Relaxation & Recreation Resources

Remember: Getting outside is the best relaxation/recreation there is!

18 Unusual Crafts for Kids

Make floam, glow in the dark bubbles, chalk and more! Lots of fun!

20 Virtual Field Trips

Many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Check them out.

Amazon Kids Movies

During the COVID-19 crisis, you can stream kids’ movies for free–that’s right FREE– on Amazon.

British Men Reciting Poetry

For your listening pleasure. Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Alan Rickman, Benedict Cumberbatch & more!

Cake Recipes for When You Are Missing an Ingredient

On lockdown and feeling the urge to bake, but missing something apparently vital? Here are some ideas from great bakers past and present.

Calm

Content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness from Calm.com. Meditations, music & stories for the whole family.

Chamber Music Society

Recordings, music videos, and livestreams from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Color Our Collection

Museums around the world have created free downloadable coloring pages based on works from their collections.

Coursera Free Well-Being Classes

From de-mystifying mindfulness to understanding the science of happiness, Coursera’s popular wellness courses are available for free.

Disney Rides Online

Experience all of Disney’s best rides virtually. Fun for a rainy day.

Happiness

Happiness is… baking for others, blanket forts, gratitude, music and more. Discover the things that make us all happy.

Harry Potter at Home

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

You can complete this escape room as a family or individual, you can compete against friends and try it multiple times.

Homemade Playdough

How to make playdough with the Connecticut Science Center.

How to Make Old-Fashioned Donuts

Crunchy on the outside, cakey and tender on the inside, and laced with tasty cinnamon and nutmeg throughout!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Join the beloved children’s author every day for a new drawing lesson!

Magic Tricks

Magic lessons for kids (and adults will love them, too!)

Mindful Breathing

Dawn Dubay, School Readiness Facilitator from the Middletown Public Schools, shows us how to relax and feel calm with three fun breathing exercises.

Relaxing Background Music

“Weightless” by Marconi Union. 10-hours of  soothing background music that has been called the most relaxing song in the world!

Peabody Museum's Coloring Book

Coloring pages from the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

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Stay-at-Home Bingo

Play Russell Library’s Stay-at-Home Bingo Game. Four bingo cards for four times the fun!

Bingo Card 1                    Bingo Card 2

Bingo Card 3                    Bingo Card 4

Storytime from Space

Listen to astronauts read children’s stories from the Space Station!

Tips for Staying Home

Resources to help you deal with the pandemic.

Virtual Tours of Famous Places

Russell Library has gathered together some of the best virtual tours on the Internet. Travel the world from home!

Yoga

Free online yoga sessions from Yoga Journal.