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.

SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Find 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.

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).…

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.

Virtualtrips

Join live-streaming tours at locations around the world through the eyes of local guides. Get to know Paris, Moscow, Yellowstone, and more. See what your guide sees with a full-screen video stream, interact with your guide and other travellers through the chat, and see where you are in the world by following your guide on…

History @ Home

April 20 @ 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…

Intrepid Online Family Programs

April 20 @ 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.

Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can join monthly Sunday Access  programs.

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

April 20 @ 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.

Women’s History Month with CAMP

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Celebrate Women’s History Month with favorite CAMP store counselors!  Help bring a book to life, learn a choreographed dance and get crafty.

Part of a weekly virtual series “Adventure Club with CAMP.”

Rubin Family Sundays

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Rubin Museum live on Zoom every first Sunday of the month to explore the stories and symbols of Himalayan art and create art as a family.

Kids’ Thai Spring Roll Making Class

May 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a virtual hands-on kids cooking class. Make homemade spring rolls with Eat Gai, a Thai-inspired food stall at the historic Essex Market.

Learn about traditional paw pia tod from Eat Gai’s head chef and owner — then fill, wrap and fry rolls to crispy perfection. Make a…

Vasthy’s Friends Free to Be Me: Autism Awareness

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Vasthy’s Friends and Broadway Performers  from Hamilton, Sponge Bob The Musical and other Broadway shows for an online autism-friendly performance.  Experience joy, art, dance, and fun with special guests Christopher Jackson, Kaylin West, Lauren Molina, Rob Morrison, Abby C. Smith, and Mike Messer.

Donations will go to help Ramapo for…