Staying Connected: Local organizations offer fun, virtual learning opportunities!
Our favorite local attractions may be closed down, but thanks to the internet, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected! Here are some creative virtual learning opportunities to look forward to from Discovery Lab, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Philbrook, Shape Your Future and more!
Also, please keep in mind that these resources are being offered free-of-charge from organizations currently losing revenue from ticket sales, etc. If you can, consider sending them a donation or purchasing a Family Membership that you will be able to use later!
Do you have anything you’d like to see added to this list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
ahha Tulsa is putting together some fun projects for kids, which they are calling their Social Distance Studio! Follow them on social media for updates! Their first video dropped March 18, and teaches kids how to to do paper marbling using shaving cream and food coloring! Find their collection of videos at ahhatulsa.org/social-distance-studio.
Photo courtesy of Discovery Lab
In an email sent to their newsletter subscribers, Discovery Lab writes, “In an effort to reduce any potential spread of COVID-19, Discovery Lab will be closed March 16-April 5 and all scheduled events and programming have been canceled. We are closely monitoring the OK State Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and will re-evaluate our closure at that time.
In the meantime, go Beyond the Museum with us and experience STEM from your own home. Please stay tuned to Discovery Lab’s YouTube and social media for new content that is engaging for the whole family.
Thank you for your patience as we do our best to keep our guests and our staff safe and healthy. ”
Did you know you can explore Gilcrease Museum’s collections online? You can! This includes highlights from their permanent collection as well as works temporarily on display. Find them at collections.gilcrease.org.
Heidi Contreras, a local art teacher, has a YouTube channel where she shares drawing tutorials. Some of her tutorials include “How to Draw a Sea Monster,” “How to Draw a Butterfly” and more.
Join Hot Toast Music Co. for virtual programming every weekday! The schedule includes Song of the Week on Mondays, Music Class with Mr. Symon on Wednesdays and Instrument-making on Fridays! Follow @hottoastmusicco on Instagram or Facebook for updates.
Come explore with one of Let’s Go Urban self-guided and app-based scavenger hunts. Your hunt is made of missions that are worth points that will have you answer trivia, solve clues for GPS check ins, find specific objects, and complete fun video challenges. Work with your team to complete the right missions to earn more points than other teams to reach 1st place and earn bragging rights!
Our friends at Mathnasium offer these fun activity suggestions:
Math is all around us and there are lots of fun things to do that involve math. Here are a few suggestions:
- Pull out those board games–chutes and ladders, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, Monopoly, Battleship, Uno, regular playing cards, anything and everything that involves counting, numbers, money
- COOK–teach your children about measurements, show them how to measure, adjust a recipe to serve 8 people 6 people 2 people or 10 people
- Practice your facts–but have fun doing it. No time like now to work on addition and subtraction facts, multiplication, division, fractions. There are lots of online options and your child’s teacher may have recommended a few. Give them a try and don’t be afraid to learn or refresh your skills in the process.
- Teach your child how to tell time on a regular clock. Teach your child how to identify coins and count real money
- READ BOOKS. Our kids read far too little. Expose them to the wonder of reading. You can even read out loud together
From Miller’s Ask the Expert Q&A for April 2020
Q: All activities are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We don’t have access to a pool, so what are some ways my child can practice their swimming skills at home?
A: Believe it or not, there are many things your child can do while at home:
Utilize your bathtub! Hop in the tub for a mid-day “swim,” and have your little one practice their bubbles, holding their breath, and their front and back floats (SUPERVISED of course!). Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and Wheels on the Bus are fantastic interactive “swimming” songs for the bath.
Sit on the couch and practice pointing and flexing their feet. Once they have that down, have them practice straight leg kickers (flutter kicking from their hips). You can even add on to that and have them incorporate “rowing” with their arms while they are flutter kicking their legs. This is a GREAT bilateral brain activity, too!
Log Rolls: More advanced swimmers can practice rolling from front to back, without lifting their heads. Lay flat on the floor (arms by their side or extended straight over their heads) and do a log roll from belly to back and then back to belly.
For more tips and resources, check out the Homework Suggestions on our website at www.millerswimschool.com/resources. You can also find YouTube videos from Miller for how to practice your breaststroke kicks and arms!
Mr. Benji leads Central Library’s popular Music Mondays event. While the libraries are closed, follow Mr. Benji’s Facebook page to get notifications about live stream music times! At the moment, he said he is probably going to be doing live streams Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Follow @okaquarium on Facebook, where they will be sharing different activities each day! Possible activities include: Make Your Own Hagfish Slime, coloring pages, aquatic-themed indoor scavenger hunts and more!
Philbrook is planning to offer virtual art projects, tours, concerts and more. Follow @philbrookmuseum on social media for updates!
Primrose Schools has week-by-week activities for kids available at learning.primroseschools.com. Each week has a different theme. Week 1’s was “The World Beneath My Feet.” Activities include Veggie Stamps, Soil Play and much more. Plus, they also give schedule suggestions to make everything run smoother!
Shape Your Future has a ton of great resources for families. Everything from coloring pages and brain games to workouts you can do from home and healthy recipes! Find downloadable resources for kids at https://shapeyourfutureok.com/videos-and-extras/kids-activities/.
Talitha B Jacobs Designs is offering free live art classes starting March 23 at 1 p.m. (Videos will live on her Facebook page if you miss the live demo.) According to her Facebook post, all she asks is that participants like her page, share the post about the classes and tag any friends who may be interested in participating. Learn more here.
Tulsa Botanic Garden is in bloom for the spring, and they don’t want you to miss out on the beauty! Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and sign up for TBG’s eNewsletters to see weekly videos from the garden and to get home-gardening tips from their horticultural experts!
Our beloved TCCL is closed, but the library has always offered multiple online resources, including EBooks, Audiobooks and even options for online learning like Lynda.com and Mango Languages. Your family can learn a new skill or read a book together!
The library also has digital magazines, movies to stream and more. Browse their digital collections here.
Finally, follow them on social media, where they may be sharing story time videos and other useful information!
Head on over to tulsapopkids.org/online-activities to read online comic books or, for younger kids, special character story time videos. Watch Kylo Ren read to Toothless and a Stormtrooper, Moana read to Paper Dolls and more!
Plus, “enroll” in Online Zoo School! Participants will explore a different topic each week, starting with Foxes on Monday, March 23. Each day at 10 a.m., the zoo will add the next activity. Go here for a schedule, and find more information–plus other great activities for your family–at tulsazoo.org/kids!