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By Lara DiPaola
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Posted Mar 23, 2020
If there is a silver lining to be found in this crisis, it's that we have more time to do things we never seem to have the time to get to. Whether that's a daily workout, learning a new skill, or brushing up on those piano playing skills that have gotten rusty, there are tons of ways to find enrichment out there right now.
Our team has been hard at work finding free and discounted resources to get you going. So, go ahead learn that new skill, take on another hobby, and get the whole family exploring more!
Looking for something we haven't found yet? Reach out and let us know. We're here to help!
Courses, Lessons and Enrichment
TakeLessons - Learn something new while practicing social distancing. TakeLessons offers private online lessons in over 300 subjects. Save 10% off online classes for kids in music, foreign languages, academics and more.
Miacademy - Built for K-8 kids, Miacademy offers online curriculum that engages kids in a creative learning environment that is a great way to supplement what they're getting remotely, or as a way to boost learning. Students learn fundamentals in a fun way, like helping to produce Miacademy's newspaper, creating works of art to "sell," and more. Check them out here and take advantage of this 30% off deal.
National Children's Museum - National Children's Museum launched a daily digital series of projects and programs on Facebook that celebrate STEAM-focused learning and play. Be sure to tune into Facebook Live each afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET for their daily challenge.
The Great Courses - Online courses and lectures for lifelong learning. Courses include everything from History and Philosophy to Literature and Fine Arts taught by award-winning experts and professors from the world's most respected institutions.
Learn A New Language (or brush up on one) - There are so many online resources for learning foreign languages at any age. Duolingo offers lessons for kids as little as kindergarten-age all the way up to adults. They offer courses for beginners all that way up to those who just want to brush up. Choose from 32 languages and study as little as five minutes a day.
Pro Tip: Check with your local public library. Many are currently offering free online courses in languages and more!
Improv Comedy Classes - Tweens and Teens are having a hard time these days, too. What's a parent to do? Go with the old saying... when life gives you lemons, turn them into comedy gold! Bring on the laughs with ONLINE Comedy Classes 4 Kids, In these fun, interactive, online classes, Tweens and Teens learn from the best in the biz, The Improv Theater in Times Square, NYC. After all, laughter is medicine! Save 20% off four online Improv comedy classes plus four private online training lessons.
CheckMates Chess - Critical thinking is an important skill that everyone can apply to just about any aspect of life. What if you could help your child build that skill through play. The game of chess is a perfect skill-builder and ChekMates Chess makes it lots of fun too. With their program kids get one-on-one online chess classes with a live chess coach from the comfort of your own home. Oh, and we've got a great deal for you, too!
MathOnline - MathOnline uses stimulating lessons and concise tutorials (in 9 minutes or less) to meet your child where he or she is in their math journey. By offering a combination of step-by-step video instruction, interactive questions, and worksheets, all in an easy-to-follow format, your child has the ability to master mathematics skills at their own pace, when it's most convenient for them. MathOnline tracks your child's progress through online reporting so parents will know how often the program is being used and see where additional help is needed. Save 50% on MathOnline with our deal.
I Spy Learning Resources - The International Spy Museum near CertfifiKID headquarters in Washington, DC is a family favorite for just about all of our families. It is a wonderfully unique museum that wraps up history lessons in fun, interactive ways. They've taken things online these days to help families find new and engaging ways to learn together. They're offering free lesson plans and activities online.
Music & Arts - The nation's leading provider of music lessons has gone virtual! Check out Music & Arts for live, interactive, private lessons with expert instructors for all instruments, ages and skill levels.
Bach to Rock - B2R offers virtual private lessons on bass, clarinet, classical guitar, drums, flute, guitar, piano/keys, saxophone, trumpet, and violin. They even offer voice lessons! Save 50% off virtual private lessons at B2R.
Live Music Tutor - Find your perfect teacher and learn live online. Lessons wherever and whenever you need them - on any instrument, including voice.
Making Music Fun - Want to take a few music lessons from master musicians? Then Making Music Fun is the place for you. They have a large catalog of courses for most instruments and age groups.
Prodigy Music - Engage your little ones in the amazing world of music with Prodigy Music. Designed for smaller kids this website offers all sorts of music lessons that help bring out your kiddos inner musical prodigy.
Song Writing For Teens - Music and the arts can be a wonderful creative outlet for teenagers, especially at a time like this when they can't be in the classroom or with friends. Schools Out (.com) offers a songwriting course just for teens.
CodaKid - Award-winning online kids Roblox coding bundle. Includes six courses that teach kids how to make Obby games, Adventure maps, Racing games, Tycoon games, Advanced Obbies, and Battle Royale "Fortnite-style" games. Save 50% off a 12-month CodaKid subscription.
CodeWizardsHQ- Get your kiddo coding with the wizardry of CodeWizardsHQ! Designed especially for kids and teens, they fun, live coding programs that engage and inspire learners ages 8-18. Each class is rooted in the hands-on learning approach. Students work to master each programming skill, then they advance to the next level. Every coding class builds on the one before it, meaning that the learning grows along with your child's skill. By the end they will have a portfolio full of cool, working web pages, and even apps. Save up to 49% off with this deal.
CodeSpark Academy - App-based coding at their fingertips is what CodeSpark Academy offers for kids from 5-9 years old.
Code A Blog - Have a blog? Want to start one? WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for blog design. While there are lots of places who will do all that design and maintenance for a fee, now might be a good time to learn some of the basics for yourself. This article is a good place to get started.
Health and Fitness Classes
Workout With Peloton (no bike needed) - Famed for their upscale cycle and virtual workouts, Peloton is offering a 90-day free trial of their app workouts that don't require the bike.
Beachbody - Get two weeks of free online workouts from Beachbody.
P.volve - Streamed functional movement workouts with a 30-day free trial (use code ONEPVOLVE)
Planet Fitness Work-INs - Enter the no-judgment zone from home! Planet Fitness has put together a library of at-home workouts and made them free to everyone - NO MEMBERSHIP NEEDED!
Feel The Burn - If extended time at home has you crushing a bag of chips more often than your workout goals, we've got what you need to turn things around. Put down that bag and pick up this offer for a FREE 60-Day Online Membership to Daily Burn At Home Workouts.
Creative Arts Classes
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems - FREE! Kennedy Center Artist in Residence and beloved children's book author, Mo Willems, is inviting kids virtually into his home studio each day for lessons in drawing, doodling, and exploring new ways of writing. Episodes are posted at 1 p.m. ET each day and will remain online to be streamed afterward.
"Pete the Cat Club" with James Dean - FREE! Bestselling author and illustrator of the "Pet the Cat" series, is reading and drawing every weekday at 12 p.m. EST on his Instagram account.
Learn To Draw - The Virtual Instructor offers free course videos and ebooks in the art of drawing. This is a great one for older kids and grownups too.
Watercolors, Cartoons, And MORE! - Jerry's Artarama has a huge catalog of over 2,000 video courses in everything from painting to cartoons. Search by age, category, medium, and more.
Taste Buds At-Home Cooking Club - Famed for their in-person cooking classes for families, Taste Buds Cooking Club is taking things on line with their At-Home Cooking Club. A new recipe video will be released every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm EST made with simple ingredients you hopefully already have in your pantry and other fun culinary activities & games. Sign up is FREE.
Extra HELPING from Taste Buds; for every chef who joins our new online cooking club, we’re donating $1 to No Kid Hungry to help millions of children get the healthy meals they so desperately need (up to $5,000.)
ChopChop Cooking Club for Kids - FREE! Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ChopChop's mission is to inspire and teach children and families to cook and eat real food together. When kids join the Club, they will get a delicious recipe to master that will teach essential cooking skills. Each challenge will also come with how-tos, shopping and storage tips, fun activities, and conversation starters. Once they have successfully completed an essential recipe, a new challenged will be issued.
Yes, Chef! - Love cooking and want to take this time to beef up on your kitchen skills? Learn from the masters like; Gordon Ramsey or Wolfgang Puck. This article features a list of online master classes offered by famous chefs.
Enter The Test Kitchen - America's Test Kitchen has a catalog of over 230 online cooking classes. Even if you find your pantry staples not exactly stocked with exotic ingredients, with that many classes available you're likely to find something to cook up.
Eat At Home - Founder of the website Eat At Home, Tiffany started sharing her recipes in hopes of encouraging more families to, well... eat at home. Now that many of us find it necessary to do just that, this resource blog and Facebook community is exactly what we need. While these may not be classes in the traditional sense, there are recipes and tutorials galore.
The Science of Happiness - The Greater Good Science Center, in partnership with Berkeley College, launched their course on the science of happiness in 2014. Since then thousands have taken the free version of this eight-week course that explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life through science and practice. Students engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from the latest research, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives.
What Is Bit Coin? - Find out with Princeton University's online course; Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies.This is one of several courses offered for free via online courses from Princeton.
Is The Pen Really That Mighty? - Maybe you'll be able to answer that question after completing Harvard's, Masterpieces of World Literature course online. This is another fantastic free course that also offers a paid option to obtain a certificate.
Spark It Up - MIT, world renowned for being a leader in science and technology, also has a catalog of free and/or inexpensive online courses including; Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis.
The Science Of Well-Being - Apropos in times like these but also very relevant anytime, Yale University offers a course that focuses on Well-Being. Students engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
Don't forget to stop by and check out our Fun Freebies at Home article too! Looking for a resource we haven't shared yet? Reach out at let us know!
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