Our Favorite Local Live Streams for Kids to Help Weather COVID-19


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Whether you and your kiddos are social distancing, isolating, or full-on quarantined, these local organizations can fill up your timeline with kid-friendly, live-action lessons and fun.

4 Paws 4 Ability
4 Paws 4 Ability is a Xenia-based agency that breeds, trains, and matches service dogs with children around the world. And if you log into their Facebook page Monday through Friday at 10:15 a.m., you can see Real! Live! Puppies!

Blue Manatee Literacy Project
Missing storytime? Aren’t we all. Oakley’s Blue Manatee Literacy Project (formerly Blue Manatee Books) hosts live stories and singalong on their Instagram story every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. to keep your kiddos moving and motivated to read.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
So you can’t walk around the Zoo right now. But you can go on a “Home Safari” with zookeepers every weekday at 3 p.m. on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube to learn about animals like ocelots, porcupines, and a certain little hippo. And when you watch, you’ll be among friends: Last Tuesday’s episode drew nearly 100,000 viewers.

Honorable Mention: Curbside Pickup!

Here are a couple local notables who are making their crafty services available for carryout: 

Indigo Hippo Creativity Kits
The arts-and-crafts pros at this art supply thrift store know a thing or two about being scrappy. For kids stuck indoors, they’ve compiled themed, age-appropriate craft kits, priced to sell at just $5 each. Pick up at their OTR shop anytime Tuesday–Saturday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
1334 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 918-4917

Queen City Clay Pottery Take-Home Pottery Kits
These kits are a little pricier at $20-$25 each, but they come with two bisque pieces (choose from a mug, a plate, bud vase, tile, or planter) and include firing fees. Can you say “Mother’s Day?”
3130 Wasson Rd., Oakley, (513) 871-2529

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