Ideas to Keep Busy at Home for All Ages

The Burlington Public Library is here for you during this unprecedented time. We know that both children and adults need to be entertained and to continue learning. Even though our patrons are not able to go inside the library right now, we are doing our best to bring the library to you. As COVID-19 is an ever-evolving situation, we will try to keep our patrons updated as new information is made available.

Apartment Therapy    Lots of ideas for productive indoor activities.
Complete your 2020 Census!
Help Libraries and Museums Transcribe Old Documents
Lifehacker How to do everything better.
Maps to Get Lost In
NASA Tournament of Earth Photography Contest Vote for their all-time best image.
National Book Festival Blog  See authors talk about their books  
Super Cook You have some ingredients, they’ll find some recipes.
Ted Talks  Find talks about every topic you can imagine. 
Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives offers a treasure trove of historical information about Washington with more than 200 million records online. See what you can discover in the Archives.

25 Best Board Game Apps to Play Right Now
AARP Brain Games Keeping your mind sharp
Awkward Family Photos  Hilarious photos
Braingle Tingle your brain with these puzzlers.
Brain Pickings  A fascinating site on all things literary.  
Easter Seals Train Your Brain Challenge
Fun lists, information bytes and more!
Happy Neuron Games to stimulate your mind.
Mock News for Adults
Online Jigsaw Puzzles
Quizzes by Mental Floss 
Sharp Brains Brain teasers for teens and adults.  
USA Today  Crossword Puzzles and lots more games.  
Websudoku

Academic Earth Free online college courses.
Alison Free online courses from the world’s experts
All of Us Research Program Participate in Citizen Science Month this April
Carnegie Melon Independent Learner courses  
Class Central  Lists of free online classes
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The (CFPB) regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions.
Coursera Courses, certificates and degrees from universities and colleges.
Free Digital Access to Major World Library Archive Collections
Free Online UC Berkeley Courses           
Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
ITunes U Free courses available for those with idevices.     
Khan Academy  A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Memrise Fastest way to learn a language.    
National Council of Teachers of English Courses for Families and Teachers
National Emergency Library  A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
Open Culture Free open and cultural education online.
Open Yale Courses Free Yale lectures    
Sophia  Offering some free ACE-recommended classes for college credit.
TedEd For students and educators.      
10 Best Online Photography Courses
Universal Class Offering free classes during COVID.

We also encourage everyone to take advantage of all of the downloadable materials and services that can be accessed remotely with your Burlington Public Library Card. If you don’t have a library card, you can get one that allows you access to downloadable services by can sign up for a Digital Library Card.

Burlington Public Library Digital Resources A variety of e-books, audiobooks, language learning, continuing education, and more!
The New York Times Read this newspaper online from anywhere
Brainfuse HelpNow! Live, online tutoring available daily from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library Currently free to everyone!
Project Gutenberg   Thousands of free e- and audiobooks
Romance Book Cloud  Free books
Loyal Books (formerly Books Should Be Free) Thousands of free eBooks and audiobooks in the public domain.
The Virtual Book Channel The best of the literary book club every day
Tumble Book Library K-6 children’s ebook database
Audio Book Cloud All ages audio book database

Makers links:
GetUsPPE Fueled by a desire to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Make:Community Make These Projects to Fight COVID-19 Right Now.
Seattle Makers 

Direct links to Fabric Facemask patterns and tutorials:
RosieSews Homemade Mask Patterns
SewGood Make Protective Face Masks For Health Care Providers
Seattle Makers Make a Sewn Face Mask
Brooklyn Based Make a face mask for yourself or health care workers in need.
Emory Healthcare For those who sew, here’s a project with a purpose.
3D Print Patterns for Face Shields 

Burlington Parks and Trails Walk Burlington while the sun is shining! Try Burlington’s Dike Trail or the Tammi Wilson Memorial Trail for some time outside.
Northern State Recreation Area The active buildings at Northern State are off-limits to members of the public, but much of the former property is now a part of Northern State Recreation Area. It is located just north of the Skagit River near the town of Sedro-Woolley.  
Port of Skagit Trails Located off Highway 20 between Anacortes and Burlington, this network of trails abuts Higgins Airport.  One-half mile up the road is a parking lot on the left. These are wide gravel trails perfect for jogging, biking, walking and berry picking. There is a total of about 10 miles of trait. Since they intersect and loop around each other, it is possible to create any length walk.
For kids, there is a really nice wetland section with a interpretive trail childrens story, told one sign at a time along the trail. There are also sign posts at every intersection so you can get your bearings.
Walking Trails and Paths City of Mount Vernon City parks are still open.  There are some limits to the number of visitors at a time and the parks ask that you still practice social distancing while outside.
Washington Park is still open in Anacortes.  Walk or drive the 2 mile loop road that winds through the park’s forested hills and meadows with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains 


Access Mars
Anacapa Peregrine Falcon Live Camera  
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Live Camera    
Baby Panda Camera in China
Bryce Canyon National Park Virtual Tour
Carlsbad Cavern National Park Virtual Tour
Catalina Island Eagle Nest Live Camera
Channel Island Live Under Ocean Web Camera
Hawai’I Volcanoes National Park Virtual Tour
Kenai Fjords National Park Virtual Tour  
Las Vegas Neon Museum
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams  
Mount Diablo Webcam  
Museum of Photographic Arts Online
National Geographic Photography Collection Online
The Northern Lights - Live Stream
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Seattle Aquarium Live Cams 
Surf Along the Ventura Coast - Live Stream 
Take a Virtual Tour of Angkor Wat
Take a Virtual Tour of Venice, Italy  
Tour many museums from around the world
Tour the Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY
Tour the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA
Tour the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France

Tour the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tour the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Tour the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexico
Tour the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea 
Tour the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany 
Tour the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tour the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
Tour the Uffizi Gallery in Firenze, Italy
Tour the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visit Agra and the Taj Mahal 
Visit the British Museum
Visit the Boston Museum of Science at Home 
Visit Boston’s Museum of Science Virtual Exhibits
Visit Easter Island
Visit the Great Wall of China
Visit Machu Pichu
Visit the Museum of Flight from Home 
Visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York
Visit the National Women’s Museum 
Visit the ancient city of Petra in Jordan
Visit the Pyramids of Giza
Visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Wildling Museum Virtual Visit

Burlington Public Library page of Free Online Resources for Students, Caregivers, and Teachers


The American Library Association’s List of Notable Websites for Children
BBCi Reporter Reporting activities for middle grades
But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids
Child’s Play  Activities for you to do with your child to enhance learning all day long.   
Cinco Puntos For parents and teachers, additional resources on the publishers’ books.   
Encantos Free resources for parents and educators with lessons to keep kids reading, thinking, growing, and learning 21st century skills
The Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation Storytelling and fun activities to teach kids about different places and cultures across the globe.
Lonely Planet Activities for Kids
Quarto Kids Publishing Activities for Kids 
Quizzes for Kids from National Geographic   
Random House Publishing Resources for Elementary, Middle, & High Schoolers.  
Starfall Education Foundation
Wonderopolis Check out the “Wonder of the Day” 
World Book Lesson Plans for Kids   
World History

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Cosmic Kids Yoga Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids
GoNoodle Movement & Mindfulness for Kids
Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel Over 45 albums for children with over 1,000 super fun movement songs for children

Art for Kids Hub
New art lessons Monday-Friday, every week!
Harry Kindergarten Music Music videos for Kindergarten aged children.
Lakeshore Free Learning Activities 
Metropolitan Museum of Art for Kids
No Time for Flash Cards Early Education & Creative Play for Kids 
Raising Wonder
Sampulator Create the next hit song via a web-based keyboard of samples 
The Singing Walrus Fun kids songs and other educational media for teachers and parents.
Turtle Dance Music Live streamed concerts for young kids, sensory-friendly   

Children’s Coding and Computer Science
Code Club For 9-13 year olds 
Code.org
Hour of Code Good for beginners as well as kids more comfortable with coding
Microsoft MakeCode Arcade Design, remix and play games for middle schoolers

Mouse Open Projects Creative technology projects middle schoolers can do online 
Scratch For kids who code (ages 8-16)
Scratch Jr. Coding for Kids (ages 5-7)   
Sketchpad Online platform for making digital art 
Typing Club Learn typing for free 

Children’s Math
Math Snacks Short videos and games for school aged kids
Prodigy Math Games 
Tumble Math K-6 math ebook database

Brightly Raise Kids Who Love to Read
Digital Compass "Choose Your Own Story" Literacy Games for Middle Schoolers
Dr. BIonics Show Explore the World of Kids Educational Videos, Classic English songs, Phonics Songs, Lullabies and more!
Doodle and Peck Publishers  Literacy Activity Pages
Dreamscape Build reading skills for Grades 2-8
First Book Providing equal access to quality education for kids in need since 1992
Free Educational Apps Recommended by Reading Rockets
The Learning Station Child development and music
PBS Kids Raising Readers
Read & Learn with Simon & Schuster Kids
ReadWriteThink Online reading and writing hub.
Squiggle Park Build reading skills for ages 3-8  
Teaching Books An engaging collection of resources that brings books to life.
Tumble Book Library K-6 children’s ebook database


Big Activity Kit of Body Science
Brains On From American Public Radio, Podcasts for the Whole Family to Learn From 
California Academy of Science
Crash Course Kids Science with a side of awesome.
Explore.org A live nature camera network and documentary film channel with free lesson plans.
The Exploratorium Science Activities for kids 
Gravity Points Watch gravity in action
How Stuff Works Science information for kids 
The Kid Should See This Smart Videos for Kids of All Ages
Left Brain, Craft Brain Inspiration for Young Engineers 
NASA Kids Page 
National Geographic Learning from Home Resources   
National Geographic Kids
Science Mom
SciShow Kids Answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds.
Skype a Scientist A platform to connect students, families and experts.
Star Maze Learn all about stars while playing this fun app.
Steve Spangler’s Science Experiment Library
Stuck at Home Science Activities for families using household supplies
Tinker Lab

Authors Everywhere YouTube Channel
Between the Lions Early Reading Collection 
Bob Shea Reads “Who Wet My Pants?” 
Brad Meltzer Reads the “I Am” books
Bringing Hogwarts to You
Captain Underpants Trivia Quiz
Charlesbridge Publishers Extensive List of Downloadable Activity Sheets  
Dan Santa
Dav Pilkey Fun Stuff
Doreen Cronin Features downloadables
Dork Diaries Dorky Stuff
Eric Carle 
Grace Lin  
Grace Lin Reads Her Books to Kids
Jacqueline Woodson   
Jan Brett Free activity sheets, cards, and more!
Kate Messner
Kidlit TV Explore the World of Children’s Literature   
Kids Ask Authors Kids ask authors questions and get answers!  
Kids Read 2 Kids
Laura Numeroff Reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!
Mac Barnett Reads Books 7pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST
Macmillan Kids Activity Site
Marc Brown 
Molly Idle Every Tuesday How to Draw Something New
Oliver Jeffers Reads His Books Aloud Every Day
Papercutz Comics ECare Package  Free graphic novels to download!
Pete the Cat Weekly Virtual Storytime
Q & A with Middle Grade author Padma Venkatraman
Rick Riordan
Roald Dahl Things to do Indoors
Sandra Boynton
Scholastic Home Base  Book-based online game for kids    
Shel Silverstein Activities
Storyplace Preschool Library   
Storyweaver Children’s stories & picture books to read online
Ultimate Percy Jackson Quiz
Unite for Literacy (English and Spanish)
We Are Teachers The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities
Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo
Zonderkidz Publishing Downloadable Activities 

10 Cultural Crafts to Calm Your Cooped-Up Kids
10 Fun Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers
24 Best Crafts for Tweens
25 of the Best crafts for Toddlers  
25 Non-Screen Activities Kids Can Do From Home
30 Toddler Art and Craft Projects
50 Activities to Keep Kids Entertained
50 Crafts for 2-Year-Olds     
50 Indoor Activities for Kids
101 Unplugged Activities for Kids
Bingo Cards for Unplugged Kids
Blow Bubbles
Buggy & Buddy Crafts Based on Children’s Books
Candlewick Press Printables and Activities
Canticos Find coloring pages themed around bilingual Nick Jr. characters, with words in English and Spanish
Crafts for Kids to Try with Grandparents
DC Kids Camp
DLTK’s Crafts for Kids
Draw Every Day with JJK 
Easy, Peasy and Fun
Edible Destruction: Try to build an edible structure that can withstand an earthquake!
Free Coloring Pages for Children
Get Creative 12 Funky Crafts for 8 – 12 Year Olds  
Good Housekeeping Crafts Projects for kids
Harper Kids Storytime Anytime  Activity Sheets
Harry Potter Crafts & Activities
How to Draw Archives for Kids
How to Draw Cartoons 
Natomas Arts & Education Foundation
Nickelodeon Parents Projects for Kids
Origami Resource Center Easy projects    
Parents.com Crafts for Kids
Penguin Press Printables and Activities
Scholastic Activities for 8 – 10 Year Olds
Scholastic Learn at Home for PreK – Grade 9
Sesame Street Printables
Sprucecrafts
Star Maze Learn all about stars while playing this fun app
Starnet Family Engineering Project: Build Daylight in a Bottle  
Stimola   
We Count for Kids! Census Activity Sheets for Kids   

Arts Madness Art activities for everyone stuck indoors  
Baby Fingers Teach babies sign language
Best Kids Apps 
Build Your Cat a Castle
Building and Making Apps for Kids
Can You Name These Famous Children’s Books by Portions of Their Covers?
Center for Puppetry Arts at Home
Cooking with Your Kids 
Easy Cooking Recipes That Will Get Your Kids Talking About Math
Food Network Cooking with Your Kids
For Parents – How to Talk to Kids About COVID  
FunBrain Games, Videos and Books for Kids
Harry Potter at Home J.K. Rowling, Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic created this site to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives.
Harry Potter Trivia Quiz
Happy Strong Home Crafts, activities and more
Home Exploration Resource
Kids’ Hobbies Websites
Learning Station Music
Library of Congress Smart Fun for Kids    
Online Museums for Kids  
Online Comics for Kids
Origami Way Easy Origami                
Recreation Bingo
Super Simple Songs
Supporting Families During COVID-19
Starnet Family Engineering Project: Build Daylight in a Bottle 
STEM Webcasts from the Smithsonian 
Stuck at Home Science Activities for families using household supplies
Sunflower Farm Creamery Daily Goat Meditation Funny Goat Greatness for all ages
Too Small to Fail Indoor Activities for Families
Virtual Disney Rides You Can Take While at Home
Virtual Field Trips You Can Take from Home
Wildling Museum Virtual Visit

QuaranTEEN! 
Virtual AniManga and Fandom Teen Events from the Burlington Public Library!
Virtual Art Showcase Have you been creating at home? We want to see your quarantine creations! Send us an image file of your at-home art work, poetry, recipes, etc. and it may be featured on our website or Facebook page!
25 Awesome Projects for Tween & Teen Boys 
Duolingo Learn a new language
Google Hangouts Catch up with friends!
Learn with HippoCampus
Learn to Play an Instrument

Netflix Party

Take Care of Your Mental Health
Teen Book Cloud Thousands of free online teen books   
Sharp Brains Brain teasers for teens