COVID-19 Resources

Food

All YMCA branches have family food boxes available for pick-up, Monday – Friday, 8:30-5:00. Families can walk right up and take as many bags they think they need.  Some branches have the food boxes inside the front door and some have it outside on the sidewalk in front of their doors. Find the YMCA location closest to you.

Click here for the Minneapolis Public Schools Food Pick-Up Sites.

Employment

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, apply for benefits here.

Staying Active

75 Indoor Games for Kids

Y360: Free activities for kids and families VIDEOS from the YMCA.

Try Playworks Game Library! Explore hundreds of games by group size, available space and equipment, appropriate ages, and developmental skills. Our games are designed to keep all kids playing. You will see lots of games where everyone is “it”, ground-rules that keep games manageable for recess supervisors, skill-building variations on students’ favorite sports, and other adaptations that make games fun and inclusive for everyone.

GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Yoga Ed.:Yoga for Kids

Alo Yoga — MORE Yoga for Kids!

OMTastic Yoga — even MORE Yoga for Kids! 

Mindful Schools is offering mindfulness classes for kids for the next couple of weeks.

25 Indoor Games for Kids 8-12 Years Old

Art

Take a free online playwriting course with Pillsbury House and Theatre! The course is open to anyone, but is especially great for 3rd-6th graders. Final performances will go live the first week of June. To register, email Kari at kario@pillsburyhousetheatre.org, and she’ll send you the link to the Zoom meet-and-greet session on Tuesday, April 8th at 3 PM!

Take a virtual tour of the Louvre.

Explore Mia’s art collection from the comforts of your home. You’ll find fascinating art stories and podcasts, 360-degree images and zoom views of the collection, and more to spark and nurture your creativity.

Art projects for kids while they’re stuck at home.

Education

Three baby eagles hatched this week! Meet them on this live feed from the Department of Natural Resources. 

Three fun and simple science experiments from the Science Museum of Minnesota. 

Scholastic Learn-at-Home provides day-by-day projects to keep kids learning, thinking, and growing. Pre-K through 9th Grade

Kids National Geographic provides games and videos all about nature, science and the world around us.

Become your child’s best reading partner! Visit Reading Partners for downloadable worksheets and reading guides, or sign up to receive them by text message.

Would you be interested in one-on-one online tutoring? Let us know! Email info@cicmn.org with the ages of the kids, what subjects you want help with, and a general schedule that would work best for you.

Educational Play

Check out this database of podcasts for kids of all ages and their families. 

Resources for parents from the Minnesota Children’s Museum.

The Imagination Tree Blog: Activities for school-age children

PBS Kids Learn and Grow has a variety of activities for children ages 2-8 to engage in activities around emotions and self-awareness, social skills, character, literacy, math, science and the arts.

Science with a Side of Awesome is a bi-weekly Youtube show from the producers of Crash Course. It is all about grade school science. They look at Earth, habitats, space, chemical reactions, engineering, and much much more with host Sabrina Cruz. Join them every Tuesday and Thursday for new episodes. This series begins with 5th grade science, so the videos will delve into Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering and Astronomy.

Mental Health

Would you be interested in an online support group or one-on-one time with a professional? Please email info@cicmn.org to let us know.

Walk-In Counseling provides free mental health care to all and are currently offering therapy online. LEARN MORE

Minnesota Trauma Recovery Institute, or MN-TRI, is a mental health service provider with a vision to heal the legacy of traumatic stress in families involved in the criminal justice system. They are currently providing care via an online platform and operate on a sliding scale. Reach out today for individual or family therapy.

NorthPoint’s culturally responsive Behavioral Health Therapists offer a wide range of services for children 5 to 18 and adults. They provide individual, couple and family therapy; support groups; teen therapy; Chemical Health support and psychiatric care.

To be connected with the Intake Department (Clinic Manager: Ellen Johnson): Dial 612-543-2500, after listening to menu options press 9 to be connected to the front desk. Once connected to the front desk, ask them to transfer you to the behavioral services intake department (must be transferred over because there is no direct number).