Circle Round

Online New York, NY
FREE

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite at bedtime.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 10

Cards For Seniors

Online New York, NY
FREE

Make cheerful cards for isolated seniors. Use big print (not cursive) so the card is easy to read. Provide stickers and stencils to help the younger kids. Adults can make cards too. Join the NYC-based Caring By Card Nursing Home Project, donate through DOROT and Meals on Wheels NYC or check with local nursing…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Wow in the World

Online New York, NY
FREE

Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology - with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family's faves.  

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

Cook For Soup Kitchens

Online New York, NY
FREE

Contact your local soup kitchen to ask if they accept donations of home cooked meals or desserts. Find easy recipes that include stirring, scooping, and other kid-friendly steps. Here are tips for cooking for crowds (you may need to borrow extra pots etc. from friends); we’ve found baked ziti, roasted baby carrots and brownies all scale well.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Audible Kids

Online New York, NY
FREE

Listen to hundreds of audio books handpicked by Audible editors, including original exclusive content (we love The Mystwick School of Musicraft). 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. Free 30-day-trials available.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Online New York, NY
FREE

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.…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 14+

The Past & The Curious

Online New York, NY
FREE

Learn that history can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone in a podcast featuring stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington's foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more. A professional music…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

The Super Secret Hive

Online New York, NY
FREE

Join a former Disney duo on a musical adventure for the whole family. A cast of quirky characters navigate timely challenges to help kids save the world. Explore topics like honeybees and pollinators, plastic in the oceans, germs and our immune system, inclusion and kindness vs. bullying (as expressed by a T-Rex!) and…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12

Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Online New York, NY
FREE

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. Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Noodle Loaf

Online New York, NY
FREE

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

Story Pirates Podcast

Online New York, NY
FREE

This absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids features original music and celebrity special guests. Young listeners are invited to submit their own stories that might be brought to live in the podcast or a future live show. Find comprehensive activity guides for each episode online with recipes, poetry lessons, and more.…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 13

Ear Snacks

Online New York, NY
FREE

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+

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Online New York, NY
FREE

Learn about extraordinary, inspiring women women in a podcast based on global best-selling book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (a great purchase for all ages). Features famous leaders like Harriet Tubman and RBG as well as lesser known heroes from around the world.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

Greeking Out

Online New York, NY
FREE

Hear kid-friendly retelling of classic ancient Greek myths as featured in the Nat Geo Kids book Zeus the Mighty. Zippy and fun retellings with all the inappropriate parts glossed over.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

Radiolab for Kids

Online New York, NY
FREE

Find family-friendly content from Radiolab, one of the most beloved podcasts in the world.  From “What do dogs see when they look at the rainbow?” to “Do animals laugh?” the topics are squeaky clean (mostly) and all about science and curiosity.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+

Giving Factory Direct

Online New York, NY
FREE

Easily donate high-quality, gently used clothing with Giving Factory Direct's digital clothing donation program. Donors are matched to a child in need and can ship new or gently-used clothing directly to that child using a provided pre-paid shipping label. Packs include two complete outfits, a pair of pajamas, and a sweater/sweatshirt, all in the same…

Suggested Ages: All

#METKIDS

Online New York, NY
FREE

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's vast collection from home. Take a virtual time machine to explore great works of art from Prehistoric Egyptian tombs to Warhols Campbell Soup dresses. Each work has a short related video, interesting information and suggestions for imagining and creating works at home. Also watch videos on who protects the…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+

Experience The Tenement Museum From Home

Online New York, NY
FREE
Learn about former residents of two historic Lower East Side buildings and find out what life was like in a tenement. Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, online exhibit exploration guides interactive games and more. Hear the American stories not shared in your standard history book on episodes…
Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly

EduHam at Home

Online New York, NY
FREE

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…

Suggested Ages: 11 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Radiolab Presents: Terrestrials

Online New York, NY
FREE

Each episode of this miniseries introduces a creature or earthly phenomenon that will defy your expectations of how nature is supposed to work. Encounter a chorus of experts, including scientists, surfers, hip hop artists and…a "Song Bud" named Alan Goffinski who creates original songs for every episode. hosted by Lulu Miller (co-host of Radiolab).

Suggested Ages: All

25th Annual BAMkids Film Festival

Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$14/adults, $10/ages 13 & under

Join BAMkids’ annual celebration of international stories on film—and create your own new stories through experiential activities, performances, and play. Now in its 25th year, this interactive festival showcases over 50 animated and live action short films from around the globe. Before or after screenings, step into a free family-friendly carnival featuring walkabout performers, live…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
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Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

The Seaport Fulton & Front Streets, New York, NY
FREE

Join South Street Seaport Museum in person or virtually for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses. See our guide to the Seaport.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Poster Kids: Grow It!

Poster House 119 W 23rd Street, New York, NY
FREE

In this food-focused  program, look at propaganda and advertisements from around the world featuring food. Share memories, plan meals, and write recipes in the galleries, then plant take-home gardens. For children 5–11 years old and their adults (siblings are welcome).

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12