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Market Connect keeps Greenville Saturday Market customers connected to vendors with educational programming. Weekly schedules will be released on Instagram @gvillesatmarket and Facebook @saturdaymarket. An online resource guide is also available for shoppers to order produce and/or product online. Visit http://saturdaymarketlive.com

YMCA Greenville offers Emergency Childcare to healthcare, first responder and essential workers. The cost is $25 per day per child, and with each additional child per family, it is an additional $15 per day per child. There are scholarships available for those who in need. Program Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday for healthcare professionals’ children at Caine Halter (Greenville) and Prisma Health (Simpsonville) Family YMCAs and for first responders’ and other essential workers’ children at the Eastside Family YMCA (Taylors/Greer) and Y Program Center (Simpsonville). Register at  https://www.ymcagreenville.org/content/emergency-childcare.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is connecting small businesses with a COVID-19 Employer Resource Guide and webinar series. Learn more at  www.greenvillechamber.org/coronavirus.

Give the kids something to do and support local businesses:

·      The Chocolate Moose: decorate-your-own kits and ready-to-bake cookie dough (regular, gluten-free and vegan options available) https://www.thechocolatemoosesc.shop

·      Tip Top Cake Shop: paint your own cookies (two cookies, a paint food coloring palette and a paintbrush $10.99) or cupcake decorating kits ($18). Kits come with a how-to video. Cookie kits (one dozen assorted cookies, colored icings and sprinkles $22) www.TipTopCakeShop.com or 864-850-2807.

·      Todaro Pizza GVL: “build your own pizza” kits https://www.facebook.com/TodaroPizzaGVL or https://todaropizza.com

·      Baking Sweet Scents: mini cakes, cupcakes and macaron decorating kits https://www.bakingsweetscents.com.

·      Bossy Bakers: cookie decorating kits http://www.bossybakers.com or https://www.facebook.com/bossybakersco.

·      Shay Can Bake: cookie decorating kits https://www.facebook.com/shaycanbakegvl or https://www.shaycanbake.net.

ARTS

Together Spartanburg is a digital performing arts series from Spartanburg Philharmonic, Ballet Spartanburg and Spartanburg Little Theatre. Watch videos and learn more at https://www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org/togetherspartanburg.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra offers a digital concert hall that features music, insights and educational videos. Visit https://www.greenvillesymphony.org/home/gso-video-library and the GSO’s YouTube channel.

Brevard Music Center offers online concerts. Visit http://youtube.com/brevardmusiccenter

The Columbia Museum of Art offers Museum at Home learning activities. Visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/museum-home.

The Mauldin Cultural Center offers online art and music lessons and more at https://mauldinculturalcenter.org/education/video-series

Greenville Center for Creative Arts offers free art demos and information in its Facebook Live series and on its YouTube channel. Learn more at https://www.artcentergreenville.org.

Get free online music education videos at https://www.cliburn.org/kids.

We can’t tour the Louvre right now, but we can see some of its rooms: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne. Find more museum tours through Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en.

The Metropolitan Opera is showing a nightly opera online: https://www.metopera.org.

The Kennedy Center is hosting Lunch Doodles, a video drawing series with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education.

EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND LEARNING PLUS STORY TIME

Roper Mountain Science Center offers online activities by grade level at https://www.ropermountain.org/main.asp?titleid=elearning

Spartanburg County Historical Association offers History@Home distance learning resources at http://www.spartanburghistory.org/historyhome.

Greenville Zoo is featuring live programming through its Facebook page at 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday. Educators are invited to send lesson requests to zooed@greenvillesc.gov. Visit https://www.greenvillezoo.com.

Spartanburg Science Center offers daily science lessons on its Facebook page. For details, visit https://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.

STRIDES at Home Online offers one-on-one tutoring in reading or math. Students who are delayed in either reading or math may continue building skills with their own tutor online. Call 864-246-9898 or visit www.STRIDEStutor.org.

Fiction Addiction offers virtual author events and more. Become a monthly patron or sign up for events individually at https://www.fiction-addiction.com.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries created a “stuck at home” guide for families available online. Wifi is available from the parking lots of most branch locations. Watch Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, fitness videos, author interviews, stories from children’s authors, get homework help, eBooks, audiobooks, access to learning tools and more. http://spartanburglibraries.org

The Greenville County Library System offers eCard sign up for those who do not already have a library card. The system’s website allows access to eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, a huge list of educational resources and online classes and more. Take on a genealogy project while you are stuck at home with access to several family research sites, including ancestry.com. https://www.greenvillelibrary.org

The Pickens County Library System has a variety of learning options including Facebook Live videos, Mango for language learning, eBooks and much more. Access Tumblebooks for children’s books for all ages, a story of the day, games, quizzes and more. https://pickenscountylibrarysystem.com

The Anderson County Library System offers a temporary digital library card. Find Tumblebooks for kids, eBooks, genealogy and more. http://www.andersonlibrary.org/coronavirus.

Where’s Waldo? Find him at https://waldo.candlewick.com, a Where’s Waldo-themed web portal with activities for quarantining families. Downloadable activity sheets, book information and videos and an interactive social media campaign provide home-based entertainment. 

Dolly Parton's story time series is online at https://imaginationlibrary.com.

The Seed Library sponsored by the Greenville County Library System and the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District offers seeds by mail during the library’s closure. For details, visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/seed-library

National Geographic Kids offers games, animal videos, science experiments and more: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com.

The Cornell Lab has links to live bird cams around the world: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/all-cams.

Need help with school at home or setting schedules? Learn more from free parent seminars through Khan Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org.

Discovery Place has launched Stay-at-Home Science, a new digital learning center with activities, videos and other resources to keep learners of all ages engaged. Check back regularly for new content and ideas. Curiosity never rests – even when it must stay home – and Discovery Place’s goal is to help families better understand, apply and enjoy science in their adjusted lives. Visit https://www.discoveryplace.org/stay-at-home-science.

Explore National Parks from home. Take virtual tours at https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park and find family activities at https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/park-activities-you-can-do-comfort-your-home. 

Historic Johnson Farm offers virtual activities. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/HistoricJohnsonFarm.

hand2mind - Teach @ Home’s Learning at Home platform contains real-time content that will be created and posted each day by the company’s staff educators and real teachers. The free platform includes teacher led videos in math and literacy, as well as age appropriate activities in math, literacy and STEM. Each week, content for students in grades K-5 will be uploaded. Content is designed to engage kids without support from parents. Learn more at https://www.hand2mindathome.com.

Schleich’s Fun at Home features imaginative play activities such as story starters, DIY’s and coloring sheets perfect for all ages. Learn more at https://us.schleich-s.com/en/US/fun-at-home.

Little Medical School is designed to inspire and educate kids about the field of medicine. Follow them on Facebook to find videos and information geared towards kids about everything from how to wash your hands to understanding the medical terms about Coronavirus. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleMedicalSchool.

EdVenture Children’s Museum offers free Today’s Play activity videos at https://www.edventure.org/todays-play

Get free hands-on learning resources from The Children’s Museum of the Upstate at https://www.tcmupstate.org/tcmu-at-home

Scholastic has a wide variety of free resources online, including virtual field trips, author interviews and more: http://www.scholastic.com/teacher/videos/teacher-videos.htm#3194413933001/1549784800001.

Plus-Plus offers free online educational resources that incorporate their plus-plus pieces to help children with numbers, alphabet, measuring, counting and more Visit https://www.plus-plus.us/educational-resources.

PBS offers educational resources, including videos and printables, for students of all ages at http://pbslearningmedia.org

Take a trip to the stars with free programming from NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome. 

The National Zoo has animal webcams of pandas, naked mole rats, lions and elephants: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

The San Diego Zoo has live animal cams and archives: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams.

Audible has children’s audiobooks and stories available for free at https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Take a virtual field trip and learn about coral reefs at https://reefresearch.org/what-we-do/education/reefs-go-live

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s ad-free online children’s literacy program, Storyline Online, includes a digital library of 57 tales that promote imagination and inclusion. Learn more at https://www.storylineonline.net.

Snack & Read Live with Simon Kids is a half-hour video series that streams live at https://www.facebook.com/Simonkids at 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Parents and children are invited to grab a snack and watch live read-alouds and activities.

Read & Learn with Simon Kids is a new video series hosted on the Simon Kids YouTube channel, where parents and educators can find self-shot videos by Simon & Schuster authors and illustrators, including read-alouds, drawing tutorials and more from authors such as Tony DiTerlizzi, Hena Khan, Lita Judge, and Aaron Reynolds. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTjLHi6qZaLcm6ZrWW3JLiA

Smithsonian Channel Plus, is now offering a variety of content for free without a trial or subscription which can help with at-home learning. Visit https://watch.smithsonianchannel.com.  

JUST FOR FUN

The Genius of Play offers a variety of traditional games and play virtual games at http://www.thegeniusofplay.org/playtoday.

Barefoot Books offers free at-home activity kits. Themes include connecting with others, unique global games, managing anxiety, mindfulness, yoga, singalongs, video read-alouds and more. Visit https://www.barefootbooks.com or https://bit.ly/BFBResources.

Fox Chapel Publishing offers activity sheets, including coloring pages puzzles. 

Visit https://foxchapelpublishing.com/news/kids-resource

Get free Chicken Soup for the Soul ebooks, videos and worksheets at https://www.chickensoup.com/ah

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (and other Smithsonian facilities) offers a virtual tour: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour.

Google Earth’s YouTube channel has tours of what seems like everything. https://bit.ly/3d5OVIz.

Explore.org has nature cams from around the world: https://explore.org/livecams.

For LEGO lovers, the company has a variety of videos and games for hours of things to do: https://www.lego.com/en-us/kids.

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