Philadelphia schools have closed for the year, and many families across the city are spending a lot of extra time at home with their children. Looking for activities to engage their – and your – bodies and minds? Philadelphia’s Get Healthy Philly program has compiled the resources below to help brighten the days:
Mental health and wellness tips
- Strategies for working and caring for children while home: Tips on how to stay productive and keep children learning
- What you can do to help children during COVID-19: Caring for children in disaster
- Staying active while social distancing: Answers to your questions on how to stay active and safe while social distancing
- Shopping through a disaster: Food planning tips during COVID-19
- Tips for ordering takeout/delivery: Suggestions to stay healthy when ordering food during COVID-19
- The Oyster and the Butterfly: The Coronavirus and Me: A great story to help parents help their children understand and talk about COVID-19
Physical activity and movement ideas
- Choose an activity (or several!) from the Head Start Physical Activity Calendar – we recommend trying out a scavenger hunt in the house.
- Have a dance party – turn on GoNoodle or just some music and show off your dance moves with your children.
- Play a movement game like “musical statues” from We Have The Moves (Healthy Kids Healthy Futures).
- Take some time out for mindfulness and relaxation with Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Stay in touch
- Philadelphia residents can have COVID-19 updates sent directly to their phones. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive free alerts with news and updates from the City. Updates are also posted on the Health Department’s website.
- City officials provide COVID-19 updates Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Updates are live-streamed via the Health Department’s Twitter account @PHLPublicHealth.
- Philadelphia residents can also call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112. Trained healthcare providers are available 24/7 to answer your questions.