Arts & Crafts

Ignite at-home creativity (plus explore games, videos and art history) at these websites & instagram accounts for curious kids.

Visit NYC's open museums for more inspiration and see our guide to educational websites.

 

Poster Kids: Stamp Out Hate!

Join Poster House on the last Sunday morning of every month, from 10–11am for a family-friendly, interactive, virtual poster tour and a related art-making experience. Save the earth! Live in peace! Create art! These are just some of the very important themes in the show Freak Power. After an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition,…

Rubin Family Sundays

Join the Rubin Museum live on Zoom every first Sunday of the month to explore the stories and symbols of Himalayan art and create art as a family.

MoMA Art Talks

Take virtual trip to meet artists around the world, Learn about their process and technique then interact during a Q&A session.

Art For Kids Hub

Follow along step by step as a professional artist and his kid draw animals, emojis, people, vehicles and more. Clear, simple steps turn anyone into an illustrator.

Children’s Museum of the Arts

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ blog features how-to videos and detailed instructions for art projects like Paper Chains of Kindness and Collaborative Drawing Games. Projects can be adapted for different ages and made with materials around the house.

Cards For Seniors

Make cheerful cards for isolated seniors. Use big print (not cursive) so the card is easy to read. Provide stickers and stencils to help the younger kids. Adults can make cards too. A great use for all the artwork kids bring home.

Join the NYC-based Caring By Card Nursing Home Project, donate through

BUSY TODDLER

Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.

DAYS WITH GREY

An educator and mom to 3 shares daily ‘Breakfast Invitations,’ easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER

Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of  Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology, Paris’s Musée d’Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).

MoMA Families At Home

MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…

The Paper Bag Players At Home

Watch short sketches from The Paper Bag Players, an acclaimed NYC troupe that makes stories out of cardboard and paper, paired with questions and/or activities that will help children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them to create and imagine on their own. Play games and make cars, crazy faces, and…

Jewish Museum At-Home Art Projects

Explore hands-on art activities inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s diverse collection and exhibition. Activities like Abstract Stamp Print and Found Object Sculpture, eachaccompanied by information on the artist, are designed for kids and adults to create together at home.

Dav Pilkey At Home

Get creative and have fun with the creator of cult favorites Dog Man and Captain Upderpants. Watch short videos of Pilkey drawing and reading aloud and download printable activity sheets, drawing guides, comic book creators, games and more.

Outschool

Explore just about any interest from math to Minecraft to piano with passionate teachers over live video chat. Choose from over 15,000+ classes including Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed explorations of explore history, art, science and more.

Format include one-time drop-ins, weekly camps and semester classes.

For ages 3-18.

TATE KIDS

Play art-inspired games, take cheeky quizzes, find art activities, and share your art on a fun website from British museums Tate and Tate Modern. Find detailed instructions for activities such as “think like the artist Alberto Giacometti” and create interesting portraits and landscapes.

NYSCI At Home

Find tons of games, activities, experiments and projects from Queen’s New York Hall of Science. At-Home STEM resources encourage open-ended exploration and imaginative learning. Learn about physics, engineering, design, biology, math, chemistry and more with videos, instructions for experiments and art projects, interactive graphic novels, engaging apps and more.

The Yo-Yo Mo Show: Musical Doodling

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Mo Willems, author/illustrator the beloved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and the Elephant and Piggy series, offer a series of playful experiments that show how art and music inspire each other. Watch, listen and join in from home with paper and doodling implements.

Also…

Cooper Hewitt Online Learning

Follow along with design activities (with clear, well-designed instructions) to create protoypes, chairs, zines, posters and more. Also explore design case studies, remarkable female and LBGQT+ creators, the digital mansion, and museum exhibitions. Great graphics, video and easy-to-understand text for all ages.

Brooklyn Museum Learn and Teach

Explore exhibition or objects from the encyclopedic Brooklyn Museum in-depth with printable teaching prompts and activity ideas, developed by the museum’s professional educators. Includes new mini art lessons for ages 2–6 and 7 & up. Also dream up zany stories, while practicing parts of speech, with Brooklyn Museum Mad Libs and brush up on your…

THE ART GARDEN

Explore a variety of projects featuring paint, collage/mixed media, printmaking, 3-Dimension, recycled art, children’s books, process art, nature activities, holidays and seasons, sensory, and play ideas from an elementary art teacher. Frequently posts fun ideas on her instagram @theartgardenblog.

NEW VICTORY ARTS BREAK

Learn circus tricks, songwriting, puppet making, tap dance, magic and more  skills inspired by the diverse shows at New Victory Theatre, an amazing NYC performing arts venue for families. Watch excerpts from past and sadly cancelled productions. Currently featuring partners from around the world.

Support Museums

In a win/win for all, refresh your library/playroom at expertly curated online shops of local museums. Find great toys, books, crafts and games for at-home entertainment and consider becoming a member of your faves – so many perks all year round (including store discounts and the ability to visit in person whenever). Some favorites:

CMOM at HOME

Museum educators from the Children’s  Museum of Manhattan share daily videos, sing-a-longs, games and more at CMOM at Home. Other resources include hands-on art-making instructions, music, and storytelling activities that promote language skills grounded in language and literacy research at All the Way to K and Beyond! and exploration with super-pigeons in Superpowered Metropolis:…

#METKIDS

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast collection from home. Take a virtual time machine to explore great works of art from Prehistoric Egyptian tombs to Warhols Campbell Soup dresses. Each work has a short related video, interesting information and suggestions for imagining and creating works at home.

Also watch videos on who protects the…

From Simple Shapes to Skyscrapers

Simple shapes and basic numbers are at the core of all tall towers. Join The Skyscraper Museum for a deep dive into the floor plans and facades of supertall skyscrapers as we find their hidden shapes and count their floors.

Virtual Planetarium Show for Kids

Look at constellations and planets with Hudson River Museum’s virtual planetarium shows for kids. Themes change weekly; this month focuses on spring constellations. Includes virtual discussions/Q & A.