Arts Resources for Families Stuck at Home

 In The CAPE Blog

As school districts, community centers, libraries, and museums across the country close their doors in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many parents and guardians are now faced with the challenge of finding ways to engage and nurture the children in their care, full time and largely from home. To that end, CAPE has begun collecting arts resources for families stuck at home. Most of these resources do require internet access, but many of those will work on cell phones and wifi-enabled tablets. (Click here to learn more about Comcast’s efforts to provide internet access to families during the pandemic)

If you find any creative ideas to add to our list of arts resources for families stuck at home, please leave them in the comments and we’ll update the list as often as possible. Please also check out our new CAPE Online Learning Hub, which is packed with interesting videos on topics ranging from music instruction and math to yarn art and cooking, all made by our CAPE teachers and teaching artists, or download some pages from SPACES, a coloring book of art by CAPE teaching artists.

Digital Learning and Activities

  • The Exploratorium in San Francisco, founded by Frank Oppenheimer, has a large collection of online learning activities, lessons, and printables
  • BBC’s cbeebies site includes learning games, videos, and more, including many en Español
  • BBC’s School Radio offers dance, music, and other content in a variety of formats. The BBC also has podcasts for kids
  • Common Sense Media also has a list of some excellent podcasts for children that are entertaining and informative
  • #ColorOurCollections has hundreds of images from international museums that you can print and color at home

Interactive Art Tools

Some fun and interesting online art tools our staff enjoys. These can be deeply immersive or just pass a few minutes for those with busy fingers and short attention spans:
  • Draw beautiful abstract pieces at Weave Silk
  • Interact with an array of coded virtual spaces at
  • Play with lines, shapes, and time at bomomo

Digital Collections & Interactive Exhibitions

Many art museums around the world now offer digital access to their collections and even digital tours of their halls.

Live and Interactive Streams

Many music organizations are beginning to launch live streams of their scheduled performances. If you know of more, send them our way!

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