Virtual Recreation

Welcome to the City of Orinda’s Virtual Resource Center! In these uncertain times, a lot of good things are happening too! Did you know numerous educational websites are offering free access to their K-12 curriculum? Many famous museums are offering free virtual tours! Even many musical artists are putting on free live concerts! Do you want to get more information on all these things and more? Then you have come to the right place!

The City of Orinda has put together a comprehensive list of nutritional, educational, recreation, and fun resources for all ages here! Please check back often and follow us on Facebook for new updates and ideas!  We will be updating with new resources as we find them. Have some resources to share? Please email jweiss@cityoforinda.org.

Please note that we do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.

Nutrition

Kids
  • FREE Lunch provided by Acalanes Union High School District - Info HERE
Seniors
  • Unable to purchase groceries or pick-up medicine? Contact Lamorinda Village 925-283-3500 
  • Several businesses have committed to letting seniors shop early before the crowds
    • Orinda Safeway will open 7am-9am Tuesdays & Thursdays for senior shoppers
    • Whole Foods will open 8am-9am Every Day for senior shoppers
    • Target is reserving Wednesday mornings for senior shoppers
  • White Pony Express - Relaying food & goods to those in need in the County 925-322-0604
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  • Support a local restaurant! Current list of Orinda restaurants open for business visit HERE.   Many restaurants are receiving take out or delivery orders. Doordash, Postmastes, & Ubereats can have it brought to you.
  • Buy what you need and don’t over buy
  • Use grocery delivery if available and support local businesses
  • Check-in with neighbors to make sure they have what they need

Educational Resources

Below is an entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.  All you need to do is click the link and follow the instructions on that website to sign-up.
Age of Learning - ABCMouse/Adventure Academy/Reading IQ

More Educational Resources

Recreation Resources (by age group)

Ages 0-5

  • All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
  • Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
  • Mini Me Music *- the Lockdown Song (YouTube)
  • Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
  • Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs- Little Baby Bum (YouTube)
  • Storytelling- Storyline Online (YouTube). Stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
  • Storytelling- Story Time from Space (YouTube) 
  • Songs, videos, and printable activities- Pete The Cat. Episodes also available on Amazon Prime Video

Grades K-5

  • All Kids Network - Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
  • Highlights Kids - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities.
  • Maker Stations - 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
  • Music & Movement- GoNoodle (YouTube)
  • Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
  • Science & Discovery- National Geographic for Kids 
  • Youth Science classes- Amazing Science *

Grades 6-12

  • Nomster Chef - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
  • Science & Discovery- What’s Inside? (YouTube)
  • Science & Crafts- Get Crafty Crafty (YouTube)
  • School Resources listed above on the page

Adults

Older Adults

All Ages

  • Relaxing Music- Yellow Brick Cinema (YouTube). Reduce stress, unwind, improve mental wellness and sleep 
  • Crafting- Naztazia (YouTube) 
  • Boardgames, cards, Legos, and puzzles. Why not start your Monopoly empire or set a timer on games so that family members can choose multiple games? When was the last time you built an indoor fort, played dress-up or made up a dance routine?

Nature and Virtual Travel

Health and Exercise

Indoor Activities

Here are a few ideas for staying active indoors (Disclaimer: Individuals should consult their physician before starting any exercise program or changing their diet to limit risks of injury).

For All Ages

For the Kids

Outdoor Activities
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Did you know that the current Shelter in Place order allows for individuals to "engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the social distancing requirements such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking and running." Here’s a few ideas.

  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.
  • Go for a drive.

Connect & Learn Socially

  • Call or Facetime a friend, relative, or neighbor you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
  • Kids can call or facetime their friends or teachers too!
  • Volunteer - The Contra Costa & Solano Food Bank is just one organization in need of volunteers.
  • Volunteer - Can you sew? Please go to masksnow.org for patterns and instructional videos.

Resources for Seniors

  • Lamorinda Spirit Van - Dispatch@lovelafayette.org 925-283-3534
  • Contra Costa County Information and Assistance Senior & Disabled Hotline - 800-510-2020
  • Transportation Assistance - Dial 511
  • General Services and Resources - Dial 211
  • View the Nutrition & Health section above for meal & exercise resources

Additional Information Resources

Visit the City’s COVID-19 Response pages to find further information, click HERE.

Visit Lamorinda Patch HERE

Visit The Orinda News HERE