Things to Do

Physical distancing is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we all do our part by staying apart, here are some activities and resources you can access virtually from home to connect with friends and family, learn new skills and stay active indoors.

Amusement parks

Canada's Wonderland

On Canada's Wonderland's YouTube channel, you can take a virtual ride on 16 coasters, 11 thrill rides and seven family rides with their first-person ‘point-of-view’ (POV) videos.

Walt Disney World

The Disney Parks blog offers videos of rides, parades, and park scenes. They also offer online activities including printable colouring sheets and eBooks.

For more virtual ride experiences with 360 degree views, visit the Virtual Disney World YouTube channel.

Books and digital library collections

Digital library collections

Use your library card to access digital library collections and resources. If you do not have a library card, please reach out to your local library to register.

Julie's Library

Starting April 29, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will be sharing a new story each week on the Julie's Library podcast.

Challenge your friends with mobile games

Draw Something Classic

This mobile app available for iOS and Android allows you to challenge a friend or family member in a fun and creative Pictionary-like game. Take turns drawing a picture to convey a word for your partner to guess.

Mario Kart Tour

This version of Mario Kart is available for iOS and Android. The family fun multiplayer racing game allows you to play with in-game friends, nearby players or players from around the world!

Words with Friends

This mobile word game, available on iOS and Android, allows you to virtually challenge your friends to a scrabble-like match.

Children’s activities

Activities for various ages

KidsActivities.com and Busy Toddler offer a variety of activities and craft ideas for children of various ages, including hands-on learning activities, colouring pages, games and more.

Art and crafts

EarlyON virtual programming

In response to the closure of EarlyON Child and Family Centres during COVID-19, Northumberland EarlyON educators have developed videos of fun and engaging programs and activities for families to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their home. Check the Northumberland EarlyON Centres Facebook page for daily updates Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Educational YouTube channels

There are many free YouTube channels offering free educational content for children of all ages. Some good resources include:

  • Sesame Street: Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and all your other favourite Sesame Street characters are featured in educational videos for children and families.
  • SciShow Kids: This show, released every Tuesday and Thursday, explores curious topics that make us ask, “why?”.
  • Ted-Ed: This channel, associated with the same organization that produces TEDx Talks, offers curated educational videos, many of which are collaborations between talented educators and animators.
  • WordWorld: WordWorld is a preschool series that focuses on words and spelling, with fun and vibrant animal characters.

Music

Westben, located in Campbellford, is offering 'Westben Kids!' digital concerts, which include printable colouring pages, guided listening, sing-alongs and more.

Science at home

  • Mad Science: This website offers at-home experiments, printable colouring sheets and online quizzes.
  • National Geographic Kids: This website offers science experiments, videos, explainers, quizzes and more.
  • The Ontario Science Centre: During closures, they are bringing the science centre to you with free online resources including educational content, DIY science experiments and tips on how to explore science from the comfort of our homes.
Cooking

YouTube has many free, easy-to-follow cooking channels including:

Museums and wildlife exhibits

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

In response to COVID-19, this Toronto art museum has launched AGO from Home. The program offers virtual access to the building with interesting stories, closer looks at artwork, DIY videos and How-To videos.

Bata Shoe Museum

Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum is offering online programming each day including virtual tours, Ask a Curator episodes, behind the scenes look at their vault, shoe-themed jigsaw puzzles, trivia and more. Visit their website for more information.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Explore Ripley’s Aquarium, located in Toronto, from the comfort of your home! Visit their website to see their schedule of live streams, live feedings, educational encounters, story time and more! They also offer free educational materials for download, including fun arts and crafts for all ages.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The ROM, located in Toronto, offers free access to online collections, which feature artefacts from their art, culture and natural history collections.

Toronto Zoo

Every day at 1 p.m., Toronto Zoo is hosting Facebook Live sessions with staff, keepers and zoo animals. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram for daily updates on your favourite animals, listen to their weekly podcast series called Wild For Life, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo, or visit their website for fun at-home activities, lesson plans and worksheets to help kids learn about the animal kingdom.

Music and performance

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil launched a digital content hub called CirqueConnect to inspire creativity at home. The hub includes access to 60-minute specials, virtual reality experiences, at-home workout videos and makeup tutorials, behind the scenes videos, access to Cirque du Soleil music, and kids content.

'Together At Home' virtual concert series

Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered to launch a virtual concert series to promote unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s social distancing protocols. ‘Together At Home’ features live performances from various musical artists via Instagram. For more information, visit their website or view past performances in their ‘Together At Home’ YouTube playlist.

Westben

This local Campbellford theatre is bringing the unique Westben experience to people’s living rooms with their Sunshine Ahead digital programming. The programming includes 'Musical Moments' and 'Westben Kids!' digital concerts, as well as their 'Music for a While' podcast devoted to exploring the wonderful world of music.

Share your COVID-19 experience with Northumberland County Archives & Museum

Northumberland County Archives and Museum is collecting stories from local residents about their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more

Staying active indoors

Free workouts with YMCA

YThrive Home offers free, online classes with at-home workouts for all fitness levels and every age group.

YouTube exercise videos

There are many YouTube channels that offer free at-home workout routines that require little to no equipment to complete. While there are many options available, some great initial resources to try include:

  • Popsugar Fitness: Access to hundreds of workouts from celebrity trainers, including cardio workouts, dance classes, full-body workouts and targeted workouts.

  • Yoga with Adriene: Various yoga classes ranging from under 10 minutes to an hour, addressing various goals and intentions.
Virtual hikes

Explore some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes from the comfort of your home! Nature Conservancy Canada is offering virtual hikes with 360-degree views.

Spread positivity through the Northumberland Neighbourhoods challenge

There are many ways to show our community spirit while following public health guidelines and staying home. Join in the Northumberland Neighbourhoods challenge to share positivity and creativity during COVID-19. Complete our fun weekly challenges and share the results with our virtual community. These small challenges can help brighten up a neighbour’s day, whether they are passing your residence during a walk or admiring your creativity online.

How to participate
  1. Complete the weekly challenge. These challenges can be found below and will be announced on our Instagram page each week.
  2. Take a photo of your efforts during the week of the challenge.
  3. Share the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NorthumberlandNeighbourhoods and don’t forget to tag our account so we see your post! We will share a selection of these photos on Instagram for everyone to enjoy.

Tag us

Facebook: @NCounty
Twitter: @Nthld_County
Instagram: @NorthumberlandNeighbourhoods

Enter to win

Every time you share a post, you will be entered into a draw for a prize pack of Northumberland swag. The draw will take place at the end of May. If you are the winner, we will notify you through the social media account you used to post to the challenge.

(Note: to comply with all public safety measures, we will hold this prize pack in reserve until all public orders and physical distancing requirements are lifted.)

Weekly challenges 

April 18-24 - Rainbow doors: Rainbow decorations are popping up around the world as a show of support for health care and frontline workers who are giving their all during this pandemic. Show your solidarity and support for Northumberland health care and front line workers by covering your front door with all the colours of the rainbow! This may mean adding a small pop of colour with a colourful wreath or covering your door top-to-bottom with rainbows or rainbow-coloured decorations.

April 25-May 1 - Spring window displays: If you build it, spring will come! Decorate your window with a display that calls on spring to make an appearance! Decorate the window however you like with whatever you like in a spring theme – let’s get creative!

May 2-8 - Sidewalk/driveway art: Use chalk to draw a picture or write a message on your driveway or a sidewalk near you to help spread positivity.

May 9-15 - Lights up!: Shower your neighbourhood with light by putting up Christmas lights for all to enjoy. Whether it’s a strand in your window or a ‘Christmas Vacation-style’ feast for the eyes, share the love with us online.