History/Social Studies

In these historic times, learn from the past and diverse cultures.

Also see our Black Culture and World Music guides plus our ultimate guide to Hamilton for kids. And NYPL has a great election reading list for kids & grown-ups

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor…

EduHam at Home

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…

New-York Historical Society Online

This fascinating historic  museum (now partially open for visits) hosts engaging live educational programs for all ages, audio and video resources (including the inspirational We Rise) and interactive 360 degree tours drawing on its world-renowned collections. Excellent educator resources including videos,  remote lesson plans, and media-rich curriculum website Women…

Mission US 

Learn American history with a choose-your-adventure interactive, online game. Take the role of printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston deciding whether to join the revolutionary movement, a Cheyenne teen in 1866, an enslaved 14-year-old girl escaping to freedom in Ohio, teenage farmers in the Great Depression and more young people. Explore rich, historical settings, make choices…

FLOCABULARY

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

Kennedy Center Education

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, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

Outschool

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.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Website

Explore George Washington’s home and life with virtual tours, games, quizzes, coloring pages, recipes, a digital encyclopedia, videos and Be Washington, a fascinating first-person interactive leadership experience. Come face to face with challenges that George Washington confronted as commander in chief or president then make decisions – and see the consequences.

 

The Past & The Curious

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…

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

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.

Schoolhouse Rock

Learn about multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, environmentalism and more with short music videos created from 1973-2009. Clever lyrics, catching tunes and amusing animations introduce concepts  from conjunctions to women’s suffrage  to the electoral college .

Available on Amazon & Disney Plus (plus some on YouTube).…

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

January 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join the Museum of the City of New York for an interactive and intergenerational workshop for children ages 7 and up and their grownups. Honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision for racial and economic justice and peace. Dive into the stories of Civil Rights activists in New York, including Ella…

Giant Spark MLK Day Workshops

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join STEAM (STEAM + Arts) workshops with MLK Jr themes including Build a Peace Box, Activist Art: “I Have a Dream” and How to Draw: Skin Tones.

Also book a time in the Giant Open Studios in Chelsea ($35) for access to tools & guidance for more creativity.  On-demand workshops for small groups also…

Celebrate MLK: Dream BIG

January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, Dream big and honor this leader of peace through movement, music and games. Make a “DIY Dream Mobile” to share hopes and dreams.

Stop by any CAMP store to pick up a free “DIY Dream Mobile” craft kit. The first of a virtual series…

Vasthy’s Friends Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the life, legacy, and mission of Dr. King through song, dance and stories withBroadway performers.

Proceeds benefit Pretty Brown Girl, which is dedicated to educating and empowering Black and Brown girls by encouraging self-acceptance while cultivating social, emotional & intellectual well-being. Limited slots; RSVP online.

MLK Virtual Storytime and Concert for Kids

January 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WFUV and The New York Public Library (NYPL) are teaming up to present an online storytime and concert featuring e a story, fitting for MLK Day, read by Miz Jade, featured in NYPL’s Drag Queen Story Hour, followed by performances from three acclaimed children’s musicians: Grammy Award winner Lucy Kalantari, Grammy nominee Joanie Leeds, and…

History @ Home

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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…

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

January 19 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

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.

Living History @ Home: An American First—Women and the Vice Presidency

January 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join New-York Historical Society to commemorate Kamala Harris’ inauguration as the first female Vice President  with our historical interpreters as they explore how Geraldine Ferraro helped pave the way in 1984. Learn more about the role of the Vice President and test your knowledge during an exciting round of trivia. Come to the museum another time…

Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar

February 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Flushing Town Hall’s annual Lunar New Year celebration goes virtual. Join lively performances, arts and crafts, and food demonstrations celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox. Includes traditional dances by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a new Chinese hand puppet production by Chinese Theatre Works, paper-cutting, classic new year dish demonstrations, and more.