It’s Saturday! If you’re looking for something interesting and educational to do – at home – here are some Saturday, “GAYLE ON THE – STAY AT HOME – GO!” 😊 suggestions! WHEW THE LIST IS LONG!!!
Let me suggest you take a look at my report on KTLA News and then SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE BECAUSE THE LIST IS LONG! THERE ARE SO MANY SUGGESTIONS, I COULD NOT GET THEM ALL ON THE AIR!
Enjoy! Stay safe! (Cover your face. Social distance. Wash your hands.)
“The Toy Guy” Chris Byrne
Stay at Home. Play at Home.
Play & Learning Resources
“THE TOY GUY”, Chris Byrne has toy and play suggestions for families he calls BOREDOM BUSTERS to address the boredom of the Covid-19 quarantine. The items address toys and play in four categories: CREATIVE PLAY, NARRATIVE-BASED PLAY, PHYSICAL PLAY, AND SOCIAL PLAY.
Some of the items on his list include:
Dino Mazing Dino Egg Decorating Kit
From: Hey Buddy, Hey Pal
Ages 3 and up.
Available at www.eggmazing.com
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
From Crazy Aaron Enterprises
Ages 8 and up.
$3.99 & $9.99
Available at Putty World https://puttyworld.com/collections/shop-all-thinking-putty
$4.99 and up
Available at Stikbot https://stikbot.toys/where-to-buy/
Ages 8 and up.
Available at Target https://tinyurl.com/ya5whf86
What Do You Meme Family
From: What Do You Meme
Ages 8 and up.
Available at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/What-Do-You-Meme-Family/dp/B0812BN1L1
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine
Ages 4 and up.
Available at Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/PLAYMOBIL-Scooby-Doo-Mystery-Machine/373147397
Kindi Kids Summer Peaches
From: Moose Toys
Ages 3 and up.
Available at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kindi-Kids-Snack-Friends-Pre-School/dp/B07NSTP6Y7?th=1
Escape This Book: Titanic
From: Random House
Ages 8 and Up
Available through Random House http://rhcbooks.com/books/575579/escape-this-book-titanic-by-bill-doyle-illustrated-by-sarah-sax
From: Hog Wild
Ages 4 and Up
Available at Dicks Sporting Goods https://tinyurl.com/ycpbg9qq
Pop and Pass
From: Hog Wild
Ages 6 and Up
Available at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Hog-Wild-Outdoor-Launchers-Award-Winning/dp/B07P9C7VW3
To review the complete list of “The Toy Guy’s” Stay at Home. Play at Home. Boredom Busters, take a look at his website: thetoyguy.com
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
It’s Spring! It’s the California Native Poppy season. All state parks are closed temporarily to slow the spread of Covid-19, but we can still experience the Poppy season virtually. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is live streaming three views of the park’s rolling hills. In addition to the live camera images, there are also videos providing guided tours of poppies and more.
For more pretty pictures and important details explore the website.
The Theodore Payne Poppy Hour
Fridays from 5:30-to-6:30pm
The California poppy was designated the state flower of California in 1903.This native plant is drought-tolerant, self-seeding and easy to grow in gardens.
Learn more by joining the Theodore Payne Poppy Hour, live on Fridays at 5:30pm PST.
The LIVE show on the Internet also includes information about California native plant gardens, and the people and ideas behind them.
Grab your beverage of choice and join then on Zoom or YouTube, where you can share questions and comments during the hour. Join Evan, Margaret, Andrew, and Philip every Friday through the pandemic.
Another sign of Spring? Tomatomania. The annual La Canada-Flintridge event was cancelled due to Covid-19, but Tomatomaniacs can still learn about the “Tomato of the Year”, get expert information from Tomatomania King Scott Daigre and select from more than 200-varieties of tomato plans online.
“Experience Your Yosemite
Yosemite National Park
“Virtual Yosemite” is described as a “groundbreaking interactive tour of one of America’s spectacular natural environments.
Adventure and wildlife photographer and author Scott Highton says he spent more than two years producing magnificent virtual experience which includes links to a variety of park resources. Also, the National Park Service features webcams for LIVE views of Yosemite.
To learn more about the virtual experience with Mother Nature, take a look at the website: www.nps.gov
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium Online Academy
We learn about the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Online Academy, which is bringing their educational programming as well as fun and entertaining activities to the public during the aquarium’s current closure.
On the webpage find both on-demand videos and activities for all ages and a schedule of interactive live programs with our educators, from virtual classroom sessions to Pacific Pals puppets. The page is updated regularly with new content and live dates.
“Wash Your Hands”
Downloadable Coloring Book
Artist Eric Junker
“Wash Your Hands!” Local artist Eric JUNK-KER is famous for his murals, posters, and things. Now add this! A downloadable coloring book that reminds us to wash our hands in this age of Covid-19. He delivers the message in several languages.
To get a free copy, go the his website: www.ericjunker.com/download-your-coloring-book
Activities for Families Using Household Supplies
California Science Center
The “Stuck at Home Science” program at the California Science Center teaches families important scientific principles using inexpensive items and household supplies. Example? We can learn the physics of space shuttle launches and replicate it using a balloon, string and some tape.
Each science activity video has an activity guide so we can try the science project at home. To see the variety of California Science Center “STUCK AT HOME” science activities, take a look at the comprehensive California Science Center website.
Captain Dave’s Virtual Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wednesdays at 1:00pm PST
Since the Covid-19 quarantine has ended many activities including whale watching, the famous Captain Dave’s Whale Watching and Dolphin Safari is providing weekly virtual tours. Virtual Dolphin and Whale Watching activities happen every Wednesday at 1pm. We’re invited to get our “VITAMIN SEA” and chat with Captain Dave and his special guests live during his Sensorium Cetacean Safari. To participate, go to the website: dolphinsafari.com or their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa53fMnMax27fsyKBP_ygSA/
Inside the Walt Disney Archives
Bowers Museum at Home
Use Your Mobile Device
The brand new “Inside the Walt Disney Archives” exhibition had just opened when the Covid-19 quarantine was imposed. So, Bowers Museum officials have created an online experience until the museum is allowed to reopen. the exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic celebrates The Walt Disney Company on the 50th anniversary of its archives, with behind-the-scenes access never before granted to the public.
Guests are invited to explore The Walt Disney Archives learn about some of the more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. From nostalgic classics like never-before-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction, to modern-day favorites like super hero costumes and maquettes from Frozen, this enchanting exhibition is an immersive treasure-trove the entire family will love.
Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic is curated by the Walt Disney Archives in conjunction with the Bowers Museum.
Experience “Inside the Walt Disney Archives” at Bowers Museum at Home. Use Your Mobile Device and enter: guide.bowers.org
Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling Audio Tour
Annenberg Space for Photography
Listen to the voice of Vanity Fair’s Creative Development Editor David Friend give us a complete audio tour of the exhibition “Vanity Fair : Hollywood Calling”
Although the Annenberg Space for Photography is closed, we can still enjoy this current exhibition from the couch!
David Friend provides fascinating insight at how some of the publication’s most memorable photographs were made.
To hear more of Friend and to see which selected stories and images he discusses, go to the website: www.annenbergphotospace.org
Online Learning Resources
The Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal Center’s award winning educators are providing new online learning resources on a weekly basis intended to aid families and teachers in guiding youth of all ages to learn more about marine mammal health, science and conservation.
Marconi Automotive Museum
You can now get up-close and personal with the impressive car collection. Check the website for tour times and dates available. See new cars and the latest happenings.
Live Streamed on Instagram @mullinmuseum
Tuesdays @ 10am
Mullin Automotive Museum
Compete Prepared with Questions for Chat Feed
We can “stay-at-home” and tour the prize winning four wheel masterpieces at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard.
We can see some of the 140 vehicles, art and artifacts from the couch! All you have to do is follow the Mullin Museum on its Instagram feed Tuesdays at 10am.
The Vault Presented by Hagerty
60,000 Square Feet, More than 250 Cars
Petersen Automotive Museum
For Dates & Themes: Petersen.org/vault
We can “STAY AT HOME!” and discover some of the most iconic and rare cars, motorcycles, and trucks spanning more than 120 years of automotive history on the largest guided automotive tour in the United States. Gayle Anderson says we can “STAY AT HOME” and explore the treasures in THE VAULT at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The tours don’t appeal just to car fans. It’s an educational opportunity to learn about history, politics, and culture.
The virtual tours have specific times and specific themes. Details are on the website: petersen.org/vault
“Happiness is Homemade”
Tournament of Roses Hosts Rosebud Parade
Complete Guidelines: tournamentofroses.com/events/rosebudparade/
Send Video to: email@example.com
The Deadline is Monday, May 11th
It’s a 130-year old tradition. The Tournament of Roses Parade! Well, now there’s this! The Rosebud Parade. The first ever virtual parade featuring floats made by you!
For complete guidelines and instructions for building your Rosebud float, go to the website: tournamentofroses.com/events/rosebudparade/
To submit a video of your Rosebud float, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is Monday, May 11!
Tune in May 28th to see the virtual homemade Rose Parade on Facebook Live.
“Happiness is Homemade!” Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.