Mentor Mondays – The Importance of Activities

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to the lives of children – one of these being activity involvement. As many school, community, and sporting events continue to be canceled, children struggle with being isolated and bored at home; therefore, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio puts importance upon children being provided with opportunities for asset building, social connectedness, and fun. 

Mentor Monday is brought to you by Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio.

The staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages mentors to participate in both in-person and virtual activities with their mentees as these both contribute to a sense of normalcy and provide educational, social, and emotional value. A variety of resources and topics are utilized to facilitate match relationships and encourage youth development. These activities, resources, and topics are great for families, as well.

Being able to have fun with a parent, mentor, or other caring adult provides encouragement and support to children.


The curriculum used by the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff focuses on social emotional learning. Children can create a positive thinking journal where they write about things they are grateful for, an event they are looking forward to, or a person who is special to them. Goal-directed behavior can be the focus when children are encouraged to write their goals and then examine them throughout the year to see what has been accomplished. Mentors and parents can teach children grounded techniques to improve upon self-management. And, children can develop social awareness through role playing and practicing taking the perspectives of others.


Additional examples of social emotional learning activities can be found at Along with these, the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff has compiled a list of local community activities and virtual resources.


Indoor Activities

Tuscarawas County YMCA

Boulevard Lanes

Wabash Lanes

Bracket Billiards

The Ernest Warther Museum & Gardens

Crunch Time Sports

Quaker Cinema

Tinsel Town

Paul’s Gamerzone

Escape Room Downtown

Canton Classic Car Museum

Canton Museum of Art

The Pindrop Shop

Kent State University Tuscarawas

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum

Alley Cats Marketplace


Outdoor Activities

The Wilderness Center

Tuscora Park

Wood’s Tall Timber Resort

The Farm at Walnut Creek

Historic Schoenbrunn Village

Ramseyer Farms

Nickajack Farms

Arrowhead Orchard

Sunny Slope Orchard

Local Hiking/Biking Spots


Norma Johnson Center Hiking Trails

The Wilderness Center

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Camp Tuscazoar Foundation Inc

Zoar Wetland Arboretum

Beach City Wildlife Area

Bolivar Aqueduct McDonnell Towpath Trailhead

Canal Lands Park

Boone Hollow Wildlife Preserve

Dundee Falls Trailhead


Tours – Virtual

Tour of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland

Virtual Tour Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

National Parks Virtual Tours

Famous Theater Tours

Disney Parks Virtual Exploration

Disney Roller Coaster Virtual Experience

Explore World Landmarks

Natural History Museum Virtual Tours

Museum of Modern Art Virtual Exhibit

Royal Botanical Gardens 

Dali Museum Virtual Exploration

NASA Virtual Mission Control App

Louvre Virtual Tours

Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece Virtual Exploration

Portrait Museum Virtual Exhibit

12 Famous Museums offer virtual tours


Educational – Virtual 

Interactive History Timeline

Ohio Digital Library

Imagination Library

PBS Kids

National Geographic

Scholastic Learn At Home 5+ Days En Espanol and English Pre K-6th+

Education Resources for Children

Dover Public Library Facebook

Operation Story Time – Favorite authors host online story times


Art and Music – Virtual

Free Daily Art & Craft Tutorials 

Nightly Live Opera Streams

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

McHarper Manor

Daily Live Music Sessions on NPR

150 Educational Shows on Netflix


Zoos – Virtual

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

Akron Zoo Facebook Live Lunch and Learns

Cincinnati Zoo Facebook Live

Cleveland Zoo Facebook Live 

Independent Films and Documentaries free with your public library card


Big Brother, Josh, and Little Brother, Carter, attended a computer workshop at Kent State University Tuscarawas.

Big Sister, Brittany, and Little Sister, Tiana, created woven wall art the Pindrop Shop.


For information about how to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, please call (330) 339-6916 or visit



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