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Friday, March 6
See original costumes, set models, and archival video from shows created Harold “Hal” Prince including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, Sweeney Todd, and Phantom of the Opera. Borrowing from the aesthetic of immersive theatre, visitors to can pick up, examine, and interact with reproductions of documents and objects. Facsimiles of the paperwork for Pajama Game and Damn Yankees will be scattered over a recreation of Prince’s desk. Digital replicas of stage manager Ruth Mitchell’s scripts will be linked to thousands of never-before-seen photographs from the Library’s collections. An open cabaret stage allows visitors to perform pieces from his shows or record their own stories about their experience with Prince’s theatrical work.
Wednesday, April 1
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.
This local family-friendly theater/dance company offers two of its shows online: Hatched (designed for babies through preschoolers) the story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world told through movement, music, and puppets and Under the Tangle (ages 8+), the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious wooded labyrinth.
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.
Friday, May 1
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.
Monday, May 25
Join NYC based children’s performer and guitarist Dan the Music Man for an online sing-along.
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.
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.
The musicians from local kindie rockers Rolie Polie Guacamole host Facebook live sing alongs Monday through Thursday. $10 suggested donation.
Acclaimed children’s singer and puppeteer Flor Bromley presents free Spanish musical adventure programs for preschool and kindergarten age children.
Each week, children meet a different puppet character and learn new songs, while participating with Flor (a native of Lima, Perú) in finger play, stories, music making, and dancing.
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
Rock out at free musical livestreams from Rock and Roll Playhouse, featuring local musicians covering legendary rock stars. Past episodes air daily at 8 am.
Join free virtual jam sessions from talented performers across the nation organized by local musician/educator Jam With Jaime.
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.
Tuesday, May 26
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.
Ballet Hispánico presents live dance workshops on Insatgram throughout the day: an 11 am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5) and an Intro to Spanish Dance Class with Kiri Avelar and Franchesca Cabrera at 5 pm.
Take a journey through a new story each week with TheaterWorksUSAcademy. Learn how to use story elements from your favorite books to create your own play. Move and shake bring stories to life using voices, bodies, and imaginations.
The course will conclude with a sharing of each student’s story creation.
Wednesday, May 27
Join Rebecca Schoffer and 92Y Parenting Center staff for a fun and interactive sing-a-long of old time favorites, folk songs and childhood classics.
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.
Thursday, May 28
Enjoy songs and poetry readings for ages 1 – 3 in a lovely room filled with objects intended to promote thought and creative association.
Join musical storytime with Moosiki Kids fostering a love of reading at a young age with stories and sing along for kids 5 and under. Join on Zoom to sing, dance, and move.
The famed Radio City Rockettes offer live dance classes on Instagram every Thursday. Learn choreography from the yearly Christmas Spectacular from a tall talented dancer.
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. Space is limited.
Join a city-wide sing-along, with thousands of voices pealing out from windows, terraces, and more after the “Clap Because We Care” every Thursday evening This week sing Bill Withers’ iconic “Lean on Me”.
Friday, May 29
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.
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.
Saturday, May 30
Dance and sing along to all genres of music for kids with Industry City. Hear live music of iconic rock stars– all in an effort to educate and promote creativity. The core audience is children 10 years and under, but all ages are welcome, adults included.
Explore George Balanchine’s beloved ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring feuding fairy kingdoms, quarreling couples, and a troupe of bumbling actors entangled in a magical forest. See excerpts from this charming ballet, hear from the artists who perform it and maybe kearn a few fairy moves. Very engaging and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.
Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Great first show with only 60 minute running time and casual atmosphere. Warning, front rows might get wet.
Saturday 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 & 3 pm, some weekdays.
$20 (cash-only) lap seats for age 2 years & under available at the box office.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution — which gave women the right to vote — hear voices who helped pave the way and continue to spotlight women’s rights in an interactive New York Philharmonic concert.
Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers. Recommended for ages 6+