Living Under Self-Isolation

With COVID-19 closing schools and forcing many people to self-quarantine and work from home, staying positive while keeping your children busy can be daunting.

Here’s a list of resources and ideas that can keep you and your family happy and occupied during this period.

We’ll be adding to this list every day, so be sure to visit often.

Official Updates

Get the most up-to-date information on the pandemic and the situation in your area here.

Resources and Programs

The National Trust for Canada

Experience historic places at home

The National Trust for Canada has created a portal allowing guests to visit and discover many interesting places online, with apps, virtual reality tours, films and games to entertain and educate the entire family.

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil invites you for a new 60-minute special featuring awe-inspiring moments from Alegría, Kooza and KÀ.

Ingenium

Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation have ten science activities you can do at home with the kids.

The full list of ten science activities you can do at home is available on the Ingenium Canada website.

Low Tech Play Ideas

Play specialist Cat Sewell, offers advice and creative low tech ideas to parents facing the prospect of being stuck at home in isolation with their kids for weeks on end

Mommy Poppins

20+ (Mostly free) Online Learning Resources, Apps, and Games for Kids

Active for Life

Raising physically literate kids

Activities kids ages 1-12 can do to develop physical literacy at home

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Offers an array of live cams to watch animals like sharks and sea otters in their aquarium habitats for all ages

Cosmic Kids

A YouTube yoga series for 3- to 6-year-olds that tells a story while also promoting movement

Amazon Prime Video

All ages: Amazon just announced it is making some of its kids’ programming available without a Prime membership.

Khan Academy

A free service providing math and SAT practice for 10- to 17-year-olds

Common Sense Media

What to watch, read, and play while your kids are stuck indoors

Georgia Aquarium

There’s a beluga whale webcam set up at the Georgia Aquarium, so kids of all ages can see what the whales are up to at any time.

Access Mars

Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera

Yale + Coursera

Yale University is offering its mega-popular “Science of Being Happy” course for free during the pandemic.

LinkedIn Learning

Linkedin Learning offers free courses on everything from creativity to the art of persuasion.

Shaw Media Group

Shaw media group has partnered with K-12 education company EVERFI to provide Canadian kids with free virtual education to supplement school work and help with at home time.

Scholastic

Scholastic has given free access to its “Learn from Home” platform, so families can use it to make self-quarantine a little more fun.

Condé Nast

Condé Nast has listed many museums that you can visit virtually

British Museum

British Museum has a virtual timeline that let’s you travel through history

Open Culture

Open Culture offers more than 1,100 free movies online, including classics, Indies, westerns, romantic comedies, etc.

Self Care and Volunteering

Feeling Isolated?

Volunteer with an organization that phones seniors and others at risk to ensure they are OK. Contact your local volunteer centre to find one near you.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone can help younger people deal with the stress & loneliness of a quarantine.

Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868