Best of Virtual NYC

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

Find more creating and learning in our online arts & culture guide, educational websites and upcoming virtual museum programs.

And check out what is currently open in NYC and nearby adventures.

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MUSEUM WEBSITES/APPS

NYC MUSIC & THEATER

TheaterWorksUSA TV

Rent videos of TheaterWorksUSA family-friendly musicals including Pete The Cat, We The People, Dog Man The Musical (our favorite) and many more. Also see behind-the-scenes with the artists, and try theater activities and crafts to make and share online.

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.

Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…

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.

Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

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 Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

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…

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, songwriting and other art forms with simple materials found at home with Lincoln Center Pop-up…

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 (available virtually this year).

 

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.

LIVE VIRTUAL MUSEUM PROGRAMS

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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).

New-York Historical Society Online

June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021

This fascinating historic  museum (now partially open for visits) hosts engaging live educational programs for all ages, audio and video resources (including the inspirational We Rise) and interactive 360 degree tours drawing on its world-renowned collections. Excellent educator resources including videos,  remote lesson plans, and media-rich curriculum website Women…

MoMA Families At Home

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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…

Jewish Museum At-Home Art Projects

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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.

OLOGY: A SCIENCE WEBSITE FOR KIDS

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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 trips through the universe, science quizzes and more.

 

TATE KIDS

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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.

Cooper Hewitt Online Learning

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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

June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

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…

CMOM at HOME

December 31, 2020 - December 30, 2021

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

January 1 - December 31

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

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

May 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.

Guggenheim’s Sketch with Jeff

May 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Guggenheim teaching artist Jeff Hopkins shares stories about the museum’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building while sketching stories followed by a prompt to create drawings of your own at home. Children are encouraged to share their sketches on Instagram and Twitter @Guggenheim using the hashtag #sketchwithJeff.

Guggenheim Sunday Family Tour

May 9 @ 11:00 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 view from the permanent collection and special exhibitions (plus some discussion of the museum’s amazing…

MoMath Online: Student Sessions

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 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 free for families in need, on a first-come, first-served basis.

MoMath MathPlay

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Experienced preschool specialist help children ages three to five play educational games that broaden math knowledge, improve problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor coordination, and enhance communication and social skills. Themes include Comparisons, Count By Sight and Odds and Evens.

Later times also available.

History @ Home

May 11 @ 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 The People of New York, Exploring Black History and History of American Protest. Great lesson…

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

May 11 @ 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. Designed for ages ages 3-6.

Loving Math

May 11 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join master storyteller Steve Sherman for a wacky workshop designed for rising kindergarteners through third graders. Enjoy stories, games, and laughter in a hilariously fun children’s event.

Presented by the Museum of Math.

Museum of Math Folding Fridays

May 14 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 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 5.5″ – 8.5”). Origami paper is preferred – available to ship now from the…

Family Fridays at MoMath: Punz and Puzzles

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join MoMath for a laugh-out-loud mashup up of math and humor with Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks author Patrick Vennebush. Go on a rollicking romp through math hilarity and problem solving.  Relax, laugh (or groan), and think deeply as we investigate some classic and not-so-classic math puzzles, served up with a healthy side of humor.

Krazy Kahoot

May 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join MoMath’s favorite math quiz master Steve Sherman for a family fun-filled game bursting with a wide range of entertaining questions for all ages.

Mount Vernon Hotel Virtual Museum Storytime

May 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join historic Mount Vernon Hotel for a monthly virtual museum storytime. Read picture books and learn about life in the 19th century. Everyone welcome, but designed especially for children 6 and under.

Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Where in the World

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where in the world are supertall skyscrapers located? Through an educator-led tour of The Skyscraper Museum’s  SUPERTALL! 2020 exhibition, kids will compare cities from New York to Kuala Lumpur. After looking at models and floor-to-ceiling posters of the tallest skyscrapers around the world, kids can design their own…

Poster Kids: Stamp Out Hate!

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

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

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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.