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Bring the best NYC cultural experiences into your home wherever you are with these fabulous virtual offerings.

More creating and learning on our arts & culture guide, educational websites and upcoming virtual museum programs.

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MUSEUM WEBSITES/APPS

#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…

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN

Museum educators 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…

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…

MOMI Moving Image Studio

Find tutorials and interactive ways to collaborate and make media art with Astoria’s Museum of Moving Image educators. Create Jim Henson-inspired puppets, learn about film editing and apply to have your media art shared on their YouTube channel.

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 these activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion,…

CMA HOW-TO TUESDAYS

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ blog features 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.

Experience The Tenement Museum From Home

Learn about former residents of two historic Lower East Side buildings and find out what life was like in a tenement. Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, online exhibit exploration guides interactive games and more. Hear the…

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…

OLOGY: A SCIENCE WEBSITE FOR KIDS

Learn about the “Ologies” – anthropology, astronomy, microbiology etc. through animated and live videos, games, stories, and suggestions for hands-on activities on this award-winning website/app from the American Museum of Natural History. Other online features include virtual museum tours, video…

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…

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…

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…

WHITNEY KIDS ART CHALLENGE

Try projects, based on works of art in the Whitney’s amazing collection, designed especially for kids and grown-ups to do together. Learn about and be inspired by some of the diverse ways that modern American artists such as Andy Warhol,…

NYC MUSIC & THEATER

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.

Ailey All Access

The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the  great Resource Guide for Educators.…

Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world – African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more – with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s educational programs and learn about it’s roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln…

Trusty Sidekick Studio

Peek behind-the-scenes with an innovative local children’s theater troupe and take creative mini-classes with Trusty Sidekick Artists inspired by past productions. Videos with written instructions include ‘Hike Through Your Home,’ ‘Make A Squirrelly Dance’ and ‘Shadow Puppetry.’

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…

TheaterWorks Anywhere

Use your imagination while learning the process of creating theater and adapting a book or story for the stage. Watch video clips from TheaterWorksUSA productions including Dog Man The Musical and Rosie Revere and Friends, go behind the scenes with…

Flushing Town Hall Global Arts for Global Kids

Learn about international music, dance and more through short videos with post-lesson activities featuring African drumming, Chinese dance, Pop-up Page Making and more. Also explore the Smithsonian Year of Music collection and video archive. Focus on Jazz, Blues & Rock, Folk…

Lincoln Center At Home

Watch short #concertsforkids recorded (at home) by world-class artists including musician Etienne Charles celebrating a cross-section of cultures from the African Diaspora, Soul Science Kids weaving soul, funk, hip-hop and educational themes and many more diverse voices. Learn puppetry, dance,…

Chamber Music Society

Engage with the vast CMS archive of concerts and lectures including the Meet the Music family programs, short videos with the wacky Inspector Pulse and Digging Downbeats with Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry. Weekly themed classical music playlists include fun assignments and activities.

Little Orchestra Society

Find interactive videos on writing melody, making pitched percussion and more musical topics plus musical storytimes and short funny features with Professor Treblemaker, the star of one of our favorite kids concert music series.  

LIVE VIRTUAL MUSEUM PROGRAMS

MoMath Online: Student Sessions

July 8 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Explore cool areas of mathematics not covered in school and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics. Daily sessions are available for grades pre-K through 12 on topics such as Shape Shifters and Crazy Dice. Some sessions are…

History @ Home

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn about history in real-time with New-York Historical Society educators on Zoom. Lessons are content-based and inquiry-driven, featuring images and historical documents from the museum’s collections using shared PowerPoint presentations. Grade levels vary by day with grades K-12. Themes include…

CMA Live: Music Time with Tom

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Join Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Programs, moms, dads, toddlers, and tikes for an online music time experience with familiar songs, interactive gestures, drumming, and even drawing.

Whitney Summer Studios

July 8 @ 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

July 8 @ 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

July 8 @ 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.

Building a Community – How Can We Make a Difference?

July 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join the Tenement Museum online to explore the role of community in creating change, through the story of the Saez-Velez family, a Puerto Rican family who lived on the Lower East Side for fifty years. Beginning with their arrival in…

CMA Live: Beginning Broadway

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Bring the fun of a Broadway show to your home in this drop-in class! Learn a section of a musical theater song and practice singing, dancing, and acting skills on the virtual stage. No experience is needed, but Broadway fans…

Intrepid Online Family Programs

July 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an Intrepid Museum Educator each week to explore history, science, and ingenuity online together. Family-friendly and engaging for all ages. Includes hands-on projects. Advance registration required to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when necessary.

CMA Live: Creative Movement with Mackie

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Explore physicality and channel energy in an active live online class. Young artists use their bodies and imaginations to explore images and feelings through movement and music. Led by Mackie Saylor, CMA School and Community Programs Manager.

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

July 10 @ 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.…

Guggenheim Sunday Family Tour

July 12 @ 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…

Making With MAD

July 13 @ 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…

CMA Online Summer Art Colony Camps

July 13 @ 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…

MOMI Summer Media Camp

July 13 @ 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.

Interactive Family Event: Meet Victoria Confino

July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Virtually visit to the Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street to interact face-to-face with a former resident. Journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United…

NYC Math Festival 2020 – Online

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MoMath’s NYC-based festival goes online, providing a full schedule of engaging mini-sessions all day long accessible to everyone around the world. Join some of MoMath’s most popular presenters for a nonstop series of math entertainment, including mathematical games, intriguing puzzles…

Camp History @ Home: Women March

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join New-York Historical Society via Zoom to explore the exhibition Women March and be inspired by Vashti Harrison’s celebrated book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. Explore the power of collective action both before and after the historic 1920…

Morgan Bookmarks: A Family Art Experience

July 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the Morgan Library & Museum from home with a live interactive tour. Take a closer look at objects in the Morgan’s Collection Online, ranging from ancient to modern. Receive a creative prompt with each experience, for inspiration to write,…