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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week…Virtually! (May 4-10)

Coronavirus cabin fever? We're here to help.

Take some breaks from homeschooling and have some fun at home with our roundup of this week’s virtual activities!

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

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Free Romp n’ Roll at Home Classes 

Weekdays at 10 am

 

Romp n’ Roll hosts a week of free gym and music classes for toddlers and preschoolers on Facebook Live. On Fridays, it’s baby class!

Music Monkey Jungle

Daily at 10 am

 

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

Philly Virtual Teen Writers Club

Weekdays at 11 am

 

Every day at 11 am, get a creative writing prompt as part of the Philly Virtual Teen Writers Club! Visit the Facebook page of the Philadelphia City Institute Library to watch a daily video with suggested activity. Interested teens are also invited to join a private Facebook group to share their work here. This week, learn techniques for developing mood and tone in our writing.

Pete the Cat Club

Weekdays at 1 pm

 

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

Ballet Instruction with Tiler Peck

Weekdays at 1 pm

 

Tiler Peck, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, is teaching free daily ballet classes every day live on Instagram.

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 Princess Leia Cupcakes (for May the Fourth Be With You), French Toast Fries, and more!

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.

Snapology Online: Pokemon Week

Weekdays at 4 pm

 

From battles to evolution, every afternoon it’s a different LEGO-based Pokemon class! Pre-register online for the whole week, or pick which days you want. For ages  4-14.

Nightly Met Opera Streams

Daily at 7:30 pm

 

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


Monday

Music Monkey Jungle DIY Music & Movement Lessons

May 4, 9 am

 

Lori will go live every Monday to share mini music, movement, instrument, and dance lessons that you can do with kids (ages 10 and under) in the comfort of your quarantine.

Vitality Virtual Yoga

May 4, 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.

Science of Superpowers: Iron Man’s Suit

May 4, 10 am

 

In Snapology’s Science of Superpowers program, students will learn about the science behind their favorite heroes’ powers. Students will review the engineering design process and use that method of design to create a superhero suit inspired by the technology of Iron Man’s very famous suit. Class takes place on Zoom and is for ages 5-12. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Sally’s Music Circle on Facebook Live

May 4, 10 am

 

Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with their parents and caregivers can sing with Sally from Sally’s Music Circle on Monday mornings, free on Facebook Live. Enjoy stories, songs, movement, and more.

Virtual Baby Storytime

May 4, 10:30 am

 

Join Miss Mary for Baby Storytime on Instagram live (@freelibraryccd) for stories, songs, and fun! The live storytime will be available on Instagram stories for 24 hours after the program. This program is intended for babies 2 years and under but anyone is welcome to tune in.

PlayMusic Family

May 4, 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.

Standby Book Club with Greg Pizzoli

Mondays at 11 am

 

Author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed, Goodnight Owl) is holding daily book readings, drawing sessions, and more.

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

May 4, 11:30 am

 

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

Storytime with Michelle Obama

May 4, noon

 

That’s right, former First Lady Michelle Obama is brightening up our Mondays with weekly storytimes on PBS Kids’ Facebook page. This week, she’ll be reading Miss Maple’s Seeds.

Parent & Child Snapology Class

May 4, noon

 

Kids ages 3-5 and their parents will learn about animals of the desert through building and play with LEGOs. Pre-register online and join via Zoom.

Rhythm Babies’ Music/Art Fusion Class

May 4, noon

 

Join Miss Julie for art projects and sing-alongs! Transform simple everyday household items into works of art you can play or fold. Appropriate for children 4-7 years old. Pre-register online.

Virtual Messy Monday

May 4, 1 pm

 

The Free Library will post pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items.

Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion Online Talks

May 4, 1 pm

 

Tune in to Facebook Live for fun and educational chats with Trisha, Director of Education at the Insectarium, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Snapology Online: The Lion King

May 4, 2 pm

 

Explore the African Savannah through the eyes and experiences of your favorite Lion King characters. Create 3D LEGO versions of your favorite characters and build a background for them to be live in! Class takes place on Zoom and is for ages 4-12. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Facebook Live Storytime with Darth Vader

May 4, 2 pm

 

May the 4th Be With You! Celebrate Star Wars Day by joining a free Facebook Live storytime with special guest, Darth Vader.

Free ZoomDance Class: Sneaky Monsters! 

May 4, 4 pm

 

Dance, music, storytelling, imagination, and fun for ages 2-7. Free; pre-registration required online.

Snapology Online: Jedi Training

May 4, 6 pm

 

May the 4th be with you! Kids ages 5-14 can build an epic Jedi Training Center with LEGOs. Pre-register online and join via Zoom.

French Storytime with Gladwyne Montessori

May 4, 7 pm

 

Your child (age 3-5) will be in for a treat with bedtime stories in French! Upper Elementary Teaching Assistant Sonja Shivpuri will introduce your child to French through two bedtime stories and will also read them in English. Free; pre-register online.

Minding your Child’s Mind (and Yours!)

May 4, 8:30 pm

 

This class offers parents skills to find personal peace of mind and wisdom as well as techniques to show children how to regulate their emotions.  Classes provide insight into the child’s developmental continuum of social awareness and emotional balance, featured in the MIND framework for parents. Join online via PlayArts’ website.

Tuesday

Toddler Dance Class

May 5, 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.

Vehicles Storytime

May 5, 9:30 am

 

Join Miss Mandy on FB Live for stories and songs about things that go.

Bollywood Dance and Storytime

May 5, 10 am and 3 pm

 

Join a virtual class and storytime with Bollywood Groove that will get you up and moving! Register online for your preferred timeslot.

Settlement Kids: Live

May 5, 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.

Virtual Storytime with Parkway Central Library

May 5, 10:30 am

 

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun for children ages 2-7 and their caregivers. Storytime with a yoga and mindfulness twist! Storytime will be posted on the library’s Instagram (@freelibraryccd).

Ballet Tea Party: Dance Class

May 5, 11:15 am

 

Break out your tutus, your tights, or whatever feels best to twirl in, and learn basic ballet positions and movements to work on coordination and balance. For ages 1.5-8. Pre-register online.

Craft and Sing-Along with Rapunzel

May 5, 11:30 am

 

Get your materials ready for a free livestream craft with Rapunzel.

Recycled Crafting

May 5, noon

 

Learn how to make something new from recyclables! Step-by-step instructions will be posted to Walnut Street West Library’s Facebook.

Sing with Mermaid Princess

May 5, noon

 

Sign up for a live, interactive princess Zoom event with Ariel. Pre-register online at Bowfish Kids.

Spanish Through Fun with Language U

May 5, 1 pm

 

Join Mr. Pablo and Ms. Lia as they introduce Spanish vocabulary through live music and instruments, jokes, games, stories, and more! Come have fun while learning Spanish along the way on Facebook Live.

Cinco de Mayo! Nature Words in Spanish & English

May 5, 1 pm

 

A ranger from John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge will talk about the holiday and teach viewers five nature words in Spanish and English. This program will be on Facebook Live and the recorded video will be available after the program.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

May 5, 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.

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom: Drawing

May 5, 2 pm

 

In this free workshop, practice drawing from observation and experimenting with abstraction and color.

PlayArts Play Loud Afterschool Program

May 5, 2 pm

 

This class is open to kids in grades K-4. This week, it’s a drawing contest! Click “Join Class” on PlayArts’ website when it’s time.

Sing The Songs from ‘The Greatest Showman’

May 5, 2 pm

 

Learn sing and dance to songs from the exciting and uplifting musical The Greatest Showman. This online drop-in class focuses on one song per week. Pre-register online.

Snapology Online: Frozen Fjords

May 5, 2 pm

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 5-12 via Zoom. Examine the benefits of building a castle like Arendelle in a location surrounded by water and mountains, also known as a fjord. Then, work to create your own protective fjord valley fit for a kingdom! Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Insectarium Creature Feature on Facebook Live

May 5, 2 pm

 

Join the Philadelphia Insectarium for a behind-the-scenes educational lesson with their Director of Living Exhibits.

Virtual Boxing + Brunch Event for Teen Girls

May 5, 3 pm

 

Teens are invited to join FUEL Cycle Fitness for a 90-minute virtual boxing workout and workshop focused on stress management. Participants will learn skills for their bodies and their minds! Pre-register online.

Little Makers on Facebook Live

May 5, 3:30 pm

 

Join Miss Andrea of Radnor Memorial Library (and her small “coworkers”) on Facebook Live for fun activities based off of popular picture books!

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

May 5, 4 pm

 

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

Cuckoo Banana Happy (Half) Hour with Music Monkey Jungle

May 5, 4:30 pm

 

An afternoon energizer for music monkeys who go cuckoo banana over tongue twisters, brain games, and movement challenges. This event is designed for kids between the ages of 4 to 7 years but all are welcome.

Snapology Online: Villain Lairs

May 5, 6 pm

 

Kids age 5-14 will create villainous LEGO lairs that would scare any person or superhero from entering! Pre-register online.

Family Yoga

May 5, 6:30 pm

 

During this 30-minute guided yoga session, participants will learn about conscious breathing and body awareness. This session will end with a guided relaxation that can be used anytime. Best for kids age 5 and up and their families. Free; pre-register online.

Storytime with Snow White

May 5, 8 pm

 

Join Snow White for a relaxing storytime over Facebook before bed.

Wednesday

Virtual Reading of ‘Butterflies & Caterpillars’

May 6, 9 am

 

Join Pennypack Environmental Center for this interactive storytime in a fun question and answer format.

Snapology Superheroes

May 6, 10 am

 

Using LEGO bricks and your imagination, create a superhero! Snapology hosts an online class for ages 5-14 via Zoom. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Virtual Concert with Turtle Dance Music

May 6, 10 am

 

‘A Music, Bubble and Comedy Show’ features classic and original children’s songs and tales in a 40-minute performance which will be accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences. Kids will dance, sing, laugh, use their imaginations, and connect with new friends. Send an email to royevents@mclinc.org to receive the link and password.

Kids Yoga Online

May 6, 10 am

 

Malvern Public Library hosts a free, online yoga-class for kids! Stretch, bend, and move your bodies while having fun and exercising from home.

PlayMusic Family

May 6, 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.

Mother’s Day Storytime

May 6, 10:30 am

 

Register online to reserve your spot for a special storytime celebrating moms.

Wednesdays With Walter

May 6, 10:30 am

 

Do you know Walter, the fish that lives at the West Oak Lane Library?  A librarian will read a story to him each Wednesday, so tune in!

InMovement Mini Ninja Class

May 6, 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.

Kids’ Yoga (Ages 5-8)

May 6, 11 am

 

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

Mermaid Storytime

May 6, 11:30 am

 

Join Mermaid CaySea for a free storytime at Mermaid Cove!

Parent and Child Preschool Snapology Class: Dinosaurs

May 6, noon

 

Parents and kids ages 3-5 will learn about dinosaurs and build some using LEGO or DUPLO blocks. Pre-register online.

Free Kids’ Cooking Class: Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

May 6, noon

 

These cookies are the perfect balance of salty and sweet! Bake with The Kids’ Table in their Facebook Live class and learn how to whip up a batch at home.

National Constitution Center hosts Constitutional Conversations for Teens

May 6 and 7 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. This week, it’s all about the Second Amendment.

Live with Tinker Bell

May 6, 1 pm

 

Join Tinker Bell in Pixie Hollow for stories, fairy dancing, and a fairytastic Q&A session.

Music Playgroup Online

May 6, 1 pm

 

Ardmore Free Library shares music with songs and simple instruments for little ones to enjoy. Join free on Facebook.

Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion Online Talks

May 6, 1 pm

 

Tune in to Facebook Live for fun and educational chats with Trisha, Director of Education at the Insectarium, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Online Kids’ Yoga Storytime and Lesson on Facebook Live

May 6, 1 pm

 

Join kids’ yoga expert and author Teresa Power for a live, interactive storytime, plus easy, fun yoga moves and games!

Preschool Explorers on Facebook Live

May 6, 1:30 pm

 

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

Snapology presents ‘Toy Story: Sid’s Mutant Toys

May 6, 2 pm

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 5-12 via Zoom. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Sing the Songs of ‘Descendants’

May 6, 2 pm

 

Join this class via Zoom and learn choreography and songs from Disney’s Descendants. Pre-register online.

Free Kids’ Cooking Class: Dessert Pizza

May 6, 2 pm

 

Pre-register online for this free cooking class by Freshmade.

#FranklinOutside Scavenger Hunt

May 6, 3 pm

 

Grab your binoculars and join the Franklin Institute’s Environmental Scientist, Dr. Rachel Valletta, on an outdoor scavenger hunt via Facebook Live. What nature can you spot? Discover something surprising, snap a photo, and explore the world around you, all while appreciating the nurturing power of nature.

Virtual Fitness Class for Teens: Strong Core

May 6, 3 pm

 

In this quick 30 minute session, scholars will get their sweat on with Coach Amanda. For ages 12-17. Pre-register online to reserve your slot.

Free Virtual Children’s Movement Class

May 6, 3:30 pm

 

Above the Barre Dance and Fitness hosts a free movement class for kids ages 3-6 on Facebook Live.

Women of Comcast: IGNITE Worldwide Virtual Panel and Q&A

May 6, 4 pm

 

Girls ages 10-18 can meet women STEM professionals who work at Comcast with technology that allows you to watch TV and movies, connect to the internet, and manage Smart Home devices. Hear how they each found a career they love and get a chance to ask questions and seek advice! Free; pre-register online.

#ConcertsForKids: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

May 6, 4 pm

 

For family audiences, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is teaming up with kids’ music artists who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours. This performance features lead singer and bassist Juan Ospina, drummer Andres Jimenez, and guitarist Camilo Rodriguez, recorded from their respective living rooms in Brooklyn and Bogotá.

Free ZoomDance Class: Sneaky Monsters! 

May 6, 4 pm

 

Dance, music, storytelling, imagination, and fun for ages 2-7. Free; pre-registration required online.

The Supermoon Show

May 6, 5 pm

 

Join Liberty Science Center to learn why the moon, on this evening, will be bigger and brighter than a regular full moon. Come prepared with questions, and then head outside to see the supermoon yourself.

Snapology Online: Star Wars Battle Scenes

May 6, 6 pm

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 5-14 via Zoom. Students will put their story-telling skills into action as they develop their very own Star Wars battle scenes with LEGOs! Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Not A Peep Sleep Virtual Workshop

May 6, 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.

Free Virtual Storytime with Anna

May 6, 8:30 pm

 

Anna will be leading a special Frozen storytime and sing-along to wish your kids goodnight!

Thursday

Kidville’s My Masterpiece: Jackson Pollock

May 7, 10:15 am

 

Each week, drop in to learn about a new artist and a few of their most memorable creations; plus, learn their unique techniques, styles, and tools and use them to create your own masterpieces! Pre-register online.

InMovement Ninja Class

May 7, 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

May 7, 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.

Settlement Kids: Live

May 7, 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

May 7, 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.

Free ZoomDance Class

May 7, 11 am

 

Dance, music, storytelling, imagination, and fun for ages 2-7. Free; pre-registration required online.

Exploring Mammals with Ranger Brianna

May 7, 1 pm

 

Discover mammals with Ranger Brianna live on the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

May 7, 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.

Snapology Online: How to Train Your Dragon

May 7, 2 pm

 

From Toothless, the famous Night Fury, to Grump the Hotburple, you’ll get to recreate your favorite dragons using LEGO. Class for ages 4-12. Pre-register online.

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom: Jazz Dance Workshop

May 7, 2 pm

 

Explore jazz dance through the ages and create your own choreography.

Zumba with Sleeping Beauty and Belle

May 7, 3 pm

 

Get up and moving in a fun and magical way as Belle and Aurora lead a free, short Zumba class!

Online Storytime with PlayArts

May 7, 4 pm

 

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

Mindfulness with Gladwyne Montessori

May 7, 4 pm

 

Based on the book “A Handful of Quiet” by Thich Nhat Hanh, participants will practice mindful meditation in a quiet place. Before you log on, bring 4 different rocks or stones, four small pieces of paper, and colored pencils. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Thursday Crafternoon

May 7, 4 pm

 

The Free Library will post a video every Thursday on their social media pages for Thursday Crafternoons! Miss Mary will share a story and then talk about a craft that relates.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Crepes for Dinner

May 7, 4 pm

 

Kids will measure and mix up their own crepe batter for their custom creations. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

ZoomBallet

May 7, 4 pm

 

An engaging, active, adventurous beginner ballet class to help young dancers discover the joy in dancing. Kids ages 4-8 will work on ballet moves in a less rigid format than standard ballet classes. Costumes are encouraged but no specific attire is necessary. Pre-register online; $10 per class.

Moana Pajama Party

May 7, 6 pm

 

Sign up for a live, interactive princess Zoom event with Moana that will get you singing and dancing before bedtime. Pre-register online at Bowfish Kids.

Pajama Storytime

May 7, 6:30 pm

 

Listen to fun sleepytime stories in your pajamas, and don’t forget your favorite stuffed friend! Join via Lovett Memorial Library’s Facebook page.

Virtual Christmas Party

May 7, 7 pm

 

Join Santa Claus and his Elves for a free, light-hearted night of carols, stories, and more.

Franklin Institute’s Night Skies at Home

May 7, 7:45 pm

 

The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him for the first in a series of night sky tours from home– no telescopes needed!

Friday

Virtual Mother’s Day Weekend at Museum of the American Revolution

May 8-10

 

All weekend long, learn about the diverse women that played vital, often unsung roles during the Revolutionary War. On Friday at noon, visit the museum’s Instagram for a live embroidery demonstration with Tyler Putman, Manager of Gallery Interpretation. Learn the basics of how to monogram a kerchief like the ones that women of the Revolutionary era would have made.

Dav Pilkey At Home

May 8, 8 am

 

Dog Man author and illustrator Dav Pilkey is creating weekly videos for kids with drawing demonstrations, reading aloud, and more.

Virtual Music and Movement with Ms. Naomi

May 8, 8:30 am

 

Enjoy songs, dancing, and fun exploring rhythm and movement on Parkway Central Library’s Facebook Live. The program will remain online for 24 hours after the event.

Hip Hop Class with Phoenix Arts

May 8, 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.

Snapology Online: Superhero Hideouts

May 8, 10 am

 

Kids ages 5-14 can create an epic LEGO hideout, worthy of a superhero. Pre-register online and join via Zoom.

Romp n’ Roll at Baby Gym Class

May 8, 10 am

 

A free Facebook Live Romp n’ Roll at Home class designed just for babies 3 months – 18 months. All you need is a chair, a pillow, and 3-4 small baby toys.

Friday PreK Parent/Child Gym Class

May 8, 10 am

 

Join your preschoolers (age 3-5) in a 30-minute fun and interactive workout with InMovement. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

PAW Patrol Storytime

May 8, 10 am

 

Join Learning Express Toys for a virtual PAW Patrol storytime. Plus Marshall will be a part of storytime and can’t wait to wave “Hi!” to everyone watching!

Virtual Storytime at Morris Arboretum

May 8, 10:30 am

 

Morris Arboretum hosts free, fun, and engaging live online reading sessions with local librarian Amy Ambler. Free; pre-registration required online.

PlayMusic Family

May 8, 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

May 8, 11 am

 

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

Drag Queen Storytime Online!

May 8, 11 am

 

Philly’s Drag Queen Brittany Lynn brings stories of love, diversity, and acceptance right into your home! The storytime live stream will air from the Facebook event page linked above, in the event title.

Live Puppet Show with WonderSpark Puppets

May 8, 11 am

 

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

Science Fun with Mr. Peter

May 8, 11 am

 

The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting this weekly online program. Librarian Peter will lead a science lesson for school-aged children encouraging discussion and participation. The event will be a videoconference during which participants will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments. Registration is required for this free event. Maximum attendance: 10. Adults who register their child for the event will be e-mailed a link to the event on Zoom.

Virtual Mother’s Day Teatime with Alice

May 8, 11 am

 

Tumble through the rabbit hole and enjoy a Mommy and Me teatime live with Alice! Grab your teacup and enjoy storytime, tea, and an un-birthday!

Stories With Elsa

May 8, 11 am

 

Join Queen Elsa from Frozen for stories, songs, and fun on Burlington Public Library’s Facebook page.

Parent and Child Snapology: ABCs & 123s

May 8, noon

 

Kids ages 3-5 and their parents will have fun in this preschool-level LEGO class. Pre-register online and join via Zoom.

Rhythm Babies Online!

May 8, noon

 

Join Rhythm Babies owner Julie for an interactive music class from the comfort of your own home. Julie loves incorporating hand signs, pictures, puppets, and rhythm instruments into her lesson plans. This lesson is for all ages 4 months-5 years. Pre-register online.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Kitchen Sink Cookies

May 8, 1 pm

 

Send the kids on a kitchen scavenger hunt to forage the pantry to find yummy mix-ins. Kids will measure, mix, and create their own custom cookies! Pre-register and pay online.

Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion Online Talks

May 8, 1 pm

 

Tune in to Facebook Live for fun and educational chats with Trisha, Director of Education at the Insectarium, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom: Myth Writing Workshop

May 8, 2 pm

 

Learn all about myths and try your hand at writing your own.

Snapology Online: Trolls

May 8, 2 pm

 

In this Trolls inspired program, kids ages 4-12 can use LEGOs to create a dance floor and scene for the Trolls to boogie on! Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Little Yogis: Songs and Movement For Elementary Schoolers

May 8, 3 pm

 

Kids will learn to use movement to stretch their bodies, practice mindfulness, and release stress all while having fun. Scholars will also learn breathing techniques to help with stress and anxiety. Pre-register online.

Storytime and Build-a-Sandwich with the Ice Princess

May 8, 3 pm

 

Join Anna for an interactive storytime and a pretend “Build-A-Sandwich” activity!

Virtual Workshop: Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet

May 8, 5 pm

 

Decorated like a bouquet of flowers, a cupcake bouquet looks absolutely beautiful and makes the perfect Mother’s Day treat! They are easy to make and kid-friendly. Pre-register online.

Trolls World Tour Virtual Event

May 8, 6 pm

 

Event will require you to purchase and pick up a Trolls kit for $20 from Sweet & Sassy Cherry Hill. Includes hair accessory craft, bracelet craft, World Tour accessories, dancing, and singing all from your living room. Must sign up by Thursday.

Disney Family Virtual Trivia with Rapunzel

May 8, 6:30 pm

 

Think you know Disney? These questions are tough but also fun for the whole family. Join Rapunzel as she hosts Live Disney Trivia experience for the whole family. $10 per team.

Weekend Events

Virtual Mother’s Day Weekend at Museum of the American Revolution

May 8—10

 

All weekend long, learn about the diverse women that played vital, often unsung roles during the Revolutionary War. Join the Museum of the American Revolution online for a free, virtual celebration including a live embroidery demonstration, a video presentation, and a make-at-home Mother’s Day card inspired by German paper-cutting techniques.

Love Your Park Week @ Home

May 9—17

 

Each day, Love Your Park @ Home, hosted by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, will offer free park-themed activities for the whole family, from virtual bike and history tours to gardening tutorials, and much more.

Saturday

PlayArts’ Family ArtLab

May 9, 10:30 am

 

Children will explore process-based art-making techniques using basic art supplies, recycled materials, and items on hand at home with Ms. Amanda. This class will emphasize the process of creating art together and learning through fun and easy lessons that are adaptable for all ages. Join class via PlayArts’ website.

Zoom into Science with Radnor Memorial Library

May 9, 10:30 am

 

Join Sally, a retired biology teacher, and her 2 students each Saturday in May for a hands-on science lesson. Each experiment will use items you likely have around the house and is appropriate for children in elementary school.

The Little Mermaid Zoom Party

May 9, 11 am

 

Join The Little Mermaid for a live, virtual event withs stories, songs, and a craft. Email to book your spot—the event is limited to 10 families to ensure one-on-one interaction with Ariel.

Kids’ Baking Workshop: Mother’s Day Cookies

May 9, 11 am

 

In this class, your child will make some delicious sugar cookies for Mother’s Day. They’ll make a quick icing (and even color it, if they choose) and decorate their special cookies with icing and toppings of their choice. Pre-register online.

New York City Ballet Break

May 9, 11 am

 

Join the artists of New York City Ballet for a series of lively morning movement activities, perfect for children ages 3-8. In this 20-minute virtual Ballet Break get a “spring“ in your step by studying The Four Seasons, a Verdi-inspired ballet by Jerome Robbins, in this Ballet Break led by NYCB dancer Ralph Ippolito. Free; pre-registration is required.

Free Troll Craft with Kristoff

May 9, 11 am

 

He may be “a bit of a fixer-upper” but he comes from a family of love experts who just happen to be trolls! Tune into Facebook Live for some morning family time as Kristoff teaches how to make your own troll with supplies that can be found right in your backyard!

Free Live-Stream Puppet Show

May 9, 11 am

 

Enjoy a free live-stream 30-minute puppet show with Mr. Chris & Lucky Duck, and a fun at-home craft you can follow along with on Facebook live!

Improv 101 (Ages 10-14)

May 9, 1:15—2 pm

 

In this class, students will be introduced to the unscripted, often-hilarious performance technique known as improv. After learning the basic tenets of improv and warming up their imaginations, scholars will participate in a variety of virtual theatre games. Pre-register online.

Animal Crossing Club

May 9, 2—4 pm

 

Join Ms. Emily on Haverford Island and help her recreate HTFL in Animal Crossing on Saturdays from 2—4 pm. Hang out with other library friends, visit the Stop N’ Swap, and more at the virtual library. Bring items to swap with others, and share your item codes to have your art featured in the Art Corner! The day’s Dodo Code will be posted on Instagram and Facebook at 1:50 pm.

Pajama Pups Music Class

May 9, 7 pm

 

Don your PJs, grab a teddy bear, and join this fun family event featuring the award-winning Music Class song collections! This 30-minute event will include dancing, singing, and stories sure to bring sweet dreams to the whole family. Pre-register online.

Facebook Live with Princess Jasmine

May 9, 7:30 pm

 

Join the princess for a story and easy to follow activity. Stick around for questions from the audience at the end.


Sunday

Free Mother’s Day Yoga

May 10, 10:30 am

 

Join a free Mom & Me virtual yoga class over Facebook Live on Mother’s Day morning. Focus on partner poses and breath work, and read Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Best for ages 2-11, but all ages are welcome.

Stories and Songs with PlayArts

May 10, 10:30 am

 

Grab your shakers and get ready for your favorite children’s stories and songs in one class! Mr. Jesse will read some fun books and lead you in singing a few songs that incorporate themes taken from the stories you will hear.

Johnny Shortcake Live on Instagram

May 10, 10:30 am

 

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

Spring Crafts Sundays with the Free Library

May 10, 10:30 am

 

Check out Parkway Central Library’s social media platforms to follow step-by-step instructions on creating a fun and easy springtime craft.

#ConcertsForKids: Celisse

May 3, 11 am

 

For family audiences, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is teaming up with kids’ music artists who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours. In this free concert, Celisse performs a powerful set of her original music, at once hard-rocking, blues-tinged, and soulful.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Live From The Playroom

May 10, 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!

Virtual Sundays with PopUpPlay

May 3, 11:30 am

 

Experience the ultimate virtual Sunday Funday with PopUpPlay and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. Gather whatever building materials you have in your home and create puppets together! This free live session will be facilitated via Zoom, and pre-registration is required to hold your spot–last week sold out, so get in on this!

Love Your Park @ Home: Family Yoga

May 10, noon

 

Celebrate Philly Love Your Park @ Home with family – especially the mom in your life! Enjoy a free virtual outdoor yoga class (beginners welcome!), have fun with a play pack from Studio Ludo, and help kids learn about climate change with a fun video.

The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II

May 10, 7 pm

 

We loved the first Disney Singalong a couple weeks ago, and apparently we weren’t alone because Disney has decided to do it all again for Mother’s Day, with even more celebrities and songs! It will be on ABC (and then later streaming on Disney +) so get ready to sing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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