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Boredom-busters for kids while Dawson County Schools are closed
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Pottery painting kits from Outside the Lines Art Studio are one of many options for activities to do with kids stuck at home - photo by Erica Schmidt

With schools in Dawson County and all over Georgia currently closed, many parents are looking for activities to keep children busy and entertained. Luckily there are tons of options, thanks to local businesses in Dawson County and online websites offering ideas to keep your kids occupied.

DIY cookie decorating kits from Great American Cookie

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DIY cookie decorating kits from Great American Cookie come with everything you need to decorate your own sweet treats - photo by Erica Schmidt

Great American Cookie in Dawsonville is offering DIY cookie decorating kits for kids and families. The kits come with cookies and icing so kids (or adults) can decorate their own tasty treats from their own home. 

Call the store at (706) 216-1434 to order a kit. You can either pick kits up at the store or they will deliver it to your car at the curb.

Live webcams from the Georgia Aquarium 

Because the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is currently closed to the public, they are offering live webcams on their website of each of the exhibits. Tune in to watch the fish, penguins, beluga whales and more on the aquarium’s website. And for the curious viewers wanting to learn more about the exhibits and individual sea creatures, each page links to other pages with facts, information and further resources to continue researching and learning.

DIY pottery painting from Outside the Lines

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Outside the Lines Art Studio is offering different types of "Porta-Paint" kits, including canvas, pottery and wood - photo by Erica Schmidt

Outside the Lines Art Studio is offering “Porta-paint” packages. The studio has several different options for packages with different items to paint and all the materials a kid could need to make their own unique pieces of art. The studio is offering packages with canvas, pottery and wood.

Simply call (706) 265-2738 to pick up what you want to paint, and the studio will pack your to-go kit with everything you need. When you get to the studio, call inside and they will bring the kit right out to your car.

Free workshops, museum tours and puppet shows from the Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is expanding their Digital Learning platform to include live streams that are not only fun and entertaining but also educational. Many of their programs also come with study guides and extra resources, so curious minds can follow the links on the website to learn more. You can find a schedule of the digital learning programming and instructions on how to tune in on the center’s website.

Fun and educational NASA STEM activities

NASA has dozens of fun options on their website for activities for children of all ages. From ideas of crafts to build, puzzles to solve, and games to play, kids can have fun and increase their STEM knowledge at the same time. NASA’s website organizes topics and activities by age group, so no matter the age of the child there’s guaranteed to be something to keep them entertained and learning.