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Wednesday, March 11
So much to see – autnomous robots, oversized collages, hanging haybales, Kermit the frog, a wooly mammoth fossil, digital art and more – in this full rotunda installation exploring radical changes in the rural, remote, and wild territories collectively identified here as “countryside.” Curated by architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues and unlike any other exhibition we’ve seen.
Wednesday, April 1
Join Kidville livestream experiences throughout the day including music, dance, and gymnastics for babies to 6 year olds.
Join free virtual jam sessions from talented performers across the nation organized by local musician/educator Jam With Jaime.
Join NYC based children’s performer and guitarist Dan the Music Man for an online sing-along.
On the first Wednesday & Saturday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4. Discover new ways of interacting with art and each other with play time, storytelling, museum walks and art making. One of my daughter’s favorites. No reservations, first come first served. Also at 11 am.
Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, a big sprinkle pool, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try.
The first few rooms are not that exciting, but kids love the later rooms, especially that pool (ps make sure they know these sprinkles are not edible – plenty of other treats throughout).
Tic are 2-for-1 every Thursday in March.
Sing and play along with award-winning children’s musician Zev in an online music show featuring upbeat rhythms, funny songs and instruments from around the world.
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.
Tune in to @LincolnCenterNYC on Facebook Live every weekday at 10:00 am for a daily dose of creativity. Led by some of world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. Learn puppetry, dance, songwriting and more. Recorded videos available afterwards.
Experience famed designer Jeff Leatham’s bold and colorful vision in the 18th annual NYBG Orchid Show. Captivating installations and designs transform the historic conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope.
Thousands of orchids provide bursts of forms and colors—in purples, reds, oranges, and hot pink—in overhead arches, vine-inspired ribbons, mirrored sculpture, dramatic lighting, and other artistic embellishments.
The show is indoors but it is a bit of a lovely outdoor walk to get to the Conservatory but plan/dress accordingly. Also explore the interactive Children’s Garden with indoor and outdoor playspaces.
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-5 at 10 am and grades 5-12 at 2 pm. Themes include Families and Communities, The History of New York and Academy for American Democracy.
Take an audio visual journey into both the known and unknown by Japanese multi-media artist Shohei Fujimoto. This multi-sensory experience features five separate installations including kinetic laser modules set in a hazy soundscape.
Get up and move, learn and play with beloved kindie rocker Laurie Berkner daily at 10 am. Her facebook page will also post one of her catchy, clever songs for a morning Berkner Breakfast (7am), an afternoon Berkner Break (3pm), and an evening Berkner Bedtime (7pm).
A Chelsea kids yoga studio shares playful classes live streamed on instagram (recorded classes available on YouTube) for free plus an extensive schedule on Zoom ($10). Classes offered a range of ages from babies to teens.
Cook at home with the wonderful teachers of Freshmade. Learn new recipes with professionals teachers answering questions and helping navigate the fridge and pantry. Choose from classes throughout the day for all ages on a variety of themes, from pancakes to pizza.
All class payments go directly to the teachers. A tasty way to support a local small business. Private virtual sessions also available.
The musicians from local kindie rockers Rolie Polie Guacamole host Facebook live sing alongs Monday through Thursday. $10 suggested donation.
Join Amy Virginia Buchanan for reading, singing, and dancing. Appropriate for kids 3 and under and their caretakers.
Join CMA’s teaching artists in a dedicated, specially-designed, safe art and play studio for children ages 1 to 5. Daily drop-in sessions feature a range of stimulating activities including music, storytime and art-making with a variety of materials and techniques. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.
Broadway stars share favorite stories along with some singing and wiggling to favorite songs. Presented by Broadway Babysitters.
Recommended age 2–6 years old. Space is limited, so sign up as soon as you can. Also at 1 pm & 3 pm.
Join Penguin Kids for a read aloud and a fun activity, featuring classic and new pictre books After story time, partake in an activity and share your photos.
Have you seen the bust of the Voldemort look-alike at the Met? Discover connections like this in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like griffins and dragons.
Includes scavenger hunts, creative activities, fun items to take home and lots of fascinating information. Explore lesser-known spaces of the vast museum (you walk quite a bit) as you learn about Hogwarts and history. We were accompanied by an 11-year-old super fan (she’s read the series 8 times) who described the tour as ‘down-right awesome’ and my 7-year-old (who’s only read the first book) had just as much fun. Appropriate interactive wizarding gear is encouraged. Advance reservations required.
Chic indoor playspace Union Square Play brings their offerings online. Every day they offer one family activity, one kids’ video, and one online event for parents. Videos include local favorites Ramblin’ Dan, Puppetsburg, Baby & Me Workouts, Jam with Jaime, yoga and more.
Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio. One of our favorite preschool programs. Register in advance; slots fill up quickly.
Enter an undulating installation of 88 LED columns to find a self-playing Yamaha Disklavier piano that interprets Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko’s hit “Triggered” through a cutting edge 360° spatialized sound system, immersing visitors in continuous waves of light and sound.Special holiday hot chocolate available in the cafe.
NYC kids yoga program Yogi Beans offer virtual classes via Zoom. Classes are noncompetitive, non-judgmental, physically challenging, and a ton of fun. Suggested age range varies by day and time, from toddlers to tweens,
All programs are donation based with a minimum donation of $1 and a suggested donation of $12, with the majority of profits going to instructors.
See a dazzling array of high-fashion clothing and accessories inspired by classical ballet including tutu-inspired couture gowns, American ready-to-wear separates based on leotards and tights and leg warmers, and footwear ranging from “ballerina” flat slippers to fetishistic “pointe”-style high heels. A choice selection of ballet costumes worn by legendary ballerinas such as Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn, as well as stars of the New York City Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem showcase how mid-century designers incorporated ballet-inspired materials such as tulle and knits as well as “ballet pink” tights and pointe shoes and hues popularized by specific ballets such as “Sleeping” blue and lilac from the Sleeping Beauty.
Not a lot to touch but a little bit of video and lots of gorgeous costumes to inspire imaginations.
Across the street, Black History Month, FIT’s Black Student Union presents a colorful exhibition that celebrates the evolution of black culture by going beyond the narrative of slavery and back to the rich heritage of culture and tradition in Africa and its expansion worldwide though March 8th.
Learn Broadway songs and dances from the very stars who brought them to life. Presented by Broadway Babysitters.
Recommended age 5 years old and above. Space is limited, so sign up as soon as you can.
Also at 3 pm.
Mo Willems, author/illustrator the beloved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and the Elephant and Piggy series, releases a new “Lunch Doodle” video each Monday at 1 pm (available all week). His livestream virtually invites learners of all ages” into his studio and encourage them to draw and write with him.
Willems is encouraging students to send him questions at [email protected], and he’ll try to answer some of the questions in his videos. The Elephant & Piggy collection is a great investment for getting through the next few weeks.
Join daily virtual classes taught by former American Ballet Theatre dancers, school faculty and teaching artists – all certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum. Explore musicality, foster creativity and imagination, and learn ballet fundamentals.
ABTots (Ages 2–4): Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am
Primary (Ages 5–8): Mondays & Wednesdays at 2 pm