party!!  Go Noodle has dozens of dances and exercise challenges for kids!  This looks to be a FREE resource!
  3. Check out OutSchool for some really cool virtual classes!!  They have a variety of classes for kids preschool to high school.  Some of them are once a week, so make sure to check out the time and day if you plan to invest in a class and it’s more than 3 weeks!!  Classes start at $5 and go upward from there!!  They seem to have some really cool classes, like coding, Harry Potter writing course, math, sight words and much more!!
  4. Another way to keep your kids from forgetting everything they learned in school is with Schloastic Learn at Home Program!  This FREE resource provides
    your children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family.
  5. If you want to get outside in the fresh air but are tired of your backyard, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has 5 great hikes for you and your little ones!
  6. Other FREE educational websites are:  Cool Math , Prodogy , Mystery Doug (my son’s favorite), Typing Club and History for Kids!
  7. Story Line is my favorite website for my kids.  Sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild, Story Line has celebrities reading children’s books.  I especially like Betty White reading “Harry the Dirty Dog”, which is probably my favorite book when I was learning to read!!
  8. Take a virtual tour of these 12 Museums!
  9. Starting March 16th, McHarper Manor will be going live daily offering FREE art tutorials!
  10. Check out the Seattle Symphony this weekend on Facebook or Youtube.  They are offering a FREE streaming concert:  Mahler’s Symphony 1 on Saturday at 8pm.
  11. Whether your school is sending home materials or you’re on your own, try your hand at a little homeschooling. We love this list of educational sites offering materials for free.
  12.  Since schools are closed, take advantage of your local schools tracks and open spaces to play.  I’d stay away from playground equipment, but a few laps around the track or a chance to run in an open area can do wonders for your mental health!
  13. Check out the trails at Shaker Lakes!
  14. Go on a neighborhood scavenger hike!  You can download ideas here!

 

 

Resources available

 

 
  • Comcast and Spectrum are offering 2 free months of broadband to any family with students in their home.  You must be a new customer!  They will also open their wi-fi hotspots across their footprint!
  • HFLA of Northeast Ohio will be offering interest-free loans for those affected economically by the coronavirus who live in Northeast Ohio.
    • HFLA will provide expedited interest-free loans of up to $1,500 for purposes including (but not limited to):
      • Lost wages due to being unable to work
      • Child care costs due to school closures
      • Related medical costs
  • To apply, borrowers should contact HFLA at 216-378-9042 or email team@interestfree.org specifying that the request is for coronavirus related needs!
  • CH/UH and CMSD will be providing kids in the are free lunches.  Please see their websites for locations and more information on this program!  You do not need to be a student in these schools to receive a free meal (but you must be 18 years old and under)!
  • Banter at The Van Aken District and Gordon Square will provide boxed lunches for Families in Need every Monday (while school is out) from 11AM-2PM!!
  • The Cleveland Public Library will also provide lunches to those who need it.  See their website for more information.
 
 
 
 

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