As parents, we’re usually prepared for the occasional snow day and summer breaks, with childcare and camps rearranged in advance. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the fun ways to ease the stress and chaos that comes with social distancing.

1.  Go on Safari has loads of wildlife webcams.

Animal Cameras:  Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo, 

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta  6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium has Jellyfish, Beluga Whales, and more

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips –    A few of the field trip topics include  Polar Bears and the Tundra

San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip – Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more. Tour Yellowstone National Park


Riverside Public Library offers virtual storytimes , virtual Lego build challenges, and virtual chess tutoring on their Facebook and instagram pages. You can find them here:  

2.  Learn/Practice Life Skills

According to Dr. Jed Baker,  the key predictors of success for someone with autism is not how academic they are. The greatest predictors of success are:

  • self-awareness, the ability of individuals to understand their strengths as well as challenges so that they can pursue their talents and effectively get help for challenges.
  • Persistence, the ability to handle mistakes and accept help is another key to a successful transition.
  • Initiation and motivation to perform everyday tasks.
  • Communication

These can be practiced and deepened in a lot of ways.

  •  Playing games teaches you how to wait, take turns, being a good winner and a good loser
  •  Self-help skills like household chores are important.  Knowing when to complete such tasks as well as how to carry them out.
    • Laundry also can teach other skills (Sorting colors, Measuring soap, Takeing the clothes from the washer to the dryer, Fold (match socks).
    • Cooking – setting up a menu, making shopping lists and if order online help set up delivery times (using ads), measuring, following a  recipe
    • General kitchen safety – Cutting (start with soft bread and butter knives), Putting groceries away, Cleaning, Sweeping, Vacuuming if not sensitive to the sound, Dusting, Toys/books/belongings away in designated areas or bins, Washing dishes/put away
    • Using a phone.  Dialing numbers. Conversation with friends/families (greetings/how to end a call)




3.  Take a Trip!

Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.

Great Wall of China – This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.

Mars:  Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.  They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!

U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, AL – See the Saturn 5 Rocket on YouTube and more on this tour thanks to a real father/son outing.

World Famous Landmarks Tours:

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip – Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more. Tour Yellowstone National Park

Sonja and Devon’s Virtual Dubai Travel:

100 indoor activities

4. Get Moving!

Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free YouTube yoga lessons for children

Go Noodle offers free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts



5.  Get Creative! 

Lakeshore Learning is offering free crafts and activities.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Williems – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET/q0am PST and then remain online to be streamed afterward.



More Ideas!

101 FUN Things to do in Isolation –

100 Things to Do With Your Kids During a Quarantine  –