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Tuesday, April 28
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
Friday, May 1
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
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
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
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
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+
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
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
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
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+
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
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
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
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
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+
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
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
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).
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
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+
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
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:
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+
Saturday, October 24
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
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
Sunday, October 25
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.
Giveaway ends Tuesday at 10 pm.Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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
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
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
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
Monday, October 26
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
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
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
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
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-hopSuggested Ages: 6 to 14+
Tuesday, October 27
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:
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
Wednesday, October 28
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