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Stuck home with the kids? We've got a Survival Guide for you!

By Kelly Bevan McIlquham, Publisher, Berkshires Macaroni Kid February 1, 2022

Stuck at home with the kids? I am working to provide you with the latest and greatest resources in the Berkshires and beyond to help you get through the days. *Local services

Also, check out our 

General Resources

* Virtual Fun Sessions For Kid From Local Therapist Jennifer Daily

7 Answers to What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

School Closing Daily Schedule: Get a FREE Printable!

10 Tips on How to Survive a School Closure, From a Homeschool Mom

Coloring Sheets Created by Local Mom Tristan Manzolini of Berkshire Love Letters

LEGO Kits By Bottomless Bricks in Adams — Delivered to your door

Boredom Buster Project Kits at Artsy Avenue, North Adams — Pick Up Only

Bushnell Sage Library Facebook Page — tons of activities and resources being posted daily

Going Stir Crazy? Here are 14 Fun Inside Activities For Kids

School Canceled? 30 Free Educational Resources Kids Can Use At Home

11 Family-Friendly Podcasts — and #1 features a Berkshire mom and dad team!

Kids Guide to the Presidential Election — FREE

Local Take/Out and Delivery Services

* Our Takeout & Delivery Facebook Post 

* Grab & Go Meals For Local Kids

Virtual Classes

* Virtual Storytimes for Kids from Berkshire Authors

* Virtual Programs for Kids in the Berkshires

* Coming Soon — Virtual Art Activities with Dalton School of Art and Creativity

* Berkshire Museum At Home

* Virtual Visits and Free Audio Book From Local Children's Author Jana Laiz — message Jana and she will be in touch with you

* Zoom into Tot Shabbat in Your PJs

Cosmic Kids Yoga

* ZenQuest Martial Arts

* Soules Sports & Fitness

* Berkshire Yoga and Fitness

* Cantarella School of Dance

Outdoor Activities

* 50 Family-Friendly Berkshire County Hiking Trails

* Berkshire Grounds for Play — Greylock Glen, a Thanksgiving hike

* Berkshire Grounds for Play — Historic Becket Quarry

* Berkshire Grounds for Play — Richmond Road Trip

* Berkshire Grounds for Play: This one's for Beginners — Old Mill Trail

* Berkshire Grounds for Play — Leaving No Stone Unturned in Lanesborough

Reading Activities & Virtual Storytimes

8 Great Audiobook Suggestions for Kids

* Circle Round Storytelling Podcast — a podcast by Berkshire parents Rebecca Shier and Eric Shimolonis

Storyline Online

International Children's Digital Library

Tumblebooks

Penguin Kids Storytime on Instagram — 11 a.m. every weekday

Stay at Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers — 2 p.m.

Harper Collins Readaloud Storytime

Search the hashtag #operationstorytime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to find more authors reading online

Art Activities

LIVE CRAFTS & RECIPES with MACKID PUBLISHERS:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Stick With Us: This DIY Garden Stake Makes a Great Valentine's Gift

Kid Craft: Easy DIY Puzzle Piece Frames

How to Create Your Own Scratch Art

Brighten Your Student's Backpack with a Rope Rainbow Keychain

How To Make Your Own Kite

DIY Chalk Paint: A Mess-Free Alternative

Recycled Crafts: Kids Will Love to Make This Bird Feeder

How to Create a Shared Journal With Your Child

Art With Anything: How to Make Bubble Wrap Art

Permanent Marker Tie Dye Shirts

Fork Flower Craft

Make a K-Cup Dinosaur

STEM Activities

* Indoor Nature Connection Activities from Berkshire Family Hikes

STEM Craft: Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs Are Fun to Make -- and Break

'Frozen II" Blu-ray release inspires STEAM learning — and here's how!

Math Mom's STEM Lab: Packing Material Pine Tree Project

Exploding Apple Experiment

Easy Glitter Slime Recipe

Explode Soda with Mentos

Sneakin' In Science: Making Learning Fun!

Colored Rice for Your Sensory Bin

Painting with Water

Super Easy Fluffy Slime

All Bubbled Over

Easy DIY Mud Kitchen

Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Virtual Field Trips

Boston Museum of Science

Clearwater Aquarium Webcams

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

San Diego Zoo Webcams

Georgia Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

National Parks Webcams

The Smithsonian

Colonial Williamsburg

Ellis Island

NASA's Langley Research Center