Whether it’s home schooling or just getting the over 6s to flex their minds and creative muscles, there are loads of local digital resources at the ready. Science World has easy-to-do at-home experiments on video; the VPL has digital reading resources galore; and Van Aqua is live streaming the antics of some of our favourite sea creatures!
This list is updated regularly.
Local learning activities for school aged kids
Mondays & Wednesdays | 11:00-11:30 am (ages 6-8)
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:30-4:00 pm (ages 9-12)
Join FREE live streamed activity sessions on a variety of topics: art, science, nutrition, drama, wellness, enrichment and more. Sessions are accessible through a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and are designed for children to be able to participate without hands-on involvement from parents/guardians. For ages 6-8 and 9-12.
Learn how you can make this awesome bubble maker at home! All you need is a plastic bottle and an old sock. Find out how to make magic blooming flowers at home! But is it really magic? You’ll have to watch to find out! Create your own firefighting C02 balloon using common household items! You’ll blow up a balloon by creating a chemical reaction, and then extinguish a flame with it!
Vancouver Public Library
The doors may be closed but the digital resources at the Vancouver Public Library could keep your kids busy for the next decade! Check out the Tumblebook Library for grades 3 to 8, the E-reading Room for kids, Aaudiobooks, read alongs and more!
Dolphin Kids Classes
Through the month of April, Dolphin Kids is providing free, interactive online classes for children of all ages. Choose from a variety of topics to help children develop essential social-emotional life skills while learning subjects like reading, coding, math, storytelling, debate, and going on virtual tours around the world.
VSO School of Music
The pros at the VSO School of Music are offering a variety of online music classes and resources including mini music classes, beginner recorder lessons, music exploration and more for children of all ages as well adults.
Museums and Chill
Their physical location remains closed to the public, MOV (along with countless other museums and galleries across the Lower Mainland and worldwide) is providing engaging content, valuable resources, and updated news digitally.
North Shore Culture Compass
Spearheaded by North Van Arts, this free, online platform catalogues and visualizes the cultural, artistic, and historic destinations of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and the First Nations communities. The Culture Compass can be a helpful curriculum tool. The “Intangibles & Stories” category offers a trove of historical facts and anecdotes about the North Shore while the “First Nations” category provides audio clips for the correct pronunciation of Indigenous place names and words.
Stay home, stay safe and do some architecture. Maia, the mom and brains, behind Petit Architect is emailing weekly architecture activities requiring minimal materials. Use the hashtag #petitarchitect to post your drawings. For ages 6 -14.
Van Aqua Live Web Cams & Learning Resources
The aquarium doors may be closed but the animals are alive and kicking, and in some cases roaming around the aquarium (We’re looking at you penguins). Check out Live Web Cams of your favourite jellies, penguin and otters for a much needed zen break for the kids. Looking to learn? Animal experts at Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium have compiled resources for kids ages 2-18 to learn to care for the ocean – and the animals in it – from the comfort of your living room. So dive in.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).