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FAMILY TIPSHEET: Fun and budget-friendly stay-at-home activities

FAMILY TIPSHEET: Fun and budget-friendly stay-at-home activities

Please note: The information provided in this tipsheet is for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, agencies or private businesses, or as a comprehensive resource list.

Based on when you are viewing this tipsheet, the information may not be the most up to date. Please refer to the date this tipsheet was last updated, at the end of the document. You can also access this tipsheet online at


Arts, music and sensory activities


Businesses offering craft ‘to go’ kits

  • Crock-A-Doodle: locations are offering Painting-To-Go Kits. Etobicoke, Unionville, and Whitby are just a few amongst others who are advertising on Instagram.
  • Glaze Craze: this Richmond Hill studio offers a Take Home Art Kit with curbside pick-up or delivery options
  • Sweet Flour Bake Shop: the Toronto location is offering spring cookie decorating kits delivered to your door


Connecting with others online

  • HB Alumni Network: connect and share information with Holland Bloorview alumni clients and families via the hospital’s newest online networking platform
  • The Netflix Party Google Chrome Extension: sync a show or movie with a group of friends, while also group chatting
  • Houseparty: a group video chat platform that allows for face-to-face communication with multiple people at a time
  • Chai Lifeline Canada: a list of resources, tips, and daily schedules of events for families to participate in, created for the community impacted by childhood illnesses
  • Mindfulness Mondays with CAMH: free online mindfulness sessions for caregivers and loved ones in the developmental disability community, regardless of age or disability


Exercise and physical activities

At home

Videos and Apps

Live streams

  • Dana Falsetti Yoga: accessible chair exercise classes and wrist free practice
  • P.E. with Joe: free 30-minute workout classes for kids, streamed on Youtube
  • Three Branches Wellness: free online yoga classes from a Toronto-based studio
  • Mindfulness Mondays and Fit Fridays Free online mindfulness sessions for caregivers and loved ones in the developmental disability community, regardless of age or disability and fitness sessions (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre)

Virtual tours and trips


Book readings or listening activities


Early Release Movies On-Demand

  • Family movie night in: 48-hour rentals for new release movies on-demand starting at $19.99 per rental (E! News)

There are also activities to do in the meantime that are about COVID-19 or Coronavirus. You can find these ideas in other Holland Bloorview tipsheets.



This tipsheet belongs to a set of specialized resources for the COVID-19 and Coronavirus outbreak period. If you are looking for other family resources that have to do with childhood disability, please

Created by the Family Support Specialists at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on March 23, 2020.  Updated April 5, 2020.

We thank the following Facebook groups online for their suggestions and input: Holland Bloorview Parent Voices and CareMongering Toronto: Community Response to COVID19.  If you have a question or a resource to share, please feel free to reach out to us at