After another great week of Remote Learning across NYC, it’s time to change things up.

Dog balancing on chain link fence

For the second time, we’ve scoured the web for fun, inspiring, and free activities for students and families seeking a bit of downtime while New York State remains on PAUSE.

Check out our list below, and let us know in the comments below if you have suggestions of your own!

Need to borrow a digital device to access these great sites? Find out how NYC students can apply for internet-enabled tablets TODAY right here on The Morning Bell.


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Fun Activities While You #StayHome

  • Looking for challenging games to play at home? Play free online chess with ChessKid.
  • The U.K.-based Scouts has some activity ideas for the Great Indoors! These activities are guaranteed to keep kids learning while having fun.
  • In addition to slime, you can also make your own playdoughCheck out this easy recipe, see if you have the required ingredients at home, and start making all the homemade playdough your family could ever want!
Screenshot of Elmo Having a Videochat with Sesame Street friends

Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang are here for families while we #StayHome. Check out the Sesame Street in Communities page for fun activities at home!

  • Stay connected with Cirque Du Soleil and enjoy their 60-minute specials. Their latest 60-minute special features scenes from their live shows, “KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities,” “O,” and “LUZIA!”
Two kids lying belly down next to a Lego playset they constructed

Make the most of your time while you #StayHome by taking on a 30-day LEGO Challenge! (Photo by @Darren via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.)


We hope this list helps keep you and your family inspired and refreshed during these challenging times. For more great tips, news, and suggested activities, including our first #StayHome activities list and our updated NYC Reads 365 list, subscribe to The Morning Bell today!

(Credit for banner image, “March 25: Fluffy Slime” by @Shannon via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.)

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