Sheltering in place with children certainly requires a little more creativity. Your local bank may not be the typical place you’d look for ideas, but we have some really cool activities to share!
500 Festival Kickoff to May Coloring Contest
The 500 Festival and STAR Bank teamed up to launch the 2020 Kickoff to May Coloring Contest. Click here to download the coloring sheet and find official rules. The contest is for kids 12 and under, but all ages are welcome to download and color the sheets. Children should only do so under the supervision of an adult.
The 500 Festival will release new coloring sheets every Monday in April. All four designs will pay tribute to the heroes of today's trying times. Once submitted, the 500 Festival will deliver all decorated coloring sheets to our Hoosier healthcare heroes, Indiana educators, and local businesses who are making meaningful sacrifices every day!
Each child who enters will be able to submit one entry per coloring sheet design. There will be two grand prize winners who will receive $500 scholarships, courtesy of STAR Bank! Entries must be submitted online or postmarked to the 500 Festival by May 14!
Update: The Kickoff To May Coloring Contest has concluded. Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Bria and Caitlyn. Their winning coloring sheets can be seen below. For more information on the coloring contest, visit: https://bit.ly/2ANmMr4 and to see many of the coloring sheets submitted for this year's contest visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/500Fest/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10163627933520192
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is a valued community partner that helps prepare today's students for a bright future. Click here for the elementary resource page for parents and educators. This page is updated weekly, sometimes daily, so feel free to check Junior Achievement of Central Indiana's website often for new tools.
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Zoos and Museums
Local zoos and museums are providing amazing online content. Maybe you've already enjoyed the Cincinnati Zoo's Home Safari or the wholesome tweets from Tim at the National Cowboy Museum.
The Indianapolis Zoo is posting fun and educational videos on its Facebook page. Watch red pandas, dolphins, tigers and even take a virtual ride on the Kombo Coaster. If you desire more than the quick videos on their social media, the zoo is offering virtual visits on its website. You can watch real-time webcam feeds from many of the exhibits.
Similarly, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo has posted fun videos and interesting trivia on their Facebook page. They are also posting educational videos on their YouTube page. Download their Nature Bingo game from their social media, and if you want to have a little fun with your next virtual meeting, they've even created some Zoom backgrounds that you can get from their website.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis provides fun and interactives resources for families. Visit Museum at Home for educational videos and entertaining fun at home!