Astoria, Children, Community
Apr 07, 2020

Local Resources For Entertaining and Caring for Your Kids While at Home

  With most of our time now spent at home, it can be especially difficult to keep kids busy and on a schedule in the same space day after day. (…)

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With most of our time now spent at home, it can be especially difficult to keep kids busy and on a schedule in the same space day after day. Luckily, a lot of local businesses have stepped up to offer online content to keep your children entertained and active while stuck indoors.

Here are five ideas for the next time TV doesn’t cut it (plus a good children’s health resource for parents!):

1. Industry Gymnastics Online Kids Classes

Industry Gymnastics is offering FREE online classes for kids from three months to eight years old and up, on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. The classes are streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Here’s the schedule:

2. ACD Playspace Daily Activities

ACD Playspace is sharing daily activities for you to do with your kids while at home. They are sending daily emails at 2pm with craft ideas and videos to use at a time that best fits your schedule. Subscribe on their website here, or see examples on Instagram.

3. Ask the Pediatricians

While you’re trying to keep your kids safe, local doctors Micah Resnick and Rachel Brozinsky from Mount Sinai Pediatrics are answering any parents’ questions on Facebook LIVE on the MOMally Astoria Facebook Group (you must request to join the private group). They are doing them periodically, but the next one is at 2pm today, April 7.

4. Find Rainbows

This adorable practice started in Brooklyn and now has made its way all over the city—and country! Families are putting drawings or painting of rainbows in their apartment windows, so then when children are out on walks getting fresh air, they can try to find as many rainbows as they can for a fun “scavenger hunt” of sorts. You can see the full map here, and Raising Astoria has also been sharing photos of local rainbows around the neighborhood on Instagram.

5. Online Storytime with Astoria Bookshop

Astoria Bookshop is continuing their weekly storytime on Instagram on Thursdays at 11am. Tune in for a fun read and some entertainment for kiddos! The New York Public Library is also doing online storytime that you can watch back at any time.

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Neither snow nor rain nor global pandemic can stop us from completing our Read for Your Sign Series by welcoming Aries season! Gregarious, headstrong, and confident, these are the empathetic caretakers who take charge in uncertain times. Happy birthday to unwavering (and sometimes intimidating) friend of the store @unpainted_paintings, and all the other Aries celebrating in this strange moment. . Suggested reading: Animal by Dorothea Lasky After Kathy Acker by Chris Kraus I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou . More Aries authors: Beverly Cleary James Patterson Kate DiCamillo Tom Clancy . . . . #aries #ariesseason #readforyoursign #zodiacsigns #westernastrology #literaryhoroscope #bookstagram

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6. Wonderspark Puppets Live Puppet Shows & DIY Puppet Workshops

This local puppet show company is doing LIVE puppet shows every Friday at 11am and DIY workshops for creating your own puppets at home Monday-Friday at 4pm or Saturday & Sunday at 10am. Find out more here!

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