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Cool Things to Do: April 22

May 04, 2020 04:13PM ● By Leigha Pecher

Greetings from the FredParent family!

I hope you all are doing well and hanging in there!  If boredom has hit your family, we are here to help with fun links to virtual field trips, fun educational sites and ways to keep those kids (and YOU and ME!) moving!  Our Saturday edition will continue to focus on local businesses who need our support. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!  Stay healthy and safe! ~Leigha, Fred Parent's Calendar Mom

Virtual Field Trips

The Sea More Sea Life Syndey Aquarium

Visit the land down under-from your own home!  Find a range of resources for you and your family to use while staying home. Join us for live streams of our keepers, aquarists and our star sea creatures. Get exclusive activity sheets, craft activities and downloadables!

Whether you're looking for things to do with your family or a unique craft activity, you'll love a trip to the virtual aquarium.


Join us for a tour behind the scenes on the DISCOVERY - a re-creation of the smallest of the ships that came to Jamestown in 1607.   Come see where American history began, in the heart of Virginia's Historic Triangle and you can  visit the museum gift shops too!   

Ellis Island

Go on a virtual field trip to Ellis Island right HERE!  

National Parks Tour

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is an exhibit that allows you to take 360-degree tours of some of the most remote and beautiful U.S. National Parks. Instead of featuring much-documented vistas like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, for example, the exhibit instead focuses on a selection of parks you may not have traveled to yet (or may never see), including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawaiian volcanoes, New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, Utah’s Bryce Canyon, and Florida’s Dry Tortugas.

In the video experience, a local ranger will guide you through each park, allowing you to do things like fly over the active volcanoes in Hawaii, snorkel the coral reefs in the Dry Tortugas, or kayak through Alaska’s fjords, among other things.

The virtual tours are available both online, in the Google Arts & Culture App on iOS and Android.

Keeping Active

Animal Exercises for Kids

Get your kids moving with hilarious animal exercises ?   ! Great way to burn off energy and can be done indoors or out! 

See them all HERE.  


This 12-minute mega mix of powerful videos will wake you up, pump you up, and get you ready to face the rest of your day!  GoNoodle is FREE for teachers, parents, and kids! Get moving with 300+ dance videos, mindfulness activities, and more engaging videos for kids!  Check it out HERE.  

Education Station

Kids Zone Science Experiments

The Eric Energy Team is currently staying at home and staying safe while keeping your curiosity going strong! We’ve created some fun and fascinating videos that will help you pass the time while learning some real science right at home.

Stop in HERE at the Kid’s Zone often as we continue showing some cool experiments and activities featuring Eric Energy and some very special surprise guests.

Gatorland - School of Croc

Tune in at 10 AM every Monday through Saturday to Gatorland’s FACEBOOK page to watch School of Croc. We’ll showcase amazing animals and adventures to entertain and educate viewers of all ages!  We encourage you to post comments, ask questions while we’re live and really take part in this interactive, virtual experience!

In the afternoon set your clocks for 3 PM- that's when we’ll perform a live feed broadcast on our YouTube channel, Gatorland Vlogs,  where we showcase live action encounters with all of our animal stars at the park

Magical Moments Virtual Story Time Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm

Looking for a special treat for those younger kiddos while everyone is stuck indoors?  Introducing, Magical Moments Virtual Storytime! Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., one of our Princesses will be going LIVE to read to your kiddos before bedtime! This event will include a story, sing-a-long, and goodnight wish for your little ones!

Our next princess story time will be with our Princess Rapunzel! Rapunzel absolutely loves to read, and she's so excited to share her story with you!

This event is FREE of charge for everyone!

Check it out HERE.

Sketch with Jeff @ The Guggenheim Wed/Sat

Guggenheim teaching artist Jeff Hopkins will share stories about the museum’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building on Wednesdays and Saturdays through April. Each segment of Sketch With Jeff will feature Jeff sketching stories followed by a prompt to create drawings of your own at home.

Children are encouraged to share their sketches on Instagram and Twitter @Guggenheim using the hashtag #SketchWithJeff.

Read more HERE.

Indoor & Outdoor Fun

Lego Live!

Join Lego designers as they go live on Facebook to build all kinds of creations!  From castles to roller coasters, check them out weekly (and catch up on past videos too!) right HERE.  

Fredericksburg Nationals Thursday April 23, 9 am - 9 pm

This Thursday would have been our first game in our new ballpark and while we may be delayed for the start of our season, we still have plenty of reasons to celebrate!

Join us Thursday, April 23rd starting at 9 am for 9 innings of the virtual FredNats At Home Opener.   Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @FXBGNats so you don't miss anything!

Also, check them out on FACEBOOK for a cool coloring page and share with the team by posting pics of your "Flat Nat"!

Nat Geo @ Home

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! All week long, Nat Geo has encouraged families to discover the planet through its amazing animals by creating a neighborhood safari.

Also:  Check out the simple day-to-day plans for your K-12 kids. Find activities teachers use—and apply them at home.  Includes virtual tours, drawing tips from Disney artists and much more!

Go HERE for more.

Backyard Composting & Other Earth Day Fun

Happy Earth Day! Here is a video of one of our FXBG Commissioner’s backyard composting operation. Learn more about backyard composting right HERE and check out the Virtual Earth Day that F'burg Parks & Rec is hosting.  They will be posting fun ideas throughout April 22 in honor of Earth Day.



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