How Families Can Celebrate Pride Month From Home
Learn about, celebrate, and support the LGBTQ+ community at these kid-friendly virtual events.
In June, we celebrate Pride Month, highlighting LGBTQ+ community and history with so many opportunities to learn, celebrate, and build connections. While the COVID-19 pandemic means no parades or family festivals (we miss you, Please Touch Museum!), there are still ways for even the smallest kids to participate, even while we’re in quarantine. Here are our top picks.
June 3, 10 am
Celebrate LGBTQ+ heroes with the National Liberty Museum and Educator Lyssa Horvath. Learn about key figures and important allies in the LGBTQ+ movement. Read and listen to important speeches, poetry, and articles about equal rights, respectful treatment, and inclusiveness, and then write your own creative poem celebrating the LGBTQ+ moment. Register online.
June 4, 9, 18, 23, and 25; 11 am
Join drag queen Brittany Lynn for a special storytime for Pride Month! Listen to stories teaching the importance of love and acceptance. This program is for children of all ages and their families. The June 4, 18, and 25 dates can be found via Free Library of Philadelphia, while the June 9 and 23 dates will be presented by National Liberty Museum. Pre-register online.
June 5, 11 am
Philly’s own Icon Ebony Fierce is teaming up with Philadelphia Family Pride to have an online Drag Queen Story Time on Facebook Live.
June 5, 20, and 30; noon
Join drag queen Lili St. Queer for a special Pride Month storytime! Listen to stories teaching us kindness, inclusivity, and self-love. This program is for children of all ages and their families.
June 5, 4:15 pm
In a fun twist on Kidville’s Friday afternoon Break the Internet Dance Party, come together by jumping, twisting, leaping, and wiggling to a playlist that will get the whole family moving! Your fave Play Professionals will be joined by extra special guests. Dress in all the colors of the rainbow and get ready to parade your pride and joy in this free party.
June 9, 6 pm
A signature tradition of Boston Pride Week, Pride Lights are a celebration of the community’s strength and resilience, rooted in collective resistance, and a recognition of those lost through the years to HIV/AIDS. This year it will be streamed live so everyone can take part.
Wednesdays in June, 4 pm
Stories, songs, and mindfulness to learn about loving ourselves and each other, and how to support one another in the community. This program is geared for children ages 5-12, but all are welcome.
June 11, 11 am
LGBTQ+ trivia for kids with Brittany Lynn presented by Andorra Library. Advanced registration via Crowdcast is preferred.
June 16, 10 am
Join children’s librarian Ms. Natalie for a virtual storytime and craft activity! Natalie will read And Tango Makes Three, the story of two male zoo penguins that hatch an egg and raise a baby together. She’ll also demonstrate a fun craft that you can make at home!
June 22 and 29, and July 6; 4 pm
Yes Please! Healthy Sexuality workshops will be led by Von Eaton of the Mazzoni Center. At home during their own time, teens can view pre-recorded videos presented by Von, and then engage with him during a Q&A and discussion on Mondays, June 22, 29, and July 6. Explore topics like attraction, and learn about gender and gender differences.
June 24, 10 am
Get out your color palettes and easel and get ready to paint happy little stripes. Join National Liberty Museum Educator Emily Mullin as she paints the rainbow flag to celebrate Pride Month. As each stripe of the flag is added, learn about what each color represents, and why the rainbow flag is so important to the LGBTQ+ movement. Don’t have paint, brushes, or an easel? Don’t worry! Use whatever art materials you have at home to participate—markers, crayons, sidewalk chalk, anything! Display your rainbow flag to show your support of LGBTQ+ community members this Pride Month. Free; pre-register online.
June 24, 10:30 am
Join librarian Irene Klemas from West Oak Lane Library as she reads Julian is a Mermaid for Pride Month. Then, learn to make a special mermaid craft!
June 27, noon
Speeches, performances, film, and other content from Prides in Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South, Central, and North America. A worldwide team of more than 100 volunteers are reaching out to Prides around the world to bring an amazing line-up of performances to this first-ever Global Pride event.
June 27, 1 pm
Drag Queen Story Hour performers from around the world will join together via livestream on Zoom. The party will feature readings of children’s books highlighting diverse characters and themes, as well as lip-sync performances and sing-alongs to children’s songs. Kids and families are also encouraged to dress up in their own fabulous costumes for the event! Tickets available online.
June 28, noon—2 pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March held in 1970 with a Special Pride Broadcast Event with performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza, and more. Catch it live on 6 ABC.
Photograph by Laura Swartz.