Just for Fun

American Sign Language University – A resource for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.

American Sign Language  – Learn a few words and phrases in American Sign Language.

Code.org – projects for kids with themes like Minecraft, Star Wars, Anna and Elsa, Harry Potter and more.

Cool Math Games – Strategies, skill, number logic, and more.

Cool Math 4 Kids – Games for all ages. 

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room – by Youth Services Librarian Sydney Krawiec. 

Instructables Cooking Class for Teens – If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cook, this is the class for you! By following along, you’ll learn all the fundamentals of cooking you need to create delicious meals.

Learn with Smithsonian. Activities, games, and information on art, history, culture, science and nature. 

Lego Games – Lots of fun free games.

Manga/Anime – Learn how to draw Manga or Anime.

Prodigy – A fantasy and adventure game where you use math to aid you on your journey. Covers math skills for grades 1-8. You must create a free account. 

Scratch -You can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in the online community.

Serviv – The goal of surviv.io is to be the last player standing. You only live once per game – there is no respawn!

Snopes – When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes.com’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. 

 

Virtual Field Trips

Arts and Culture – Virtual tours of museums worldwide on Google Arts and Culture. 

Easter Island – Explore the Moai up close.

Georgia Aquarium Webcams -Puffins, jellies, African penguins, piranhas, beluga whales and more.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic -The British Library has made this exhibit available online for free through Google Arts and Culture. 

Let’s Explore: National Parks -United States. Use Google Earth to explore national parks from home.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch the antics of sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

National Gallery of Art – the nation’s museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.

New England Aquarium Virtual Visit – Presentations and videos you can watch from home. 

Reid Park Zoo. Watch elephants, giraffes, grizzlies, lemurs, and lions. 

 

Community Organizations

Backyard Growers – A grassroots organization reshaping Gloucester’s relationship with food. Offerings include gardening programs, cooking workshops, and public events to get families and individuals excited about growing and cooking their own food.

Cape Ann Museum -An art museum with offerings for children including free art  – workshops, Young at Art playgroup, family tours on the last Saturday of every month, an activity center playroom, four floors of galleries and sculpture parks. Kids always visit free.

Cape Ann YMCA – The Cape Ann YMCA offers childcare services and youth, adult, and family programming.

Gloucester Health and Human Services – Community health care portal.

Gloucester, MA  – Official website for the City of Gloucester, MA.