School is out and we’re practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun!

Stateline Kids will be bringing you daily videos from local businesses and organizations who want to add some positivity to our current situation. These videos will be educational, informational, and entertaining! Things like lessons from a princess, kid-friendly snacks you can make with your little helper, art instruction, STEM experiments, and learning about nature! You might also see me and my Stateline Kids showing you something fun you can do at home.

Starting Monday, March 16, we invite you to sit down at 10 am every weekday with your kiddos and watch our video of the day to learn something new!

Videos will first appear on our Facebook page and then be posted here.

We’re so excited to present our first Virtual Playdate with Once Upon a Dream Performances and the “Royal Tea Room”!

In the first video, two special sisters are here to teach us a lesson on how to properly wash our hands!

If you enjoyed this video, check out Storybook School! Once Upon a Dream is offering two weeks of educational, fun and magical videos. There will be four new lessons every day from a different princess or superhero for the next two weeks! Go here to sign up:

In our second video, our friends at Severson Dells Nature Center will show you how you can find more than 100 Things to Do outside! 

If you enjoyed this video, check out 815Outside’s list of 100 Things to Do Outside Before You Grow Up and pay a visit to Severson Dells soon!

In today’s fun video, we wanted a turn to show you something cool you can do in your own neighborhood! We put together a neighborhood scavenger hunt full of things you can find around the block! Join my daughter and me as we enjoy the beautiful day and look for items on the list.

If you want to try this in your neighborhood, get your copy of the Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt here:

Today’s video is perfect for a rainy day! Our friend Jake from Rockford Buzz shows you how to make an awesome fort in your living room using blankets and pillows. He shares some tips and tricks for fort building including using an office supply in a unique way!

If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out Rockford Buzz! They are beacons of positivity in our community. Their videos and posts showcase local organizations, events, and businesses that need our support now more than ever. Go give them a like if you haven’t yet! ❤️

In today’s video, Michelle Rossi from the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will show us how to make straw rockets!

To build a straw rocket, you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Standard pencil
  • Straw
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or pen for recording data
  • Page 5 and 6 of this PDF

If you don’t have a printer, you can cut your own rocket shape. The body is 3 cm by 26.6 cm.  There are four folds and the lines are 2.2 cm apart.

Michelle Rossi is a Cadette and Senior Leader and Service Unit Manager in Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. She is also a bilingual middle school special education teacher in U-46 who loves wearing her flight suit from Space Camp for Educators whenever she can. She encourages everyone to explore their engineering side and learn to solve problems and design better solutions. If you want to learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, go to

Have a few balloons lying around your house? You can do some pretty awesome science experiments with them! In today’s video Stem for Kids Stateline shows us how to use a balloon to do a variety of science experiments.

STEM for Kids Stateline is a local family business that provides fun and engaging STEM programs to children all over the stateline in after-school programs, summer camps, scouting events, birthday parties and more. Find amazing opportunities for children to discover a love for STEM through robotics, computer programming, virtual reality, video game making, engineering, and more! STEM Summer camps are open for registration. Information about their programs, registration, and early bird discount codes can be found at

In today’s video, Sandy reads her book Open the Door which encourages girls and boys to dare to dream! Throughout this story, girls are empowered to pursue their biggest dreams and career goals including those that have been traditionally male-dominated like Mayor, Fire Chief, and Astronaut.

Sandy Stansell is a retired Rockford Stateline 911 project manager and author. She wrote Open the Door to empower and encourage girls to become interested in public safety careers. If you’d like to get a copy for your kids, you can buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Open the Door Facebook page.

In today’s video, Mindy from Follysome Prints and her daughter Grace will show you how to do some printmaking and how to use corks and fingerpaint to create something beautiful!

Mindy is an artist and music teacher who has led printmaking workshops across the country.  She is a member of the People of Print and the Speedball Network of Professional Artists.

Follysome Prints is the creative studio of Mindy Schumacher. Every follysome creation springs from a fascination with thoughtful, eclectic and nostalgic design. Ranging from handmade clothing, accessories and decor, to original art prints, everything is proudly crafted by hand in Rockford, Illinois.


Get inks for this project here.

In today’s video, you will learn how to make your own pizza with the Franchesco’s family!

For over 30 years, they have channeled their passion for food around bringing families to the table together. While they are disappointed that they aren’t able to open their doors to dine-in guests during this time, they are still committed to bringing families together through delicious meals. They are open for business with FREE delivery and drive-thru pick-up.

Current specials include: 

🍕 $14.95 family pasta special – ½ gallon of pasta, special salad and 2L soda
🍕 $9 cheese pizza
🍕 $8 Baked mostaccioli and Lasagna
🍕 $9.95 pizza kits for families and kids to make together at home!

Check out their carryout menu here and call 815-229-0800 to order.

In today’s video Ali from The Macro Kitchen and her son Bennett will be showing us how to make delicious peanut butter energy bites that you can make in your own kitchen!

To make the peanut energy bites you will need:

✔️ 1 c. of oats

✔️ ½ c. of peanut butter

✔️ ⅓ c. of honey

✔️ ¼ c. of chocolate chips

✔️ ¼ c. of coconut flakes

✔️ ¼ c. of raisins

The Macro Kitchen is a local meal prep service company that focuses on healthy, great-tasting, fully prepared meals!

Their menu changes weekly, and orders can be placed on their website. They offer free delivery directly to you each Monday. Follow them out on Instagram and Facebook!

Check out their menu and order here.

In today’s video, Colin from Crosstown Exotics teaches us all about monkey tailed skinks! They are the largest species of skink in the world and they are herbivores! Watch this fun video to learn a lot more about them.

Crosstown Exotics is a reptile and bug show that travels throughout Chicagoland providing hands-on education entertainment. Their lineup of prehistoric creatures consists of a mixture of reptiles, amphibians, and bugs from African Giant Bullfrogs and Hissing Cockroaches to Green Anacondas and American Alligators. Audiences get to interact with the animals for an experience unlike anything you’d receive at your local zoo. They take pride in providing memorable encounters with our extensive collection of cold blooded ambassadors.

If you enjoyed this video, Crosstown Exotics has a livestream this Sunday at 1 pm on their Facebook page.

If you’d like to make a donation to support the care and husbandry of the animals, click here to do so.

In today’s video, Kuenzi Dearth from the Rockford Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation Department shows us a fun at home art activity you can do with your kids. Grab some Q-Tips and paint and start creating! Click the Virtual Playdate link in our bio to watch the full video!

The Rockford Park District is tapping into many of its recreation experts to provide ideas like this to help keep you stay active and entertained at home. For more ideas, check out their resource page.

In today’s video, Sydney Stensland from Ida Public Library reads The Rain Came Down by David Shannon and makes rainbow stew! If you’re missing storytime at your library, this video should put a smile on your face!

Ida Public Library in Belvidere hosts a wide variety of weekly storytimes and programs for children ages birth through high school. All of their programs are open to the public with or without a library card! Even though the library is currently closed, you can watch daily virtual storytimes with your family on their Facebook page. They hope that these storytimes can provide your family with some normalcy and, of course, fun!  They hope that you stay safe, snuggle in, and enjoy a good book together every day!

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