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Great Ideas for Activities and Experiences
- Children’s Museum of Manhattan At Home Daily Activities
- Long List of Virtual Activities and Experiences for Kids from NYMetroParents
- Fantastic Daily Concerts for Kids Live from with Star Rock Musicians at Rock and Roll Playhouse
- New York Botanical Garden Virtual Experiences
- Live Streams of Many Aquariums and Zoos
- Harry Potter at Home – bringing the Wizarding World Home to You
- Read Alouds, Drawing Lessons, and More from Dolly Parton, Dav Pilkey (of Dog Man and Captain Underpants), and Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton
- Laurie Berkner Band Live Streaming Concerts, most weekdays at 10:00 a.m.
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center Daily Live Classes at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Online Resources from Various Youth Book Publishers
- Fun “Miximal Mondays” with Ben Clanton, author/illustrator of the hilarious Narwhal and Jelly books. The Narwhal and Jelly books are available as eBooks in Overdrive/Libby.
- List of Free Drawing Classes from Famous Illustrators
- Learn about the Mona Lisa with a VR experience from the Louvre
- Long List of At Home Activities from NYMetroparents
- Virtual Field Trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
Picture Books, Read Alouds, and Storytimes
- Missed one of the Library’s Virtual Storytimes? Recordings available here.
- The one, the only, Levar Burton reading books to kids, teens, and adults at three times each day.
- Dolly Parton is Reading Bedtime Stories Each Thursday Evening with “Goodnight with Dolly.”
- Daily read aloud with children’s author Mac Barnett – 3:00 p.m. younger books, 8:00 p.m. from his Spy Kids chapter book series.
- My Weird-Read-Aloud Daily with Author Dan Gutman.
Learning at Home Resources
- Two Weeks of “Choose Your Own Adventure” Learning Plans
- Resources for Pre-K Learning and Fun at Home from School Library Journal
- Indigenous Educators Volunteer to Teach Short K-8 Lessons Online Amid School Closures
- DuoLingo ABC – Learn to Read app (Apple only)
- Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants – live free science lessons in a wide variety of scientific fields, with real scientists
- PBS Kids Design Squad
- Science At Home newsletter from the Museum of Science + Industry
- Online Activities from the Adler Planetarium, including taking part in real science experiments and virtual tours
- Do It Yourself Science from Carnegie STEM Girls