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Schools are closed, extracurriculars are paused, and camps have been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the kids busy. Ontario creators have been eager to share some of their favourite things to do with the little ones – from crafty projects, to catchy songs, to backyard excursions. Call over the family and let’s get making!

Kitchener’s mobile art lab Artshine is posting DIY crafts, for kids, by kids. These short videos use materials from around the house to sculpt, draw and experiment. With a number of French language videos, this is a great resource for bilingual kids too!

Young People’s Theatre has created a series of videos led by their fantastic education staff. Activities are divided into imagination games for elementary-aged kids, and drama programs for high-schoolers.

If our shoes could talk, what would they say? The Bata Shoe Museum is posting weekly Get Creative challenges for the shoe enthusiast or history lover in your life. For a calming activity suitable for all ages, they also have a new puzzle game being launched each week.

Electric Moon Theatre Company have been inviting school-aged kids into the world of professional theatre for years. Now you can access them from home via their YouTube page! Programs include dance tutorials, singing workshops, and crafty activities.

Food? History? Fun? We’re there! The Gaylea Dairy Museum in Aylmer, ON has been keeping busy during lockdown producing video challenges and activity pages.

The Royal Ontario Museum has been posting lesson plans and DIY activities through their ROM at Home series. Our personal favourite? Learning about mining using a chocolate chip cookie. Yum!