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Friday, May 1
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
Join nature-themed storytelling and artmaking at home from historic garden Wave Hill. Create with educator-led videos based on previously planned thematic projects but made relevant to the current situation. New video posted each Saturday.Suggested Ages: All
Get creative and have fun with the creator of cult favorites Dog Man and Captain Upderpants. Watch short videos of Pilkey drawing and reading aloud and download printable activity sheets, drawing guides, comic book creators, games and more.Suggested Ages: 3 to 12
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 engagement among families who tune in, with activity ideas and questions that spark conversation.
Suggested Ages: All
Broadway HD offers free 30-day trials of their their streaming live theater library. Family-friendly choices include Cats (live, not the creepy movie), Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Advenbtures in Wonderland and Disney Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall. Use code BDWYRoulette (courtesy of Broadway Roulette).
Find weekly inspiration for creating theater magic at home from Brooklyn-based Spellbound Theater, a troupe focused on performing for 0–5-year-olds , including audio tracks, videos and downloadable PDFs that inspire creative play. Also watch weekly video series Anywhere with Catbear, featuring puppet friend Catbear visiting a different Spellbound artist to come up with ideas for playing and staying creative at home.
Designed for ages 0-5.Suggested Ages: Babies to 5
Kaufman Music Center’s social channels posts Online Encores of favorite moments from past performances. See videos of Broadway Playhouse, one of our favorite kids’ performance series, celebrating composers like Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical and Steven Schwartz (Wicked) with entertaining tales, killer songs and fun mini-musicals. and short classical music-themed Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard Playdates.Suggested Ages: 3 to 13
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.Suggested Ages: Babies to 14+, Adult Friendly
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
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 draw and write with Willems’ Lunch Doodle videos.Suggested Ages:
Sunday, October 25
Join the Jewish Museum for a virtual family tour and art-making experience inspired by its popular Picture This! series. Discover collage and mixed-media works of art in a virtual tour with interactive activities, and create a pop-up fantastical scene using magazine papers, textures, and other found materials. Explore your creativity through this intimate and multi-faceted program focusing on striking art in the Museum’s collection.Suggested Ages: 3 to 8
Cook at home with the wonderful teachers of Freshmade. Learn fun recipes like Homemade Twix Bars, Baked Pretzels and DIY Veggie Sushi Night with professionals teachers. Private custom class sessions also available.Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+
Monday, October 26
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.Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
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 plans also available online.Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
A Chelsea kids yoga studio shares playful classes live streamed on instagram (recorded classes available on YouTube) for free plus an extensive schedule of live interactive classes on Zoom ($10). Classes offered for a range of ages from babies to teens (plus mommy & baby work-outs).Suggested Ages: All
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.Suggested Ages: 3 to 5
Learn from Broadway performers at a new online dance studio with classes for ages 2-100. Try kids & adult ballet, theater dance, jazz, tap and hip-hop.Suggested Ages: 2 to 12
Tuesday, October 27
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.Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
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.Suggested Ages: 2 to 7
Wednesday, October 28
Join live, online, interactive early education music classes for babies through age 6. Sing, dance and play instruments along with other kids. Musician/teachers lead “travel” around the world as they reinforce shapes, colors, animals, numbers, counting and so much more.
Take unlimited classes three times a week for one monthly fee.Suggested Ages: Babies to 6
A hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world.
* Only the 1st and 5th floors are open featuring African Art, Indigenous Americas Art, American Art and the must-see photograph/street art exhibit JR: Chronicles with an epic mural of more than one thousand New Yorkers accompanied by audio recordings of each person’s story.
* Trace the radiant history, social politics and trailblazing aesthetics of NYC’s iconic disco-era nightclub in Studio 54: Night Magic with photos, costumes, film and more (additional $2-$8).
* Free admission for health care workers and active-duty military personnel and their families (and ages 19 & under).
* Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
* The Norm restaurant and Café are closed, but a selection of snacks and beverages are available from vending machines. Or visit nearby Lincoln Station for take-out or outdoor dining.
* On the edge of Prospect Park and next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Former Hamilton cast members read award-winning children’s books along with a discussion of the history behind the story led by Illinois History Teacher of the Year Keisha Rembert.Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
NYC magician Max Darwin (aka The Amazing Max) teaches magic tricks using objects available at home. All you need is a pencil, quarter, nickel, dollar bill, and deck of cards. Magic experience not required. Following the lesson there will be time for a Q&A.
Recommended for ages 7-9. Private lessons also available.Suggested Ages: 7 to 9
Thursday, October 29
Witches, spiders and ghosts…in space! Find out which eerie creatures lurk in the night sky as Intrepid Museum Educator explore the astronomical origins of Halloween and share a few haunting tales of unexplained phenomena as witnessed by astronauts.Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
Friday, October 30
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 online shop at MoMath, but you can cut your own squares from any paper.
No experience is required — but there’s folding to engage every level.Suggested Ages: 7 to 14+, Adult Friendly
Zany local educational troupe Story Pirates presents live weekly virtual improv shows, where they bring kids’ ideas to life on the spot.Suggested Ages: 2 to 12
Saturday, October 31
See an interactive family comedy for 3-10 year olds online & live. Interact with the hilarious Pete and the world in a fresh twist on kids’ shows as the audience helps write, design and direct a show.Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
Sing, dance & party in costume with a beloved kindie rocker for a virtual Halloween party. She’ll be playing some Halloween party songs and other favorites plus some special surprises.
Also at 5 pm.Suggested Ages: Babies to 8
The loveable Dee from the new show Mellodees leads a magical Monster Mash sing and dance along adventure. All participants will receive free downloadable pumpkin stencils, coloring pages, and puzzles. Costumes encouraged.Suggested Ages: All
Sunday, November 8
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 architecture).Suggested Ages: 5 to 13
Thursday, November 12
Enjoy Met’s popular storytime from home. Join museum educators every Thursday to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.
Sunday, November 15
This wonderful program for ages 2-4 years old comes online, utilizing materials you can find at home to explore works from the Guggenheim’s collection. Weekly Zoom sessions focus on a different theme and include art looking and hands-on art exploration.Suggested Ages: 2 to 4