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Virtual Events for Kids in the New York Metro Area—And Farther Away

Virtual Events for Kids in the New York Metro Area—And Farther Away

Your kids don't have to leave the house to have fun—check out these classes and programs from favorite and far-out institutions!


UPDATED June 26: We are used to seeing our favorite musicians in concert halls, hearing fun stories at the library, and learning at our museums, but now that social distancing is the new norm, our kids’ favorite forms of entertainment have quickly adapted. Check out these great online events—from concerts and art classes to story times and academic enrichment—to keep your children engaged without leaving your home. Bonus: Since these are all virtual, you can take advantage of programs from locations that would normally be too far away!

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About Safe Summer Fun as New York Reopens

Virtual Movement Classes for Kids

FREE Livestream Recess
WHEN:
Mondays-Fridays, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm through July 31.
WHERE: Playworks
AGES: 8 and younger
WHAT: Tune in for stretching and warm-ups, interactive games, cheers, and cooldown activities.
WANT TO GO: FREE

Virtual Kids Movement Playground
WHEN: Tuesdays, 3-3:50pm through June 28.
WHERE: Valerie Green/Dance Entropy via Zoom
AGES: Kids of all ages
WHAT: Stretch, move, and groove with a variety of dance styles and music!
WANT TO GO? $13. Advanced registration required.

FREE. CTD Circle Time on Instagram Live
WHEN: Thursdays, 5:15-5:30pm
WHERE: Connect the Dots Therapy via Instagram
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: An occupational therapist will guide children in connecting songs to hand movements, that will essentially help in developing self regulation, listening skills, comprehension and eye-hand coordination.
WANT TO GO? Free. Connect the Dots Therapy

FREE. Turn It Out with Tiler
WHEN: Monday-Friday, 1pm
WHERE: Tiler Peck on Instagram
AGES: All
WHAT: New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck invites everyone to dance along during her daily Turn it out with Tiler classes- often featuring special guests! No experience necessary!
WANT TO GO? Free. Instagram

FREE. Battery Dance TV Free Weekly Virtual Dance Classes for Kids
WHEN: Hip-Hop: Mondays and Fridays, 3pm; Dance: Wednesdays, 3pm
WHERE: Battery Dance Online
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: At this time of social distancing and isolation, Battery Dance TV aims to connect people across the world through dance. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Battery Dance.

Virtual Kids Movement Playground
WHEN: Tuesdays, 3-3:50pm through June 28.
WHERE: Valerie Green/Dance Entropy via Zoom
AGES: Kids of all ages
WHAT: Stretch, move, and groove with a variety of dance styles and music!
WANT TO GO? $13. Advanced registration required.

Dance, Sing, & Play
WHEN: Thursdays, 9:30am
WHERE: The Dance Loft of Long Beach
AGES: Up to age 5
WHAT: Dance and sing-along during this interactive class that’s fun and educational!
WANT TO GO? $7. Email danceloftlb@gmail.com to sign up

FREE. AFRICAN DANCE with CecileNicole Brathwaite
WHEN: Mondays, 4pm
WHERE: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning via YouTube
AGES: All
WHAT: Tune into JCAL's YouTube channel to learn African Dance with CecileNicole Brathwaite.
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube.

FREE. Musical Toddler Yoga
WHEN: Thursdays, 10am through August 27.
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Facebook Page
AGES: Toddlers
WHAT: Join Cassie for a fun morning of singing, music, and yoga for the toddler crowd.
WANT TO GO? Free. Brooklyn Public Library

FREE. Karate on Zoom with Sensei Rob
WHEN: Sundays, 10-11:30am and Thursdays, 6-7pm through June 28
WHERE:
Bay Ridge Jewish Center via Zoom
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Sensei Rob for twice a week Karate classes via Zoom from the comfort of your own home! All are welcome - Adults & Children, Beginners through Advanced.
WANT TO GO? Free. E-mail robeneff@hotmail.com to register.

FREE. Sing & Dance with TADA
WHEN: Saturdays, 10am through June 27
WHERE: TADA! YOUTH THEATER via YouTube
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn a new musical number every week from a TADA! show.
WANT TO GO? Free. TADA! Youth Theater

FREE. KIDZ BOP Daily Dance Break
WHEN: 3pm, daily
WHERE: The KIDZ BOP Facebook Page
AGES: All
WHAT: Stay active with KIDZ BOP during their dance along video breaks.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Yoga for Autism Families
WHEN: Tuesdays, 3:15-3:45pm through June 30
WHERE: POAC Autism Services via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy 30 minutes of stretching and relaxation with Virtual Yoga for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Dance Astoria Dance Festival
WHEN: Sundays-Fridays through June 30
WHERE: Dance Astoria Online
AGES: All
WHAT: All month long celebrate this dance festival with local Queens choreographers and learn some new moves!
WANT TO GO? Free. Join in via Facebook and Instagram. Some require advanced registration for Zoom access.

Silly Games with Yoni & Angela
WHEN: Mondays, 5pm through June 29
WHERE: The Muse Brooklyn Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Taught by leading circus arts professionals, Yoni & Angela, it's the perfect way to relax, get moving and have fun! 
WANT TO GO? Free, but donations are appreciated.

FREE. Baby-wearing Dance Class
WHEN: Saturdays, 2pm through August 29 **NO SESSION July 4**
WHERE: Rye Library via Facebook
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Join Ms. Sam, a certified GroovaRoo babywearing dance instructor for a babywearing dance class. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Rye Library.

FREE. Kids Zumba
WHEN: Mondays, 3:30-4pm through June 29
WHERE: Rutherford Free Public Library via Zoom
AGES: 6-11
WHAT: Join Miss Jessica for Zumba classes on Zoom!
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. 'Noche Unidos,' A Night of Dance and Unity
WHEN: June 30, 7:30pm
WHERE: Ballet Hispánico Online
AGES: All
WHAT: The evening includes nine virtual world premiere performances featuring Ballet Hispánico Company dancers and students, and new works created remotely in the past weeks by world renowned choreographers.
WANT TO GO? RSVP requested, donations are optional and appreciated. 

FREE. Super Launchers
WHEN: Saturdays, 2-3pm through July 11
WHERE: Giant Leaps Occupational Therapy via Facebook
AGES: 8-10
WHAT: This fun online activity features crafts, music and movement. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook. 

Pirate Yoga
WHEN: June 27, 2-2:45pm
WHERE: Karma Kids Yoga Online
AGES: 3-7
WHAT: Learn how to talk like pirates, dress like pirates, and do some pirate training to get your bodies in tip top shape.
WANT TO GO? $15 per household. Advanced registration required.

FREE. African Dancing and Folktales Workshop
WHEN: July 1, 2-3pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Participants become the storytellers in a series of African folktales as a facilitator guides you through an African Dance workshop.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook. 

FREE. FitKids with Miss Rachel for Children
WHEN: Wednesdays, 10:30-11am through August 26
WHERE: Amagansett Library via Zoom
AGES: 7-12
WHAT: Explore movement through fun fitness challenges.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

 

Virtual Arts & Crafts Classes for Kids

FREE ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK with Rebecca and Gordon
WHEN:
Mondays, 9am
WHERE: Larchmont Public Library Youtube
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Visit the Larchmont Public Library YoutTube channel to get a boredom buster from Miss Rebecca (Head of Children's Services) and her son Gordon. 
WANT TO GO? youtube.com/user/larchmontkids

FREE Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom
WHEN:
Ongoing: Monday-Friday, 2pm
WHERE: Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: A daily dose of creativity with artists and educators.
WANT TO GO? facebook.com.

FREE. DIY Puppet Workshops
WHEN: Mondays-Fridays, 4pm; Saturdays-Sundays, 10am
WHERE: Facebook
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join Wonderspark Puppets every day during the COVID-19 outbreak / quarantine for live sessions on Facebook Live.
WANT TO GO? While the classes are free, donations are accepted. Wonderspark Puppets.

FREE. Craft at Home
WHEN: Weekdays, 10am
WHERE: YouTube or Instagram
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Joann is committed to supporting you with inspiring ways to get creative, as well as ignite your kids' imaginations, while spending time at home.
WANT TO GO? Free. JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores

FREE. #DrawTogether
WHEN: Mondays & Thursdays, 10am
WHERE: WendyMac on Instagram
AGES: All
WHAT: Wendy MacNaughton is the New York Times bestselling Illustrator/friendly quarantine art teacher! What will you learn today?
WANT TO GO? Free. Instagram.

FREE. Children's Workshop with Amy DiGi
WHEN: Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: The Art Students League’s Facebook Page
AGE: 5-8
WHAT: Student artists will embark on a 5-week journey with Amy discovering important artists like Kara Walker and Romare Bearden while using common artistic tools in the home to make little masterpieces.
WANT TO GO? Free. A supply list and class schedule will be shared in advance with RSVP.

FREE. Heckscher at Home Kids Edition: Art Activities
WHEN: Tuesdays, 3pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art via Facebook
AGE: 5-10
WHAT: Tune in live to the Museum's Facebook page where the Museum educator creates exciting artwork. Find all projects on the museum’s website.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook and www.heckscher.org/heckscher-at-hom

FREE. Get Crafty with Lynn Lilly & Crayola
WHEN: Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm through June 30
WHERE: Crayola Facebook Page
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Craft Box Girls by Lynn Lilly as she show shows you fun and easy crafts you can make at home with your kids!
WANT TO GO? Free. Crayola

Cartooning with James
WHEN: Tuesdays, 4-5pm through June 30
WHERE: Key to My Art! Online
AGES: 9-16
WHAT: Bring a paper and something to draw on and learn to cartoon.
WANT TO GO? $15 per family. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Kids Club Online
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm
WHERE: Michaels Stores via Zoom
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn to make a new craft during each session. The first 1,000 participants to join the Zoom Call will be admitted.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

Virtual STEAM Workshop-Engineering With Paper
WHEN: June 11, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Lewis Latimer House Museum Online
AGES: 7 and older
WHAT: Participants will build amazing structures and explore engineering techniques using only paper.
WANT TO GO? While the workshop is free, donations are accepted. Advanced registration required.

Virtual Art Class - Watercolor Cactus with Kayla
WHEN: June 17, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Key to My Art! Online
AGES: 5-16 years
WHAT: Learn to make watercolor cactus with Kayla!
WANT TO GO? $10 per family. Advanced registration required.

Virtual Youth Class: Tea Light Candle Holder
WHEN: June 16, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Clay Art Center Online
AGES: 10 and older
WHAT: Learn how to make a hollow form, cut an opening at the top, and pierce the sides to make your own tea light holder.
WANT TO GO? $18. Advanced registration required. See website for full supply list. 

FREE. Cute Origami Series
WHEN: Saturdays, 1-2pm through June 27
WHERE: Queens Public Library Online
AGES: 5-9
WHAT: Enjoy simple origami every Saturday in June. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

Folding Fridays
WHEN: Fridays, 3pm through June 19
WHERE: National Museum of Mathematics Online
AGES: 7 and older.
WHAT:  Origami expert Kathleen Sheridan will teach some unique origami models
WANT TO GO? $10. Advanced registration required. 

FREE. Science Edutainment: Monster Science!
WHEN: June 18, 3-4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Online
AGES: All
WHAT:  See a plant that moves (really!), hissing cockroaches bigger than your nose (truly!), and mix up a safe, monstrous chemical reaction using microscopic monsters!
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. 

FREE. Little New-Yorkers @ Home: After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
WHEN: June 23 and June 26, 3:30pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society via Zoom
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Read After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again and create a special paper airplane like Humpty Dumpty's craft from the story.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Teen DIY: Memory Wire Bracelets
WHEN: June 22, 7-7:45pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Zoom
AGES:13-17
WHAT: Learn to make your own Memory Wire Bracelet with Miss K. This is a fun and easy craft and chance to reconnect.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. See website for supply list. 

FREE. Recycled Crafts
WHEN: Wednesdays, 3-3:30pm through July 1
WHERE: Englewood Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids can learn how to make a craft with Ms. Susan using recycled materials.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook. 

FREE. Freshkills Park Discovery Week @ Home
WHEN: June 22-June 26, 10am-3pm, daily
WHERE: Freshkills Park Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Throughout the week, learn more about the history, wildlife, recreation, education, and art at the park through virtual experiences. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Freshkills Park.FREE. FTH at Home: FTH at HOME: Global Arts for

Global Kids with the Smithsonian
WHEN: Weekdays through June 26
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall Online
AGES: All
WHAT: In affiliation with the Smithsonian, FTH EDU will be exploring their Year of Music collection and video archive throughout the month of June.
WANT TO GO? Free. Flushing Town Hall.

FREE. Virtual Paint Class - Baymax with Mr. James
WHEN: June 29, 4-5pm
WHERE: Key to My Art! Online
AGES: 8-16
WHAT: Learn to Paint Baymax with Mr. James and the supplies you have at home. 
WANT TO GO? $15 per family. Advanced registration required,

FREE. Yarn Wall Hanging
WHEN: June 29, 4:30pm
WHERE: The Smithtown Library Online
AGES: 13-17
WHAT:  Add color and texture to your walls with this easy to make Yarn Wall Hanging.
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube and Facebook.

FREE. Refrigerator Magnets
WHEN: July 1, 1-1:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: All 
WHAT: Get tips on how to make your own refrigerator magnets. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Kids Club: Crayola CIY Crafts—Animal Bookmark & DIY Paper Spinner
WHEN:  July 2, 4pm
WHERE: Michaels Stores via Zoom
AGES: All
WHAT: Join crafting expert Lynn Lilly and craft along as she shows you how to make an Animal Bookmark and DIY Paper Spinner!
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Graffiti Art
WHEN: July 2, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library via Zoom
AGES: 12 and older
WHAT: Create your very own stylized Graffiti Logo guaranteed to get you street cred!
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

Virtual Educational Classes for Kids

Long Island Explorium STEM Online Workshops
WHEN: See website for schedule
WHERE: longislandexplorium.org
AGES: All
WHAT: Keep up the learning from home while you are away from school. The Explorium’s highly trained educators will be reinforcing the NYSSLS cross cutting concepts during these innovative workshops.
WANT TO GO? $10

FREE Children's Museum of Manhattan
WHEN: Ongoing: Monday-Friday, at your leisure
WHERE: cmom.org
AGES: All
WHAT: With a new theme for each day of the week CMOM at Home will bring a wide range of programming and activities right to your home computer.
WANT TO GO? cmom.org.

FREE New Victory Theater Arts Break
WHEN: See website for schedule
WHERE: newvictory.org
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Through an initiative called New Victory Arts Break, New Victory Theater is inspiring families to learn performing arts skills from the comfort of their own home. A free online series, each week explores a particular art form and invites kids and parents to incorporate the arts into their homeschool learning through a series of videos and instructions. Featuring demonstrations by New Victory Teaching Artists, New Victory Arts Break is also a part of the theater's effort to keep NYC artists employed. Week #1: Percussion Week Week #2: Just Move! Week Week #3: Puppetry Week (coming March 30) Week #4: Something Magical Week (April 6) Week #5: Juggling Week (April 13)
WANT TO GO? www.newvictory.org.

FREE. Nightly News: Kids Edition
WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
WHERE: YouTube
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: NBC's Lester Holt hosts a twice-weekly newscast that he hopes will ease some of the mystery and worry for young people about a pandemic that's kept them out of school and many of their parents at home.
WANT TO GO? Free. NBC News. 

FREE. Virtual Guided Nature Hike
WHEN: Sundays, 1-2pm through June 28
WHERE: Pinelands Institute at Whitesbog Village via Facebook Live
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Jess, the Education Coordinator, on Facebook for a virtual guided nature walk through the New Jersey Pine Barrens! 
WANT TO GO? Donations accepted. Facebook Live. 

FREE. Indian Cooking with Rinku Bhattacharya
WHEN: June 7-June 28, Sundays from 1-2pm
WHERE: Mt. Kisco Public Library via Zoom
AGES: All
WHAT: Work interactively with Rinku Bhattacharya, chef/author of Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, Spices and Seasons and Instant Indian, to create healthy, homey Indian meals. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Register for the classes by emailing Rinku Bhattacharya at spicesandseasons@gmail.com to receive a Zoom invitation and the list of ingredients needed. 

FREE. Kohl Kids Live: Wednesday Facebook Live Activity
WHEN: Wednesdays, 11:30-11:4am through August 26
WHERE: Kohl Children's Museum via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the museum for a video presentation of an activity you can do at home that replicates learning from one of their 17 interactive exhibits.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook. 

FREE. Freshkills Park Discovery Week @ Home
WHEN: June 22-June 26, 10am-3pm, daily
WHERE: Freshkills Park Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Throughout the week, learn more about the history, wildlife, recreation, education, and art at the park through virtual experiences. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Freshkills Park.

FREE. FTH at Home: FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids with the Smithsonian
WHEN: Weekdays through June 26
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall Online
AGES: All
WHAT: In affiliation with the Smithsonian, FTH EDU will be exploring their Year of Music collection and video archive throughout the month of June.
WANT TO GO? Free. Flushing Town Hall.

Toc Toc Spanish For Little Kids
WHEN: Mondays-Fridays, 11am and 2pm ages 0-5; 4pm beginners and 5pm advanced ages 6-12 through August 31
WHERE: Toc Toc Spanish Online
AGES: 0-12
WHAT: Learn Spanish through songs, puppets, and games. Non-Spanish speakers welcome! 
WANT TO GO? $5. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Paper Play-a-Long
WHEN: June 30, 3:30-4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Use just paper, tape and scissors to build interactive games that empower hands-on skills and creative thinking. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Anti-Bullying and Self-Defense
WHEN: July 2, 12-1pm
WHERE: Birmingham Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Martial arts expert Stacey Burkes will teach anti-bullying tactics that will empower your child to avoid confrontation and improve their confidence. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook

FREE. Circus, Science and More! with Mr. Fish Virtual Live Performance
WHEN: July 1, 2-3pm
WHERE: Wyckoff Library Online
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Mr. Fish and Lisa Lou present humorous and exciting performances that encourage curiosity and critical thinking, using circus tricks, magic tricks, and audience participation to present "kid-friendly" demonstrations of scientific principles. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.



FREE. Virtual Girls Who Code
WHEN: Mondays, 6:30-830pm through August 31.
WHERE: Elwood Library Online
AGES: 12-17
WHAT: Learn how to code from fun online tutorials and activities in a safe and supportive environment. No experience necessary!
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

 

Virtual Music Classes & Concerts for Kids

 

FREE Free Student Stream
WHEN:
Wednesdays, 5pm
WHERE: The Metropolitan Opera House
AGES: All
WHAT: Each week, the Metropolitan Opera will be offering one opera specially selected for young audience members from around the globe, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the amazing artists who helped make it happen!
WANT TO GO? Free

FREE Sing with Suzi Shelton LIVE
WHEN: Through July 10: Monday-Friday, 4pm
AGES: Newborn to 8
WHAT: Join Suzi (and her special guests) for an intimate performance from her living room to yours.
WANT TO GO? FREE. Facebook Live.

FREE Jam with Jamie
WHEN: Ongoing: Monday-Friday, 9am
WHERE: Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Jam with Jamie is offering free virtual jam sessions from talented performers across the nation every weekday, as well as a virtual Birthday Party every weekend!
WANT TO GO? Donations accepted.

FREE Songwriting Workshops with Alice Leon
WHEN: Every morning at 10am
WHERE: Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Join children's artist Alice Leon for interactive songwriting workshops, perfect for kids and the whole family, every day at 10am on Facebook Live!
WANT TO GO? facebook.com.

FREE Live 'Berkner Break' Concerts: Laurie Berkner
WHEN: Most weekdays, 10am
WHERE: Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Laurie offers an abundance of songs, playful movement activities, stories, and more.
WANT TO GO? facebook.com.
 

FREE LIVE FROM THE PLAYROOM
WHEN: Mondays-Fridays, 3pm; Sundays, 11am
AGES: All
WHAT: Live From The Playroom will consist of 20-minute programs of music for the whole family featuring musicians and touring artists from across the country in an effort to support the musical community.
WANT TO GO? FREE. The Rock and Roll Playhouse.

FREE Shajam
WHEN: Fridays, 9am
AGES: Newborn-8
WHAT: Start your Fridays off right- sing and dance with friends in a Jewish music class like no other.
WANT TO GO? FREE. Tkiya.

FREE. Saturday Morning Music with Mr. Simon - LIVE Stream
WHEN: Saturdays, 10-10:45am
WHERE: Mr. Simon Music via Facebook
AGES: 1-5
WHAT: Join Mr. Simon and his furry friends - Mr. Koala, Lavender Louis, Big Baba Llama, Rodrego the Snail, Squirly the Squirrel and many more, and go on a fun, exciting and engaging musical adventure!
WANT TO GO? Donations accepted. Facebook. 

FREE. Autism Music Class
WHEN: Wednesdays, 2:30-3pm through June 24
WHERE: POAC Autism Services via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Mr. Jim will be doing some silly vocal warm-ups where everyone can participate with singing and even participating with some simple percussion play.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook

FREE. Rock OM Family
WHEN: Saturdays, 10am through June 27
WHERE: Groove Online
AGES: 4-8
WHAT: Practice yoga poses and play yoga games accompanied by songs, guitar and drums. 
WANT TO GO? $15. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Musical Mornings with Rock Island Sound
WHEN: Mondays-Fridays, 9:30am through June 30
WHERE: Westchester Children's Museum via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Travel through the decades and cultures learning about different styles of music, and find out how each instrument (and our bodies!) work to produce sound! 
WANT TO GO? Free. Westchester Children's Museum.

FREE. Sing-a-long with Folktales from Around the World
WHEN: June 26, 10-11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Jono Waldman for a sing-along, followed by storytelling performances of a different international folktale. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Imagine Your Story – A Virtual Music, Bubble and Comedy Show
WHEN: June 26, 2:45pm
WHERE: The Smithtown Library via Boxcast
AGES: 0-6
WHAT: This show will engage children with songs, comedy, bubbles and music technology that is crafted to be inclusive for all children. 
WANT TO GO? Free. The Smithtown Library

FREE. The BenAnna Band Live!
WHEN: June 29, 3-4pm
WHERE: The Babylon Library via Facebook
AGES: 0-6
WHAT: This high energy musical duo will have you dancing along in your living room!
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Shake 'N Make Music
WHEN: Fridays, 10:30-11:15am through July 3
WHERE: Hauppauge Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 0-5
WHAT: Join Miss Heather for some music and fun to sing some songs and play with homemade instruments. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Stomp, Clap & Sing with Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground
WHEN: June 30, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Boogie Down to The Funkytown Playground while your kids jump and jam. Grab your shakers and get ready for a musical adventure with Aly Sunshine. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

 

Virtual Storytimes for Kids

FREE Instagram @SaveWithStories
WHEN: Daily, times vary
WHERE: Instagram
AGES: All
WHAT: Your favorite celebrities are posting videos of themselves reading childhood favorites new and old while bringing attention to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.
WANT TO GO? instagram.com.

FREE LIVE Princess Storytime
WHEN: Wednesdays, 1-1:30pm
WHERE: CT Princess Parties LLC
AGES: Toddler-8 years
WHAT: See a princess LIVE on Facebook! Type your little princesses name in the comments section for a special shoutout!
WANT TO GO? FREE

FREE Story time
WHEN: Weekdays, 10:30am
WHERE: Flamingo Rampant
AGES: 3-8 years. 
WHAT: Hear a great story every weekday morning on Facebook Live. 
WANT TO GO? Free

FREE Dav Pilkey At Home
WHEN: New Content on Fridays
WHERE: Scholastic
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants!
WANT TO GO: Free

FREE Brooklyn Public Library Virtual Storytime
WHEN: See website for schedule
WHERE: Individual branches’ Facebook pages
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Join the library for virtual storytime with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills.
WANT TO GO? facebook.com.

FREE Drag Queen Story Hour
WHEN: See website for schedule
WHERE: Facebook
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Enjoy Drag Queen Story Hour from the comfort of your own home as Miz Jade reads children's books, sings songs, and movement activities.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE Storyline Online
WHEN: At your leisure
WHERE: YouTube
AGES: All
WHAT: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
WANT TO GO? youtube.com.

FREE TODDLER STORYTIME with Linnea on Facebook Live
WHEN: Tuesdays, 10am
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:  Miss going to storytime? Log on for a virtual Toddler Storytime over Facebook Live with Children's Librarian Linnea!
WANT TO GO? FREE. Larchmont Library. 

FREE Storytime With Miss Mary
WHEN: Tuesdays, 10am
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Miss going to storytime? Log on for a virtual Toddler Storytime over Facebook Live with Children's Librarian Linnea!
WANT TO GO? FREE. Larchmont Library.

FREE. Storytime with The Met
WHEN: Thursdays, 12-12:10pm through July 2
WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art via Facebook and YouTube
AGES: 18 months-6 years
WHAT: Each week, look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook and YouTube.

FREE. Storytime with The Met
WHEN: Thursdays, 12-12:10pm through July 2
WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art via Facebook and YouTube
AGES: 18 months-6 years
WHAT: Each week, look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook and YouTube.

Creative Clubhouse Stories with Caitlyn
WHEN: Thursdays, 11:30am
WHERE: New York City Children’s Theater via Zoom
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Join NYCCT Teaching Artist, Caitlyn McCain for a digital, interactive and accessible storytime class that mixes books you love with theater games your little one will love.
WANT TO GO? $10. Advanced registration required. 

FREE. Virtual Surprise Storytime
WHEN: Wednesdays, 10:30-11am
WHERE: PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD LIBRARY on Facebook
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Who will it be? Tune in for a special storytime with different readers each week.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Story Time with Miss Margie
WHEN: Thursdays, 7:30pm
WHERE: Miss Margie via Zoom
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Miss Margie for a free, fun and animated reading of some children's classics via Zoom!
WANT TO GO? Free. Zoom.

FREE. James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends
WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1pm through June 12
WHERE: YouTube
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Taika Waititi as he and his celebrity friends read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, in full across 10 episodes, to raise money for Partners In Health. 
WANT TO GO? Donations accepted for Partners in Health. 

FREE. Hans Christian Andersen Virtual Storytelling
WHEN: Saturdays, 11am through September 26th
WHERE: Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Tune in for a great celebration of Andersen's timeless tales, of storytelling, and of being together while apart.
WANT TO GO? While this program is free, donations are appreciated.

FREE. Transit Tots
WHEN: June 9 through June 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15am
WHERE: New York Transit Museum Online
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Join New York Transit Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Also available on Facebook.

FREE. Little New-Yorkers @ Home: Brontorina
WHEN: June 9 and June 12, 3:30pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society via Zoom
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Meet Brontorina who is determined to be a ballerina but becoming a dancer will be harder than she thinks. Then, color and cut out your own Brontorina to dance around your home! 
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Story Time: Jonathan E. Jacobs presents The Secret Rhino Society
WHEN: June 6, 11:30am
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom
AGES: 4-8
WHAT: This funny, character-driven story explores themes of friendship, expectations, and prejudice. Join the author for a reading and some at-home crafts
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Storytime Thursday's
WHEN: Thursdays, 11:15am through June 25
WHERE: Mt. Kisco Public Library via YouTube
AGES: 18 months- 5 years
WHAT: Hear a different story every week. 
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube.

FREE. Facebook Live Storytime With Miss Mary!
WHEN: Fridays, 3:30-4pm through June 26
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library via Facebook
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Tune in to chat and hear some stories!
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.
 

FREE. Here We Are Together: Story Time for Children Monday's
WHEN: Mondays, 11:15-11:45am through June 29
WHERE: Mt. Kisco Public Library via YouTube
AGES: 0-8 years
WHAT: A virtual story time for children of all ages, from newborns to school age children, with a parent or caregiver. 
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube.

FREE. Virtual Bilingual Storytimes
WHEN: Tuesdays, 11am through June 30
WHERE: Warner Library via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore various educational themes through stories, songs and more.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.
 

FREE. Here We Are Together: Story Time for Children Monday's
WHEN: Mondays, 11:15-11:45am through June 29
WHERE: Mt. Kisco Public Library via YouTube
AGES: 0-8 years
WHAT: A virtual story time for children of all ages, from newborns to school age children, with a parent or caregiver. 
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube.

FREE. Virtual Bilingual Storytimes
WHEN: Tuesdays, 11am through June 30
WHERE: Warner Library via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore various educational themes through stories, songs and more.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Beanstalk Storytime
WHEN: July 1, 2:30-3:15pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Join Brooklyn Beanstalk for a storytime in French and Spanish.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Little New-Yorkers @ Home: Knuffle Bunny Free
WHEN: June 30 and July 03, 3:30pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society Online
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Read Knuffle Bunny Free and meet Trixie who is going on an amazing trip to visit her grandparents in Holland! Find out if Knuffle Bunny decides to have different travel plans than Trixie. Then, color and cut out your own bunny who will fly adventurously by airplane.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. 

FREE. Virtual Museum Storytime: Vegetable Gardening
WHEN: June 26, 11:30am
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden via Zoom
AGES: 0-5
WHAT: Read picture books about growing vegetables in a garden, and then play a matching game about eating vegetables.
WANT TO GO? Free. Zoom

FREE. Bilingual Russian Storytime With Basanda, Manager Of Poppenhusen Library
WHEN: June 26, 11-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Public Library via Facebook
AGES: 0-7
WHAT: Join Basanda, manager at Poppenhusen Library, for a bilingual Russian storytime! 
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

FREE. Preschool Storytime
WHEN: June 29, 3:30pm
WHERE: Long Beach Public Library via Zoom
AGES: 3-6
WHAT: Join Mr. George & Mr. Logan as they read picture books, introduce puppets and maybe a surprise for your preschooler. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Zoom. Password: 819542

Virtual Family Events

MAX MAJOR'S REMOTE CONTROL: A Mind Reading Experiment
WHEN: June 26-June 29, 7pm
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center Online
AGES: All
WHAT:  This interactive Zoom experience remotely controls your actions and predicts your thoughts LIVE on your screen through the powers of hypnosis and mentalism.
WANT TO GO? $45 per screen. Advanced registration required. 

FREE.  Jester Jim Virtual Family Show
WHEN: July 1, 2pm
WHERE: Port Chester/Rye Brook Library via YouTube
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:  This 40 min live broadcast packed with tricks, balancing, and laughs, will leave you wanting more.
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube

FREE. Red Hook Fest
WHEN: June 27, 2pm
WHERE: Red Hook Fest Online
AGES: All
WHAT: The 2020 lineup will include special tributes to Red Hook's young artists and local coronavirus relief efforts.
WANT TO GO? Free. YouTube, Instagram, Facebook

FREE. Astoria's 1st Virtual International Cultural Festival
WHEN: June 28, 3-4pm
WHERE: Central Astoria LDC via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: See performers from all over the world represent their countries through music and dance.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook

FREE. Magic Online
WHEN: June 26, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Facebook
AGES: All
WHAT: Part magic show, that has children working to create the magic by clapping, laughing, or even saying the magic words. Part lesson, as each attendee will learn some magic that can perform and create at home.
WANT TO GO? Free. Facebook.

 

Virtual Pride Events

 

FREE. Craft with PRIDE!
WHEN: Saturdays, 3:30-4pm through June 20
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Miss Meisa for a three week series of awesome Pride themed art projects. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Brooklyn Public Library.

FREE. Pride Month Storytime!
WHEN: June 28, 3pm
WHERE: Virtual Book Launch Party Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Storytime will include: Q&A with the authors and illustrator, A live drawing by the illustrator, A raffle to win a signed book, the live doodle, and a denim bag! All attendees will receive a free e-book and free digital coloring pages.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Reading into History @ Home: 'A High Five for Glenn Burke'
WHEN: June 28, 2-3pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Celebrate Pride Month by joining the DiMenna Children's History Museum online to discuss A High Five for Glenn Burke with author Phil Bildner. Step up to the plate with the book’s protagonist, sixth grader Silas Wade, as he conducts his research project about former Major Leaguer Glenn Burke—the first openly gay baseball player and the man who invented the high five. Silas’s project about Burke paves the way for his own coming out story. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. 

FREE. Jack & Friends: Drag Queen Story Hour
WHEN: June 27, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library via Instagram
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Instagram

Pride-A-Palooza
WHEN: June 28, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Queer Kid Stuff Online
AGES: All
WHAT: This family-friendly celebration of pride month will be chock full of musical guests, storytimes, crafts, and inspirational messages for LGBTQ+ families.
WANT TO GO? $25 suggested donation. Advanced registration required. 

Virtual July 4th Events

Brickworld LEGO Fireworks Virtual Con
WHEN: June 27, 12-6pm
WHERE: Brickworld LEGO Expo via Zoom
AGE: All
WHAT: The Fireworks Virtual Con will present an online array of LEGO activities for all ages, featuring exhibits, presentations, builds, games and vendors in a suite of Zoom rooms, including interactions with popular “LEGO Masters” TV contestants and fan favorite displays like the Great Ball Contraption, and, of course, LEGO fireworks!
WANT TO GO? $9. Advanced registration required.

FREE. Kids Club: Crayola CIY Crafts—4th of July Crafts
WHEN: July 3, 4pm
WHERE: Michaels Stores via Zoom
AGE: All
WHAT: Make a 4th of July Wreath, Construction Paper Beads, and Salt Painting Fireworks! 
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. See supplies list.

FREE. Celebrate July 4th @ Home
WHEN: July 4, 10am-3pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society Online
AGE: All
WHAT: NYHS has a whole day’s worth of programming planned, including a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered by historical interpreter Joel Cook, a deep dive into Jackie Robinson’s legacy of activism with the Jackie Robinson Museum, and sing-alongs that give voice to struggles and hopes throughout American history. 
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE. July 4 with the National Archives
WHEN: July 4, 11am-4pm
WHERE: National Archives Online
AGE: All
WHAT: The National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment paper and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? Free. National Archives.

FREE. Celebrate July 4th Virtually in 2020
WHEN: July 4, 1-1:30pm
WHERE: The Morris County Tourism Bureau via Facebook
AGE: All
WHAT: Celebrate America’s birthday with some history of the Declaration and conclude with the annual reading with costumed park rangers. 
WANT TO GO? Free. The Morris County Tourism Bureau

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