Family Activities You Can Do in Your Room!

Click on a video below and let the fun begin!

McDonald’s Employees

Earlier this year, several McDonald’s employees recorded themselves reading McDonald’s Happy Meal® Reader Books, for RMHC families. With so many RMHC programs unable to welcome in-person volunteers, McDonald’s employees were excited for an opportunity to be there for RMHC families virtually! Stories are available in English and Spanish. Additionally, one version of the story, “Do Fish Glow in the Dark” (below) is available in American Sign Language!

Click here to choose a story read especially for you!

 

501st Legion

Here’s our first volunteer submitted video! It comes from David Hise, Ohio Garrison Commanding Officer of the 501st Legion. The Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion is a group comprised of Star Wars fans from Central Ohio! Families, we hope you enjoy! Enjoy more Star Wars book interpretations from the 501st Legion by clicking here!

 

Nina West’s Storytime

Before the pandemic, Columbus performer Andrew Levitt would come to the House for several activities, including to read to children in our library. During the pandemic, his alter eg0, Nina West, began a virtual story time streamed over the internet. Here’s one that is near & dear to us because it’s all about the derrière and we have many families who stay with us with children who have colorectal conditions!

 

Good Medicine Productions

Good Medicine Productions brings transformative joy through the art of improvisation, comedic performance and innovative storytelling. GMP’s signature program can bring comedic performers to the families and children staying at the Ronald McDonald House virtually and help relieve sadness, anxiety and isolation. In addition to a joke of the day posted on Facebook, such as the one below, the Good Medicine Specialists offers interactive therapeutic fun via video conference. You can schedule a FREE virtual visit so your children can benefit from the fun and laughter these performers bring right to you room!  FREE appointments can be booked for a 15 minute visit on Wednesdays 2:15-4:30pm every week. With only 8 spots available per day, so be sure to schedule your visit quickly by clicking here. Once you reserve your spot, Good Medicine Productions will send you a Zoom link for the day and time of your visit.

 

Columbus Metropolitan Library Videos & LIVE Ineractive Events

Families staying with us can also take part in the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Facebook LIVE & interactive Baby Laptime Storytime on Mondays and Family Storytime on Fridays! Our local library also provides Picture Book Read Aloud videos and Monthly Storytime videos on it’s website.

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Virtual Storytime: Books, songs, and activities to get your child ready for kindergarten.

Live Storytime at 10 a.m. on Facebook.
Mondays: Baby Laptime
Friday: Family Storytime
Or watch past recorded Baby Laptime & Family Storytime videos here.

Interactive Storytime on Zoom

Visit Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Programs & Events page and choose Storytime in the Event Type box to find the virtual Storytimes you want to attend. Register and you’ll receive your Zoom link by email.

Tuesdays: Spanish/English Storytime
Wednesdays: Pre-K Storytime
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Preschool Storytime
Thursdays: Toddler Storytime
Saturdays: Family Storytime

 

How You Can Submit A Virtual Family Activity Video For This Page:

With families spending so much time at the hospital and away from home, we wanted to provide you with some fun, safe activities you can do together. Our Family Activities volunteer team shares their talents, interests, and overall giving hearts with the families by submitting a video  “hosting” a family activity.

Examples of video content:
• Reading a children’s book
• Playing a musical instrument
• Singing
• Dancing or leading a kid-friendly dance
• Leading kid-friendly exercises or yoga
• Teaching a kid’s craft (origami, drawing how-to, etc.)
• “Hosting” games like Simon Says, Red Light/Green Light, Rock-Paper-Scissors, etc.
• Storytelling
• Telling kid-friendly jokes
• Magic tricks

These are just a few examples of activities that will be found here. We have many incredibly talented volunteers of all ages with an abundance of gifts to share!

If you are a volunteer who would like to create a video for us to share with families, it takes just a few steps:

1. Record a video using an iPhone, iPad, or Android device:
iPhone/iPad
Android

2. Email the video to Abigail.Brumme@RMHC-CentralOhio.org so we can share it with families.

Once we receive a video, we will add the video to our online video library, here!

Thank you to all of our contributors!