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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week…Virtually! (May 11-16)

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

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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.

Music Monkey Jungle

Daily at 10 am

 

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

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!

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 Churro Mini Muffins, Sheet Pan S’mores, 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!

Snapology Online: Superhero Week

Weekdays at 2 pm

 

Every afternoon it’s a different LEGO-based superhero-themed class! Pre-register online for the whole week, or pick which days you want. For ages  4-14.

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

Daily  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.

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 11, 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 11, 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.

Mining & Crafting: Mob Builder

May 11, 10 am

 

Bring the mob characters to life in this Minecraft-inspired program. Class takes place on Zoom and is for ages 4-12. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Virtual Baby Storytime

May 11, 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 11, 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.

Sing with Belle and Jasmine

May 11, 11 am

 

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

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

May 11, 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 11, 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 the classic book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Parent & Child Snapology Class

May 11, noon

 

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

Rhythm Babies’ Music/Art Fusion Class

May 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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.

Free ZoomDance at Home Class

May 11, 4 pm

 

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

Snapology Online: Magical Creatures

May 11, 6 pm

 

Study the creatures from the magical realm and then use your imagination to create a new species of creature to learn about in Magizoology class! Pre-register online and join via Zoom. For ages 5-14.

Bedtime Stories and Craft Time with Cowgirl Jessie

May 11, 7 pm

 

Go onto Facebook Live for a rootin’ tootin’ good time with Jessie. Make a craft together and settle down for storytime.

Minding your Child’s Mind (and Yours!)

May 11, 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 12, 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.

Dance with Miss Christa from Merge Dance Studio

May 12, 10 am

 

Spend some time moving with Ms. Christa from Merge Dance Studio. A brief dance-themed book will be shared with children to begin the session and will be followed by lots of fun dance moves. Free; pre-registration is required online.

Bollywood Dance and Storytime

May 12, 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.

Brickmasters Animation Club

May 12, 10 am

 

Join the library on their YouTube channel each Tuesday for a new video. Learn how to make stop-motion animations!

Settlement Kids: Live

May 12, 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 12, 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 Hispánico

May 12, 11 am pm

 

The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance offers a free activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5) on Instagram Live.

Ballet Tea Party: Dance Class

May 12, 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.

Story and Sing-Along with Belle

May 12, 11:30 am

 

Add a little magic to your day with a free livestream story and sing-along with Belle.

Angelina Ballerina Storytime

May 12, 11:30 am

 

Join LeRoux School of Dance instructors Miss Taylor and Miss Kelly over Zoom for a virtual storytime and dance class featuring the adventures of Angelina Ballerina.

Recycled Crafting

May 12, noon

 

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

Spanish Through Fun with Language U

May 12, 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.

What is a Watershed?

May 12, 1 pm

 

A ranger from John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge will talk about protecting the watershed. Bring a piece of paper, some washable markers, and a spray bottle for an at-home activity. This program will be on Facebook Live and the recorded video will be available after the program.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

May 12, 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.

Introduction to Portugeuse

May 12, 2 pm

 

Gladwyne Montessori hosts a free workshop for ages 2-5. They will introduce basic Portuguese words and numbers through interactive lessons and even lead participants in singing Portuguese songs. Pre-register online.

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom: Staging a Scene

May 12, 2 pm

 

In this free workshop, transform a scene you wrote from the page to the stage.

PlayArts Play Loud Afterschool Program

May 12, 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 12, 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.

Insectarium Creature Feature on Facebook Live

May 12, 2 pm

 

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

Little Makers on Facebook Live

May 12, 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!

Chasing Space: Science and Life Lessons

May 12, 3:30 pm

 

Former NFL player and astronaut Leland Melvin will explain why space exploration matters and how it affects our daily lives. Leland will share his experiences as one of the lucky few to travel in space, as well as what it takes to land that dream job. Best for grades 3-8. Free; pre-register online.

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

May 12, 4 pm

 

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

Superhero Pretend Adventure Class

May 12, 4:15 pm

 

Little Heroes in Training, or “HIT Squad” will unlock a new themed adventure and develop their super skills and strength using only their imaginations and their bodies! Meanwhile, the class will guide big kids through skill-building challenges that would make any hero proud. This class is action-packed fun for all, and perfect for fighting the afternoon sillies in costume! Pre-register online.

Snapology presents ‘Enchanted Forest: A Frozen Adventure’

May 12, 6 pm

 

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

Storytime with Scottish Princess

May 12, 8 pm

 

Join Merida for a relaxing storytime over Facebook before bed.

Wednesday

Snapology Online: Mining & Crafting

May 13, 10 am

 

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

Kids Yoga Online

May 13, 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 13, 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.

InMovement Mini Ninja Class

May 13, 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 13, 11 am

 

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

Parent and Child Preschool Snapology Class: Dinosaurs

May 13, 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: Brownie Sundaes

May 13, noon

 

Bake with The Kids’ Table in their Facebook Live class and learn how to make brownies as well as how to make your very own chocolate fudge sauce from scratch.

Facebook Live with Merida

May 13, noon

 

Take a grand adventure with the Scottish princess as she tells tales of mystic legends and teaches a craft! Free on Facebook Live.

National Constitution Center hosts Constitutional Conversations for Teens: The Electoral College

May 13 and 14 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 Electoral College.

Music Playgroup Online

May 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 1:30 pm

 

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

Sing the Songs of ‘Descendants’

May 13, 2 pm

 

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

Free Kids’ Cooking Class: Muffin Tin Frittatas

May 13, 2 pm

 

Pre-register online for this free cooking class by Freshmade. Learn to make this easy make-ahead breakfast and simple afterschool snack.

#FranklinOutside Scavenger Hunt

May 13, 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.

Free Cooking Workshop with Gladwyne Montessori

May 13, 3 pm

 

Join Gladwyne Montessori Head of School Carrie Kries for a playful cooking class, geared towards children and adults of all ages. This week, Ms. Carrie will make Add (Almost) Anything Muffins. Feel free to just watch or gather your own ingredients and bake right along with her!

Virtual Fitness Class for Teens: Strong Core

May 13, 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.

Philadelphia Orchestra Student and Young Listeners Q&A with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

May 13, 3 pm

 

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead a Q + A for students in grades 1-12. Topics will include how to choose an instrument, how to work on different styles of music, and more.

Free Virtual Children’s Movement Class

May 13, 3:30 pm

 

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

#ConcertsForKids: Etienne Charles

May 13, 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 brings the danceable excitement of Caribbean music to families at home.

Free ZoomDance Class

May 13, 4 pm

 

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

Free Jurassic Quest Playdate

May 13, 4 pm

 

Join Park Ranger Marty, Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Prehistoric Nick, and some surprise (Baby Dino) guests to learn about dinosaurs. Free; pre-register to reserve your spot and get the Zoom link.

Warrior Training Class with Mulan

May 13, 5 pm

 

Learn how to be as swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, using household items for improvisation! Join on Instagram live.

A Toast to Franklin Square

May 13, 5:30 pm

 

Franklin Square is closed due to the quarantine, but you can still get the family together and grab your favorite cocktails (and juice boxes) as Ben Franklin toasts to the carousel spinning, the fountain flowing, golf balls rolling. and sunny days spent with family and friends again soon in Franklin Square. Free; pre-register online. Kids are also invited to draw a picture of their favorite part of the square and share on social media–tag @franklinsquarephilly and #ToastToFranklinSquare.

Snapology Online: Dragon Master Builders

May 13, 6 pm

 

Snapology hosts an online LEGO class for ages 4-12 via Zoom. Journey into the world of fairy tales by exploring dragons and the features that make these creatures so terrifying and fascinating! Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Unicorn Princess Storytime

May 13, 7 pm

 

In this free virtual event, the unicorn princess will gallop into your hearts while she reads a unicorn bedtime story.

Free Virtual Storytime with Snow White

May 13, 8:30 pm

 

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

Thursday

Princess Playgroup: Ariel

May 14, 10 am

 

Go under the sea with Ariel for music, dancing, a “sparkle sweat,” storytime, and a fun activity. Free on Facebook Live.

Kidville’s My Masterpiece: Roy Lichtenstein

May 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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.

Virtual Superhero Lessons

May 14, 11 am

 

Enjoy storytime, Q&A, and superhero lessons with Captain America over Facebook Live.

Free ZoomDance Class

May 14, 11 am

 

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

Children’s Dance Party and Drag Queen Story Time

May 14, noon

 

Special guest Rustina Roze leads a dance party and storytime over Zoom!

Wildlife Origami with Ranger Kelly

May 14, 1 pm

 

Fold-along with Ranger Kelly Q to learn the basics of origami by creating paper versions of some of your favorite native wildlife! All you need is a few sheets of square paper. Watch live on the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

Spacesuits Live Chat

May 14, 1 pm

 

National Air and Space Museum spacesuit curator Dr. Cathleen Lewis and conservator Lisa Young and NASA astronaut Anne McClain will answer your questions about the spacesuits in the Air and Space Museum’s collection, including the one Neil Armstrong wore to become the first person to walk on the Moon.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

May 14, 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.

Descendants Dance Class: ‘Good to Be Bad’

May 14, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

 

Learn a routine to “Good to Be Bad” with step-by-step movements to help memorization skills. For ages 9-14. Pre-register online.

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom: Ballet Workshop

May 14, 2 pm

 

Take a close look at San Francisco Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

Online Storytime with PlayArts

May 14, 4 pm

 

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

Virtual Thursday Crafternoon

May 14, 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: Quesadillas

May 14, 4 pm

 

Kids will learn to make a quick weeknight meal that can transform yesterday’s leftovers into something new and tasty. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

ZoomBallet

May 14, 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.

Virtual Princess-Themed Dance Party

May 14; 5 pm (ages 2-3), 6 pm (ages 4-5), 7 pm (ages 6-7)

 

Janice’s Dance Works hosts a fun princess-themed dance party. Pre-register online based on age group.

Stretch and De-Stress for Tweens

May 14, 5:30 pm

 

Yoga@Play will help tweens work to get stronger physically and mentally through yoga movement, breathing, and yoga games in a non-competitive environment. There will also be time built in for the kids to connect and share via Zoom throughout the class. Kids will be provided fun activities and ideas to use outside the class in order to stay strong and calm during these uncertain times. Pre-register online.

Pajama Storytime

May 14, 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.

Time Management When Nothing Is The Way It Used To Be

May 14, 7:30 pm

 

Bring your questions and struggles to this live Q+A workshop with time management coach Stefania Baita, mom of a 3- and 6-year-old and coach to many parents that are looking for a new way to deal with their time. Pre-register online.

Franklin Institute’s Night Skies at Home

May 14, 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!

Bedtime Stories with the Ice Queen

May 14, 8 pm

 

Join Elsa on Facebook Live for a free storytime before bed.

Friday

Dav Pilkey At Home

May 15, 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 15, 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.

Storytime with Alice in Wonderland

May 15, 10 am

 

Take a break from school for free stories and songs with Alice in Wonderland on Facebook Live.

Snapology Online: Mining & Crafting

May 15, 10 am

 

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

Romp n’ Roll at Baby Gym Class

May 15, 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 15, 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.

PlayMusic Family

May 15, 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 15, 11 am

 

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

Live Puppet Show with WonderSpark Puppets: The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

May 15, 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 15, 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.

Stories with Batman

May 15, 11 am

 

Join Batman for stories and fun on Burlington Public Library’s Facebook page.

Virtual Princess Yoga with the Ice Queen

May 15, 11 am

 

Hangout and do yoga with Elsa in this interactive princess party Zoom call. Pre-register online.

Parent and Child Snapology: ABCs & 123s

May 15, 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 15, 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.

Free Online Kids’ Yoga

May 15, 12:30 pm

 

Join free Lunchtime Yoga every Monday and Friday. For grades preK-3. Pre-register online.

Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion Online Talks

May 15, 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.

Little Yogis: Songs and Movement For Elementary Schoolers

May 15, 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.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Skillet Cookies

May 15, 3 pm

 

In this class, your child will learn how to make a large, chewy, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie that’s baked in a regular or cast-iron skillet. Top with some ice cream once it comes out of the oven, grab a couple of spoons, and dig in! Pre-register and pay online.

Under the Sea Science with the Little Mermaid

May 15, 3:30 pm

 

In the Fantasy Fridays series, you’ll interact with famous fairytale characters while discovering how many beloved tales are connected to nature and science. This week, meet Ariel and learn about science under the sea. Pre-register online at least 24 hours before the event.

Snapology Online: Design your Own EcoWorld

May 15, 4 pm

 

Students will learn ecosystems and study the traits and habits of diverse populations of living organisms as they build their very own ecosystems using LEGO bricks. For ages 7-14. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Free Sign Language Class

May 15, 4 pm

 

Discover a language in your hands with Gladwyne Montessori Toddler Teaching Assistant Kimba Huth, as she demonstrates the American Sign Language alphabet, a few commonly used simple signs, and the song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Pre-register online.

Snapology Online: Seussical Landscape

May 15, 6 pm

 

Kids ages 4-12 explore Dr. Seuss’ wild style and use his imagination (and LEGO) to inspire the design of beautiful Seuss-like landscapes! Pre-register online.

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kate

May 15, 6:30 pm

 

Children 0-11 are invited to join Ms. Kate live from her home in South Philly for bedtime story time! Ms. Kate will sing songs and read bedtime stories with her son, her stuffed animal friends, and her cat, Yuki!

Virtual Family Art Night: Origami Edition

May 15, 6:30 pm

 

Have a fun and creative family night together during Portside Art Center’s Virtual Family Art Night taught by Natasha Mell-Taylor. Parents and children will work together making an array of origami from easy to intermediate. You don’t need origami paper you can just cut paper you already have! Pre-register online.

Weekend Events

Saturday

Storytime Live with Newark Museum

May 16, 10 am

 

Museum Educator Alyse Petracca will read Harry and Horsie, a story about a boy and his adventure in outer space to save his best friend. Storytime is followed by a fun art-making activity. This week’s activity: create your own cardboard tube rocket! Free; pre-register online.

Minni Make + Play: Paper Crowns

May 16, 10 am

 

For ages 1.5-5 (adult participation required), little artists will decorate paper crowns with bright materials found at home. Instructor Maria will focus on different types of patterns while students arrange, stick, and design the latest addition to their dress-up collections. Pre-registration required online.

Storytime with Cinderella

May 16, 10 am

 

The “Glass Slipper Princess” (Why so coy? It’s a public domain story!) hosts a free Facebook live. storytime.

New Mom and Baby Meetup

May 16, 10 am

 

Main Line Family Education hosts a free informal group designed for you to meet, share, and socialize with other parents. All Meetups are facilitated by MLFEd’s own Registered Nurse, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and studio founder, Nicole Didizian. Free; pre-register online.

Instagram Live Storytime in English and Spanish

May 16, 10:30 am

 

Three stories will be read in English and Spanish on Lillian Marrero Library’s Instagram page.

Disney Princess Dance Class

May 16, 10:30 am

 

Little dancers (ages 3-4) will dance to music from Disney princess movies while learning basic steps and dance skills. Pre-register online.

‘Forte on the Farm’ Mini-Music Time

May 16, 10:30 am

 

Get moving and grooving with all of the animals and tractors down on the farm! Perfect for ages 3-5.

PlayArts’ Family ArtLab

May 16, 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 16, 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.

New York City Ballet Break

May 16, 11 am

 

Join the artists of New York City Ballet for a series of lively morning movement activities, perfect for children ages 3-8. Free; pre-registration is required.

Webtastic Spider-Man Party on Zoom

May 16, 11 am

 

Meet your friendly neighborhood web-slinger! Media-Upper Providence Free Library will read a story, answer some trivia questions, and Spidey himself will help demonstrate a fun web game you can set up at home. Free; pre-registration required online.

Saturday Storytime with Snow White

May 16, 11 am

 

Snow White will be sharing a free live story with her friends. Just drop by the Spark a Dream Princess Parties main Facebook page and click the video at event time—no registration required.

Free Facebook Live with Princess Anna

May 16, 11 am

 

The “Snow Sister” will read stories, answer questions, sing songs, and more.

Free Intro to Martial Arts

May 16, noon

 

Take a karate class with Philly martial artists at Action Karate Mt. Airy. The whole family can learn new skills, improve fitness, and have fun! Free; pre-registration required to get Zoom link.

Virtual Storytime and Sing-Along with Anna

May 16, 1 pm

 

What can we say, Anna’s a busy girl, and she’s hosting another free virtual storytime on the same day! She’ll read her favorite story, sing her favorite song, and chat with some friends online.

Live Children’s Comedy Show

May 16, 1 pm

 

Arcade Comedy is doing a special live, virtual “Penny Arcade” for the EQT Children’s Theater Festival. Before every show, kids can submit questions and ideas. Families are encouraged to use their imaginations to think up characters, settings, and dialogue on the spot (just like improvisers do). Submit ideas through the Arcade Comedy website (link in title of event).

Kids’ Cooking Workshop: Empanadas

May 16, 1 pm

 

In this class, your child will make their own empanada dough, fill it with their favorite ingredients—sweet or savory. Pre-register online.

Animal Crossing Club

May 16, 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.

Savasana Stories Free Yoga Class

May 16, 4 pm

 

Grab a cozy blanket and a soft place to lay your head as you cuddle up for some guided relaxation and storytime. Free; pre-register online.

Free Sidewalk Chalk Adventure with Mary Poppins

May 16, 7 pm

 

Join this magical nanny on an adventure jumping into sidewalk chalk drawings! Help her decide where to go next!

Snapology’s Minute-to-Win-It Challenge

May 16, 7—8 pm

 

In this class, you will work with your family as your team to build, play, search for, and riddle your way through a series of challenges that can award you points and bragging rights. Pre-registration required online.

Virtual Pajama Party with Belle

May 16, 7 pm

 

Belle will sing, play games, and read a story to her party guests. Tickets available online.

Free ASL Bedtime Story with The Little Mermaid

May 16, 8 pm

 

Get comfy in your PJs for an under-the-sea story. Someone will be interpreting the story next to the Little Mermaid in American Sign Language, too.


Sunday

Stories and Songs with PlayArts

May 17, 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 17, 10:30 am

 

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

Spring Crafts Sundays with the Free Library

May 17, 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: Piano Tales

May 17, 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, James & Jerome bring their beloved, improvisational, music-storytelling project, Piano Tales, to your home with two tales created especially for this occasion.

Origami Workshop for Ages 5-7

May 17, 11 am

 

Artist Kuniko Yamamoto will share her origami and storytelling, and together, you will fold a few simple origami models. Pre-registration required.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Live From The Playroom

May 17, 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 17, 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 build a boat 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!

Little Mermaid Bedtime Storytime

May 17, 7 pm

 

Join the Little Mermaid and Melody in their room in the sea! They will show you some treasures they have collected, sing, and read a bedtime story.

Facebook Live Free Storytime: Frozen Sisters

May 17, 7:30 pm

 

Join the Frozen sisters for a free live storytime event including two stories and a Q&A session.

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Kristen Micucci.

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