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Inevitably, we all have a wee bit of down time or the need for a a little bit of a mental escape during the holidays. Fortunately, the internet houses plenty of resources at our finger tips! Here is a round up of several websites for free online fun the kiddos (and you) during the holidays:
hoopla is an online source of movies, television shows and music offered through your local library. Many of you probably have access and don't even know it yet! (I actually didn't know we had access until a local library tweeted about it.) hoopla has a nice collection of holiday movies but also is a great resource for year-round entertainment. Viewing does need be on a tablet.
Northpole.com is a cute site with a "Secret Santa Village" housing activities, craft ideas, recipes, educational games and more. Watch out for the Disco Dancing Santa!
The Norad Santa Tracker is a classic. The tracker allows kids to track Santa as he visits children around the globe. They can keep an eye on his trip as he gets closer to their home. You can also listen to holiday music and play holiday games. Just like an Advent Calendar, a new game is revealed each day of December until Christmas.
EmailSanta.com has a Santa webcam so you can peak in and see what Santa is doing in the North Pole. If Santa is not available, you can watch youtube videos of Santa via Santa Snooper. Plus, you can email Santa, a reindeer and more!
On Claus.com, parents and kids can find more cute holiday activities including games and crafts. Kids can go to "Elf School" and meet Santa's reindeer.
Online Holiday Games is another sizable roundup of free holiday games. They are fun asides for any age and I did find the Snowglobe Madness a bit challenging!
With the Reindeer Cam, kids can watch Santa's reindeer. Santa sometimes makes an appearance! On Christmas Eve you can even see Jolly Old St. Nick take off! Check the FAQs for the schedule.
If you are looking for the history of all things holiday, check out the History Channel which has plenty of materials to read and videos to watch. Really a great source to learn about all of the holidays of the season!
Storynory has readings of a number of Christmas stories. You can also translate the text into many languages which is pretty cool!
The Museum of Science and Industry has quite a collection of holiday traditions around the world as well as sections on Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and Chinese New Year. Another excellent way to add some education into the season!