Engaging Our Minds
Beth Tzedec
Mar 20th 2020

Social gathering, community celebration and family excursions may be curtailed for the short-term, but there are an incredible assortment of opportunities to virtually connect with art, music, literature, worship and wellness. 

Beth Tzedec staff has been surfing social media and web sources to compile a growing list of activities and opportunities to engage with community beyond our four walls. 

Activities and Sources for School-Aged Children

Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips -- These virtual field trips on a wide variety of subject areas, including science, technology, wellness, music and arts, come with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities.

25 Amazing Virtual Field Trips for Kids -- Thanks to technology, it’s now possible for kids to visit all kinds of places from the comfort of their classroom (or home, compiled by Links to the Seattle Aquarium, the Atlanta Zoo's panda enclosure and Yellowstone National Park will bring the outdoors inside for your kids (...and the whole family). 

Scholastic Kids "Make Your Own Comic Book" - 

Activities and Sources for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Kneebouncers: Play with Purpose — KneeBouncers features the best educational games and entertaining videos designed especially for babies, toddlers and preschool kids. 

TVO Kids — TVO Kids provides links to many of their most popular, entertaining and educational videos for parents to view with their children. They also have age-appropriate games and interactive stories to entertain and education your littlest ones.

Activities and Sources for Tweens and Teens

Dear Hank & John -- Real brothers and vloggers John Green (a young adult novelist) and Hank Green (a YouTuber) co-host a lighthearted advice podcast where they answer questions on everything from random thoughts to deep, emotional topics. The advice they give out is mostly good and always entertaining. Their easy camaraderie and self-deprecating charm make you feel like you're in on their inside jokes (of which there are many). 

Science Friday -- Regularly one of the most popular science podcasts out there, "SciFri" (as it's known to its fans) has been informing and entertaining listeners for more than 20 years. For curious science lovers who want to learn about the latest discoveries, Ira Flatow's weekly discussions with experts and listeners are a must-listen.

Activities and Sources for Young Adults, University and College Students

TED Talks Daily -- Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers.

Activities and Sources for Adults

The Louvre (Paris, France) -- Come along on a virtual tour of some of the world's most impressive museum collections, including Egyptian antiquities and the remains of the Louvre's moat, a medieval collection.

The Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY) -- Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks. 

Glowing Up -- Esther and Caroline are on a mission to find their inner glowy goddess and share their findings about the worlds of beauty, health, diet and all things girly and glowy. Come glow up with them!

Chasing Joy -- Find meaningful conversations about wellness that dig deeper into topics such as building a community and blog around wellness, breaking negative health mindsets, and why mental health matters.

Activities and Sources for Seniors

We love hearing from our community. If you have ideas that you'd like us to share with the kehillah, please let us know. Email your ideas any time, and we'll compile and share with the community.