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Tuesday, April 28

EduHam at Home

Online

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America’s founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, and cast members; and primary source documents from the era, including love letters from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler and essays from The Federalist.

Recommended for students in grades six-twelve but the videos are fun for all.

Suggested Ages: 11 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Friday, May 1

NEW VICTORY ARTS BREAK

Online

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.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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ABT Kids

Online

Explore classical ballet with American Ballet Theatre. Meet ABT Dancers, engage with teaching artist, learn fun facts and enjoy ballet-themed activities from home. Dance along with virtual classes geared towards ages 2-8.

 

 

Suggested Ages: 2 to 12
FREE
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MOMI Moving Image Studio

Online

Find tutorials and interactive ways to collaborate and make media art with Astoria’s Museum of Moving Image educators. Create Jim Henson-inspired puppets, learn about film editing and apply to have your media art shared on their YouTube channel.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Ailey All Access

Online

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 including hip-hop and African at Ailey Extension.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Online

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.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Online

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. Also watch and listen to clips from great jazz performances.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 14+
FREE
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The Paper Bag Players At Home

Online

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 more out of recycled materials.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 9
FREE
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Flushing Town Hall Global Arts for Global Kids

Online

Learn about international music, dance and more through short videos with post-lesson activities featuring African drumming, Chinese dance, Pop-up Page Making and more.

Also explore the Smithsonian Year of Music collection and video archive. Focus on Jazz, Blues & Rock, Folk & Country, and Latin Music through items from the Smithsonian, such as bomba drums and Ray Charles’ keyboard, then try with post-video activities.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Lincoln Center At Home

Online

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 Classroom led by some of world’s best artists and educators.

Also find full-length productions for all ages from New York City Ballet, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey (Revelations is must-see) and others.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Chamber Music Society

Online

Engage with the vast CMS archive of concerts and lectures including the Meet the Music family programs, short videos with the wacky Inspector Pulse and Digging Downbeats with Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry (who has his own web series). Weekly themed classical music playlists include fun assignments and activities.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

Online

Watch archival videos of imaginative interactive family-friendly performances designed for as young as two-years-old. Also join the artists for on-demand peeks behind the scenes and creative mini-classes. New show posted each Monday.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 10
FREE
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Little Orchestra Society

Online

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.

 

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 12
FREE
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Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures

Online

Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure through The jungle based on Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Play digital games about instruments to journey through the jungle.

Note you must enable Flash in your browser to play.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 13
FREE
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Kennedy Center Education

Online

Explore music, dance, theater, opera, visual and media arts through informative and engaging Kennedy Center Education  interactive lessons with music videos. Learn about African-American History,  US President’s Favorite Music, all sorts of dance, Dance, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
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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Met Opera Streams

Online

See weekly free streams of an opera specially selected for young audience members, and hear from some of the artists who helped make it happen. Download illustrated synopsis, coloring pages, informative educator guides and more.

Additional daily Live in HD screenings of the Met’s repertory are not necessarily kid-friendly (watch out for murder/rape/etc), but the music and visuals are always stunning.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Classical Kids

Online

Explore classical music with dramatic stories based around works by Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other great composers.  My kids especially love Mozart’s Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through ‘The Magic Flute’ about a girl and a dragon’s  journey through the Queen of the Night’s realm to Sarastro’s castle featuring dialogue mixed in with excellent opera excepts.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 13
FREE
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Broadway HD 

Online

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).

Also watch full-length musicals, opera and concerts on PBS Great Performances including a live Sound of Music and 42nd Street.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 5
FREE
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Kaufman Center

Online

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
FREE
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Ear Snacks

Online

Kindie musicians Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled family-friendly podcast enjoyable for kids and grown-ups. Developmentally appropriate & absurdist but never untrue.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Noodle Loaf

Online

Explore music in an interactive podcast and video series born from the brain of a music education teacher and his goofball kids. Each approx. 10 minute episode features inventive sing-alongs and activities. Geared for kids 3-9 years old but all ages get into it.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 9
FREE
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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 draw and write with Willems’ Lunch Doodle videos.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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New Victory Dance

Online

See and experience New York City’s most exciting dance companies with seven pre-recorded video chapters featuring performances and at-home activities guided by teaching artists. See and learn Mexican folk dance, tap dance, tango, modern dance and more.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Saturday, October 24

Fall for Dance

Online

Experience this annual sold-out affordable dance festival virtually. Watch 4 world premiere commissions and over 20 amazing NYC artists, filmed live on the City Center stage.

Program 1 includes a solo piece from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts titled Morani/Mungu (Black Warrior/Black God) that explores his identity as a Black man, and a duet by Christopher Wheeldon called The Two of Us for New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns and American Ballet Theatre principal and incoming Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David Hallberg in their first-ever performance together. Also see Ballet Hispánico in a New York premiere of excerpts from 18+1, an electric, mambo-driven piece celebrating Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer. Martha Graham Dance Company’s Natasha M. Diamond-Walker performs Lamentation, one of the Company’s quintessential solos, presenting a timeless message about the essence of grief.

In Program 2, acclaimed tap artist Dormeshia performs Lady Swings the Blues, honoring the legacy of Black women in dance. Calvin Royal III, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, also dances a solo from choreographer Kyle Abraham. Lar Lubovitch Dance Company featuring guests Joseph Gordon and Adrian Danchig-Waring perform the iconic male duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two.And Ashley Bouder, Tiler Peck, and Brittany Pollack perform excerpts from George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, an exuberant response to George Gershwin’s classic tunes.

Both programs will be available on demand through Sunday, November 1.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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An L.O.S. Halloween Bash! The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Online
10:00 am–11:00 am

The delightful Little Orchestra Society concerts go virtual this season with actors, young soloists, dancers, special guests, animation, and video. See a professional Orchestra – and the hilarious Professor Treblemaker – in an interactive format. Videos available for two weeks after the premiere.

Membership includes access to four concerts throughout the year and will support sustained access to music in public schools, diverse communities, and underserved neighborhoods with an array of “blended” programs that are in-person and virtual. Partially tax-deductible.

Suggested Ages: 2 to 10
$199/family
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Sunday, October 25

Broadway Babysitters Giveaway

Online

We are excited to be partnering with Broadway Babysitters to give away a FREE 30 minute voice lesson with a Broadway performer. Lessons also available in dance, acting, piano and more from superstars who sadly can’t be on stage (and need our support).

Weatherproof, 100% covid safe and available to anyone anywhere.

Enter the giveaway via instagram (and/or email us for bonus entries).

Also see our guides to family-friendly online arts & culture, virtual classes and streaming shows,

Giveaway ends Tuesday at 10 pm.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Broadway Babysitters Virtual Private Lessons

Online
9:00 am–7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until November 30, 2020

Take virtual private lessons in everything from voice, piano, dance, ballet, yoga, flute, cello, violin, improv, and more with professionally trained sitters, some of whom happen to be Broadway veterans and stars. Get top-notch training while supporting the arts community whose livelihood has been deeply affected by COVID-19.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$40/30 minutes
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Puppetworks Jack & the Beanstalk

Puppetworks
12:00 pm–1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 20, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

One event on October 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm

See a classic tale adapted for hand puppets with an original song score. Theater is at 25% capacity; masks required. Call or email in advance for reservations.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12
$10-$11
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The Wizards Of Oakwood Drive

Online
1:00 pm–8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 1, 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Join a live, interactive, 45-minute online performance for young audiences taking place on Zoom.

Two sibling wizards perform spells in a winner-take-all contest, and with a little help from parents in advance of the show, magic will happen in your own home. A short list of items and simple instructions on where to place them will set the stage for the sorcery, and during the performance, the battling wizards perform magic which send kids on a treasure hunt. The panel of kid judges then vote to determine—once and for all—who the best wizard is on Oakwood Drive.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 12
$30
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Halloween Movies at Skyline Drive-In

Skyline Drive-In
8:00 pm–10:00 pm
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One event on October 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm

One event on October 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm

One event on October 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Watch favorite family Halloween movies including Hotel Transylvania, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus, from your car in Greenpoint with killer views of the Manhattan Skyline.

Parking spaces are first-come-first-serve basis so come early. Bring chairs/blankets etc if you want to sit outside your car (outdoor seating for those without cars also available). Indoor bathrooms and concessions available.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$55/car
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Monday, October 26

Little Jay Music and Play Central Park

Central Park
9:30 am–10:10 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday and Friday, repeating until October 30, 2020

Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play.
Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy) and blanket. Only 5 families/ class to ensure social distancing.
Mondays at 9:30am & 10:30am at E 76th street, Fridays 9:30am & 10:30am at W 93rd street (weather permitting). Also in Carl Schurz Park Wednesday & Thursday.
Suggested Ages: Babies to 5
$27
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CMA Live: Music and Making Marathon with Tom

Online
10:00 am–10:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until October 30, 2020

Celebrate a creative future by singing favorite songs, playing instruments, telling stories, and making art while listening to awesome music. Meet Tom’s super friends Freddie the Frog, Tiny the Dog, Mystery Chicken, and Mr. T.

Led by Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Programs.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 4
$10
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Karma Kids Yoga

Online
10:00 am–5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2020

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
FREE
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Central Park Ballet Classes

Central Park, Lawn across from the Mariners Playground
11:15 am–11:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 27, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:15 am on Monday, repeating until October 26, 2020

Dance in Central Park with a professional dancer/actress in fun socially-distanced ballet classes that incorporate movement, sound and song along with discipline and focus and leave children feeling wonderful about his/her self.

Classes held at the long sloping lawn just before Shakespeare in the Park/Delacorte Theater by West 85th street). Email [email protected] to register or get more info. Private/custom group lessons also available.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
$80/four weeks
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Passdoor Online Dance

Online
3:00 pm–6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until November 25, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until November 30, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until November 21, 2020

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
$16
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We The People

Online
8:00 pm–9:00 pm

Rock out with the America’s original “Boy Band” — the Founding Fathers. Join George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as they trade their powdered wigs for power chords to help an ambitious teen.

Through Nov 5th, get free access to TheaterWorksUSA brand new, beautifully filmed production of a musical revue that makes social studies exciting and accessible. Learn about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more through a variety of musical styles, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop

Suggested Ages: 6 to 14+
FREE
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Tuesday, October 27

NYCB Festival of New Choreography

Online

See five world premiere ballets filmed in various locations on the Lincoln Center campus and throughout New York City. Featured choreographers include Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, Justin Peck, Jamar Roberts, and Pam Tanowitz. All programs will stream for an indefinite period of time.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Mozart For Munchkins UWS Spooktacular

Central Park, Diana Ross Playground
8:45 am–9:30 pm

Meet the violin and viola with some of New York’s top string players. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach and Grieg, spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs- there’s nothing better than little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns marching to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.”

Also at 10 am.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
$35
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Wednesday, October 28

Mozart For Munchkins LIC

Rainbow Park Playground at Gantry Plaza State Park
9:30 am–10:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music. Join The New York Brass Duo and a special guest on the ukulele (and juggling too).

Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor, wear a mask (under 2 excluded), and get ready to dance, clap, and sing.

Also at other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
$35
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