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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week…Virtually! (May 17-24)

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!

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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, it’s Disney Week! Recipes include Grey Stuff, Mickey Pretzels, 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

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 18, 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 18, 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.

Snapology Online: Spaceship Creations

May 18, 10 am

 

This STEM-based LEGO class takes place on Zoom and is for ages 5-14. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Virtual Baby Storytime

May 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 two books!

Scuttle Hunt with Ariel

May 18, noon

 

Join on Facebook Live for a free virtual scavenger hunt with the Little Mermaid.

Parent & Child Snapology Class

May 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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: City Roads and Bridges

May 18, 2 pm

 

This LEGO City class for ages 5-14 is hosted by Snapology online! Pre-register to reserve your spot.

Kensington Library Minecraft Club

May 18, 3–5:30 pm

 

For ages 8 and up. Up to eight players can play together on Kensington Library’s Minecraft Realm. For login details and Realm access contact the Kensington Neighborhood Library at underhilla@freelibrary.org

Baseball Skills and Drills Webinar

May 18, 3:30 pm

 

Kids ages 4 and up can improve their baseball skills during a practice session with Gladwyne Montessori’s Physical Education Teacher Paul Komorowski, who will share tips on throwing, fielding, and hitting. Free; pre-register online.

Kitchen Concerto with Music Play Patrol

May 18, 3:30 pm

 

Kitchen Concerto teaches children (ages 3-7) how to create eco-friendly instruments through recycling with a focus on environmental sustainability. Program options include pots and pans drumming, making didgeridoos from recycled cardboard, creating shakers from recycled water bottles, and more. Free; pre-register online.

Science of Ice Cream

May 18, 3:30 pm

 

Learn how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Students will be given a list of easy-to-find materials to be able to do the experiments at home. Pre-register and pay online.

Free ZoomDance at Home Class

May 18, 4 pm

 

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

Snapology presents A Frozen Adventure

May 18, 4 pm

 

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

Make Forky with Cowgirl Jesse

May 18, 6 pm

 

Join free on Instagram live as Jesse guides you through a fun craft!

Snapology Online: Ninja Dojo

May 18, 6 pm

 

Learn about the sacred ninja dojo and design your own location for ninja training! Pre-register online and join via Zoom. For ages 5-14.

Bedtime Stories with Alice in Wonderland

May 18, 6 pm

 

In this free Facebook session, Alice will read stories, answer questions, sing songs, and more.

Pajama Party with Jasmine

May 18, 6 pm

 

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

Yoga and Farm Animals

May 18, 7 pm

 

Join CommonGround Kansas farmers, farm animals, Om Slice Yoga for a 50-minute yoga session on Facebook for the whole family!

Minding your Child’s Mind (and Yours!)

May 18, 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 19, 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.

Roots with Ruark Live on Zoom

May 19, 9:30 am

 

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

Bollywood Dance and Storytime

May 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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.

Free Craft and Singalong with Dorothy

May 19, 11:30 am

 

Travel over the rainbow for a free livestream with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Angelina Ballerina Storytime

May 19, 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.

Lucy the Elephant Virtual Tour Live

May 19, noon

 

If you’re missing the shore, take an hour-long virtual tour where you will learn all about Margate’s Lucy the Elephant! Participants will also have the opportunity to explore Lucy’s interior, see the view from Lucy’s riding carriage, and even do a live Q&A.

Recycled Crafting

May 19, 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 19, 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.

Backyard Bug Safari

May 19, 1 pm

 

A ranger from John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge will help you look for common insects in your backyard! This program will be on Facebook Live and the recorded video will be available after the program.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

May 19, 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: Myths

May 19, 2 pm

 

In this free workshop, learn about the elements of myths, and try writing your own.

PlayArts Play Loud Afterschool Program

May 19, 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 19, 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 19, 2 pm

 

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

Ask the Scientists: All About Water

May 19, 3 pm

 

Join fun, friendly educators and scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences to ask anything about our watershed in a fast-paced, interactive session directed by what you want to know! Family support is recommended to enable questioning, but kids of all ages are invited. Free; pre-register online.

Little Makers on Facebook Live

May 19, 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!

Snapology: Trolls

May 19, 4 pm

 

Snapology hosts an online class for ages 5-12 via Zoom. Students will use LEGO bricks, creativity, and their Trolls knowledge to build their own Troll tribe–pop, funk, techno, what’s your favorite? Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Beginner Magic Workshop with Brian Richards

May 19, 4 pm

 

Brian Richards, a professional magician, will present a live magic workshop to help you gain new skills that will dazzle friends and family. Free; pre-registration required online.

Superhero Pretend Adventure Class

May 19, 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 Online: Ninja Adventures

May 19, 6 pm

 

In this LEGO-based class, kids ages 5-14 will create an action-packed adventure story for their favorite ninjas. Pre-register online.

Bedtime Stories: Mo Willems Stories with Media-Upper Providence Free Library

May 19, 7 pm

 

Cuddle up and read one of Mo Willems’ delightful stories over Facebook Live.

Healthy Family Strategies for Covid-19 and Beyond

May 19, 7:30 pm

 

Join Gladwyne Montessori’s School Psychologist Dr. Elaine Edlind for a discussion on healthy coping strategies that families can practice to help reassure children during challenging and stressful times. Free; pre-register online.

Storytime with Belle

May 19, 8 pm

 

Join Belle for a relaxing storytime over Facebook before bed.

Wednesday

Snapology Online: Star Wars

May 20, 10 am

 

Snapology hosts an online LEGO-based Star Wars-themed class for ages 5-14 via Zoom. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Kids Yoga Online

May 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 11 am

 

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

Kids in the Kitchen: Mug Cake

May 20, 11 am

 

Miss Vicki of Media-Upper Providence Free Library is making a mug cake live! You can mix along, or just watch to do later. Free; pre-register online (where you’ll also find the recipe to get ready for the lesson).

Parent and Child Preschool Snapology Class: Dinosaurs

May 20, noon

 

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

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

May 20 and 21 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 Voting Rights!

‘Eliza and the Dragonfly’ Author Chat with Susie Rinehart

May 20, 1 pm

 

Join Susie Rinehart, author of Eliza and the Dragonfly for an interactive online author chat about her love of dragonflies and what inspired her to write the book. The online chat pairs with a StoryWalk along the trail near the Conservancy’s Cottage in Rolling Hill Park, available from May 13-27 (just follow the signs). Pre-register online to get the Zoom link.

Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion Online Talks

May 20, 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 20, 1 pm

 

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

Pioneering Women in Aerospace Live Chat

May 20, 1 pm

 

National Air and Space Museum brings you an online Facebook Live chat featuring Mary Cleave and Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. Bring your questions about women in aviation and space who defied expectations and preconceptions.

Preschool Explorers on Facebook Live

May 20, 1:30 pm

 

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

Snapology Online: The Great Tower Challenge

May 20, 2 pm

 

Students will learn engineering concepts as they compete with classmates! For ages 7-12. Pre-register online.

Finding Balance

May 20, 2 pm

 

Children will learn movements for calming the mind from the ancient practices of yoga and qi-gong. After moving, children will listen to and create stories that explore perspective-taking skills and play games that embed techniques to find emotional balance. Join online at PlayArts’ website.

Sing the Songs of ‘Descendants’

May 20, 2 pm

 

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

Free Kids’ Cooking Class: Granola

May 20, 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 20, 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 20, 3:30 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 scones. Feel free to just watch or gather your own ingredients and bake right along with her!

Free Virtual Children’s Movement Class

May 20, 3:30 pm

 

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

#ConcertsForKids: Ani Cordero

May 20, 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.

Virtual Workshop: Nutrition for Active Kids

May 20, 4 pm

 

Joins Kelly Bakes, dietician and owner of Wayne Nutrition, LLC., as she shares how to create healthy meals that kids will eat, plan meals, and get picky kids to eat. Pre-register online.

Free ZoomDance Class

May 20, 4 pm

 

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

Live Virtual Interactive Field Trip to an Alpaca Farm

May 20, 4:30 pm

 

Go on a virtual field trip through a working local alpaca farm to learn about these gorgeous (and fluffy) creatures, farming equipment, seasonal farm practices, animal care, and more.

Snapology Online: Ninja Ambush

May 20, 6 pm

 

Create the perfect ninja ambush scene and story! Snapology hosts an online LEGO class for ages 5-14 via Zoom. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Mindful Wednesdays with Ms. Becky

May 20, 6:30 pm

 

Join Parkway Central Library’s Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories for a children’s mindfulness activity with Ms. Becky. Activities will include mindful writing prompts, read-alouds, music & movement, and more before bed.

Storytime and Craft with Cinderella

May 20, 8 pm

 

Join the “Glass Slipper Princess” on Facebook Live for storytime, a magic wand craft, songs, and a Q&A.

Thursday

Virtual Storytime and Dance Mini Camp

May 21, 9:30 am

 

Your child will learn about feelings and emotions through this storytime and dance activity! They will read about emotions through color and learn how to express through the art of dance. This class is for ages 3 and up. Pre-register online.

Kidville’s My Masterpiece: Cezanne

May 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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.

Memorial Day Weekend Kick-Off

May 21, 11 am

 

Join Common Space online to create summer magic and fireworks together.

Rapunzel Storytime

May 21, 11 am

 

Enjoy storytime, Q&A, and singing with Rapunzel over Facebook Live.

Make Your Own Cheese Crackers

May 21, 11 am

 

Kids will learn how to make homemade cheese crackers that rival those little cheesy squares and fishy shapes you all know and love. Pre-register and pay online.

Free ZoomDance Class

May 21, 11 am

 

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

Late Spring Neighborhood Plant Walk

May 21, 1 pm

 

Join Ranger Sean for a live, virtual program to see how some plants have changed late in the spring and to observe some new ones, too! Look at plants you might see in your backyard or local park, and see if you can spot them in your area! Watch live on the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

May 21, 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.

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom: Shadow Puppets

May 21, 2 pm

 

In this free workshop, kids will practice making (and animating!) their own shadow puppets.

Online Storytime with PlayArts

May 21, 4 pm

 

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

Snapology Movie Favorites: Onward

May 21, 4 pm

 

Step into the strange Onward world with us, as you make your very own magic staff and create a LEGO scene depicting your own unique spells in action. For ages 4-12. Pre-register online.

Virtual Thursday Crafternoon

May 21, 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.

ZoomBallet

May 21, 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.

Kiddo and Me Zoom Workout

May 21, 4:30 pm

 

Be Well With Beth’s classes give parents a full-body strength and flexibility workout using body weight, bands (or whatever you have laying around), and even your little one as resistance. Come for a great work out, stay for the play, the social time, and conversation with other parents and kids! Plus, stay online at the end for an additional 15 minutes to discuss nutrition and meal planning with Beth, who is also a registered dietitian nutritionist!

Baking Cookies with Anna

May 21, 5 pm

 

Anna is whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and she wants you to join her! Follow along as she instructs this fun, free baking class right from your own home.

Stretch and De-Stress for Tweens

May 21, 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 21, 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.

Baby-Led Feeding Basics Q & A

May 21, 7:30 pm

 

Join BLF expert, Tegan Bernstein for this informal 60-minute session to get your questions answered. Size of class is kept intentionally small to accommodate individual questions and situations. Pre-register online at Kith + Kin’s website to reserve your spot, and join over Zoom.

Franklin Institute’s Night Skies at Home

May 21, 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 Scottish Princess

May 21, 8 pm

 

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

Friday

Dav Pilkey At Home

May 22, 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 22, 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.

HCA STEAM Storytime:  Jack and the Beanstalk

May 22, 10 am

 

Mrs. Devenney from Holy Child Academy will read Jack and the Beanstalk illustrated by Ed Bryan. Then, she’ll demonstrate how to use a pool noodle, shaving cream, blocks, and toilet paper tubes to build beanstalks!

Storytime with Tinker Bell

May 22, 10 am

 

Take a break from school for free stories and songs with Tinker Bell on Facebook Live.

Snapology Online: Jedi Training

May 22, 10 am

 

Snapology hosts an online LEGO-based Star Wars-themed class for ages 5-14 via Zoom. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Romp n’ Roll at Baby Gym Class

May 22, 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.

Grow Up Great: Jams for Junior Jawns

May 22, 10—11 am

 

We’ve really been missing the Kimmel Center’s monthly PNC Grow Up Great kids’ concerts. Well, this Friday, they will be streaming a special online edition on their Instagram (@kimmelcenter) with M’Balia Singley – Philadelphia artist, Jazz & Theater Residency participant, and teaching artist. Move, groove, and explore friendships—make sure to bring your favorite plush toy or stuffed animal along!

Friday PreK Parent/Child Gym Class

May 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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: Fox Fables

May 22, 11 am

 

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

Virtual Playdate with Moana and Maui

May 22, 11 am

 

Hangout with Moana and Maui in this interactive princess party Zoom call. Pre-register online.

Sciencetellers: Dragons Return of the Ice Sorceress

May 22, 11 am

 

This online event combines storytelling with science! Listen to a thrilling story about dragons and magic while you learn amazing science experiments.

Parent and Child Snapology: ABCs & 123s

May 22, noon

 

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

A Very Merry-Unbirthday with Alice

May 22, noon

 

Celebrate a Very Merry Un-Birthday (or birthday) with Alice as she leads tea time, stories, a fun craft, and a silly game or two! Free on Facebook live.

Rhythm Babies Online!

May 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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

May 22, 2 pm

 

In this free workshop, Lincoln Center brings creative art-making using simple materials found at home.

Make Your Own Snow with the Ice Queen

May 22, 3 pm

 

Join Elsa and learn how to make snow right at home and enjoy a story while you build snowmen! Free; join on Facebook Live.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Icebox Cake

May 22, 3 pm

 

In this class, your child will learn how to make this no-bake confection. Pre-register and pay online.

Kensington Library Minecraft Club

May 22, 3–5:30 pm

 

For ages 8 and up. Up to eight players can play together on Kensington Library’s Minecraft Realm. For login details and Realm access contact the Kensington Neighborhood Library at underhilla@freelibrary.org

Snapology Online: Toy Story

May 22, 4 pm

 

Students will explore favorite Toy Story characters and their adventures. For ages 4-12. Pre-register and pay online; space is limited.

Free Acrylic Fluid Painting Class

May 22, 4:15 pm

 

Join Gladwyne Montessori art teacher Alyssa Clinkscales for a demonstration of acrylic fluid painting, then create your very own work of art. Materials required: canvas or wood, tray or cardboard to protect work surface, acrylic craft paint, plastic cups to hold paint, popsicle sticks, cup for water, and a smock. Pre-register online.

Snapology Online: Minifigure Mania

May 22, 6 pm

 

Mix and match LEGO figures to create new characters. For ages 5-14. Pre-register online.

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kate

May 22, 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!

Weekend Events

(Virtual) Memorial Day Weekend

There are so many traditions—from services to parades to just taking in the start of summer at the Waterfront—that are just not possible this year. Yet there are still ways to celebrate and pay tribute from home, even with so many limitations. Read our ideas!

Saturday

PlayArts’ Family ArtLab

May 23, 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 23, 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.

Disney Princess Dance Class

May 23, 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.

Facebook Live with Sleeping Beauty

May 23, 11 am

 

Join Sleeping Beauty for a free playdate live on Facebook as she reads stories, answers questions, sings songs, and more!

Drag Queen Story Time

May 23, noon

 

Balena Canto will host Drag Queen Story Time via Zoom to share books on diversity, acceptance, creativity, and love. In addition to stories, there will be singing, dancing, and a craft! This event is for all ages. Registration is required online to obtain the link for this Zoom event and will close the day before the event. Registrants will receive the Zoom link, via the email they provide, one hour before storytime begins.

Animal Crossing Club

May 23, 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 23, 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.

Snapology’s Brickmaster Challenge

May 23, 7—8 pm

 

In this class, you will work with your family as a team! Inspired by the LEGO Brick Masters show, a challenge will be selected at random and you will work with your team to design the solution. Pre-registration required online.

Free Frozen Storytime

May 23, 7 pm

 

Join the Ice Queen for a free storytime and songs on Facebook Live.


Sunday

Stories and Songs with PlayArts

May 24, 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.

Spring Crafts Sundays with the Free Library

May 24, 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: Soul Science Kids

May 24, 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. Weaving together soul, funk, hip-hop, educational themes, and interactive digital experiences, these soul scientists celebrate through creativity and inspire young minds in this free concert.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Live From The Playroom

May 24, 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 24, 11:30 am

 

Experience the ultimate virtual Sunday Funday with PopUpPlay and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. This week, kick off summer with a special Memorial Day Weekend virtual beach party. 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!

Ballet Class with Rapunzel

May 24, noon

 

Rapunzel will teach a 40-minute dance class with a short routine to one of her favorite songs. Pre-register online.

Painting with Rapunzel

May 24, 5:30 pm

 

Rapunzel will do a virtual meet-and-greet, then guide participants through painting a picture! You can join in using watercolors, crayons, or markers; the only other thing you will need is a canvas or a piece of paper. Pre-register online.

Mer-morial Day Mermaid Shellebration

May 24, 6 pm

 

Join the Mermaid Princess, Sailor Prince, Mermaid Daughter, and Sea Witch for adventures under the sea through the magic of Zoom. The event includes craft, storytime, songs, and mermaid games. Registration is required for this event; email sparkadreampp@gmail.com to secure your spot.

Wayfinding Fun with Moana

May 24, 6 pm

 

Join Moana and Maui for storytime, songs, and some hula fun, free on Facebook Live.

 

 

 

Photograph by Olivia Phan.

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