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Entertain Your Kids During Your Cabin Fever: #ParkItAtHome With Hemisfair's Educational Programs

Updated Tuesday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

Bored at home? Have you already checked our list of things you can do this week? No problem. We've got a few more ideas of things you can learn:

  • Hemisfair programs

Two free, unique and fun educational programs have moved online: Story Time and Super Fun Saturday. Both programs kicked off virtually in early May as part of the organization’s #ParkItAtHome initiative in the wake of COVID-19.

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., Hemisfair volunteer "Ms. Kim" reads a book over Zoom to the first families who register. And on May 9, the eight-week Super Fun Saturdays series launched. The series features music and sotrytelling with Andyroo & the Andyrooniverse. The series takes place on Saturdays at 11 a.m. through June 27 on Hemisfair's Facebook page.

  • SAWS activities

San Antonio Water System has compiled a list of activities and lesson for kids at home. Their virtual classroom includes interactive lesson to "virtual" field trips. They also offer interactive e-books for younger children and lesson plans for every age!

  • San Antonio Zoo Webcam

The San Antonio Zoo is closed, but do you ever wonder what the animals are up to while everyone is at home? Now you can virtually connect with the zoo’s animals, from anywhere.

Audiences can go to the zoo’s new media page on its website to find a collection of videos, including a live webcam of jellyfish, animal chats, Nature Education, “Zoo-It-Yourself” DIY videos and Zen Zoo yoga. Also of note, the zoo’s Facebook page Monday–Fridays at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for live animal chats. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. for Zen Zoo yoga live.

  • Disney Imagineering

If the coronavirus is crimping your plans for a family vacation to a Disney park this summer, you can still experience some of the magic at home and learn a little about design and engineering at the same time! Disney and Pixar’s Imagineers have teamed up with Khan Academy to create a multi-part course for kids (and curious adults) called “Imagineering in a Box,” which uses videos and at-home activities to illustrate how they make the magic work at Disney parks around the world.

  • Bob Ross programs

Dulcet-toned Bob Ross might be good for what ails you in the age of COVID-19. The Bob Ross YouTube channel has all 403 programs he recorded, and that's all 31 years' worth. A definite respite for the weary, and if you paint along with him, you might just learn a new skill.

But if those aren't your taste, we've got some other ideas of things you can watch, listen to and learn to avoid cabin fever. Check in weekly for updates to this post.

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