HVP Virtual Events and Activities



In-person events may be canceled but kids can have fun with at-home activities, online performances and virtual shows

kid friendly virtual events

Explore, create and learn from your computer, tablet or smartphone with any or all of these kid-friendly and family-friendly virtual programs. Come back often because we are always updating this list.

ANIMALS

Join the Catskill Animal Sanctuary for live online "Opening Weekend" broadcast, Friday, April 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sanctuary also hosts a Virtual Sanctuary, a live streaming program of Michael Turkey’s mischief updates, “nose boops” from the sheep, up close goat shenanigans, species lessons, Breakin’ the Rules with Kathy, cooking demos, and so much more!

Enjoy an interactive safari experience from where you are by traveling on the back of a virtual safari vehicle with WildEarth.

The American Dairy Association offers three virtual farm tours via YouTube. Dutch Hollow Farm is recommended for ages 4 to 9. Will-O-Crest Farm for ages 10 to 13, and JoBo Holsteins Farm for high schoolers. Each video is about 45 to 60 minutes and is filled with lots of fun facts and information about life on a dairy farm, both for the cows and the people!

Smithsonian’s National Zoo in D.C. has four different web cams. You might have to view each one to see which animals are moving around, including naked mole rats, lions, giant panda, and elephants.

There are currently nine African elephants living at the San Diego Zoo. This video has some movement, unlike most of the other stationary cameras, as it follows elephants around their enclosure to play, eat and sleep.

Remember April the Giraffe and her baby Tajiri who was born in 2017? Now you can watch them all day. They live at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has separate feeds for penguins, lions, giraffes, flamingo and the goat corral.

Monterey Bay Aquarium offers live cams set up throughout the aquarium including a sea otter cam, coral reef cam, penguin cam and kelp forest cam.

The Center for Wildlife is hosting Morning Meeting with Wildlife Ambassadors on Facebook Live, daily at 10 a.m. through March 31.

Conserve Wildlife presents an osprey video in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, which is located high on a pole overlooking a nest.

A small herd of bison live in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in northeast Illinois. This bison webcam shows the herd as they graze and wander the prairie.

The Cincinnati Zoo is closed for now, but kids can join its Home Safari Facebook Lives weekdays at 3pm for an animal highlight and a home-based activity. For those that can’t make the live presentation, all videos and activities will be posted.

See dolphins in their watery habitat at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


ARTS AND MUSIC

The Getty Museum is challenging art fans to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their homes. So. Much. Fun. 

Google has partnered with over 2,500 museums worldwide to offer virtual tours. From the Anne Frank Museum in the Netherlands, to the Acropolis Museum in Greece to Maryland's own Walter's Art Museum in Baltimore you can explore the galleries with no need for a passport or better yet - no gift shop!

Get creative with bestselling children's author Mo Willems and explore ways of writing and making together, weekdays at 1 p.m.

Children’s author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka is hosting free webcasts every weekday at 2 pm to offer a daily art lesson.

The National Gallery of Art’s NGAkids Art Zone app offers eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art for kids ages 9 through 11. There’s also a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space to save with and display art created with the program.

Color, draw and paint on virtual canvases with ABCya.com.

Find lots of online coloring pages with PBSKids


Education

Visit the Smithsonian for tons of Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens. With these great sections, Art, History, and Culture: Activities and Games, Science and Nature: Activities and Games, Art Meets Science in the Collections, Art, History, and Culture in the Collections, your kids are sure to be entertained for hours.

From Hidden to Modern Figures, NASA offers videos, biographies and other education resources about the women behind the missions, keeping their legacy alive for generations to come.

Find kid-friendly online games, videos, explorations and more on National Geographic Kids


A wide variety of fun, printable worksheets are available through Education.com.


PERFORMANCE

Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) is a summer musical theatre intensive led by Broadway's biggest stars of the present and past. This is a FREE opportunity for all young musical theatre students to receive feedback on video recordings of their performances. Upload your video and a panel of BTP faculty and guest artists will schedule an online video conference with you to discuss constructive feedback.


SCIENCE AND STUDY

Looking for an exploratory STEAM activity that siblings and parents can do together? Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook’s Family Data Jam allows siblings of different ages to work with each other on a single project. A special award will be granted to our top Family project.
 
Chat with marine biologists from Oceans Initiative about killer whales/orcas, dolphins, salmon, or any other topic every Monday and Thursday 11am PST. We have a great team of biologists at Oceans Initiative who are all working on interesting projects. We’ll be live on Facebook and Instagram. No ticket or registration necessary. 

Learn about the Money Museum's spectacular rarities, explore a wide range of historical subjects and expand your collecting knowledge and interests. These virtual exhibits allow you to view high resolution images and detailed information about fascinating numismatic objects. 

40 Science Websites for Teachers and Parents from Bored Teachers makes it a fun and easy subject area for kids to dive into while at home. Parents don’t need chemistry or biology degrees to help their kids learn science. Here’s a list of online science resources to help kids learn and have fun while at home – divided by age groups!


TEENS 

North East Community Center in Millerton has moved its Teen Team meetings on recreational and restorative topics to remote sessions via a “Zoom Council” format, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 pm-5 pm. For information, email teenprograms@neccmillerton.org, text or call 518-407-7279, or message on Instagram @teenteam_necc.


TRAVEL AND SIGHTSEEING

Take virtual tours all over planet Earth with 360 Cities! This site allows you to enter a location and see 360° videos that will captivate and inspire kids of all ages.

Free online course about Ancient Rome from Future Learn immerses you in 3D models of all kinds of Roman architecture and shares stories of aspects of life in Rome from entertainment to worship.

Take the Anne Frank House Virtual Tour and step inside the secret annex where Anne Frank hid with her family for more than two years during WWII and where she wrote her diary. Video helps round out the story.

Yes, you can tour Buckingham Palace. Take as much time as you like. Please don’t sit on the thrones.

7 Great Virtual Reality Travel Experiences, from Lifewire, allows you to see tours from the Grand Canyon or into the vast reaches of outer space. The tours are rated with pros and cons.

Go on virtual field trips with Freedom Home Schooling.


YOUNGSTERS

Having trouble coming up with new ways to keep your kids entertained while at home? Here’s a thought: Fly Away! Play pilot and pretend to go on a flying adventure! Or Go Camping! Pretend to go on a camping adventure, inside! Check out The Behavior Place in Middletown for more great ideas. 

Take a break at weekday mornings at 10am with Mornings with Matt Online Sing Along. Join Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys and sing, dance, watch, chat and hang out with your little ones.

Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos with Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube for the littles! A great resource to keep everyone from going stir crazy while off school. Dozens of videos to choose from, all geared towards pre-school and early elementary age children.

For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks, you can listen to Oliver Jeffers read from one of his books and talk about some of the things that went into making it. He is an Irish author who lives in Brooklyn. His style is very chatty. He has written at least 14 books and Illustrated many more. Daily at 2pm EST.

Join the Brooklyn Public Library for their virtual story time on Facebook Live with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills.

Mr. Jon and Friends have an entertaining YouTube Channel with fun videos and stomping music. Great for young kids to get them moving with jumping, finger motions and tickling laughter.

We just learned about Tinkergarten, a company that offers classes. They have launched Tinkergarden At Home with a great list of outdoor activities you can do at home. I choose Take a Listening Walk to share with you but there are many other activities to use.  This is a free service.

Audible, which is owned by Amazon, is suspending subscription fees for children’s audio books while schools are closed. 

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has made available a free downloadable New York State coloring book for families to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Two moms are the publishers Barefoot Books. They created fun, purposeful and FREE At-Home Activity Kits! But we really enjoy their collection of singalongs for kids who love to listen to music with cheerful movement. With 19 YouTube musical videos we are sure you will find some that your kids will love.