lthough we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try out some of these ways to stay connected.
The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is offering wellness checks to anyone 60+ who would like to be called during the stay-at-home order issued by Hays County. If you or someone you know would like a social wellness check, call 512.393.8412 and leave the name and phone number of the person to be added to the phone list.
For All Ages
Neighborhood Hop Egg Hunt - through April 13
Create your own paper eggs and encourage your neighbors (and businesses) to join you in a Neighborhood Hop Egg Hunt now through April 13th! How does this work? It’s simple!
1. Print your egg: Egg 1; Egg 2
2. Decorate it, then cut it out if you wish
3. Hang the decorated eggs on your front door or make visible in a window
4. Go for a walk around your neighborhood and see how many eggs you can find!
The San Marcos Public Library has created a COVID-19 Resource Guide for our community. In it you can find general information and resources, as well as specific information about health, food, schools, and nonprofit organizations.
Food Resource Guide created by Alma’s Light - local food resources
Connecting with Others
- Call or Facetime a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
- Write a letter.
- Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out a food delivery service and have it brought to you.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
- Take care of your mental health.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Join the San Marcos Public Library’s Virtual Book Club.
- A Better Way to Homeschool - A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn. Preschool through 8th grade.
Exercise your Brain
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Visit the San Marcos Virtual Library - The library has tons of free ebooks ready for your enjoyment .
- Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
For the Kids (or kids at heart)
Connecting with Others
- Hold a virtual play date through Facetime.
- Teach a young person how to write and send a letter.
- Story Time From Space - Videos of astronauts reading children’s books.
- Over Coming Obstacles - Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.
Visual and Performing Arts
- Live stream local bands.
- Watch movies/shows filmed in San Marcos.
- Daily Doodle lessons by Mo Willems.
- FreeKidsCrafts - Lots of categories of idea, templates and print outs.
- Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas
- Online digital coloring pages at www.thecolor.com.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
- Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
- Kids Think Design - Explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.
- Healthy Eating - US Department of Health and Human Services guide for healthy eating.
Nature and Virtual Travel
- Take a virtual tour of the Mermaid March, the mermaid statues around San Marcos.
- Take a virtual tour of the murals and sculptures in San Marcos.
- Albert’s Weather Classroom - KVUE news weather related learning.
- Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world! Use Street View to see places like you’re actually there.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium - Head to the Aquarium through their live stream.
- Virtual Museum Tours - Visit museums around the world through their virtual tours.
- San Diego Zoo - Check out their live animal cams and videos.
- The Environmental Nature Center - Educational videos geared towards school-aged children.
- Aquarium of the Pacific - A collection of webinars, live-cam footage and classes for all ages.
- Nat Geo Kids - Learn about geography and animals from National Geographic.
- National Park Tours - Virtual tour of National Parks
- Gardening - Guide to gardening for kids
- Smithsonian Zoos and Museums - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to your screen.
- Virtual School Activities - Collection of links to virtual field trips.
- Visit Mars - Actual footage shot by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Just for Fun
- All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
- Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
- Maker Stations - 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
- Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
STEM and Educational Resources
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Bed Time Math - Math as a fun part of your daily family routine
- ECB - Games to get "into the book"
- Conjuguemos - Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.
- Instructables - 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects
- Science Spot - Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
- The Happy Scientist - Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
- Climate Kids - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
- PBS Learning- PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials
- Quizlet - For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.
- Brainscape - Offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
- Banzai - Exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
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