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Apr 29

Fun for Kids During Shelter-at-Home in McKinney

Posted on April 29, 2020 at 8:10 AM by Beth Shumate

Are you one of those brave parents who are working from home while teaching and entertaining your kids at the same time? If you need a break from the everyday routine or are looking for some new ideas, take a look at some the activities below for something new to keep the kids busy for a while! Check for new items added this week in many of the categories.

ENCORE: Virtual Play Time
The Comedy Arena in downtown McKinney is again hosting free virtual playtime for the kids for the second week. With everything going on, do you need a break? There's a virtual show going on just for your kids with the team at The Comedy Arena.  At noon on Wednesday, April 29, drop your kids off in front of the computer screen and performers from The Comedy Arena will give them a fun and silly time in hopes that parents can get a bit of a break. The show is free and only asks for donations of your choosing! This show is geared more towards toddlers and elementary school aged kids. Reserve a spot online (available spots are limited) and your confirmation email will include all of the specifics you need to attend the event. 

dog treat kitDoggie Treat Bakers
If you've got a dog, we'd bet the kids would love to bake treats for them. The Canine Cookie Company in downtown McKinney is offering Daisy's Do It Yourself Kits for $19.99. Call 214-769-4886 for curbside pickup

A Week of Theme Days
When the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children hosted the Week of the Young Child (WOYC), they created a whole week of fun theme days including the ones below. Click on their website to find details about each of these:

  • Music Monday Celebrations
  • Tasty Tuesday Celebrations
  • Work Together Wednesday
  • Artsy Thursday Celebrations
  • Family Friday Celebrations
The Little Artist Edu-tainment
  • Miss Cindy at Fair and SquareFair & Square Imports in downtown McKinney is hosting a weekly story time and craft adventure with Miss Cindy. Each week your child will travel the globe learning about geography, different cultures and friendship building skills through fun, unique stories and crafts. The subscription is $45 per month plus shipping (just $11.25 a week) and is geared toward kids aged 3 to 9. Check their website for details about this program.
  • Involve your kids in some hands-on educational activities at sources like the California Science Center that is offering fun science project how-tos. Find a huge list of science activities HERE.
  • If you have a curious older elementary school student, you’ll find 35 fun and creative 5th-grade science projects on the WeAreTeachers website.
  • Remember when schools taught Civics class? Check out this website that provides games to teach kids Civics lessons!
  • Celebrities like Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malak, Haley Duff, Viola Davis, and many others read a large selection of children’s books on video. All viewing is free!
Go on a Hunt
  • Drew Hancock and teacher_on ZOOM callActivity Bingo Your kids will stay busy for a while with this activity Bingo game. It's not only fun, but provides them with encouragement to do educational activities as well as get outside and help others while still practicing social distancing! 
  • McKinney Downtown Gems - McKinney has all kinds of gems hidden in plain sight. Drive or walk around places in town to see how many of these you can find. And you’ll learn some fun facts about McKinney in the process!
  • Chestnut Square Heritage Village - The staff and volunteers at Chestnut Square aren’t giving in-person tours right now. Thanks to signs located around the village, you can still learn t some interesting facts about the houses and other buildings. Not only will you learn McKinney history, but you’ll also be outside, enjoying the fresh air while strolling around the beautiful grounds. 
  • Pecan Grove Historic Cemetery - This beautiful historic cemetery has been the main cemetery for McKinney since 1870.  There is a Potters’ Field Cemetery on the south that is actually a part of this cemetery and the Ross Colored Cemetery, which has a separate charter, is in the southeast section of the cemetery grounds.

Animals & Wildlife
  • McKinney_Heard Natural Science Museum_nature trailsThe Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is open to allow people to enjoy the outdoors by walking the nature trails, but asks that guests practice physical distancing guidelines. All organized educational programming has been rescheduled and/or canceled until the current situation changes. Check out their Facebook page for virtual tours, nature story time, and other educational programming.
    Texas State Aquarium
  • National Parks
  • The San Diego Zoo’s "live cams" 
  • The Northern Soltice Alpaca Farm in Maine virtual tours via their YouTube channel
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium on the California coast is offering live-streaming webcams of all kinds of creatures, including sea otters, jellyfish, penguins, and more!
As we come across other things for your kids to do, we'll add them here, so check back whenever you can!