History/Social Studies

In these historic times, learn from the past and diverse cultures. Also see our Black Culture and World Music guides plus the ultimate guide to Hamilton for kids.

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or…

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…

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…

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…

SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Find free online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video. Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

Experience The Tenement Museum From Home

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…

Museum at Eldridge Street Learning From Home

Find easily adaptable lesson plans, writing prompts, art activities, storytime videos, vintage photos and more history and culture inspired by an 1887 Lower East Side synagogue and its stories of Jewish immigrant life, architecture and historic preservation.

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, Dance, popular American songs and more. Designed…

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…

Time for Kids

Read engaging articles on science, current events, money and more in  TIME for Kids weekly magazines in a digital library, temporarily free for all. Also find teaching materials with links to printable PDFS, quizzes, suggested activities and videos. For grades…

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…

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 music score and important songs accompany…

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 at-home reading). Features famous leaders like Harriet Tubman and RBG as well as lesser known heroes…

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

Greeking Out

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.

Varsity Tutors Online Classes

Take free live K-12 online classes in a variety of subjects such as “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. Choose from daily classes and week-long half-day…

iCivics

Learn about civic life with innovative, free educational video games and lessons like ‘Win the White House,’ ‘Immigration Nation,’ ‘We The Jury’ and ‘Cast Your Vote.’ Very interactive and engaging. Versions for elementary, middle school and high school students. Founded…

History @ Home

October 26 @ 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…

We The People

October 26 @ 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…

Intrepid Online Family Programs

October 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an Intrepid Museum Educator each week to explore history, science, and ingenuity online together. Family-friendly and engaging for all ages. Includes hands-on projects. Advance registration required to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when necessary.

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

October 27 @ 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.…

Living History @ Home: Celebrate Halloween!

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join New-York Historical Society to celebrate Halloween Victorian style with music and historic spooky—but not too scary—stories with master storyteller Jonathon Kruk.

Hamilton Cast Read Alongs

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Former Hamilton cast members read award-winning children’s books along with a discussion of the history behind the story led by Illinois History Teacher of the Year Keisha Rembert.

Intrepid Online Family Programs: Spooky Space

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Witches, spiders and ghosts…in space! Find out which eerie creatures lurk in the night sky as Intrepid Museum Educator explore the astronomical origins of Halloween and share a few haunting tales of unexplained phenomena as witnessed by astronauts.

illumiNATIONS: Día de los Muertos

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn about monarchs, a key element in Día de los Muertos celebrations, from cultural and scientific experts, and enjoy the music of GRAMMY-winning East L.A. band Queztal. Hear from sculptor and maskmaker Zarco Guerrero about the role masks play in…

Día de los Muertos Weekend Festival

October 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the National Museum of the American Indian for a virtual celebration of Día de los Muertos. Museum folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri as she answers frequently asked questions about Day of the Dead with images collected over her years of research,…