Boredom Busters

Boredom Busters

We know it’s a challenging time for parents and caregivers across the city, state, and country. Not only are children cooped up at home, but it’s happening during a time where they should be learning at school.

To try and help alleviate families’ burdens, we’ve compiled a list of resources and activities – both from the Des Moines Public Library and external sources – to help both entertain and educate children in the coming weeks.

Be sure to check back here often, as we will continue to add to this list as we discover more great activities and resources for kids and families to take advantage of. Don't forget to check out our Boredom Busters for Adults as well.

Library Resources – All FREE with your Des Moines Public Library card*

  • Libby*
    • Libby for Kids and Libby for Teens both have eBooks and eAudiobooks available. This includes graphic novels that look awesome on phones and tablets, as well read along books for younger readers. The top of the page will tell you what eBooks and eAudiobooks are available right now!
  • Tumblebooks
    • Tumblebooks offers virtual picture books, read along books, puzzles, and games. It’s perfect for toddlers and young readers. No residency restrictions.
  • Tumble Math
    • eBooks, read along books, and quizzes specifically geared toward encouraging math skills. For grades K-5. No residency restrictions.
  • Teen Book Cloud
    • eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eGraphic Novels for teens. No residency restrictions.
  • Kanopy Kids*
    • Kanopy Kids offers read along books and educational TV shows and movies for kids. Access to Kanopy Kids is unlimited!
  • Virtual Storytimes and Storytime Singalongs
    • Check out the videos on our Facebook page to find songs, stories, and more.

*Some digital resources are available only to residents of Des Moines and rural Polk County.

External Resources