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Fun Stuff for Kids During the COVID Crisis


School is out through the end of the academic year, leaving some parents scrambling for educational things their kids can do. 

This month, the world will mark an important environmental milestone.  This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

But celebrations will likely be cancelled, so at the Community Climate Collaborative, director Teri Kent hopes to keep raising awareness by organizing a climate camp for kids.

There are online stories and discussions, but it’s not all screen time. In one video, a local counselor shows kids how to plant a garden. Another module tells how to identify trees.  Kent  says the camp has something for kids of all ages.

“If I can get my 16-year-old to make a solar oven out of a pizza box, that’s really saying something!" 

Especially since campers can use that solar oven to make s’mores.  Aileen Magnotto thinks that’s a fine idea.  The owner of Great Harvest Bread Company is now planning Easter carry-out dinners for those who don’t want to cook, but for those who do she offers ingredients to help families bake together.

Credit Wildlife Center of Virginia
The Wildlife Center of Virginia allows you to keep tabs on some new bear cubs through its Critter Cam.

"We have the chocolate chip cookie mix, we have the pancake mix, brownie mix, so you can still bake with your children," Magnotto explains.  "We are now selling butter, eggs and milk, so we will deliver curbside. Just call us ahead of time or order online, and we will leave it outside for you."

And for those who love animals, the Wildlife Center of Virginia is offering online tours, classes and access to its critter cams where you can check in on four bear cubs and Buddy the Eagle.

Sandy Hausman joined our news team in 2008 after honing her radio skills in Chicago. Since then, she's won several national awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Radio, Television and Digital News Association and the Public Radio News Directors' Association.