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(Image Credit: Lawrence Lane Photography) Hey there! I’m Amy Geswein, Digital Goddess at Jonesboro Radio Group. I’m the divorced mom of one awesome little kid. While I’m no parenting expert by any means, at the very least, I’m trying my hardest to be the best mom I can be. That’s what matters, right? I started […]

Activity Ideas

FOA Summer Registration now open

JONESBORO, AR (Foundation of the Arts) – Keeping the arts alive even in difficult times, the FOA is hosting summer dance, drama, and art classes/camps (while following state health guidelines) as well as some online/zoom options for ages 4-18!

Summer Registration began May 15 and will be ongoing throughout June and July. Classes start June 2.

In addition to regular classes and some special dance intensives, we will also be featuring two Young Artist Theatre camps for children/teens where they will be immersed in all aspects of theatre- vocal training, acting workshops, choreo, set work, tech, etc all while rehearsing for a live end of camp main stage production. Those two titles this summer are:

Disney’s Descendants the Musical (ages 12-18) in June
Wizard of Oz (ages 7-16) in July

Auditions are held among only those registered on the first day of camp.

For complete class listing or to register- Call 935-2726 or visit foajonesboro.org. Tuition assistance opportunities available!  

Bird Watching – While out on hikes, the family can keep an eye for birds and identify them with the help of the Wings Over Arkansas Program. Download the Arkansas Bird Checklist here

Geocaching – Take your kids on the world’s largest treasure hunt. Little geocaches are hidden everywhere for you to find. In fact, there are 106 geocaches hidden in Jonesboro alone. All you need is a writing utencil, a few small trinkets to share, and your phone. Download the app and go on an adventure!

Fishing – Take the family out for a lazy afternoon near on the water with a few fishing poles and enjoy the sun. Not sure where to start? Download the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Beginners Fishing Guide here.

PlantSnap – Go for a hike and help the little ones identify plants and flowers with the click of a button on your phone.

Virtual Nature Center – Check ou the Arkansas Game and Fish Virtual Nature Center. This website offers education on new outdoorskills, craft projects, recipes, creautre features, and more

Walking – The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center and Craighead Forest Park both have trails for you to walk on with the family. Download a map of the Habitat Trail here. Download the Craighhead Forest Trailhead Map here.

Family Game Night – Bust out the board games or the card and let the kids taste sweet victory or feel the sting of defeat.  Don’t have board games at home? You can easily download apps that the whole family can use or play games online on websites like Pogo.com.

Forts – If you remeber collecting every chair and blanket in the house and creating the world’s best fort when you were a child, you know how awesome it can be! Treat your kids to the same fun and then read and tell stories inside of it.

Theme Dinners – This one is for the not-so-picky eaters. Have a family theme night with traditional meals from other countries like Germany, Italy, Mexico, and others.

Kitchen Experiments – Give each participant an ingredient and assign them a dish to make for dinner – entree, side, dessert. Let them get as creative as they want with the main ingredient and any other items available in the pantry.  Spice it up (pun intended) with a prize for the best dish of the evening. Prize ideas: Double allowance for the week, extra screen time, freedom from chores for a day, and etc.

We get it. We’re supposed to stay inside and away from other people. The governor has temporarily closed the schools. The kids are at home for now, and you’re already running out of things to do.

Never fear! We have several FREE ideas for you to try to keep them entertained, out of trouble, and keep the sibling rivalry to a minimum. Check out this list:

  • Fluency and Fitness is offering three free weeks for parents to use their program at home. This program provides K-2 reading and math topics while providing movement breaks.

 

  • Mental Floss has 12 world-class museums you can visit online to help build your child’s interest in art and history

 

  • Switcheroo Zoo lets your children watch, listen, and play games to learn all about animals

 

  • Fun Brain has games to help kids practice their math and reading skills

 

 

  • PBS Kids lets you hang out with your favorite characters and play games all while learning

 

  • Into the Book takes you “Into the Book” to play games and practice reading skills

 

  • Star Fall gives kids the chance to practice phonics skills with read along stories

 

  • Suessville lets you read and play games with Dr. Seuss and all of his fun characters

 

 

  • ABC YA hones math and reading skills through fun games

 

 

  • ABCs to ACTs: Learning through play, creativity, and exploration

 

 

  • Scholastic: Find interactive games, science projects, and more with all of your favorite characters from the best books like Magic School Bus, Home Base, Harry Potter, Cat Kid’s Comic Club, and more!

 

  • Cool Math: Explore the world of Math though games, trivia, logic problems, and more!

 

 

  • National Gallery of Art: Get an informative introduction to art and art history in addition to creative projects and activities for kids of all ages

 

 

 

  • Mission US: Provides an interactive way to learn history

 

 

  • Khan Academy: Build a deep, rock-solid understanding in math, grammar, science, history, SAT®, AP®, and more.

 

  • CELLS alive! provides students with a learning resource for cell biology, microbiology, immunology, and microscopy

 

  • Kids Reads: Find reviews, author information, and more on children’s books

 

  • Youngzine: Get age-appropriate news for your kiddos on a variety of topics from World news, to technology, and more.

 

  • Fuel the Brain: High quality educational games connected to core standards in elementary education

 

  • Exploratorium: Lets students explore science, art, and human perception

 

  • Turtle Diary: Introduce kids to new, exciting ways of learning with the help of fun online games, videos, experiments, puzzles, coloring sheets, and more!

 

  • Sesame Street: Offers preschool games, videos, and coloring pages all while making your child grow smarter, stronger, and kinder

 

  • Fun Fonix: Build up reading skills all while making phonics fun for everyone!

 

  • Tvokids: Watch educational videos and play games that help you learn while also staying entertained

 

  • NASA Kids’ Club: Explore outer space and all the awesome science that comes along with it!

 

  • Cryptoclub:org is a website where students can learn and apply cryptography. It includes many tools for encrypting and decrypting, messages to crack, games to enjoy, comics to read, and more.

 

  • Earthquakes for Kids: Learn the science of earthquakes, come up with science fair projects, and learn history with USGS

 

 

  • Grid Club: This is a fun and interactive learning website for 5-12 year olds.

 

  • Magic Tree House: Go on incredible missions with Jack and Annie as they travel around the world and through time

 

  • DOGO News: DOGO News has fun articles for kids on current events, science, sports, and more! There are also lots of stories, pictures, videos, games and the DOGO news map for kids!

 

  • Science Bob: Stuck at home? It’s experiment time. Let’s do this.

Schools Offering Free Lunches this Summer

CORNING SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 857-6818

Location(s): Corning High School

Time(s): Weekly pick ups will continue through May. Daily pick ups begin June 1; 10 a.m. to Noon.

Special Information: Ages 1-18 welcome; does not have to be Corning student; details to be posted later on webpage

BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 781-3711

Location(s): Bay Senior High Gym

Time(s): Monday – Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Until June 30.

Special Information:Deliver and pick up both avilable; DO NOT HAVE TO BE BAY STUDENT; any student up to 18 yrs old

 

MARMADUKE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 597-2723

Location(s): Marmaduke and Lafe Campuses

Time(s): Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to Noon

Special Information: Open to anyone under 18


 

PARAGOULD SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 240-2200

Location(s): Junior High front parking lot or Oak Grove Middle School front parking lot

Time(s): Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Special Information:June 1-June 26 & July 6-July 31; DO NOT HAVE TO BE PGOULD STUDENT; anyone under 18; delivery not available

BATESVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (479) 225-6801

Location(s): West Magnet Elementary, Sulphur Rock Magnet, Batesville High School

Time(s): 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday until June 30

Special Information: Buses deliver or are parked at school for curb-side pick up. Not required to be a Batesville student, child does not need to be present. To schedule drop off, use google form on website, or call (479) 225-6801.

IZARD COUNTY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 258-7700

Location(s):Bus delivery on bus routes; Pickup available at the Elementary and High School Cafeterias

Time(s): Daily from 10 a.m. to Noon until June 30

JACKSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 349-2232

Location(s): Bus delivery available; Pickup at elementary car line & Swifton bus drop off

Time(s): M-F 10 a.m. – Noon until June 30

Special Information: Anyone under 18 yrs old; Hot meals will be delivered

HILLCREST SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 376-5416

Location(s): Strawberry Campus Cafeteria

Time(s): Monday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to Noon until June 30

Special Information: Call to be added to delivery route; DO NOT HAVE TO BE HILLCREST STUDENT — just under 18

 


 

LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Phone: (870) 886-6634

Location(s): Walnut Ridge Cafeteria

Time(s): Daily from 11 a.m. to Noon starting June 1

Special Information:Anyone under 18 yrs old

Story Time with Rob West

It's Simple, Said Simon
by Mary Ann Hoberman

 

 

The Very Lonely Firefly
by Eric Carle

 

 

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach
by Eric Litwin, James Dean, and Kimberly Dean

 

 

5 Little Ducks
by Wenday Straw

 

 

10 Fat Turkeys
by Tony Johnston

 

 

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
by Jane Yolen

 

 

Little Red Riding Hood
by Nat Lambert and Rosie Butcher

 

 

Polka Dots for Poppy
by Amy Schwartz

 

 

Skippyjon Jones
by Judith Byron Schachner

 

 

Socks for Supper
by Jack Kent

 

 

Humpty Dumpty and Incy Wincy Spider
by Wendy Straw

 

 

Is That a Cat?
by Tim Hamlton

 

 

Good Night Train
by June Sobel

 

 

Good Night Gorilla
by Peggy Rathman

 

 

Pete the Cat: Play Ball
by Eric Litwin, James Dean, and Kimberly Dean

 

 

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
by Eric Litman
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
by Mo Willems

 

 

Morris Goes to School
by Bernard Wiseman

 

 

Go, Dog. Go!
by PD Eastman

 

 

Big Red Barn
by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Engine The Could
by Watty Piper