News from Youth Services Category: Family Friday

Family Friday: Go Noodle

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning! You will find:

  • Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos
  • Downloadable curricular activities
  • Recommended off-screen home activities

You can also create a free account on Go Noodle to access dozens of movement activities and songs to help with sensory and motor skills, social-emotional learning, and even math facts. If you are missing camp this summer, we recommend the Moose Tube channel on Go Noodle for a little fun with call and response. Click below to try “Fried Ham.”

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And for more activity ideas, check out this page.

Family Friday: Baking Scones

Learn how to bake jam scones with Miss Mary!


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of butter 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • Jam


  • 1. Grease an oven tray lightly.
  • 2. Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 3. Sift flour and baking power into a mixing bowl.
  • 4. Add sugar and mix well.
  • 5. Add butter to dry ingredients. Keep working it until the butter is finely mixed through.
  • 6. Beat the egg slightly and gradually add a little at a time to the flour and butter mixture.
  • 7. Add a little milk at a time as needed.
  • 8. Keep stirring until the mixture is firm but slightly moist.
  • 9. Sprinkle flour on the work bench. Turn mixture out and knead with your hands to make it smooth.
  • 10. Cut the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a ball with your hands.
  • 11. Place them on the oven tray. Poke a hole in the top of each with a finger, and fill the hole with jam.
  • 12. Brush the top with the leftover milk.
  • 13. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

To discover more delicious recipes and learn about food from many cultures, try A to Z World Food in our Web Resources.

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Family Friday: Move More Together

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Grab the people around you to be part of a community that is moving through the tough times together. The American Heart Association is livestreaming weekday celebrations to get you and your family up and moving. Follow along on their Facebook Live for dancing, yoga, and more for all fitness levels.

You can also watch recorded workouts and try some of the 25 fun ways to get moving at home.

Can you… Do 10 frog jumps? Read standing up? Practice spelling by doing a jumping jack for each letter?

Go to our Activities from Home page for more fitness and movement ideas.

Family Friday: Storytelling Podcast

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Getting tired of your screens? How about an evening of storytelling? The only pictures you’ll need are the ones in your imaginations! One of our favorite podcasts is called Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest by Adam Gidwitz. Join the hilarious and energetic author and his students for classic fairy tales like you’ve never heard before.

Each episode is rated on a scale from Grimm to Grimmer to Grimmest based on how scary or gross it gets! Perfect for fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and A Tale Dark & Grimm.

Listen: Season 1 is available on Kids Listen

Talk: What’s your favorite fairy tale? Can you retell it or act it out with your family?

Go to this page for more great podcasts for kids.