Fun Things to Do

Activities for All Ages

AAA Math
Hundreds of pages of interactive practice of basic math skills.

Aesop’s Fables
Online collection of Aesop’s Fables. Includes a total of 655+ Fables.

Balsa Bridge Building Contest
Info on contests, great for junior architects and budding engineers!

Brain Teasers
These are words arranged in unusual ways or patterns for you to figure out the saying or phrase. Like mind/matter = “mind over matter.”

ChessKIDS Academy
Free online chess course, has levels and challenges of the day. Cool!

Classics for Young People
Read Kids Classics Online. If you love to be on the computer, and if you care to read online and catch up with the classics, this is the site for you!

Computers for Kids!
Teaching children the proper use of computers is an ongoing job that is handled by teachers and parents.

Cooking with Children
Cooking together can be a delicious learning experience for children and their parents.

Craft Projects for Teens
Ideas and craft projects that have a summer theme for youth and teens to enjoy.

Cybils: Children’s and YA Blogger’s Literary Awards
A wonderful site for parents to find challenging and engaging books for their children.

Explore Texas
A list of cultural places to visit in Texas, from museums to historical sites.

FirstGov for Kids
Arts, careers, fun stuff, find it all here.

Free Kids Crafts & Activities Library
Try these cool activities!

FunBrain
Try the games, like Baseball Math. This site will keep you busy for months! (Even has stuff for your parents!) May need downloads like Shockwave and Flash, ask your parents first.

Games Kids Play
This site has playground games, jump rope rhymes, international games and more!

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Reading List
Find book lists for your favorite math monster, physics fiend, young lawyer or political scientist, programming prodigy, scientist and more!

How Stuff Works
This is an amazing site. Go to “cool stuff” on bottom right and try the animation one. With your parents permission, you can receive a free daily or weekly e-magazine online. So much to learn, so little time.

Human Anatomy Online
Here’s the place to see the pictures and learn the real terms for all of the body parts. Great vocab and pre-med trivia.

iCivics: The Democracy Lab
iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

Kids on the Web: Computer Education Guide
You have grown up with computers and the Internet all around you. As you continue to grow, you will find that computers continue to be increasingly important in all aspects of our lives. For this reason, it is very important to be good at using and working with computers!

KidsClick Web Search
Web guide and search tool for kids by librarians.

My Hero
Real-life hero stories from around the world.

Neuroscience for Kids
You can (with parent permission) subscribe to an online e-magazine. Try some of the games, but read the articles and learn while having fun!

Newbery Medal Books
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Play Tricks on Your Eyes: Optical Illusions and More!
Links to dozens of sites where kids can learn about optics and the human eye.

Puzzle Choice
Great games for kids! Crosswords, Word Search puzzles, Number puzzles, Brainteasers, Word Play, Rhymes and Picture puzzles.

Surfnetkids
This site could take you the whole summer to peruse!

Summer Activities
27 Creative and Inexpensive Ways To Keep Children Busy in the Summer

Summer Science Activities
Integrating science into your daily summer “do” list is a lot easier than you think. Often, the trick is simply to realize that science surrounds us.

The AES Bug Club
This site helps you to identify bugs, consult with real and amateur entomologists. From the UK, so we are considered “Overseas”.

The Museum of Unnatural Mystery
A slightly bizarre cyberspace science museum for all ages that looks at questions such as: Are there really flying saucers? What killed the dinosaurs? Is there a Loch Ness monster?

US Treasury for Kids
This is a US government-created page for kids from the Dept. of the Treasury. The mint site has kids’ games and cartoons. Keep following the kids’ links. It is a great combo of fun things to know.

White House 101
Follow the links and find out more about the President and Vice President and their families. Take the virtual tours and try the quizzes. Can you meet the challenges presented here?

World Walk Travel Adventure
Dave Kunst is the first person verified to have circled the entire earth (with exception of the oceans) on foot.
Advanced Secondary/Post-Secondary Level Online Courses
Coursera
Partners with schools like Princeton, U Penn, U Mich, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Caltech to bring free, college-level education to the web.

Udacity
Udacity is a totally new kind of learning experience. You learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures). At Udacity, we put you, the student, at the center of the universe.

EdX
EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone.