Arts & Crafts

Explore inspiring websites, instagrams and the collections of (sadly closed) fabulous museums with entertaining and educational websites designed for curious kids. Find videos, games and inspiration for at-home creativity. Also see our guide to educational websites and upcoming online art classes.

Please support these museums by shopping in their fantastic online shops for great toys and games (perfect for staying at home) and consider becoming a member of your faves - so many perks all year round plus help them in this hard time.

EAT YOUR MONSTERS

Turn snacks into adorable creatures like frozen banana penguins and panda eggs with creative ideas from instagram account @eatyourmonsters.

Draw Every Day With JJK

Join author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka for daily videos with drawing, writing, art games and read alouds. Star Wars fans can get step-by-step instructions on making characters from his Jedi Academy series.

Smithsonian Summer Roadtrip

Go on an imaginary summer roadtrip with a new printable 40-page activity guide. Through hands-on activities, puzzles and games, explore topics in STEM, history, and the arts and learn about the collections of the diverse Smithsonian museums (including NYC’s Cooper…

NYPL Online Storytime & At Home STEAM

Watch videos of New York Public Library’s expert children’s librarians as they read beloved books, sing songs, and share early literacy tips. Collections include Multilingual Storytimes and Drag Queen Story Hour. Also check out STEAM storytimes with stories, songs, rhymes…

Freshmade NYC Online

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cook at home with the wonderful teachers of Freshmade. Learn new recipes with professionals teachers. Join weekly camps with themes like Eat the Rainbow, Summer Picnic Foods, New Jersey Boardwalk Eats, Texas BBQ, Pies–Sweet & Savory and Pasta 101 Daily…

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

August 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Join New-York Historical Society Storytime via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly stretches and exercises, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home.…

Kids At Art

August 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join live interactive online art classes with a local studio. Classes are structured as closely as can be to in-studio sessions, providing fun, focused projects for kids small and large. Adults may join as well. At each session, create new…

The Amazing Max Magic Lessons

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

NYC magician Max Darwin (aka The Amazing Max) teaches magic tricks using objects available at home.  All you need is a pencil, quarter, nickel, dollar bill, and deck of cards. Magic experience not required. Following the lesson there will be…

The Craft Studio Online

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:40 am

Take weekly  unique arts and crafts projects from UES & Tribeca friendly all-ages art space The Craft Studio via zoo. Catered to different age groups each day from toddlers to tweens. Set up a private class with family and friends.…

Whitney Summer Studios

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kids, teens, and families are invited to join Whitney Educators for free weekly online art classes. Experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.  Each week features a new theme and project connected to a work of art in…

Club CMA with Raquel

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Raquel Du Toit, CMA Associate Director of Programming. us for 30 minutes of fun, play, and art-making. Bring your creative energy, make new friends, and share your art with others. For the ages 6-11.

CMA Live: Sculpt with David

August 5 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Make your own mini clay creation with a step-by-step lesson with David Lee, CMA Marketing Coordinator and Teaching Artist. Add in details to give their sculptures a story. Themes rotate weekly.

At Home Art Class with the Guggenheim

August 5 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join live virtual art-making classes with Guggenheim educators. Explore images of the museum’s architecture, artwork from the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Includes guided dialogue around a selection of artworks and process-oriented art-making projects focus on a new theme…

Museum of Math Folding Fridays

August 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Origami expert Kathleen Sheridan teaches unique origami models. Explore the wonders of paper folding — there’s math in every fold! To participate, you’ll need several sheets of printer paper as well as several sheets of square paper (size should be…

Tube Town Live

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Sprout/Universal Kids TV host, Carly Ciarrocchi, in a craft-along improv livestream for all ages. Save toilet paper tubes and bring them Facebook Live and IG Live every Saturday at am. Create your own tube person and take it to…

Guggenheim Sunday Family Tour

August 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Family-oriented virtual tours explore works from the Guggenheim’s collection with conversation and creative hands-on activities utilizing materials you can find at home. Includes art looking and hands-on art exploration. Tours are organized around a single theme and highlight artworks on…

Camp Beyond the Ink

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Joinan engaging, immersive, and educational music and arts online summer camp for childre. Attend interactive online workshops to explore the stories that music can tell and learn how to listen for them through art, games and dance. Includes a kit…

Making With MAD

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join enriching creative immersions in art and design for young curious creatives who want to expand their skill sets, meet new friends, and discover new creative outlets. MAD’s experienced artist-educators lead hands-on making activities and each week, an artist-in-residence from…

Summer in a Cloud

August 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

A collaborative New York area JCC experience brings together the camp staffs, values, and programming of Camp Settoga, New Country Day Camp, and Camp Twelve Trails, Summer in the Cloud in a unique virtual summer experience. Choose two daily electives…

CMA Online Summer Art Colony Camps

August 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join young artists from anywhere in the world to experience CMA’s award-winning curriculum through themed online half-day camps. Whether participating in the “Drawing Olympics” or directing a home movie, campers will enjoy a week of creative and social engagement culminating…

92Y Virtual Camp Live

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

92Y’s immersive virtual summer experiences provide campers with personalized attention and a specialty curated curriculum. Each week campers will be guided by their camp concierge, an expert from the 92Y Camps Team, to assist in the selection of elective activity…

GIANT Summer Camp

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join The GIANT Room for STEAM (STEAM + Arts) camps online with weekly themes like Coding and Fashion and Nature Science. Learn new skills and build cool projects together. Design your own camp anytime options also available in coding, game…

MOMI Summer Media Camp

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Museum of Moving Image’s popular media camp goes online and global. Weekly themes include stop-motion animation, screenwriting, digital game design, and more, with participants working in small groups alongside specially trained artists and educators.

Kidville Campfire Virtual Summer Camp

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join daily interactive live camp programs with morning meetings, arts & crafts, dance parties and mini concerts. Includes access to 45-minute on-demand prerecorded video to supplement the live stream programming and a digital field guide to prep for the live…

Brooklyn Museum Online Summer Camp

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Inspired by Brooklyn Museum’s exhibitions and collections, create multi-layered, complex works of art, while interacting with other campers, discovering artists, working with different mediums, trying out new techniques, and more. After five days of art-making, campers close out the week…

Virtual Planetarium Show for Kids

August 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hudson River Museum’s shares virtual planetarium shows just for kids via Facebook Live with weekly themes like constellations and the moon. Q & A after the show.

Guggenheim Stroller Tour

August 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an interactive exploration of works from the Guggenheim’s collection and exhibitions designed for adults with small children (up to 24 months).

MoMA Online Family Art Workshops: Storytelling through Art

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

There are many ways to tell a story—through words, through theater and dance, or through visual art, for example. Discover how artist Jacob Lawrence shared the history of an important event by combining words and art in a series of…

Turn Your Room into a GIANT Comic Festival

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Write stories, design new characters and worlds, learn techniques to master doodling skills and publish original comics with live instructors and hands-on experimentation. Participants have the option to officially publish their work in GIANT publication series. Recommended for ages 5…