Want to get crafty and keep kids engaged and learning at home? You’ve come to the right place. The Whatcom Museum is committed to serving our community, and we’re excited to offer new online resources for kids and families. Here you’ll find a selection of at-home activities, from science experiments to craft projects, developed by our Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) staff.
Caregivers can also find links to other learning resources to cultivate curiosity.
Check out the activities below and download a printable PDF complete with a materials list and instructions. Check back often as we continue to add activities that are sure to banish boredom. We aim to feature crafts and science projects that can be done with materials found in most homes. Let us know if there’s a specific topic you’d like to see covered by filling out our contact form.
FIG Take-Home Kits
Our Family Interactive Gallery is excited to offer take-home kits for birthday parties and art projects! Each kit contains supplies and instructions for a fun hands-on craft or birthday celebration. Kits are recommended for those age 3 and up.
You can choose from two birthday themes and three art-focused crafts. Birthday kits are designed for a family of four, while art kits are designed for one child. Kits come with a handy resource guide for parents with suggestions on how kids can continue the fun after the craft is done.
We’ve compiled a list of online activities and learning opportunities offered by other museums and organizations so you can keep kids entertained at home. Scroll down for creative content for all ages.
NEW — Winter at Home: A Smithsonian at-home activity guide
Design It Yourself: Mini Exhibit from Smithsonian Learning Lab
National Museum of American History: Fun history activities and resources for school-aged children
Smithsonian Learning Lab: Understanding history, art, culture, and the sciences
Digital field trips & museum resources for families via The New York Times
Boston Children’s Museum: Play and learning resources
Kohl Children’s Museum: Stories, activities, and experiments
Hands on!: Coronavirus guide for curious, courageous kids
Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian): Air and Space Anywhere
Tate: Tate Kids (games and quizzes, videos, kids’ art, etc.)
American Museum of Natural History: Science website for kids
Glazer Children’s Museum: Online activities
NEW: OT Ideas for Littles: YouTube channel devoted to occupational therapy ideas for babies and toddlers.
Smithsonian Science Education Center: Curriculum and resources for distance learning
Audubon Society: Activities and resources for kids
Printable time capsule for kids by Long Creations
Icons of Washington coloring book from Washington State Historical Society
Professor Puffin YouTube: Bird-drawing video tutorial
Luci Creative: 5 Fun At-Home Make-a-Museum Activities for Kids