Recreate at Home

We’ve compiled a list of fun and safe things for you to do at home and outside while practicing social distancing.  We know times are tough but we will get through this together! 

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Sesame Street Town Hall

ICYMI: Watch Sesame Street’s Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism town hall here. This is a great way to open up conversations about what’s going on in our world with kids.


Fitness: Core Workout with Johnny

Join Arlington County Personal Trainer Johnny for this awesome core workout. He’ll show you 10 exercises that you can do with 20 reps each in about five minutes.

Core workout

Nifty Gardening

Here is a great way to garden at home without buying plants or seeds! Did you know you can regrow vegetables and herbs that you eat at home just by putting their ends in water? Learn how to grow your at-home-garden here.

Herb Garden

Art with Mr. Jim: Geodes

Have you ever heard of geodes? They are rock structures with an internal cavity lined with mineral materials inside. Join Mr. Jim in learning about the beautiful geodes and recreating them through art.


DIY Rain Clouds

Rain, rain, go away…or in this case don’t! This fun little science experiment is super simple and only uses a few ingredients. All you need is a glass or jar, water, dropper, shaving cream, and food coloring.

Here’s what to do::

  1. Pour water into the glass, leaving about an inch from the rim.
  2. Carefully add a layer of shaving cream (representing a cloud) to the water (the atmosphere). Be sure not to make it too thick or you’ll find you’re having to wait a long time for the magic to begin.
  3. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the shaving cream.
  4. Fill the dropper with water and squeeze little droplets over the cloud. This will look just like streaks of rain falling!

For a bit more fun add different food colorings and make rainbow rain.

DIY Rain Clouds

DIY Terrarium

A terrarium is like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. You can use just about any glass container to arrange plants like a miniature garden or forest in its own little world. All you need is a jar, soil, pebbles, moss, and a native plant of your choice! Follow the instructions here.

DIY Terrarium

Fitness: Workout with Lori 

Join Arlington County Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer, Lori, for a short five-minute full body workout. All you need is some weights (cans or water bottles work too).

Woman working out

Art With Mr. Jim: Aurora Borealis

Do you love pastel colors? Join Mr. Jim in this awesome video learning to recreate the beautiful magical Aurora Borealis. Here are the materials you will need:

  • 1 piece of black paper
  • 1 piece of white paper
  • Pastel colors (or light-colored crayons)
  • White crayon

Aurora Borealis

Drawing with Dav Pilkey

Check out these fun videos for kids (and adults!) that the Library of Congress collaborated with Captain Underpants author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. Try your hand to draw like Dave! 

Drawing with Dav Pilkey

Livestream Animal Cams @ the National Zoo

Summer Shredding Challenge

Try this free eight-week challenge by Chloe Ting! This workout is suitable for beginners and intermediates. It is a great way to start getting back into shape for the summer and can help you maintain an easy fitness schedule!

Woman working out

Craft Stick Catapult

Here’s a good excuse to eat a lot of popsicles all in the name of STEM exploration, right? How about making a popsicle stick catapult! Just follow these instructions to help your little one engineer and use a simple catapult. There are many things to practice or learn through this easy project: counting sticks, trial and error with construction, fine motor skills for stretching rubber bands, the physics concepts in making a simple machines, and more. The best part for sure is experimenting with all things that will fling!

Craft Stick Catapult

Pouring Station

Young children love to practice grown-up skills and pouring is one they rarely get to try due to the 99% probability it will spill and cause a disaster! Practice makes perfect, right? Gather a few supplies for your child to safely practice and say “yes” to the mess! Click here for full instructions.


Escape from Hogwarts

Any Harry Potter fans out there? Check out this virtual escape room inspired by our favorite wizard! You can do this alone or make this a friendly family and friends competition. Send the link to your friends, pick your Hogwarts house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin) then set a timer and earn house points by escaping the fastest!

P.S. You can listen to the UK audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone for free on Audible Stories.


Agility Circuit with Michelle

Get your heart rate up with this five-minute circuit workout with our DPR Fitness Manager Michelle Atkin! Challenge yourself and increase your speed as you do the ladder exercises.

Woman working out

Get Creative with Treats

Did you know you can create a snake or turtle with simple ingredients you may already have at home?

Check out these two fun recipes and show your creative side with food!

 snake or turtle with simple ingredients

Blast off a Bottle Rocket

Here is your chance to build your own bottle rocket like a pro! It’s simple and all you need are items around your house. Click here for full instructions.

(Note to self:  Challenge someone to see whose rocket goes highest!)

Blast off a Bottle Rocket

Tongue Twisters

Try these tongue twisters from Encore Stage & Studio on your own or with a friend! See how many times you can say them correctly going fast, going slow, or spinning in a circle


Sensory Activities Help Keep You Calm

Visit the Therapeutic Recreation Facebook page for new fun projects every weekday at 1 p.m. Sensory-stimulating activities can help calm the body and mind as well as aid in self-regulation. Activities have been selected that use typical items found around the house, but not food.

finger paint

Puppet Show Spectacular

Have a show! Here are tips on how to have your own puppet program at home. This is a great multi-step activity to have fun for a whole night or two.


Fitness: Planks with Michelle

Challenge yourself with this quick fitness video. How long can you hold a plank? Try different versions: forward, side, dip, twist, and reverse. (BTW: not to burst anyone’s bubble but the Plank World Record is held by a 62-year-man: 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. OMG!

Planks with Michelle

Food Never Tasted Better

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

To celebrate Cinco De Mayo we have put together some fun facts about the holiday:

  • When & Where: Cinco De Mayo was first celebrated in the state of Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862
  • What Happened: Mexico beat the French in a battle.
  • Interesting Fact: While Mexico won the battle, France eventually won the war.
  • Something You Need to Know: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican Independence Day is September 16.
  • How Does Mexico Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: It is primarily celebrated in Puebla with parades, dancing, food, and a big party, but other areas join in the fun.
  • Where is the World’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Los Angeles, CA. (Sadly, not this year)

Want to keep the celebration going? Make your own piñatas!


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