Stuck Inside with Children

Monday, October 29, 2012

Leslie Bushara, Deputy Director for Education and Guest Services at the Children's Museum of Manhattan,gives some advice about how to keep your children entertained and occupied while you're holed up inside during the storm. We're taking calls at 212-433-9692!

What are you doing with your kids today? Do you have advice for other parents? Let us know by leaving a comment!


Leslie Bushara

Comments [9]

Howard from NJ

The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared!" They have many ideas for kids to do:

Cub Scouts - If you have a boy in grades 1-5 there are a host of things they can do that are in their handbook. Every rank (Tiger-Webelos) has something practical to do for emergency preparedness. Boy Scouts - grades 6-12 have a range of practical activities and skills referenced in their handbook that they can be working on right now. They also have the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge they can work on.

If your son is not a Scout you can still find these activities online:-
1st grade:
2nd grade:
3rd grade:
4th & 5th grade:

BSA Emergency Preparedness

And if your son wants to join Scouts (Grades 1-12) you can find a pack or troop via

Be prepared!

Oct. 29 2012 12:51 PM
Mary from upper West side

We are working on our halloween costume.

I sent the following to my Girl Scout troop:

There are many tenets of the Girl Scout Law that the girls can put into practice during the storm. Specifically, the promise to be "considerate and caring, friendly and helpful, and to use resources wisely" can directly guide the girls. Here are a few ideas of things a girl scout can do:

- make sure flashlights are working and accessible
- fill water bottles
- check on elderly neighbors
- offer to play with younger siblings or younger children in the building
- encourage the family to be prepared with food, important documents, water, medications and first aid kit, and "to go" bags
- prepare any pet needs

If you have other ideas or have seen your Girl Scout step up to 'be prepared,' please share.

Oct. 29 2012 12:48 PM
The Truth from Becky

How ignorant that people won't evacuate as instructed and first responders have to risk their lives to go get these dummies!! Why do they think they know better than the meteorologists???

Oct. 29 2012 12:37 PM
Amy from Manhattan

"One day a week, no electronics"? Sounds like Shabbes!

Oct. 29 2012 12:31 PM
Ken from UWS

I'm surprised Chris Christie hasn't already privatized all of New Jersey's shelters. Does he suddenly have a renewed regard for the role of government?

Oct. 29 2012 12:21 PM
antonio from In a bunker in Bayside

I have watched the media coverage (particularly the weather channel) and I don't feel it's been nuanced in any way.
I realize they're unprecedented factors about it, but I have heard things like "millions WILL lose power" and constant pictures of empty water and food shelves...
It's like the media is cherry picking? It's a VERY bad storm and I wouldn't go for a dip off Coney Island but it's not a meteor bombardment.

Oct. 29 2012 12:19 PM
Joe from nearby

Speaking of which, how big will the childbirth uptick be next July?

Oct. 29 2012 12:19 PM
Anna from NYC has a whole guide with ideas of things to help keep the kids occupied indoors during the storm, including 50 things to do with kids indoors.

Oct. 29 2012 12:16 PM
Barbara Pinto from NYC

There's nothing like the value of read aloud for children of all ages. And there are some marvelous books that help deal with situations like storms. "Thundercakes" by Patricia Palacco is a wonderful one. You can also follow the recipe in the back of the book to make thundercakes. If you don't have the book, tell the story and make up a recipe (at least while there's power!) Make up a song together, build a play dough city, have fun together today.

Oct. 29 2012 12:14 PM

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