With coronavirus concerns affecting local schools and businesses, many families may be stuck at home for an extended period of time. If you find your family in this situation, these are a few ways in which you can keep occupied.

Online education

The Hawaii State Public Library System has a plethora of resources for library card holders. You can learn a new language–because everyone should have a few pirate words in their vocabulary. Through their partner apps, you can access thousands of ebooks and audio books as well as magazines. You can even take a free online class–maybe you or your child want to learn to code–you can on their site.

You can skype a scientist by filling out a form. Your family will get matched with a scientist and you’ll then schedule a time to chat in a Q&A format.

Scholastic, the educational company and longtime favorite of kids is offering online courses, stating, “Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.” Courses are offered for Pre-K to grades six +.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan and missed your acceptance letter to Hogwarts when you were 11-years-old, you can now take online classes with the wizarding school. Hogwarts is Here is a roleplaying site that allows students to enroll in ‘realistic’ online classes such as Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Herbology, and more.

To get a jump start on some computer skills, the Keiki Coding program teaches students core coding, game logic, proficiency, and computer skills using Scratch.

The Keiki Coding program is a unique and exciting way of teaching students coding by using a special place based curriculum centered around the stories and culture of Hawai‘i.

Take a virtual field trip

Explore the world outside your home and Hawaii with these virtual escapes.

Monk seals exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium

KapohoKine Adventures  – KapohoKine Adventures launches virtual Hawaii island tour series “Passport to Adventure: Tour from Home Edition”

Halema’uma’u Crater

Haleakala Crater

Nahuku Lava Tube

Great Dane puppy nursery in Massachusetts

Animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Great Wall of China

The Louvre

The Van Gogh Museum

The Guggenheim Museum

The Vatican Museum

Operavision – watch Opera performances from around the world. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming their opera, however have had some connectivity issues due to the high demand.

San Diego Zoo

Biltmore Estate – Deemed as America’s largest home. This North Carolina estate was completed in 1895.

Family activities

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  • Build forts
  • Hopscotch or jump rope double dutch-style
  • Plant some flowers or be kind to the one that you forgot you had
  • Play Hide n Seek
  • Cook some local food inspired by Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen
  • Learn how to sew or knit
  • Catch up with friends via social distancing or by hand writing cards
  • Dye Easter eggs
  • Make some origami
  • Catch up on Modern Wahine Hawaii episodes
  • Make ribbon or flower lei
  • Old fashioned board games
  • Bake
  • Coloring books
  • Play sports in the yard: basketball, soccer, volleyball, football

Whichever way you choose to keep occupied, remember to stay up-to-date with the latest on coronavirus.