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With many more people staying home as a result of school, day program, and work closures from COVID-19, we wanted to provide our Villa families, friends, and supporters with some free resources they can use during this time.


Villa's speech and occupational therapists have compiled and created handouts for our Villa families while the Villa School is closed. Click on the screenshots below to download them!


We've compiled a list of fun, free activities and resources for all of our Villa clients, family members, and supporters as we work through this difficult time together.

Education (Including Resources for Special Needs Children)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Autism Classroom Resources Social Media Feed Provides a variety of resources and activities for children with autism. https://www.facebook.com/autismclassroomnews/
Boardmaker Learning Activities Free, printable activities for students in K-12. Free 30 day trial. https://goboardmaker.com/pages/activities-to-go
Centervention Learning Activities Free social emotional learning activities. https://www.centervention.com/social-emotional-learning-activities/
Community Autism Resources Resources for Individuals with Autism Communication Board and other resources for those with autism. http://community-autism-resources.com/covid-19-resources/
Duolingo Learn a New Language Program that helps you learn a new language. https://www.duolingo.com/
California Science Center Stuck at Home Science Science experiments to fight boredom and continue your child's science learning with easy to follow activities. https://californiasciencecenter.org/stuck-at-home-science
Encantos Learning Hub Lesson Plans Free resources and lesson plans for parents to teach at home. http://www.encantosbrands.com/learning
Fluency & Fitness Learning Activities Reading, math, and exercise activities for K-2 students https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
Milwaukee with Kids Science Experiments 14 science experiments for kids at home. https://www.mkewithkids.com/post/here-are-two-weeks-worth-of-fun-and-easy-science-experiments
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent Guide Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf
NPR Podcast for Children "But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids" - Covers many topics in a kid friendly way, including the coronavirus. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/but-why
Read Write Think Lesson Plans Lesson plans and resources for virtual field trips. http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/activities-projects/take-virtual-field-trip-30290.html?main-tab=1#tabs
Scholastic Classroom Resources Classroom resources for at home learners, grades K-12. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?promo_code=6294&eml=CM/smd/20200312//txtl/sm/ed
Scientific American Science Experiments "Bring Science Home" with fun experiments; also includes scientific articles. https://www.scientificamerican.com/education/bring-science-home/
Sesame Street Sesame Street Workshop Videos, Activities, and Tool Kits for Families. https://www.sesamestreet.org/
Skype a Scientist Live FAQ Session with a Scientist Originally meant for classrooms, but has been expanded to families right now. https://www.skypeascientist.com/for-families.html
Speech Buddy Speech Therapy Resources Some free speech therapy resources, though not everything on the site is free. https://www.speechbuddy.com/
SplashLearn Lessons and Exercises Free K-5 Math lessons and exercises. Recommended and used by Villa School teachers. https://www.splashlearn.com/
Teachers Pay Teachers Free worksheets Free aquarium visit worksheets - pairs well with either a virtual aquarium tour or movies like "Finding Nemo" or Disney Nature's "Oceans". Login required. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Aquarium-Field-Trip-Activities-FREEBIE-2863490
Teachers Pay Teachers Free worksheets Free Life Skills worksheets. Login required. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Life-Skills-Homework-Activities-Distance-Learning-5327996
The Tate Museum Tate Kids Interactive games, art projects, and exhibit tours. https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
TouchMath Math App Free app to practice math. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchmath-counting-basic/id698243035

Mental Health and Wellness

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Anxiety and Depression Association Article How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen about Coronavirus https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/how-talk-your-anxious-child-or-teen-about
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Article Manage Anxiety & Stress https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Article Helping Children Cope with Emergencies https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
Each Mind Matters Article Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation https://www.eachmindmatters.org/ask-the-expert/stayingconnected/
Headspace Guided Meditation App. App has added free meditations specifically for the current situation. Will need to download the app. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health List of Resources List of COVID-19 Mental Health Resources. https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/
National Alliance on Mental Illness List of Resources COVID-19 Information and Resources https://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US
New York Times Article How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-kids-talk.html
NPR Comic Comic for kids to help explain the coronavirus situation. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
Project Return Peer Support Network Offering over the phone, non-crisis support services to those in need. http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dmh/1070081_PRPSN-SupportServicesFlyer.pdf
Sanvello App App that provides resources for stress, anxiety, and depression. Offering free premium access for a limited time. You will have to download the app.
Simple Habit Guided Meditation Website Website that offers free guided meditation. https://www.simplehabit.com/topic/5e5ff677e9621d0004cd3299?topicId=5e5ff677e9621d0004cd3299
TalkSpace TeleTherapist Program Not free, requires a subscription. Offers a COVID-19 anciety management program. https://www.talkspace.com/

Animals (Zoos and Aquariums)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Cincinnati Zoo Social Media Feed and Livestream Educational animal posts on their social media page and "Home Safari Facebook Live" livestreams on their website and YouTube. https://www.facebook.com/events/2915534028492292/?event_time_id=2915534041825624
Explore Livestream Livestream of the Mpala Research Centre watering hole in Africa. https://explore.org/livecams/african-wildlife/african-watering-hole-animal-camera
Monterey Bay Aquarium Livestream Sea otter livestream - other lifestreams also available. https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams/sea-otter-cam/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwx7zzBRCcARIsABPRscOiU88_OhEPBdniOMkd8LVa3URMFIONGGCmFJgL16tPFc-nYji5LFwaAjsREALw_wcB
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Livestream Livestream of the penguin exhibit. https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/penguin-webcam/
San Diego Zoo Livestream Several different animal exhibit livestreams. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Crafts and Games

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Epic Game Store PC Games Free PC games available for download - new free games every week. Requires an account. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/
Homelovr Craft Ideas Cardboard craft ideas. https://www.homelovr.com/toilet-paper-roll-crafts-for-kids/
McHarper Manor Art and Craft Classes for Kids Free daily art & craft classes for kids - tutorials are available after livestreams. https://www.facebook.com/McHarperManor/
WQED Writer's Contest The PBS KIDS Writers Contest encourages children in grades K through 5 to submit their own original illustrated stories for great prizes. Applications open until March 31st. https://www.wqed.org/education/writers-contest/
Smithsonian Museum Coloring Book Free insect coloring book. https://ssec.si.edu/expedition-insects
The Kennedy Center Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" is inviting fans into his art studio at 1:00 pm EST every day for doodles, "conversation", and to "explore ways of writing and making." https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Culture (Museums and Live Performances)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Americana Highways Livestreamed Concert Americana music concert: "Live Music from the Quarantine!" 3/16 through 3/21/2020. https://www.facebook.com/events/831519347259653/
Ben Gibbard Livestreamed Concert Ben Gibbard performs and livestreams on Facebook and YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei9xuVkbQuU
Berliner Philarmoniker Digital Concert Hall Use Voucher Code BERLINPHIL by March 31st for free access to all concerts and films. https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/live
Broadway World Living Room Concerts Broadway performers sing songs from their living rooms. https://www.broadwayworld.com/topic/LIVING-ROOM-CONCERTS
Brooklyn Library Virtual Events Brooklyn Library has moved their usual in-person activites to virtual broadcasts. Includes story times for children, science experiments, craft circles, and more. https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/list/Virtual%20Programming
Google Arts and Culture Cultural Exploration Explore art, historical landmarks, and museum collections from around the world. https://artsandculture.google.com/?hl=en
Grammy Museum Museum at Home Virtual music lessons on Sunday and Tuesdays, and digital Public Programs. https://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/museum-at-home
Jacksonville Symphony Jacoby Symphony Hall Live Concert livestreams each week. https://www.jaxsymphony.org/live/
The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Stream Each stream becomes available at 7:30 pm EST and will be accessible on the website for 20 hours. https://www.metopera.org/
National Gallery of Art Digital Archives and Free Lecture Series Visit the Gallery virtually through video tours of current exhibitions, in-depth looks at highlights of the collection, online learning opportunities, audio and video recordings of lectures by artists and curators, and more. https://www.nga.gov/
Natural History Museum Virtual Exhibits and Activities Explore natural and cultural wonders and enjoy virtual adventures at the Natural Hisory Museum. https://nhmlac.org/connects
Norton Simon Museum Browse Archive Collections Read about archived collections and watch videos about the collections. https://www.nortonsimon.org/exhibitions/2010-2019/
Smithsonian Science Education Center Glider Guide Game Soar above five real world terrains in the United States while learning about different types of land and water features. The Smithsonian website also has several other games, resources, and activities. https://ssec.si.edu/glider-guide
The Broad Browse the Collection Online Browse through The Broad collection online. https://www.thebroad.org/art/on-view/browse
The British Museum The Museum of the World Explore historical artifacts on an interactive historical timeline https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
The Social Distancing Festival Livestreams Livestreamed cultural events from around the world. https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/

Entertainment (Storytelling, Books, Streaming Services)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Jake Johnson Voicemail Note Jack Johnson, voice of Peter B. Parker in the Into the Spiderverse movie, has offered to record short voice notes for kids as Peter B. Parker. Visit his Instagram for more information. https://www.instagram.com/p/B98gKpHg6x0/
Josh Gad Children's Stories Josh Gad read's children's stories in Olaf's voice. https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1vOxwoPrnYgxB
Kanopy Streaming Movies Stream movies with a public library card. https://www.kanopy.com/
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Free Episodes Online Watch episodes on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for free online. https://www.misterrogers.org/
Pasadena Public Library Free eBooks and Audiobooks Can check out eBooks and Audiobooks (limited availability). https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/ebooks-and-audiobooks/
PBS Video Free Streaming Content Free shows, documentaries, and musical performances available to stream https://www.pbs.org/video/
Pluto TV Free Streaming Service Stream many channels, movies, etc. https://pluto.tv/welcome
Project Gutenberg Free eBooks Free eBooks - Focus on older books. https://www.gutenberg.org/
Storyline Online Story Reading Stories read by celebrities and other community figures. https://www.storylineonline.net/
Story Pirates Podcast "Pirates" tell imaginative stories. https://www.storypirates.com/podcast


Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
CLIstudios Dance Classes Free livestreamed dance classes - must "tune" in at the scheduled time (PST) for the lessons. http://www.clistudios.com/keepdancing
Cosmic Kids Yoga Classes for Kids Livestreamed yoga classes for kids. https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/
Down Dog Virtual Yoga Classes Free virtual yoga classes through April 1st. https://www.downdogapp.com/
GoNoodle Exercise Activities Exercise activities for school children. https://www.gonoodle.com/
Planet Fitness Home "Work-Ins" Livestreamed daily at 4pm PST. https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness/
POPSugar Fitness Fitness Class Videos YouTube channel has many free fitness class videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit/videos
The Daily Burn 60 Days of Free Workouts Library of 2000 streaming workouts which cover a wide variety of types of exercise. https://lp.dailyburn.com/workoutathome/index.html
Yoga with Adriene Yoga Classes YouTube channel with free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness lessons. https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Virtual Tours

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Acropolis Historical Site Virtual Tour Virtual tour of the Acropolis. https://www.acropolisvirtualtour.gr/
Google and NASA Access Mars 360-degree Virtual Tour of Mars https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
The Louvre Virtual Tour Virtual tour of the Louvre. https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
Scholastic Virtual Tour Virtual tour of Ellis Island. http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/webcast.htm
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour 360 degree tour of the exhibits. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/current-exhibits
The Dali Museum Virtual Tour Virtual tour of the Dali Museum. https://thedali.org/virtual-tour/
Vatican Museum Virtual Tour 360 degree virtual tour. http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html
Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour Virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
Yosemite National Park Virtual Tour Virtual tour of Yosemite National Park. https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/

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