Sometimes (maybe even often) we want more for our kids than what their school curriculum provides. Whether you’re looking for academic extracurriculars or fun enrichment opportunities, you’ll be able to find some great virtual options here.
Code Ninjas :: At-home coding activities and weekly challenges with ongoing support and guidance from Code Senseis. Find your nearest location at the link and click the ‘Request More Info’ button.
TruFluency Kids :: Live, instructor-led online Spanish classes for kids ages 4-12. Drop in on classes or register for a full course. Classes start at $12 per. You can filter by age and day of the week at the link.
Girlstart :: Starry Nights at Home are themed astronomy programs complete with multiple STEM activities. Materials list for hands-on activities will be posted the Monday before each Starry Night. A virtual star show and activity blogs will be available on the day.
The Knight School :: Now with Zoom chess teams for kids of all ages: Chessity Chess (preschool), Strategy Squad (Kinder and elementary), and advanced Strategy Squad. You can also opt for TKS Private Web Lessons for one-on-one games and thoughtful analysis.
Challenge Island :: Offering Social Bubble STEAM Adventures, award-winning, hands-on, cross-curricular K-6 adventures for safely-sized groups of your own making. See site for details and a video preview.
Outschool :: Online classes in just about any subject, starting from $10. Classes meet live via video in small groups. See the link for the array of topics; there are some really cool ones! For ages 3-18.
Snapology :: They now offer their STEAM enrichment classes through small online classes for kids ages 4-14. See here for the upcoming fall schedule, virtual class FAQ, and info on private classes for homeschools or pods.
National Center For Families Learning :: I want to specifically mention their collection of free resources for meeting different education and literacy challenges. Take a look at their Wonderopolis program – multi-disciplinary online and offline educational activities that will help reinforce what kids learn at school.
Dallas Public Library At Home :: The Dallas library facilities are closed but can still be a great resource. Check the link for to-go pick up locations, tons of downloadable content, and online programs like interactive story times, book clubs, and more.
Richardson Public Library :: The library is open to Richardson residents at select times and curbside service continues. Their Youth section includes Websites for Kids, which you may find valuable for enrichment purposes (book ideas, science projects, etc.).
Perot Museum :: The Perot has paused their reopening plans, but Amaze Your Brain at Home continues to update with free science content and activities for all ages. If you scroll to the bottom of the link, you’ll see at-home projects sorted by age level.
From the archives:
20 Creative and Education Websites for Parents at Home With Their Kids (a great list!)
4 Ways to Encourage STEM Education at Home