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Coronavirus Toolkit - Kid Friendly Activities for Parents Stuck at Home

Updating Calendars:
Social Distancing Festival: A theater artist has created The Social Distancing Festival, which gathers live streams and videos of all different types of performances in one place, on one calendar. This is SO COOL – it includes a bunch of different stuff from all over the world, for all ages.
Daily Activities:
11am ET: Every weekday the Children's Museum of Atlanta is hosting a virtual play hour .
1pm ET: New York Times bestselling illustrator and graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton is offering free, daily drawing classes on Instagram Live for kids of all ages. The livestreams last about 20 minutes—which is “long enough for parents to get a little work done or take a shower and take a couple deep breaths.” Each virtual drawing class will be kept in MacNaughton’s Instagram stories for 24 hours once the livestream is over. After each class, you can check out the #drawtogether hashtag, where MacNaughton has asked that participants post photos of their drawings so that everyone can check out one another’s work.
1pm ET: Mo Willems – the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence – invites you into his studio every day for LUNCH DOODLE. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
2pm ET: The Cincinnati Zoo has a home safari every day at 2pm on their FB page, where zookeepers highlight an animal and include an activity. Past episodes are available as videos, and their celebrity hippo, Fiona, has her own show which is also available on their page. Lots of awesome content here!
2pm ET: Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, Hey Kiddo, the Lunch Lady series) invites kids to watch his YouTube art lessons .
Comic book artist Steve Ellis hosts two daily "learn to draw" classes on Facebook Live. Recent subjects have included dragons, griffins, and samurai rats. Classes are offered for two levels of mastery: beginner (ages 8 - 13) and intermediate (13 and up).
Beginner class is at 2pm, and intermediate is at 3pm. Classes posted on Youtube.
5pm ET: Mark Kanemura, a former backup dancer with Lady Gaga and contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance," is using Instagram to bring together his 663,000 followers for a Daily Dance Party. Check out his Instagram site where he posts the time of the dance party each day – lots of color, costumes etc.
Evening: Josh Gad (Olaf) is reading stories to kiddos every evening on twitter, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out when exactly, and I am not twitter literate. If anyone can figure this out, lmk!
Cleveland Inner City Ballet: Little dancers of all skill levels can attend virtual ballet classes free of charge.
Cosmic Yoga: Super fun yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos designed for kids aged 3+ with themes like Frozen, Pokemon and Trolls. Their website has information (including about their app), but the free videos are really well organized on their YouTube channel.
DC Kids Camp: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's DC Kids Camp, coming to the rescue to save kids from stay-at-home boredom. Interactive videos with DC artists and authors are posted to the DC Comic Kids twitter and DC Kids Instagram each weekday. Kids can learn how to draw their favorite DC Super Heroes, gain inspiration and skills to make their own comics, and unlock their creativity with fun, off-the-wall how-to videos.
Private Cooking Classes: This gal is getting set up for virtual kiddo cooking classes, you can email her for details at
Taste Buds Kids: Taste Buds Kids wants to spread love by creating a fun place for budding chefs to learn something new and fill the days ahead at home! They release a new recipe video and recipe download every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm made with simple ingredients you hopefully already have in your pantry. Chefs, start your ovens! Each cooking video will be available or a few days after its release so that those who can’t make it live can still snag some culinary fun.
Ramblin Dan: Ramblin' Dan – who is known as the best children's musician on the NYC scene – has lined up a schedule of Webcasts with costumes, instruments, props, books and of course his guitar and music to help entertain and educate your children while we're on hiatus. All webcasts will be watchable and available after the broadcast as well, so don't worry if you can't tune in live. The schedule and website addresses etc are listed on his website. He isn’t charging, but has info for tipping on his website.
Live Nation Concerts: Concerts giant Live Nation announces its "Live From Home" series, a virtual hub updated daily with live streams content and more to keep you connected to your favorite artists, including several kid-themed live series (and stuff for teens too).
#Togetherathome: The #TogetherAtHome Instagram Concert series presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen aims to unite humanity at a time when many may feel isolated at home and inspire people to take meaningful action to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, with live concerts streamed on Instagram. So far, 15 artists have participated, including Chris Martin and my favorite, John Legend.
Live Concerts: Good guide to the best live-streamed music content right now. (all ages)
Storyline Online: Actors belonging to the Screen Actors Guild read children's books as if it was story time at the public library.
Save with Stories: Actresses Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have teamed up with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to provide fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. They enlisted their famous friends to live-stream themselves reading their favorite children's books, so kids at home can tune in and hear a tale.
Audible Stories: Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy, a free online learning resource offering lessons, exercises and quizzes, has daily schedules for organizing at-home learning for students ages 4 to 18 years. On weekdays, Khan Academy is also offering daily livestreams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help parents and educators best utilize the website's tools and resources.
Rivet Reading: A reading app with over 3,500 free, leveled and carefully reviewed books makes it easy for kids to find content they love.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic launched a Learn at Home website with daily lessons that combine videos, stories and prompts for drawing and writing activities. Grade levels include pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and up.
Secret Millionaire’s Club: In 2011, Buffett helped launch an animated children’s series called “Secret Millionaire’s Club” which featured himself as a mentor to a group of students. Each episode tackles a financial lesson, such as how a credit card works or why it’s important to track where you put your money.
Mo Math Classes: The National Museum of Mathematics is offering online classes, including some free trial classes, for kiddos 3+. Lots of details class schedule and other info here and other stuff that’s above my head because, well, math. So check it out if math is your thing.
Ranger Rick: Ranger Rick, the children's magazine of the National Wildlife Federation, is making its website free to all visitors through the end of June. Free Ranger Rick Educator’s Guides and Ranger Rick Jr. Parent Reading Guides are also available to parents and educators.
YouTube Channel List: Great list of YouTube resources to help your child continue learning or spark their interest in a new topic, where they can learn alongside some of the greatest entertainers and researchers virtually. The list is broken down by age groups, which seems helpful, and links to the TY channel.
City Kiddies: A NYC mom focusing on in-home activities, streaming classes, recipes and more -> good to sign up and follow on Facebook and Instagram parents (I was happy to find we had some overlap in our suggestions – I am on the right track, especially for a non-breeder ??). She also has a list of other Instagram sites she is following who are also posting daily activities so seems like a great resource.
Science Experiments: 63 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff. This is really cool!
List 1: 22 Activities that are more at-home fun than singing Baby Shark for the hundredth time.
List 2: 75+ Entertaining and Educational Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors.
Color our Collections: Color Our Collections offers free PDF downloads of coloring pages created from art in the collections of 117 institutions, including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, RISD Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Royal Horticultural Society libraries.
Virtual Adventure:
Take a digital hike: Download the google earth app and go to “Nature” and you'll see a list of the parks with tours available. Simply click on any you want to see, and you'll be whisked away to see a series of interactive photos and views of its most breathtaking trails and views. By the way, there is so much to do on the app – games, quizzes, sounds – it’s a great app.
Street Art Virual Tour: Explore the stories behind street art across the world, from NYC to Buenos Aires, with audio-guided tours and online exhibitions, offered by the Google Cultural Institute.
For Older Kids/Adults:
Museum Tours: These may be a little boring for little ones, but for older kids or parents, get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
Kusama's Infinity Mirrors: If you missed one of the hottest traveling museum exhibits of the past few years, ooh and ahh at a brisk room-by-room rundown of the hypnotic, multi-faceted work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. This should be on the big screen – its so cool!!
Broadway: Some of the best filmed Broadway shows to know about and where to find them, including Rent and Cats (not the new one the actual stage one).
Royal Opera House: The Royal Opera House has a selection of some of the top performances from famous operas and ballets, just a click away, including The Caterpillar from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, if just for the incredible costumes.
Cooking Classes:
3pm ET:
Renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura—the restauranteur behind the three-Michelin-star Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy—is offering up his culinary insights through daily cooking classes on Instagram Live for self-isolated viewers. During the English-language livestreams, which Bottura named “Kitchen Quarantine,” the chef demonstrates how he’s preparing his own dinners while under quarantine.
New York City's Metropolitan Opera:
7:30pm ET:
NYC Met Opera is streaming a performance from its archives every night through the duration of the closure (recordings will be available to view for free on the Met Opera homepage for 20 hours after they’re streamed).

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