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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week…Virtually! (March 30-April 5)

Coronavirus cabin fever? We're here to help.

The kids are still home, and we’re all going nuts! So we’re taking it online with virtual playdates, star-studded storytimes, crafty hours…you name it! Here are some ways to stay busy while staying home this week.

See this: #PhillyFromHome: How To Virtually Visit Your Favorite Philly Attractions While in Quarantine

 

All Week

(See below this list for live events that happen on specific days)

Creativity Time with The Handwork Studio

Weekdays at 10 am

 

Every Monday on Facebook Live, The Handwork Studio will interactively guide you and your child through making some favorite projects using common household items.

Music Monkey Jungle

Daily at 10 am

 

Join Lori from MMJ every morning on Facebook for singalongs, fun, and playtime.

Virtual Aquarium Visits

Weekdays at 10 am and 1 pm

 

South Carolina Aquarium will host two virtual visits on Facebook a day, guided by an educator trained in STEM-based learning.

Live Science Fun with Sciencenter

Weekdays at 10:30 am

 

Each weekday, join Sciencenter for free Zoom science activities! List of supplies and zoom link is listed on the link in the title.

PHLpreK Activity Time with Zhang Sah

Weekdays at 11 am

 

Zhang Sah #PHLpreK teachers will provide free activities like story reading and drawing lessons every weekday at 11 am on Facebook Live.

Standby Book Club with Greg Pizzoli

Weekdays at 11 am

 

Author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed, Goodnight Owl) is holding daily book readings, drawing sessions, and more. We tuned in last week, and we highly recommend catching a session!

Pete the Cat Club

Weekdays at noon

 

James Dean reads from his Pete the Cat series and leads a fun video everyday on Instagram.

Mandarin Storytime

Weekdays at noon

 

Language Sprout hosts daily Mandarin storytimes on Facebook.

French Storytime

Weekdays at 12:30 pm

 

Language Sprout also hosts daily French storytimes on Facebook.

Virtual Live Animal Encounters: Stories, STEM, & Silliness

Weekdays at 12:30 pm

 

Wildlife Adventures will have a different animal every day to explore and answer your questions. Then do a fun activity like reading a book, a science experiment, or craft. Join each afternoon on Facebook Live.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Weekdays at 1 pm

 

Author/illustrator Mo Willems (Pigeon books, Elephant & Piggie) invites you to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting his studio virtually once a day. View at the Kennedy Center’s website.

Mini Picassos Facebook Live Art Class

Weekdays at 1 pm

 

Stop by every afternoon for a fun, free creative art project session! Supplies listed daily for what you will need.

Kids and Parents Cooking Class

Weekdays at 1 pm

 

Delish hosts daily digital cooking classes! Tune in with your kids on Instagram. This week, make yummy treats like Fruity Pebble milkshakes, Bunny Bait, and more! A new recipe and class every day!

Philly Zoo at 2

Weekdays at 2 pm

 

Explore the zoo, go behind the scenes, talk with experts, and meet some of the zoo’s most amazing creatures every day on Facebook. They’re even gearing up to introduce new babies that haven’t been introduced yet to the public as the series goes on!

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Live From The Playroom

Weekdays at 3 pm

 

Rock out with free musical livestreams from the New York branch of the Rock and Roll Playhouse concerts you’ve come to love in Ardmore!

Home Safari Facebook Live with the Cincinnati Zoo

Weekdays at 3 pm

 

Every afternoon, the Cincinnati Zoo will highlight one of their animals and include an activity you can do from home on Facebook Live.

Mac’s Book Club Show with Author Mac Barnett

Weekdays at 3 pm

 

Book reading and discussion every day on the author’s Instagram at 3 pm.

Nimble Craft Daily Craft

Daily on Instagram

 

Daily craft projects posted on Instagram, with instructions and supplies lists in Instastories each day.

Daily STEM Projects with Little Wonderkin

Daily on Instagram

 

Daily craft projects and supplies posted on Instagram, with instructions in Instastories each day.

Kix@Six

Weekdays at 6 pm

 

Zhang Sah hosts free daily lockdown happy hour mini-workouts on Facebook Live.

Nightly Met Opera Streams

Daily at 7:30 pm

 

Stream a different opera on the Metropolitan Opera’s website each night!

Virtual Party with a Princess!

Princess Bonnie will sing, tell stories, and does an amazing Queen Elsa (as well as so many other princesses and characters, just check our her page). When my newly six-year-old daughter had her Facebook Live with Elsa, she even turned water into snow right in front of our eyes! I still don’t know how she did that, other than that she must actually be magic. DM her over Facebook and reserve a time—we even debriefed her on our daughter’s long storied friendship with Elsa to keep things consistent!

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Monday

Vitality Virtual Yoga

March 30, 9:30 am

 

Local instructor Vitality Fitness by Ava shares live yoga practice for kids ages 3 and up. If you miss it at 9:30 am, it will remain on the Facebook event page for later viewing.

Circus Parade

March 30, 10 am

 

Ms. Allison will kick off another week of Rompy’s House at Home with a circus-themed story and craft.

Live Virtual Story Time with Lolly

March 30, 10 am

 

Lolly (of Lolly & YoYo) hosts a free interactive storytime over Zoom. Dance, sing, play, and read together! Monday is The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse.

PlayMusic Family

March 30, 10:30 am and 4 pm

 

PlayArts takes it online with Ms. Maria! Join a musical adventure right in your own living room for ages 4 and under. Through fun and familiar songs, sing, move and play using simple materials you might have lying around your home. Click “Join Class” on their website when it’s time for class.

Snapology Online: 3D Sculptures

March 30, 11 am—noon

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 6-12 via Zoom. Students will learn to create their own sculptures based on famous pieces of art or inspiration from their own lives. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Mini & Me Yoga

March 30, 11:30 am

 

Mama’s Wellness Joint moves online with Mini & Me where Mamas can fit a yoga practice in while babies and toddlers (ages 6 weeks – age 4) can play. Pre-register online.

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

March 30, 11:30 am

 

Kids ages 5 and under can sing, move, and groove with musician Ruark Downey live on Zoom.

Make It Monday: Toilet Paper Roll Flowers

March 30, 1:30 pm

 

You know you’ve all been hoarding toilet paper, so now your kids can make crafts! Tune into Facebook Live with Penn Wynne Library for a free craft demonstration!

Storytime with Oliver Jeffers: ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’

March 30, 2 pm

 

Head over to author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers’ Instagram as he plans to read one of his classic books.

Free Introduction to Scratch Programming

March 30, 5 pm

 

Code Ninjas host a free session for kids age 7 and up. Space is limited, so sign up online to reserve your spot.

Tuesday

Chinese Learning Lab

March 31, 9 am (ages 8 weeks-2 years); 10 am (ages 3 and up)

 

From finger puppets to card games; from sing-alongs to animal calls, Chinese Learning Lab with Ms. Tu provides family members, young and strong, with exciting and intuitive learning opportunities of basic linguistic elements and culture. Join the class online via the PlayArts website.

Toddler Dance Class

March 31, 9:15—9:30 am

 

Phoenix Arts hosts a fun sing-along and dance class for you and your little one! 15 minutes of fun to get your body moving. You’ll need a scarf, lightweight shirt, or towel to use as a prop this week. Join on Facebook.

Settlement Kids: Live

March 31, 10:30 am

 

Keep your kids entertained, engaged, and connected with free music and dance shows brought right to your home by Settlement Music School. Their Playshop, Workshop, and Creative Movement teachers will get you dancing, singing, and smiling on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Go with YoYo: Fitness and Yoga for Kids

March 31, 10:30 am

 

YoYo (of Lolly & YoYo) leads a free class for kids ages 2-8 on Zoom. Fun exercises, moving like animals, balancing into yoga poses, and practicing power poses and affirmations.

Snapology presents SuperStructures: Drafting, Designing, and Modeling

March 31, 11 am—noon

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 6-12 via Zoom. In this lesson, students will learn the fundamental architectural skill of drafting floor plans and how planning before building is essential in order to make sure all the necessary details of a building are present. They will learn how teams can work together to create a final product. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Art in Action Live

March 31, 11:15—11:30 am

 

A free art tutorial featuring printmaking with common household items. List of ingredients on the Facebook event page! Hosted by the Children’s Museum of Green Bay.

Snowball Fight Gym at Home

March 31, 12:30 pm

 

Join this free online gym class with a paper “snowball” fight, followed by balloon volleyball.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

March 31, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin’s new parent support groups are facilitated by trained doulas who help guide the transition into the new role of parenthood. Share stories, ask hard questions, and more. Pay what you can; join on Zoom via Kith + Kin’s website.

Superhero Workout Training

March 31, 2 pm

 

In this free Facebook Live class, kids can train with a superhero and battle imaginary enemies with jabs, punches, kicks, and slices!

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

March 31, 4 pm

 

Kids ages 5 and under can sing, move, and groove with musician Ruark Downey live on Zoom.

Bedtime Stories on Facebook Live

March 31, 7 pm

 

Snuggle up together with some cozy tales with Media-Upper Providence Free Library. This week, it’s Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and Goodnight, Already! by Jory John.

Wednesday

Shark Story Hour and Craft

April 1, 10 am

 

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy hosts a free Facebook Live sharky storytime, followed by a craft (using a toilet paper roll, which you definitely have!).

Family Storytime on Facebook Live

April 1, 10:15 am

 

Media-Upper Providence Free Library hosts storytime, songs, and fingerplay best for ages 0-5.

Johnny Shortcake Live on Instagram

April 1, 10:30 am

 

Johnny Shortcake brings the funk with his offbeat kids’ music live on Instagram!

PlayMusic Family

April 1, 10:30 am and 4 pm

 

PlayArts takes it online with Ms. Maria! Join a musical adventure right in your own living room for ages 4 and under. Through fun and familiar songs, sing, move and play using simple materials you might have lying around your home. Click “Join Class” on their website when it’s time for class.

Snapology Scientists: Ecosystems

April 1, 11 am—noon

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 6-12 via Zoom. Students will learn about ecosystems and study the traits and habits of diverse populations of living organisms as they build their very own ecosystems using LEGO bricks. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

InMovement Mini Ninja Class

April 1, 11 am

 

InHomeMovement presents a 30-minute interactive class experience for kids 3-5 years including warmup, movement activities, hand-eye coordination challenges, games, and more designed to bring out your preschooler’s inner Ninja warrior! Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Live with Lowey: ‘From an Idea to…’

Wednesdays at 11 am

 

Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of the “From an Idea to…” series of business and entrepreneurship biographies for kids (ages 8-12), leads a new 25-minute Online Author Visit on her website each Wednesday where she shares the story and insights of different companies and their founders, plus Fun Facts and Q&A at the end. Past episodes can be found on her website.

Kids’ Yoga (Ages 5-8)

April 1, 11 am

 

Mama’s Wellness Joint moves online with Kids’ Yoga for ages 5-8. Pre-register online.

National Constitution Center hosts Constitutional Conversations for Teens

April 1 and 2 on Zoom; noon (middle school) and 1 pm (high school and college)

 

During the COVID-19 crisis, the National Constitution Center is offering free live constitutional conversations for middle school, high school, and college students, available through Zoom, and accessible on desktop or mobile.

Dinosaurs and Hip Hop Dance

April 1, 1 pm

 

Kids ages 5-8 will learn about dinosaurs, learn sign language that deals with dinosaurs, do a quick warm-up, and learn a fun routine to the song “Dinosaurs.” Pre-register online to save your spot.

Preschool Explorers on Facebook Live

April 1, 1:30 pm

 

Media-Upper Providence Free Library shares stories and activities for ages 3-5.

Casey Cooks on Facebook Live

April 1, 2 pm

 

Make Fruit Nachos with Miss Casey from Ludington Library.

Creative Construction for Toddlers and Preschoolers

April 1, 5 pm

 

Mr. Daniel from Romp n’ Roll will be hosting a free 30-minute online class on Facebook Live all about “creative construction” using household items.

Webinar: How to Host a Virtual Seder

April 1, 7 pm

 

 Join jkidphilly virtually as they walk you through the steps of planning and hosting an interactive online Passover experience for families unable to sit together at one table. Free; pre-register online.

Thursday

Live Virtual Storytime with Lolly

April 2, 10 am

 

Lolly (of Lolly & YoYo) hosts a free interactive storytime over Zoom. Dance, sing, play, and read together! Thursday, it’s Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown, so bring your bunnies, duckies, and (if you have them) egg shakers for this storytime!

Free Spanish Class with Bilingual Butterflies

April 2, 10:30

 

Bilingual Butterflies hosts a free live 45-minute Spanish lesson over Zoom for ages 3 and up. Login info on the Facebook event page.

InMovement Mini Ninja Class

April 2, 10:30 am

 

InHomeMovement presents a 45-minute interactive class experience for kids K – 8th grade! This super fun training session includes cardio and strength training, karate basics, hand-eye coordination challenges, focus-building activities, and games! Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Roots With Ruark All Ages Virtual Music Class

April 2, 10:30—11:15 am

 

Roots with Ruark brings you and your little one a music class full of energy and excitement with that one on one connection that is so vital for the 0-5 age group. This week, he’s broadcasting via Zoom with Kith + Kin! Pre-register online.

Facebook Live Storytime with Penn Wynne Library

April 2, 10:30 am

 

Ms. Lindsay will be virtually hosting a Facebook live storytime, best for toddlers and preschoolers. This event will include stories, songs, and more.

Settlement Kids: Live

April 2, 10:30 am

 

Keep your kids entertained, engaged, and connected with free music and dance shows brought right to your home by Settlement Music School. Their Playshop, Workshop, and Creative Movement teachers will get you dancing, singing, and smiling on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

PlayArts Movement Lab

April 2, 10:30 am (ages 4 and under); 2 pm (grades K-3)

 

Join Ms. Margot on an exploration of basic movement and dance concepts. You’ll need some space to move around, and lots of energy. Join the free class on the PlayArts website.

Online Sing-Along and Drag Queen Storytime with Martha Graham Cracker

April 2, 11 am

 

Join Philadelphia treasure Martha Graham Cracker for a very special virtual Drag Queen storytime and sing-along for all ages on Facebook Live. Expect fairy tales, show tunes, and more!

Snapology Online: SuperStructures

April 2, 11 am—noon

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 6-12 via Zoom. Students will be challenged to consider how architects and engineers can use the landscape in a certain area without destroying it. They will be challenged to design an environment and then build a sound structure around that environment. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Autism Awareness Virtual Concert

April 2, 11 am—noon

 

Brady and the Band have teamed up with Celebrate the Children School to host a virtual Facebook Live Concert for World Autism Day.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

April 2, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin moves their group online so you can continue on your journey while you’re self-isolated! Facilitated by an international board-certified lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success, the group meets on Zoom (call-in info in the link in title); pay what you can over Venmo.

Free Kids’ Yoga Online

April 2, 2 pm

 

Kids ages 4-9 will have fun learning through movement, storytelling, meditation, breathing techniques, music, and more. The Zoom class is 45 minutes long with a guided meditation at the imaginary secret garden.

Online Storytime with PlayArts

April 2, 4 pm

 

Grab a blanket and get cozy, it’s storytime! Join Ms. Krista as she takes your little ones on a literary adventure.

Drag Queen Music Time with Eric Jaffe

April 2, 5 pm

 

Join Eric Jaffe as they team up with Music Monkey Jungle for a family-friendly Disney extravaganza on Facebook Live!

Princess Storytime Live

April 2, 7 pm

 

Let it go and unwind listening to a story read by the Ice Queen during this free virtual event.

Virtual Pajama Storytime

April 2, 7 pm

 

Snuggle in for rhymes, songs, and stories for children.

Sundown Surprise with Romp n’ Roll

April 2, 7 pm

 

Mr. Daniel will get out that last burst of energy before settling down with a favorite book. This week, do the “river cross” and “hot lava” activities before enjoying the book, Pajama Time!

Friday

Hip Hop Class with Phoenix Arts

April 3, 9:30 am

 

An all-ages Hip Hop dance class with Miss Susie on Facebook Live! Make sure to wear sneakers and have some water ready.

Live Virtual Storytime with Lolly

April 3, 10 am

 

Lolly (of Lolly & YoYo) hosts a free interactive storytime over Zoom. Dance, sing, play, and read together! Friday, it’s Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.

Friday Parent/Child Cardio Dance Class

April 3, 10 am

 

Join your grade schoolers (ages 5 and up) in a 30-minute cardio workout with InMovement. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

PlayMusic Family

April 3, 10:30 am and 4 pm

 

PlayArts takes it online with Ms. Maria! Join a musical adventure right in your own living room for ages 4 and under. Through fun and familiar songs, sing, move and play using simple materials you might have lying around your home. Click “Join Class” on their website when it’s time for class.

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

April 3, 11 am

 

Kids ages 5 and under can sing, move, and groove with musician Ruark Downey live on Zoom.

Snapology Online: Spaceship Creations

April 3, 11 am—noon

 

Snapology hosts an online LEGO-based STEM class for ages 6-12 via Zoom. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Creative Adventures: Storytime for Children

April 3, 11 am

 

Tune into master storyteller Nia Eubanks-Dixon and the Creative Praxis team as they tell interactive stories that are educational and entertaining. At the end of the session, there will be time for children and caregivers to engage in meaningful ways.

Live Puppet Show with WonderSpark Puppets

April 3, 11 am

 

WonderSpark—a New York based mobile children’s theater—will be livestreaming one of their favorite puppet shows on Facebook!

Mini & Me Yoga

April 3, 11:30 am

 

Mama’s Wellness Joint moves online with Mini & Me where Mamas can fit a yoga practice in while babies and toddlers (ages 6 weeks – age 4) can play. Pre-register online.

Not A Peep Sleep Virtual Workshop

April 3, 8 pm

 

During this 1.5-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them and how to troubleshoot your current issues. Pre-register online, then join the workshop over Zoom.

Weekend Events

Saturday

Easter Eggerspace

April 4, 11 am

 

Media-Upper Providence Free Library will read an Easter story over Facebook Live, then work along with you to create shakers from plastic eggs, decorate them, and figure out games for them!

Free Facebook Live Free Yoga and Meditation with the Snow Queen

April 4, 1 pm

 

Your favorite Snow Queen will be teaching a yoga course and meditation over Facebook, so tune in at 1 pm!

Kids’ Free Virtual Paint

April 4, 3 pm

 

Mimosas & Masterpieces hosts a free kids’ paint class over Facebook! Bring your own canvas (12×12), brush, and paints because you’re doing it from home, obviously!

Pittsburgh Irish Festival’s Live Stream Children’s Show

April 4, 4 pm

 

As part of their Live Stream Irish Music Series, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival presents a free Children’s Show with Scythian on Facebook Live!


Sunday

PlayArts’ Passover Sing-Along with Congregation Rodeph Shalom

April 5, 10 am

 

Sing songs and learn the story of Passover from the comfort of your home! Join the class over Zoom from PlayArts’ event page.

Go with YoYo: Fitness and Yoga for Kids

April 5, 10:30 am

 

YoYo (of Lolly & YoYo) leads a free class for kids ages 2-8 on Zoom. Fun exercises, moving like animals, balancing into yoga poses, and practicing power poses and affirmations.

Music Monkey Jungle Kinderlach Rock for Passover

April 5, 11 am

 

Music Monkey Jungle will be live on Facebook, with original Passover-themed songs like “Matzoh CHA CHA CHA” and “The Frog Song,” dances, and games that help you celebrate! Speaking of which, you can listen to their Kinderlach Rock Passover songs anytime on YouTube or streaming services.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Live From The Playroom

April 5, 11 am

 

Rock out with free musical livestream from the New York branch of the Rock and Roll Playhouse concerts you’ve come to love in Ardmore!

Facebook Live Easter Egg Hunt

April 5, noon

 

Hide at least 12 Easter eggs (or other little prizes) around your house, read the directions in advance, then tune into Facebook Live for a 12-step hunt with the Easter Bunny!

Miss Spider’s Virtual Tea Party

April 5, 1—2 pm

 

Ms. Gladys of GCOLE Productions does a live reading of Miss Spider’s Tea Party, complete with fun games and activities to do along from home.

Frozen Dance Party with the Ice Queen

April 5, 6 pm

 

Spend 45 minutes with the “Ice Queen” over Zoom with a party before bedtime. Includes a 20-minute dance class and dance party, followed by a sing-along and Q & A session, and ending with bedtime stories! Tickets available online.

Sleep Solutions for Babies & Toddlers: A Virtual Workshop

April 5, 7:30 pm

 

Certified Child and Baby Sleep Consultant Erica Desper of Confident Parenting leads a 90-minute interactive workshop covering the most common causes of pediatric sleep issues, the typical pitfalls that lead to sleepless nights, and the different methods to overcome them. This virtual workshop is tailored for parents and caregivers of babies 4 months or older. Pre-register online.

 

 

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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