When it's time to travel again, there are plenty of fun family activities in Cumberland Valley. Until then, here are some suggestions to keep the kids busy while everyone stays home.
1. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers an online 58-page Wildlife Student Guide coloring book. Download the entire book or print out individual pages.
2. Carlisle Arts Learning Center is launching a new series called “Creatively quARanTined”, which will bring you fun activities to try at home. Check out the posts on their Facebook page which have links to YouTube videos.
3. Although not local, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents at one-stop digital digest to their website, where you'll find everything for young and not-so-young art lovers from video series you can binge to crafts you can do at home with the kids. Check out their #MetKids section. (Thanks to The Trout Gallery for sharing this tip.)
4. Color Carlisle posted the following fun #rainbowchallenge on their Facebook page that everyone can participate in while still practicing social distancing. Decorate the window of your home with a painted picture of a rainbow. Take a walk through your neighborhood for some daily exercise and be on the lookout for the rainbows. Snap a selfie when you spot one and tag that photo using #rainbowchallenge. Create-a-Palooza shared a fantastic rainbow image from a local artist on their Facebook page if you are looking for inspiration.
5. In addition to offering takeout for lunch and dinner (daily from 11 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm) plus delivery through DoorDash, The Game Table Cafe also offers game rentals available during their reduced hours of operation. Rentals are $10 with an additional $20 deposit, refunded upon return. There is a limit of three games per rental. Continue to check their Facebook page for more information about their Discord server and upcoming virtual demos.
6. For little ones who love history, Gettysburg National Military Park for Teachers, Students, and Families Facebook page will post an at-home Civil War mini-lesson each weekday at 10 am Eastern time for the next several weeks.
7. Kings Gap Environmental Education Center shared the links for these popular Pennsylvania wildlife cams on their Facebook page so your family can enjoy a little nature any time of day.
- PA Game Commission eagles ➡ http://bit.ly/2TFioRP
- Middle Creek ➡ http://bit.ly/2xnvcn8
- Harrisburg Falcons ➡ http://bit.ly/2ICZ8OL
- Hanover Eagles ➡ http://bit.ly/2BfIctx
8. Continuing with the nature theme, ZooAmerica will highlight their animals with a Facebook live event every weekday at 11 am.
9. Although closed through the end of April, Carlisle Theatre plans to offer virtual activities that engage, teach, and celebrate the arts. The first virtual engagement program is directed toward children 17 and under, and is titled “Two Minute Movies.” The program encourages entrants to create movies of no more than two minutes. A free screening of all approved entries is planned for Saturday, Sept. 26 during Carlisle’s Harvest of the Arts. Click here for more information.
10. If you are tired of reading stories to your little ones, let the staff at Bosler Library help out with Bosler @ Home: Virtual Storytime. Click here to see a list of videos that are regularly posted on their Facebook page.
11. Thanks to PA Parks and Forests, kids can download My DCNR Ranger, a free activity book that gives them a sense of how many things a hard-working park ranger does as part of their job. Art in the Parks, a free State Parks coloring book, is also available to download.