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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. You can scroll down to review and/or use the navigation bar above!


Villa's teachers, curriculum staff, and 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!


Villa's teachers, Speech therapists, and Adult Day Program (ADP) have created some great YouTube channels and videos to help the people we serve as they navigate the difficulties of virtual learning and stay at home routines. Videos include songs, speech therapy tips, cooking help, and more!


Villa has started a community support group for all of our adult participants and family members! See below for meeting information and previous meeting slides.


Villa's ILS staff have put together some tips for helping our adults living independently during this dificult time. Click on the screenshots below to download them!
Pasadena City College (PCC) is offering the following classes this fall virtually for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. We encourage our participants to take advantage of this resource!


Education Mental Health and Wellness Food Access and Cooking Animals Crafts, Games, and Volunteer Opportunities Culture Entertainment Exercise Virtual Tours
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. Scroll down to review or use the navigation bar above!

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
Business Insider List of Free Online Courses List of free, online, college level courses from Ivy League colleges. https://www.businessinsider.com/free-online-courses-from-best-colleges
Centervention Learning Activities Free social emotional learning activities. https://www.centervention.com/social-emotional-learning-activities/
City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau Curated list of local Pasadena, virtual content The City of Pasadena's list of Virtual Learning and Education Activities. Support our city by supporting these local businesses! https://www.visitpasadena.com/virtual-learning-and-education-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
Express Readers Picture Focused Resources and Learning Activities E-picture book to help children understand social distancing. Also includes printable color sheets and indoor/outdoor scavenger hunts for children who can't read yet. https://www.expressreaders.org/lets-stay-healthy
Fluency & Fitness Learning Activities Reading, math, and exercise activities for K-2 students https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
Great Explorations Children's Museum Activities and Resources for Kids Includes games, activities, and resources for children at home. https://greatex.org/at-home/
Maestro Match Virtual Music Lessons Lessons from world-class musicians, at a safe social distance. Maestro Match helps connect you with professional musicians who can teach you virtual lessons, though instructors are fully responsible for determining fees, schedule, etc. with students once contacted. https://www.maestromatch.com/
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
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
Scholastic Classroom Magazines Classroom Resources Teaching resources for children of all ages (Grades PreK-12) specifically about the coronavirus and health. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html
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/
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 Royal Institution Science Experiment Videos ExpeRimental - A series of short films of experiments that families can do at home. https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental
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
BetterHelp Online Therapy Talk with a licensed therapist virtually. Not a free service - pricing ranges from $40-$70 a week, depending. https://www.betterhelp.com/
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
Red Cross Australia Article Tips for helping your family stay happy and hopeful during self-isolation. https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/covid-19/coronavirus-tips-for-self-isolating
Shine List of Resources Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety: Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty. https://www.virusanxiety.com/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Crisis Helpline Disaster Distress/Crisis Helpline for immediate crisis counseling for emotional distress and mental health, includes resources for COVID-19 https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
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 anxiety management program. Currently offering $100 off with code 1004U https://www.talkspace.com/
Wellnite Online Therapy Providing free 30 minute mental health coaching sessions for COVID related anxiety. Use code COMPASSION to recieve this one free session. https://www.wellnite.com/

Food Access and Cooking

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Bon Appetit Recipes and Tips for Home Cooking Cooking at Home in the Time of Coronavirus: Recipes, tips, and cooking resources to help get you through. https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/cooking-at-home-coronavirus
America's Test Kitchen Videos, Recipes, and Articles for Home Cooking Practical Home-Cooking Resources You Can Count On - includes Kitchen Classroom videos for children, articles, recipes, and more. https://www.americastestkitchen.com/articles/2240-resources-you-can-count-on-to-cook-well-and-be-well
Christina Tosi Baking and Cooking Recipes Christina, famous for creating the bakery empire Milk Bar, is providing baking and cooking recipes that cover everything from full meals to easy snacks that can be made with leftovers in the pantry. https://www.christinatosi.com/
City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau Curated list of local Pasadena, virtual content The City of Pasadena's list of Virtual Cooking and Baking Activities. Support our city by supporting these local businesses! https://www.visitpasadena.com/virtual-cooking-and-baking-activities/
Foothill Unity Center Drive/Walk Through Food Distribution Foothill Unity is still open and providing drive/walk through food distribution services in Pasadena and Monrovia. https://foothillunitycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FUCI-flyer-StillOPenN040220-v2.jpg
LAUSD Map of School Lunch Distribution Free lunch distribution for LAUSD students. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1vtc4l9OVuGDNS3DyXSN8TaFqFZvsI5C6&ll=34.203850567322704%2C-118.37514899999996&z=9&fbclid=IwAR0_ylnXlzsNxwfO_7sU2IUTExCcGj-ljtePCtysdVV3cmPoibsBcS2eyLc
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Interactive Locate a Pantry Map Interactive map to help find your local food pantry. https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator/

Animals (Zoos and Aquariums)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Aquarium of the Pacific Livestream Livestreams of some of their popular exhibits as well as penguins, sharks, and jellyfish. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams
Edinburgh Zoo Livestream Livestream of koalas, pandas, penguins, and more at the Edinburgh Zoo. https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/koala-cam/#koalacam
Explore Livestream Livestream of the Mpala Research Centre watering hole in Africa. https://explore.org/livecams/african-wildlife/african-watering-hole-animal-camera
Georgia Aquarium Livestream Livestream of ottters, puffins, and more. https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/southern-sea-otter-webcam/
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, Games, and Volunteer Opportunities

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau Curated list of local Pasadena, virtual content The City of Pasadena's list of Virtual Children's Activities. Support our city by supporting these local businesses! https://www.visitpasadena.com/virtual-childrens-activities/
Dungeons and Dragons At Home Game Materials Free materials to play the game at a safe distance. https://dnd.wizards.com/remote/freematerial
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/
Zooniverse Volunteer Virtually For Research Projects Help further real research projects in topics that interest you. Varied oppertunities, most of which can be done from the comfort of home. https://www.zooniverse.org/projects

Culture (Museums and Classical Music/Opera Performances)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
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 Tickets are available for purchase for each virtual concert. 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
City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau Curated list of local Pasadena, virtual content The City of Pasadena's list of Virtual Art and Culture Activities. Support our city by supporting these local businesses! https://www.visitpasadena.com/virtual-art-and-culture/
Google Arts and Culture Cultural Exploration Explore art, historical landmarks, and museum collections from around the world. https://artsandculture.google.com/?hl=en
Greece From Home Discover Greece At Home Watch the Greek Creator YouTube page for a wide variety of content, take virtual tours of Greece, and learn new digital skills. https://www.greecefromhome.com/
Jacksonville Symphony Jacoby Symphony Hall Live Concert livestreams each week that you can pay for. https://www.jaxsymphony.org/live/
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Partnered with KUSC and KDFC Radio Broadcast: "At Home with Gustavo" Radio show recorded in the home of Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director of the LA Phil, where he talks about and shares his favorite music recordings. Broadcast in English and Spanish. https://www.laphil.com/about/watch-and-listen/at-home-with-gustavo
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, Other Performances)

Organization/Person Activity/Title Description Website
Broadway Cares Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway Live stream of "Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway." https://broadwaycares.org/pre-event/stream-of-disney-on-broadway-concert-to-benefit-covid-19-emergency-fund/
Cirque de Soleil CirqueConnect Stream 60 minute specials of Cirque de Soleil shows. https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect
City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau Curated list of local Pasadena, virtual content The City of Pasadena's list of Virtual Music and Performing Arts Activities. Support our city by supporting these local businesses! https://www.visitpasadena.com/virtual-music-and-performing-arts-activities/
Comedy Quarantine Livestream Comedy Shows A digital comedy showcase featuring top comics from quarantine every weeknight. https://www.instagram.com/comedyquarantine/
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/
LAist List of Celebrity Storybook Readings One comprehesive list of celebrities that are reading books and stories for children. https://laist.com/2020/04/06/celebrities-reading-childrens-books-online-kid-lit-coronavirus-storytime.php
LA Theater Works Audio Performance Remembering Terrence McNally: LATW is paying tribute to Terrence McNally with an audio recording of a 2012 performance of McNally's dark comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart https://latw.org/remembering-terrence-mcnally
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/
Some Good News Web Series by John Krasinski A collection of positive and heartwarming stories collected and shared by John Krasinski of The Office. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug
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
City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau Curated list of local Pasadena, virtual content The City of Pasadena's list of Virtual Fitness, Yoga, and Mindfulness Activities. Support our city by supporting these local businesses! https://www.visitpasadena.com/virtual-fitness/
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/
LifeFitness Digital Fitness Coach Providing free work out materials. https://go.lifefitness.com/wod
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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