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A great resource for homework - this is a selected electronic bibliography of kid-friendly government sites compiled by the Wirtz Labor Library Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor. This is not meant to be an inclusive list. Enjoy!

Arts

NGA Kids (National Gallery of Arts) - The site has interactive art adventures, an animated musical adventure about Lizzy and Gordon visiting the Sculpture Garden, a section on Jarama II that includes a guessing game, and a section on Saint George and the Dragon by Rogier van der Weyden.

Art Lessons and Websites for Kids - The world of art includes a lot, from painting and drawing to acting and even singing and writing songs. You can learn a lot from making art, and it can be a lot of fun to create something new. You might even be able to make a nice gift for someone you care about! Look around online to find out more about art and some projects that you can do.

Art Institute of Chicago

Education

Online Colleges in Illinois - For students interested in studying in Illinois.

Out Of State Colleges

America's Story - Library of Congress - This site allows kids to discover the stories of America's past. Meet Jane Addams, Buffalo Bill Cody, Duke Ellington, Harry Houdini and many more amazing Americans. Take a trip to an era in American history. Explore the states. Play games. Discover America's favorite pastimes, sports and hobbies! Watch a movie, hear a song, play a tune from America's past.

Environment

EIA Kid's Page Energy Ant  - is your host on this site from the Energy Information Administration that has information about both renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Kid's Corner has "Greek Mythology and the Forms of Energy", a unit of measurement conversion chart, and energy pioneers.

Kids Corner Endangered Species - On this site, kids can play the "Risky Critters" game, access a crossword puzzle, and find Creature Features! & Wildlife Fact Sheets.

Recycle City - Play the Dumptown game. See how the people of Dumptown turned their town around. Find out how Recycle City reduces waste. Learn where all the garbage goes.

USDA for Kids - This is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's portal to all sorts of kid information. Smoky the Bear and Woodsy Owl are here, as are S.K. Worm, the Beagle Brigade, RUS the surfin' squirrel, and Thermy.

U.S. EPA's Explorers' Club - In the Clubhouse Science Room, you'll find "Darby Duck and the Aquatic Crusader" and "On the Trail of the Missing Ozone". In the Art Room, visit with the many animals in Charlie Chipmunk's forest home. There are also Earth Day and Planet Protectors activities and coloring books. In the Game Room, there are activities like Detective Training, Environmental Science Center Games, and The Environauts Mission to Earth.

Green Parenting - The ultimate guide to Green Parenting

Getting Started with Green Living

Shopping Green for your Pet

 Community Groups

Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts 

Boys and Girls Club of Lake County: - Boys & Girls Club of Lake County (BGCLC) is one of Lake County’s greatest resources, providing a constant source of hope and direction for youth. The Club is committed to inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. It is only through the support of our local and national donors that the Club can provide youth with the tools they need to remove themselves from the cycle of poverty. Club members aren’t receiving a handout, but a hand up.
1716 27th Street, Zion, IL
Direct Phone Line: 847-327-0479
Administrative Office: 847-473-5990 ext. 501

Kiwanis Club:-The Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton proudly serves the children of the communities of Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion, Illinois. “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.  The name ‘Kiwanis’ means ‘we trade’ or ‘we share our talents.’  It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.”
Secretary:Paul Last at 847-445-3948

Global

NationalGeographic.com Kids - This site is loaded with things for kids, like the NG Kids Magazine and NG Explorer Classroom Magazine.

Peace Corps Kids World - On this site, kids can help the site's guide, Traveler, get ready for the Peace Corps with the "Pack Your Bags" game. The site includes folk tales and information on other countries and cultures (food, holidays, schools, a typical day, etc.).

United Nations Cyberschoolbus - This United Nations site has a water quiz and the flag tag game. There is information about how the U.N. works and about the member nations. Kids can find out about the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and the model U.N. program. There is also a galley of kids drawings about peace.

Government

FirstGov for Kids - This is the U.S. government's interagency Kids Portal. Developed and maintained by the Federal Consumer Information Center, the site provides links to federal kids' sites and some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.

Kids in the House - This is the Office of the U.S. House of Representatives Clerk's Web site for children. Here kids can explore the role that the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn about the legislative process and its effect. Fun stuff includes build-a-bill, capitol trivia, coloring pages, tic tac toe, and seek-a-word.

Kids Next Door (Dept of Housing and Urban Development) - Learn about being a good citizen. Take field trips to places in the community. Learn about community workers and about the homeless in our communities. Go on a scavenger hunt, or try to catch the Community Scrambler.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Kids Pages - Play games like the Towers of Hanoi and the Gold Mine, and work mazes, picture puzzles, and word searches. Check out the patent time machine to see what was invented when.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

Health

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages - This site is loaded with fun things for kids to do, including brainteasers, jokes, puzzles, story time, name that tune, coloring pages, and links to all sorts of kid-friendly science pages.

GirlsHealth.gov - Lots of cool information you can use. Maybe you want to start working out or you’re stressed out about school. There are lots of different topics to choose from.

FDA Kid's Home Page - includes Food Safety Quiz, Help Inspect a Warehouse, Food & Drug World Find, Test Your Memory, In the News and much more.

National Institutes for Health Kids' Pages - includes Games and Activities, Sing-Along Songs, Guess this Tune, Brainteasers and Riddles, Story Time, Color Our World, Jokes, Hot Topics, Environmental Health and more.

Law and Order

CIA's Homepage for Kids - The site has a wide variety of activities, from a Electronic Bibliography of the CIA, information about items from the CIA Museum and the SPY-FI Archives (40 Years of TV and Movie Spy Fiction). There are code breaking and disguise activities and a geography quiz, as well as information about the CIA Canine Corps.

FBI Kids Page

Puzzle Solvers at Cryptic Manor (NSA) - On this site, you can learn all about codes and ciphers, play lots of games and activities, and get to know each of us - Crypto Cat™, Decipher Dog™, Rosetta Stone, Slate, Joules, T.Top, and, of course, our leader CSS Sam. You can also learn about the National Security Agency/Central Security Service - they’re America’s real codemakers and codebreakers. Our Nation’s leaders and warfighters count on the technology and information they get from NSA/CSS to get their jobs done. Without NSA/CSS, they wouldn't be able to talk to one another without the bad guys listening and they wouldn't be able to figure out what the bad guys were planning.

Military

Air Force Crossroads for Teens and Youth - From sports to arts to video games, you will find hours worth of information and entertainment that will keep you coming back for more. Excellent for AF history.

U.S. Coast Guard Kids Corner - The USCG Auxiliary has special programs for everyone's favorite members of our boating family, the KIDS!

Money

H.I.P. Pocket Change - From the U.S. Mint, this site has cartoons, games, a time machine, Camp Coin, and other information about coins.

Safety

FDA's Kids Home Page - An interactive site where kids can help Mac & Molly inspect a food warehouse, solve a sliding pet puzzle, and take a food safety quiz. There is also a teen section with links to information and a "cosmetics" quiz. The parent's section has FDA Consumer Articles.

FEMA for Kids - The site is hosted by Herman, the spokescrab. Kids will learn how to be prepared for disasters and how to prevent disaster damage. They can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid. A story about Herman's search for a disaster-proof shell is also available.

MSHA's Kids Page (Mine Safety and Health Administration) - This site allows kids to do some virtual prospecting, find out about the coal miner's canary, and even explore the quantity of minerals each new born baby will use in its lifetime.

Science

Save On Energy - The kids guide to saving energy.

Dr. E's Energy Lab - From D.O.E.'s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the site has activities, quizzes, and information about general, geothermal, solar, and wind energy and alternate fuels. The site also provides energy efficiency tips.

Kids Science Page - On this site, kids can check their nutrition IQ, find out about animals, insects, and veterinary medicine. There is also information on plants or ecology and chemistry, all part of the food and agricultural sciences.

Educational Crafts - Bottlestore.com shows how to make your own bottle rockets, terrariums, telescopes and much more.

Space

NASAKids - In addition to NASA News and News by NASA kids (such as an interview with Sally Ride), the site has lots of interactive pieces. There are projects and games, NASA "toons", and sections on rockets and airplanes, astronauts living in space, creation station, and our earth.

StarChild - This site is a learning center for young astronomers. It provides information and activities on the solar system, the universe, and biographies of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. There is a companion site for teens at Imagine the Universe.