By Ohio.org Staff
Posted On: Mar 26, 2020
The classroom is coming to the home. Check out what local Ohio museums and attractions are doing to keep your kids educated and entertained! Ohio Zoos are going online and providing lessons for kids, plus taking you behind the scenes to learn all about animals. Check out what activities and resources these zoos are offering:
The Toledo Zoo is offering educational resources for adults and children alike. All you need is a stable Internet connection! With the virtual creature feature program, you can learn about the different animals that live at the zoo and take a virtual tour of the aquarium and museum. Sessions cost $3 for members and $5 for non-members
The Akron Zoo will be hosting Lunch and Learn Facebook series every day at noon. Learn about the various animals at the zoo; so far, they have covered sugar gliders, lemurs, opossums and more! Additionally, the Akron Zoo education team is offering science homework help to students who may need a little more assistance in their online classes.
COSI launched an online science resource called COSI Connects. They will be updating with family friendly science activities and videos daily, and more often on their social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Pinterest). You can also check out their Homeschool Labs and Interactive Videoconference for more science-based educational fun.
Ohio History Connection has created an online learning platform where you can browse their blogs -- like their monthly series featuring and article on Ohio Women's Activism for Women's History Month. You can also read a digital copies of "Echos," their magazine and their digital archive collection, Ohio Memory.
WOSU has a launched a free newsletter for parents that includes ideas to support in-home learning and fun activities while at home. Additionally, WOSU has created a space to find resources and learn about virtual experiences from the comfort and safety of your own home.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame created a digital learning platform where you can check out activities, presentations, videos and even playlists. Take a look through content like the Music & Civil Rights Collection, "Introduction to Rock Drumming with Max Weinberg" and the Laura Nyro Collection: Celebrating Women’s History Month. Keep an eye - and ear - out for updates and new content on their social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is offering resources for teachers and students, from lesson plans to activities like "Create Your Own 'Harper’s Weekly' Antebellum Newspaper." Check it out here.
Cincinnati Museum Center launched a series of videos with a how-to element that encourages parents and kids to explore science concepts like nanotechnology and aerodynamics through at-home experiments. The WonderZone videos feature CMC staff working through an experiment, complete with a list of supplies that are commonly found at home, so parents can easily adapt items from the recycling bin or pantry into slime, elephant toothpaste, hoop gliders, papier-mâché and more. The videos will also reunite viewers with some of their favorite friends from CMC’s resident live animals. While its staff works remotely, CMC continues to tap into their expertise and passion through additional remote and online videos. Story Tree Time will go online as a livestream video every Wednesday at 11AM.
The Duke Energy Children’s Museum’s Dance Party will also continue online as an opportunity for kids to get out their wiggles during the day. For parents looking for additional structured learning opportunities, CMC’s educational team will be providing lesson plans and worksheets available to download. These lesson plans will focus on museum content as well as past exhibitions and OMNIMAX® films as CMC digs into the archives to continue to offer a robust learning experience on a variety of topics that span the globe and stretch into the stars above. Select OMNIMAX® films are also available online with accompanying education guides, which CMC has shared on its website. CMC is also reactivating past online exhibits and working on creating new online exhibits utilizing photos and videos from its collections. CMC’s curatorial staff will showcase their research and collections through blog posts on topics from paleontology and archaeology to manuscripts and photography. With over three million objects in its collections, CMC will have ample opportunity to pique guests’ interests in prehistoric and local history remotely.
Six Northeast Ohio museums are offering specialized content Monday through Saturday. Check out the schedule below:
Mondays: McKinley Museum and Presidential Library will present information about presidential history, pioneer life, astronomy and the animals. You can check out the sessions on their Facebook, and follow along on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
Tuesdays: Massillon Museum will focus on objects in its new permanent collection galleries — the 1908 Jewel automobile, the six-foot carved dragon from an 1890s mansion, 19th- to 21st-century paintings and sculpture, American Indian artifacts and more. Its March 24 and April 28 Brown Bag Lunch programs will be presented virtually as well. Watch on Facebook and YouTube, and follow their Instagram and Twitter for more info.
Wednesdays: The Canton Museum of Art will share virtual exhibition tours and art-making activities as part of its Museum To Go program, take in-depth looks into parts of the CMA collection, and feature a range of content to engage, entertain and educate people of all ages. Follow along on Facebook and YouTube, and check out their Instagram and Twitter for more.
Thursdays: The National First Ladies’ Library will celebrate women’s history, the Saxton McKinley family and the library’s 2020 themes — women’s rights, the suffrage centennial, campaigning first ladies, and women running for office. It will provide content to listen to as well as interactive lessons and activities for adults and youth. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram, plus check out their Twitter too.
Fridays: The 100+ years of professional football history will be the Friday focus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Facebook programs. Their YouTube, Instagram and Twitter will also have content and updates.
Saturdays: The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum will address topics such as railroad history, World War II, canteen history, railroads, amusement parks and Bing—the museum’s World War I mascot. Most of their content will be on Facebook, but take a look at their Instagram and Twitter too.