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Wednesday, January 1

Circle Round

Online

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays geared towards kids ages 4 to 10 based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite bedtime treat. Suggested Ages: 4 to 10

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Here Wee Read

Online

Find great books recommendations in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels to talking about race. Plus links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Thursday, January 2

BRAINPOP

Online

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor for wee…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Friday, May 1

Audible Kids

Online

Find hundreds of free audio books handpicked by Audible editors. Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER

Online

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.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 9
FREE
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Black Art Picture Books

Online

Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe,  Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the…

Suggested Ages: All
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The Concious Kid

Online

Learn about parenting and education through a critical race lens. Feature great recommendations for diverse books and smart graphics with easy-to-understand explanations and action items. Join their patreon for comprehensive book lists and in-depth, research-based guidance on anti-racist parenting.

Suggested Ages: All
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Starfall

Online

Learn letters, reading and math with untimed, sometimes silly interactive games for preschool through second grade. Includes letter recognition, games, stories, and animations that showcase letter sounds, short reading selections that emphasize vocabulary, and online books that provide fluency and comprehension practice. A favorite of our kids from an early age.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
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FLOCABULARY

Online

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
FREE
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KHAN ACADEMY

Online

Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college. The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters. Also…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+, Adult Friendly
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SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Online

Find free online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video. Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 13
FREE
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ABC MOUSE

Online

Complete cheery learning activities designed to follow a customized learning path. The curriculum runs deep with thousands of lessons in math, reading, social studies, science, art  and more. Kids can design their own avatar and earn points to shop for virtual rewards. A little overwhelming for some kids, a favorite of others. Try one…

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 8
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McNally Jackson for Kids

Online

Find great, well-organized books and digital content for kids including author video storytimes and book-themed crafts on the website of beloved local indie bookstore McNally Jackson.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 10
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STORY PIRATES UNIVERSITY

Online
Get a one month free trial of the Story Pirate's Creator Club Watch videos and livestream classes with members of an absurdist sketch comedy podcast based on stories written by kids. Story Pirates lead students through a collaborative writing exercise, which students can use as a model for their own writing along with provided tools

Suggested Ages: 3 to 13
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 Storytime from Space

Online

Watch astronauts on the International Space Station read space-themed picture books. Also see videos of educational science demonstrations like an exploration of Newton's Law of Motion in space.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 11
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Epic!

Online

Access over 40,000 digital books, learning videos, quizzes & more in a user-friendly digital library website & app for kids 12 & under. Read and/or listen to unlimited award-winning fiction, non-fiction, biographies, STEM, biographies, graphic novels, DIY & more. Helpful features include reading time logs and personalized libraries. Free 30-day trials available.

Suggested Ages: All
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Brave Writer

Online

Find extensive inspiration for writing at home with ages 5-18 including writing prompts for the whole family and guide to a 7-day writing blitz. Free ready-made lesson plans that incorporate video, crafts and at-home activities on topics such as mythical creatures and video games. Love their ideas for poetry teatime. Ages 5-18.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
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Goodnight with Dolly

Online

Superstar Dolly Parton reads select books from her international book gifting program Imagination Library. Download activity sheets, parent reading tips and related book recommendations for each story    

Suggested Ages: Babies to 8
FREE
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Read-Along with PBS KIDS

Online

To encourage family engagement and a love of reading at home, PBS KIDS offers families a place to come together and read along with fan-favorites on YouTube. Includes story-times with author/illustrators Brad Meltzer, Marc Brown, Victoria Kann, Angela Santomero and more plus celebrities like Michelle Obama  and Kristin Bell. Each Read-Along is designed to encourage…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Outschool

Online

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.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
$10+
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Time for Kids

Online

Read engaging articles on science, current events, money and more in  TIME for Kids weekly magazines in a digital library, temporarily free for all. Also find teaching materials with links to printable PDFS, quizzes, suggested activities and videos. For grades K-8.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12
FREE
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Story Pirates Podcast

Online

This absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids features original music and celebrity special guests. Young listeners are invited to submit their own stories that might be brought to live in the podcast or a future live show. Find comprehensive activity guides for each episode online with recipes, poetry lessons, and more.

Suggested Ages: 2 to 13
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The Yo-Yo Mo Show: Musical Doodling

Online

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…

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PBS KIDS

Online
8:00 am–5:00 pm

Find tons of fun and educational activities to keep kids playing and learning, many inspired by favorite (educational) TV shows. Includes online games, crafts, experiments, printables, celebrity read-alongs and recipes. Sign up for daily emails outlining themed lesson plans with TV episodes, games and offline activities, or hand let your kids explore the Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 8

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Draw Every Day With JJK

Online
1:00 pm–3:30 pm

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.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Saturday, June 13

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling

Online
11:00 am–12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling, usually at the beloved Central Park statue moves online. Enjoy a virtual lineup of the celebrated Danish author's most classic fairytales, recounted by the HCA's celebrated storytellers.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
FREE
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Sunday, June 14

MusicTalks Story-Time

Online
9:30 am–10:30 am

Enjoy live dance and music (and some kids yoga) with MusicTalks & Ariel Rivka Dance. Discover how to create movement set to music, dance, play interactive games and do yoga.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Thursday, June 18

Raising Antiracist Kids: Ibram X. Kendi with Derecka Purnell

Online
5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Join a discussion about raising antiracist kids with author of the new book, AntiRacist Baby, Ibram X.Kendi in conversation with human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer Derecka Purnell.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
FREE
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Friday, June 19

Juneteenth Storytime

Online

Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson reads her picture book Juneteenth in honor of the upcoming cleeration of the end of slavery. Learn important context around slavery and the civil war, as well as the significance of certain aspects of the celebration today. Geared towards ages 7 and up.

Suggested Ages: 7 to 14+
FREE
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Saturday, June 20

NYC Kids Fest

Online
2:00 pm–6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until June 21, 2020

Join a live, interactive, virtual festival for kids with  loads of performing artists, storytelling workshops, contests, comedy, magic, music and dance. Engage in real time in workshops with some of New York’s finest performing artists. Take hip hop with Harlem School of the Arts Hip Hop Dance Class,   The Harlem School of…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Monday, June 22

Dragons Love Tacos: Dance Party!

Online
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
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One event on June 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Join TheaterWorksUSA for an epic dance-off in your living room. Learn some moves from TheaterWorksUSA's musical production of the hilarious book Dragons Love Tacos and even invent a dragon dance of your own.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 8
FREE
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Monday, June 29

Met Opera Global Summer Camp

Online
11:00 am–12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 4, 2020

Join operatic adventures based on a weekly-kid-friendly opera (available to watch online Wednesday-Friday). Join interactive online informational sessions, arts & crafts, artist chats, opera story time, camper showcases and printable activity sheets live or watch the videos after.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Tuesday, June 30

Broadway Song/Storytime

Online
11:00 am–11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 31, 2020

Broadway stars share favorite stories along with some singing and wiggling to favorite songs. Presented by Broadway Babysitters. Space is limited, so sign up as soon as you can. Also at 1 pm & 3 pm some days.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
$10/suggested donation
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Wednesday, July 1

NYPL Online Storytime & At Home STEAM

Online

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 and a downloadable activity guide.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
FREE
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Friday, July 3

Dan Gutman Reads ‘My Weird School’

Online
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 31, 2020

Dan Gutman, author of the popular My Weird School series (and Upper West Side resident) reads from his hilarious books daily at 2 pm on Facebook live.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12
FREE
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Saturday, July 4

Mac Bennet Storytime

Online
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2020

One of our favorite authors Mac Barnett reads and discusses favorite  picture books in chronological order. Videos of 60+ past storytimes available.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Tuesday, July 14

MusicTalks CelloBach – Musical Story-Time

Online
9:30 am–10:30 am

Join MusicTalks for an interactive show featuring beloved cello music by Bach. In this 30 min musical story-time experience, sing, dance, jump and laugh.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Transit Tots

Online
10:15 am–11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:15 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until August 27, 2020

Join New York Transit Museum educators for transit-themed songs, stories and activities for the youngest transportation fans. Videos of past sessions available.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 5
FREE
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Thursday, July 16

Hudson RiverKids Storytime

Online
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 3, 2020

Join virtual children’s book readings on a variety of subjects, courtesy of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Suggested Ages: Babies to 8
FREE
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Thursday, July 30

Bank Street Bookstore Sidewalk Sale

Bank Street Bookstore
11:00 am–4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until August 31, 2020

The Bank Street Bookstore will sadly be closing on September 1. Stop by its daily Sidewalk Sale to browse a great selection of discounted books, games, toys, and more.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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