Heartland organizations keep kids educated, entertained during COVID-19

Heartland organizations keep kids educated, entertained during COVID-19
A list of Heartland organizations helping families stay educated and entertained. (Source: WFIE)

(KFVS) - Several local schools, libraries, law enforcement, and other organizations want to make sure your family has educational ways to stay busy and entertained while staying home.

Below is a list of some in the Heartland. If you would like to add to the list, please email news@KFVS12.com.


According to the Facebook page, the museum is offering free virtual tours, Facetimes, or phone calls for children. Call 573-481-9967 to set one up.

The Sikeston Public Library is offering a free curbside pickup option for renting books. You must call ahead of time to reserve, with a limit of five items. Library accounts must be in good standing.


Historic Downtown Sikeston has set up a scavenger hunt that can be done from the comfort of your vehicle.

Residents and businesses are having a bear hunt in Kennett, Mo. People of all ages can ride around Kennett searching for hidden bears and other animals.

This martial arts school located in Cape Girardeau is livestreaming classes on its Facebook page.

The Cape Girardeau Public Library is holding a virtual story time with a new children’s book once per day on their Facebook page.

Firefighters will hold a virtual fire engine tour Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. on their Facebook page.

Firefighters with Jackson Fire and Rescue are reading books every night the week of March 29 at 8 p.m. on their Facebook page.

The hospital is hosting a scavenger hunt. Enjoy a walk, while social distancing, and see how many items the kids can spot.


The school announced opportunities to continue reading while at home thanks to the Poplar Bluff Public Library. Also, any Poplar Bluff school library books can be dropped off at any meal site.


The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Illinois is hosting online programs and delivering meals.

  • The Springer Street site is a designated pick up site for lunches for youth Monday – Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Carbondale Community High School #165 is providing the lunches for the Club.
  • Throughout the day the programming schedule is full of things for youth to check in on Facebook Live or watch the videos on YouTube later.
    • Kids can start off the morning with Good Morning Members with Ms. Bri or Ms. Elycia, talking about daily routines and how to take care of yourself and even some breakfast ideas. At noon you can settle in with a book and lunch and join Mr. Kurt for the BGCSI Book Club and listen to him read Hatchet.
    • At 2:00 p.m. you can join Mr. Sheridan, Ms. Jessica, Ms. Bri or Mr. Baron with art lessons, STEM experiments and some relaxation.
    • From 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. come by the Club and pick up dinner from a variety of different local restaurants. Then settle in again for a great picture book story time with Ms. Elycia and try to guess where she is.
    • End the evening at 7:00 pm with another variety of activities ranging from Financial Literacy, social emotional support and art activities.

Horticulture Educator Austin Little and Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Katie Bell are teaming up to share a free webinar series for beginning gardeners. There are six webinars planned, beginning April 7. These are activities for all ages. Please contact Tina Carpenter for more information at tcarpenter@bgcsi.org or 618-457-8877 x 0023.

The sheriff’s office is joining other law enforcement agencies across the nation in a new initiative called Books and Badges. Deputies will be reading books for children.


D.A.R.E. officers in Paducah, Ky. are reading children’s books on their Facebook page.


Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. is sharing several different resources on their social media platforms. Those include: an “ArtiFACT of the Day,” “Moments of Discovery” videos, a weekly release of the popular “Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast,” “Wildlife Wednesdays,”and “Fossil Friday.”

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