At home with the kids?
All schools in Buffalo have closed in response to COVID-19, leaving parents and caregivers scrambling to find daily activities for their children. As with any out-of-school time, children require lots of activities to engage them and keep them entertained.
#BuffaloPAUSE – Powered by AT&T is an 8 week first-of-its-kind digital challenge launched by Mayor Byron W. Brown in partnership with AT&T, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo and Say Yes Buffalo.
As a participant, Mayor Brown is asking teens to pledge to:
- Stay home as much as possible
- Do not meet friends in groups of any size
- Do not play sports of any kind in public spaces or with anyone who does not live in your home
- Take part in weekly #BuffaloPAUSE - Powered by AT&T, challenges posted on Mayor Brown’s Instagram Page
Each week, up to 50 participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card!
Get Moving with PAL Buffalo!
COVID-19 closures don't have to stop your family from being physically active. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools in Buffalo have closed, athletic activities have been canceled and recreation facilities have been shuttered. However, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to keep moving our bodies while we spend more time at home.
For motivational videos and activities you can do at home, check out the Police Athletic League of Buffalo on Instagram, Twitter , and Facebook!
Enjoy Buffalo's Cultural Attractions At Home
As Buffalonians are being asked to practice safe “social distancing” for the foreseeable future, several of the city’s best cultural attractions, museums, galleries and institutions are offering a respite from any potential cabin fever. With virtual guides, online databases, DIY projects, and engaging videos, here are ways you and the kids can enjoy some of the best places in Buffalo, even when their doors are closed.
Albright Knox Art Gallery
The Buffalo History Museum
The marvelous works of Picasso, Gauguin, Kahlo, Monet, Cezanne, Pollock, and so many more, are viewable right on your computer screen. Take a searchable walk through the halls and archives of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery when you search the collection using their online database. Search for artwork by artist, title, medium, time period, and more. Or, narrow it down by viewing the gallery’s “Collection Highlights” – 200 of the AK’s most noteworthy and popular works in their collection.
Meet F.R.A.N.K. (Find Resources and New Knowledge) – the Buffalo History Museum’s database/virtual tour guide. F.R.A.N.K. allows you to access digital copies of Buffalo’s historical photos, maps, newspapers, business records, and much more. Also included are digital tours of the Buffalo History Museum’s collection and library, and a searchable archive of past museum exhibits.
At the direction of Maestro JoAnn Falletta and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Executive Director Daniel Hart, archived BPO concerts will be broadcast on local radio station WNED Classical at 94.5 FM, and streamed through the WNED website, their mobile app, or by smart speaker, each Tuesday at 7:00pm. Beginning on March 24 with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, if you close your eyes, it’ll feel like you’re sitting in the magnificent Kleinhans Music Hall.
#TheZooToYou on Social Media
Get to know the animals of the Buffalo Zoo, up close and personal. Beginning with an outdoor session with Pearl the porcupine, the Buffalo Zoo’s #TheZooToYou series will introduce you to all the amazing creatures and critters that the Zoo has to offer. It’s a virtual walk on the wild side!
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Explore & More
Art and Journal Entries
While the doors of the Burchfield Penney Art Center are closed, the team is using this time to reflect with the art and writings of its namesake artist. Each day, the Burchfield Facebook page is sharing an image of Charles Burchfield’s intriguing works of art alongside one of his journal entries – offering a serene moment in these difficult days.
Sanity Savers DIY Programming
For anyone practicing social distancing at home with children, we feel you. Thankfully the crafty folks at Explore & More: The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum have launched Sanity Savers – daily DIY crafts, experiments and more that you can easily accomplish with your kids in your own home. You can follow along daily on the Explore & More Facebook page.
Old Fort Niagara
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
While the reenactors of this colonial era fort are taking a break, Old Fort Niagara’s lighthouse webcam offers you a bird’s-eye-view of the stronghold. Look out over the grounds of Old Fort Niagara from the vantage point that only the 1872 lighthouse can provide. In the distance, you’ll gaze out over the waters of Lake Ontario for a daily moment of zen. Is that you in the distance, Toronto?
Visiting the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site is a chance to experience a place where America entered a tense crossroads that helped to define its next one hundred years. Now, while the site has limited visitation, you can still take a stroll through an important moment in American history, complete with 360-degree views, interactive features and video. Check out the virtual tour here.
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo & Erie County
Public Library System
Virtual Science Fair
Throughout the week, the Buffalo Museum of Science posts fun, engaging, STEAM-based activities and experiments for your aspiring #sciencebuff to complete. They’ve approached each activity in a way that most of their followers will be able to safely investigate a variety of topics at home using common household items.
Local Library Online For Kids
Many librarians from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System are offering free online programs for kids and families while we are staying at home. Take a look!
COVID-19 closures don't have to stop your family from being physically active. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools in Buffalo have closed, athletic activities have been canceled and recreation facilities have been shuttered. However, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to keep moving our bodies while we spend more time at home. For motivational videos and activities you can do at home, check out the Police Athletic League of Buffalo on Instagram, Twitter , and Facebook!
App For Afterschool Providers
Mizzen by Mott is a new app built with and for afterschool professionals to provide high-quality, engaging learning content to the afterschool field. Through support from the Mott Foundation, the app and all of its content are available for free to afterschool providers. Learn more about Mizzen and how to download and share the app.
With the coronavirus closing down school districts across the country, we wanted to share useful resources to help keep kids busy, entertained, and learning at home.
- BBC Bitesize - Lessons covering math, english, science and more for ages 3-16+ (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize)
- Brainpop - Learning tools covering a variety of subjects (https://www.brainpop.com/)
- Brainpop Jr. (https://jr.brainpop.com/)
- Breakoutedu - Immersive learning games for grades k-12 (https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome)
- Greatminds.org - Math, ELA, and science for grades k-12 (https://gm.greatminds.org/en-us/knowledgeonthego)
- How Stuff Works - Educational videos exploring the world around us (https://www.youtube.com/user/howstuffworks)
- IXL- Lessons in math, language arts, science, social studies and spanish for grades prek-12 (https://www.ixl.com/)
- KCET At-Home Learning - Educational resources from PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with california PBS stations for grades pre-K-12 (https://www.pbssocal.org/education/at-home-learning/)
- Khan Academy - Lessons on grammar, science, history and math for grades k-12 (https://www.khanacademy.org/)
- Quizlet - Flash cards, quizzes and games for languages, arts and humanities, social science, computer skills, science and math (https://quizlet.com/)
- Scholastic Learn at Home (https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html)
- Scholastic Learn-at-Home Resources - Learning experiences for k-9 (https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html)
- The Kid Should See This - STEAM, history, and culture-focused videos for kids of all ages (https://thekidshouldseethis.com/)
- Wonderopolis - Educational articles for grades k-12 (https://wonderopolis.org/)
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
- Bill Nye the Science guy - Educational videos covering life, physical and planetary sciences (https://billnye.com/the-science-guy#0)
- California Academy of Sciences - Apps, immersive interactives, and engaging videos covering a variety of science topics (https://www.calacademy.org/learn-explore/apps-interactives)
- Code.org - Computer science lessons for grades k-12 (https://code.org/)
- Frontiers for Young Minds - science articles written by scientists and reviewed by kids (https://kids.frontiersin.org/)
- Greg Tang Math - Math games and resources for all ages (https://gregtangmath.com/)
- Imagineering in a Box - Lessons on theme park design and engineering via walt disney imagineering, pixar and khan academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box)
- NASA STEM @ Home for Students - stem articles and activities for grades k-12+ (https://www.nasa.gov/stem)
- National Geographic Kids Science Lab - Science experiments, videos and articles (https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/science/science-lab/)
- PhET Interactive Simulations - Interactive simulations for science and math (https://phet.colorado.edu/)
- Professor Eghead Science Academy - Interactive lessons on science and engineering (https://www.youtube.com/user/proegghead)
- SciShow Kids - Videos explaining scientific concepts for young, curious minds (https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids)
- Space Discovery Center STEM Lessons (https://www.discoverspace.org/education/for-educators/stem-lesson-plans/)( National Geographic Kids Science Lab - Science experiments, videos and articles (https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/science/science-lab/)
- Typing.com - Keyboarding, digital literacy, and coding lessons for all ages (https://www.typing.com/)
- XtraMath - Math programs for students, parents and teachers (https://xtramath.org/#/home/index)
Language & Fine Arts
- Duolingo - Language education for 35 languages (https://www.duolingo.com/)
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! - Kennedy Center Education artist-in-residence Mo Willems explore ways of writing and making with kids of all ages (https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/)
- Quill.org - Writing and grammar activities for grades k-12 (https://www.quill.org/)
- All Things Teens: https://www.buffalolib.org/services/teens
- Digitized Collections - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn manuscript by Mark Twain: https://www.buffalolib.org/researchresources/digital-collections
- Overdrive Downloadable eBooks: https://buffalo.overdrive.com/
- Storytime by Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., Children’s Museum (https://exploreandmore.org/programs/storytime/)