We hope you’ll find joy in this time together.
Virtual Rec @ the WPD
Have you checked out the virtual recreation activities with the Wheaton Park District? With activities from sports trivia for teens to craft pick-ups to age 2-7 to on-your-own mystery hunts to painting in the park to to a fairy house workshop to home spa instructions to geocaching to Lincoln Marsh walks, Virtual Rec has everything you’ll need for a fun August. Check out the options and register here.
Crafting. Making. DIY.
If you have a Wheaton Public Library card, you have free access to the instructional video library for Creativebug. Check out their fun and creative ideas for kids and adults.
Lego 100-Brick Quarantine Challenge
Fun for your LEGO-builder, and possibly the whole family! This could be a solo challenge, a kid challenge, or the parents can join in.
Spring Break Staycation
You can re-create and recreate by checking out Wheaton College’s Spring Break Staycation ideas!
Virtual Police Department Tours
The Wheaton Police Department often visits elementary schools in the spring, sharing about the various functions of the police department. As students are learning remotely, the WPD can join you at home through a new, virtual series. First in the series: design your own squad car!
Drew & Ellie Holcomb
Check out Drew & Ellie Holcomb on their Facebook/Instagram accounts:
Drew and Ellie are raising their 3 little kids in Nashville. They are followers of Christ who are making really terrific music. Ellie’s music is typically expressly Christian, while Drew is a follower of Christ in the secular music world.
Check out Ellie’s kids’ music and her mainstream albums. Red Sea Road is Jennifer Merck’s favorite and can be found in all the places you listen to music.
Check out Drew & Ellie’s Kitchen Covers — one song every day during sheltering-in-place, direct from their kitchen! You can find these on their Instagram and Facebook Pages every evening, or go back and watch/listen to some of their covers from this past week.
These great Spring music ideas are from Early Childhood Music Instructor and Younger Atrium Catechist, Kathy Cathey.
To access a playlist of spring classical pieces and some fun, silly music, click here:
- Listen or dance to Vivaldi’s “SPRING” from the 4 Seasons
- Sing along for fun to “This is the Happiest song I know” by Tom Chapin (we all need some Happy right now!)
- Rock to “Spring Songs”
- Classical music: to listen to Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland (can you find the familiar song Simple Gifts hidden in this long but beautiful piece?)
- And for pure unadulterated silliness get out an egg shaker (or make one with rice or beans and a plastic easter egg, taped or glued shut) and shake along to Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken”
- To make your own fun chicken sound instrument go to this link.
- Try singing this song to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.”
Yoga for the Souls
Did you know that All Souls offers Yoga on Friday afternoons at 4:30 PM? Normally, this happens in the Undercroft, but it’s on Zoom during this season! We’ve checked with the instructor and kids are welcome to join in. The instructor mutes all the participants, so even noisy yoga is welcome from your house. If you’d like to be on the email list to receive the Zoom link each Friday, email Jennifer Merck; she’ll add you to the list. The All Souls yoga instructor requests $5/session. She has a Venmo during this season (instructions with the Zoom link), or you can owe her after we’re back in the building.
D200 Spring Break Activities
Check out the elementary activity suggestions from CUSD200.
Check out the middle & high school activity suggestions from CUSD200.
These definitely aren’t JUST for Spring Break!
Spring Family Activities
Sometimes a few ideas can get parents and kids thinking creatively about fun things to do together:
Harry Potter @ Home
For the Harry Potter fans out there:
“This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom.”