Virtual Family Fun
Stuck at home? Even if you can’t get out and about, you can still have a great time, learn something new and be creative. Enjoy these videos and projects from our staff as well as an assortment of resources we’ve collected to bring nature, fitness and family fun to your own backyard.
Next time it’s sunny, head outside for some messy art, cool chalk techniques and even a sweet weapon! Super simple instructions and all materials you probably have right now...let’s go!
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Dance with Us!
Tik Tok is an easy way to get everyone moving, following along to learn the simple, repetitive dances that are all the rage! Watch and follow along as our staff gives step-by step instructions for some of the most popular dances.
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Pantry PE Class
Science Experiment: Water Cohesion
Backyard Nature Walk
Bring your science lessons to life with messy, hands-on experiments that make complicated concepts relevant and fun! Watch our staff complete three experiments then follow the instructions to do it at home by yourself!
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Little Naturalists: Spiders!
You’re never too young to learn about nature! Our popular Little Naturalist program teaches different concepts to 3-5 year olds with a book, song, craft and hands-on nature exploration. Watch this video for a small sample of the program as we read, sing and craft about spiders!
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Home Gardening with Scraps
Meet the Mammals
Mansfield Family Games
It’s time for a family face-off! Host your own family Olympic competition with the games and instructions we’ve assembled. All events can be modified as needed for your family’s ages, abilities and the supplies you have on hand. Check the Family Games page for a printable scorecard, blank award certificate and more ideas to make your ceremonies as simple or elaborate as you like. This a fun, screen-free game to play at home with the people in your household and perfect for anyone home bound and ready for some silly action!
Looking for a guided workout? The website Fitness Blender offers a huge variety of free online classes for any level or interest. Keep your skills fresh or discover a new passion! Click here to access the site.
Click here to download introductory rules of the game. If tennis courts are available, you can practice learning the game there with your family. You can also work on basic hitting and serving skills in your driveway.
YMCA Fitness Classes
The YMCA is offering free online fitness classes during the shutdown, available on their website now. Check out a unique mix of classes, updated daily. Visit the website here.
Google Arts & Culture
Explore a museum, learn something new, take a quiz and more inside Google’s unique Arts & Culture page.
Click here for Google Arts & Culture.
More Projects & Ideas
50 Nature Crafts for Kids
Make beautiful art with Mother Nature as your inspiration
Sharing Family Stories
The truth can be stranger than fiction. The same can be said for family histories. Every family has their doozies!
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab
Your little entrepreneur can become a lemonade mogul. Have them practice exchanging money while sharpening some business skills.
DIY Pet Toys
Our furry friends get bored too but it’s pretty easy to make them a new toy that you can enjoy too.
Bake Your Own Dog Biscuits
Your pup wants a treat too, unfortunately their paws aren’t equipped for baking.
Everybody loves cookies right? The birds would appreciate some too made with all natural products.
Magic Mail Center
Send a smile by creating your own magical mail that will brighten anyones day.
One of my very favorite projects that you can keep for years to remind you of super fun times.
Create a Kindness Display
Create your own kindness quilt to recognize all those you are thankful for.
Rare Texas Species
Texas has some pretty weird wildlife that no one gets to see very often and needs your help to protect.
Baking with Kids
Who doesn’t love cake and cookies? They taste even better when you make them together.
DIY Unpoppable Bubbles
This experiment will blow your mind. And blow a few bubbles too.
Magic Milk Experiment
This experiment has a pretty cool reaction and teaches kids the importance of washing up with soap.
Floating Dry Erase Stick Man
Your drawings will come to life with this super easy experiment.
Make your own delicious lucky rainbow and then eat it.
Who says you can’t play with your food? But if you eat all of these cookies then the games over.
DIY Ice Cream
If you make your own ice cream then you get to choose how many flavors you can have on one cone. Just sayin...
Think slime is gross? Bet you’ll change your mind with this tasty recipe.
Crystal Egg Geode
Geodes can take millions of years to form but these DIY geodes will only take a couple of days.
Make some fairy eggs with this magical project. Maybe not the healthiest way to eat your fruit but it’s so pretty!
Puffy Sidewalk Chalk
Show your artistic skills off for the whole neighborhood to see with this DIY. Plus it’s PUFFY!
Recycled Plastic Flowers
This art project will show your kids a whole new way to reuse plastic that turns it into something beautiful.
Rainbow Bubble Art
Bubbles! Rainbow bubbles! Rainbow bubbles that you can hang up on your wall!
Tissue Paper Tie Dye
Tie dye without all the mess. See how many combinations and patterns you can come up with.
Another way to reuse plastic is to turn it into something useful and beautiful.