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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.
Saturday, May 30
Watch videos of more than 40 years of dance captured on the Lincoln Center campus, including iconic performances by world-renowned companies, some not seen in decades. Kids will enjoy the enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the classic story ballet Coppélia and dance-themed Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom videos Featured companies include New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Pair performances by the the School of American Ballet with a screening of Center Stage (not kid-friendly).
Friday, June 5
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.
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.
Try free classes for PreK-5th grade. Join New York City artists, educators, and innovators on Zoom for a range of classes including Creative Movement, American Sign Language, Zumba and more. Sign up online for class details.
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 Lessons are content-based and inquiry-driven, featuring images and historical documents from the museum’s collections using shared PowerPoint presentations.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. Great lesson plans also avaialble online.
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).
Famed dance studio Broadway Dance Center offers drop-on classed in a range of styles, from ballet to hip-hop, for ages 1-18.
Join a 45-minute music class of upbeat tunes- fun children’s songs, rock n’ roll oldies and today’s hits in an upscale baby store. The teacher comes armed with a guitar and props/instruments for the kids to use throughout the class: shakers, scarves, a parachute and more.
Pre-register for a $3 discount.
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.
Join the American Folk Art Museum for a dual-language virtual reading by artist and author Sabiha Al Khemir of a story from her children’s book “Fables across Time.” Hear a tale of the adventures of Kalila and Dimna—two jackal brothers whose stories of resourcefulness, friendship, and wisdom have been passed down for centuries, in both Arabic and English. A guided art-making activity will follow the reading. Families and all ages welcome.
Space is limited and advance registration is required.
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. Select classes each week are free for all. Private virtual sessions and birthday parties also available.
Join a free Songs For Seeds music class for babies through age 6. Gather some instruments & scarves (pots and pans and dishtowels work too). Sign up for their newsletter to get important class information including downloadable virtual backgrounds related to the weeks theme.
Author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers reads his quirky, touching books and talks about some of the things that went into making it. Daily on Instagram live; the recordings will be up in his instagram stories for 24 hours after.
Author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka postd 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.
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 some days.
Learn Broadway songs and dances from the very stars who brought them to life via Zoom. Presented by Broadway Babysitters.
Recommended age 5 years old and above, through some classes are geared towards tots. Space is limited.
Join live virtual art-making classes for students in grades 2-8. Explore images of the museum’s architecture, artwork from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and special exhibitions from home. Included guided dialogue around a selection of artworks and art making prompts centered around a specific theme. 45 minute Zoom sessions at 3 & 4 pm.
Battery Dance offers free virtual dance classes for kids with teaching artists across New York, helping to keep kids active as well as connected in this time of isolation.
For elementary school students aged 5 and up. Fun free classes for teens/grown-ups also available.
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.
In this new online series from the Museum of Math, origami expert Kathleen Sheridan teaches some unique origami models to learners ages seven and up. 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, but you can cut your own squares from any paper.
No experience is required — but there’s folding to engage every level.
Join free virtual birthday parties with experiential toy store CAMP. You can invite friends for a magic show, dancing, and a sing-a-long.
Also download their free weekly activity book.
>GRAMMY winner Dan Zanes and his multi-talented wife Claudia post daily videos of traditional and folk songs with a modern edge. Includes inspirational, informational notes on the songs.
Saturday, June 6
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.
On the first Saturday of each month (and other Saturdays), the engaging Museum of the Moving Image provides exclusive Museum access for families on the autism spectrum. This early access hour, before the Museum is open to the general public, allows visitors of all ages to explore the exhibitions and participate in art making projects, facilitated by Museum educators. A different theme offered each month. Light breakfast refreshments will be served. Online reservations required.
Kids 6 and under can party like the big kids beneath the glittering disco ball lights. Learn to skate in a safe environment without big kids and adults (besides guardians) zipping around.
Starts with a 20 minute class on the basics of roller skating-got kids and their parents. Then we hit the dance floor to skate to favorite toddler jams. Parents are welcome to skate or assist on the rink wearing shoes.
Colorful clothes, Disco outfits, glittering dresses, rainbows and unicorn attire encouraged at this magical roller disco dreamland full of iridescent unicorns, retro rainbows, colorful dance floor lighting and sparkling disco balls.
Join a free live tour of Kidville’s virtual summer campgrounds led by a Troop Leader, DIY Guru, and Community Ranger. Includes a 75-minute live stream with a camp cheer followed by interactive art, music, and dance segments, a 45-minute on-demand prerecorded video to supplement the live stream programming and a digital field guide to prep for the live stream filled with projects, recipes & other camp goodies.