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. Grab the crayons and get creative with our Cumberland Valley coloring pages. We've taken some of our favorite photos and turned them into coloring pages that you can print out at home.
2. When schoolwork seems slightly overwhelming, but you still want to keep the kids engaged, download our fun and easy Cumberland Valley word search.
3. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers an online 58-page Wildlife Student Guide coloring book. Download the entire book or print out individual pages.
4. 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.
6. 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 this tip.)
7. 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.
8. Purchase a variety of take-home projects-to-go art kits from Create-a-Palooza online. Projects are shipped either same-day or next-day or there is an unattended (but monitored) pickup area inside the store's vestibule. Through the ring system, customers can pick up their items any time from 8 am to 8 pm. (They have received a waiver that allows for this pickup option.)
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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
12. Continuing with the nature theme, ZooAmerica will highlight their animals with a Facebook live event every weekday at 11 am.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Fun for both adults and kids, Meadowbrooke Gourds offers a great selection of Create-Your-Own-at-Home gourd craft kits for purchase online. Enjoy the arts and crafts process as a family with kits to create gourd bunnies, ducks, eggs, birdhouses, and more. They even offer assembly tips and tricks videos.
17. Lincoln Cemetery Community Art Project: The Cumberland County Historical Society and Create-A-Palooza have come up with a way for descendants of Lincoln Cemetery to still contribute to a community art project, despite social distancing! Part of the project involves a tiled patchwork mural honoring Lincoln Cemetery. Descendants can now design their tile at home using paper and pencil and then send it to Create-A-Palooza to imprint on clay. Please watch this video for instructions on how to create your tile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH05JZ0fAVA. Because the mural is a patchwork design, there is not one design to follow. Participants' tiles should represent their own vision of the cemetery and their loved one(s) buried there. (Thanks to Carlisle Borough's Facebook page for the information about this project.)
18. Take a virtual tour of the AACA Museum. Your kids may not be able to drive yet, but young car fans (and their parents) will enjoy these unique online tours that explore the cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses that fill the galleries at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum.
19. You can take a virtual tour with Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association's "Conodoguinet Creek Explorer Guide" that is on their website at http://www.conocreek.org/ or directly at https://www.flipsnack.com/conocreek/conodoguinet-creek-explorer-guide.html The answers to the guide can be downloaded on the website, but don't peek before you start your virtual paddle!
20. Tutto Venue & Boutique is offering free virtual Zumbini classes through Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 am. Zumbini is Zumba for kids ages 0 to 4 and combines 30 minutes of music, dance, and educational tools for bonding, learning, and fun.