Calendar of Online Virtual Events for Kids

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by

These are challenging times for parents and caregivers around New Jersey and the country. We are being told to social distance ourselves and our kids from others. No playdates! No going to the museum. Don’t walk by a playground, that might be too tempting for kids!

 

Kids want to play! Kids want to be active!

 

Parents and caregivers need help!

 

Now more than ever families will be looking for things to do with their kids at home. But who wants to keep a list of blog posts? Who wants to have to search for online activities to do with kids?

 

We KNOW you need help finding activities for the kids to do that are fun and engaging. Moms and dads we know you are going to need a break. It’s a lot to have parents go from having their kids in school from 8 am to 2 pm or 9 am to 3 pm and now they will be home ALL DAY!

 

Enter Jersey Family Fun’s Calendar of Online Events for Kids

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 we ARE happy to include online events for kids on our Calendar of Events. We will be adding more and more online events for kids, from babies to teens, multiple times a day.

 

image of kid learning to draw from a tablet for Jersey Family Fun Calendar of online events for kids

 

These events will have ONLINE in the title so that parents can easily identify them from other events on our Calendar of Events. You will be able to find LIVE online activities happening today, a few days ahead, or even a few weeks ahead. If you subscribe to one of our event newsletters you will also get a listing once a week of these events.

 

We’ll also do our best to list these online events for kids below. For each one we’ll link back to our Calendar of Events so that you can find additional details. If you are planning an online event for kids you can submit it here to be included. If you know of one we’ve missed, but you’re not involved with, let us know in the comments below.

 

Anytime Online Events for Kids

These online events and activities have already been established and made available online for kids to watch and participate in at anytime.

  • Online Story Times

    • At Storyline Online children can hear celebrities and others read children stories.
    • Josh Gad from Frozen is reading children’s books on Twitter. Scroll through his Twitter feed to see and watch them.
    • #SaveWithStories —a spot on Facebook for kids to watch celebrities read children’s books! Jennifer Garner and others are coming together as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between Save the Children US and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry (and founding publisher, Scholastic ♥️). The online story times are posted to Jennifer Garner’s Facebook page.
    • Astronauts on the Space Station are reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. Visit Story Time from Space for more information.

 

 

 

  • The Brain Scoop from the Field Museum in Chicago

    • Go behind the scenes with The Brain Scoop, an educational YouTube channel from the Feld Museum. With host Emily Graslie as a guide, dig into the local and worldwide discoveries they’ve made. Each episode brings you along for a new journey into natural history, from interviews with scientists and tours of collections, to expeditions and deep dives into the nitty-gritty work of preparing museum specimens. www.fieldmuseum.org/blog/the-brain-scoop

 

 

Weekly Online Events for Kids that Repeat Weekly

All times listed are for the Eastern Time Zone.

 

Daily online events for kids

  • Characters of Character is providing a video and coloring pages for families and children to engage in each day at 10:00 am. Learn more.

 

  • Vienna State Opera is hosting an livestreaming opera and ballet performances daily at 12 pm and 2 pm Eastern Time Zone until April 2, 2020. Learn more.

 

  • Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author & illustrator offers online drawing lessons for kids daily at 2 pm. Learn more

 

  • American Ballet Theatre will offer daily virtual classes at 2 pm taught by former ABT dancers, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School faculty and ABT teaching artists – all certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum. Learn more.

 

  • CLI Studios is hosting online dance classes with their choreographers daily at various times. Learn more.

 

  • Daily concerts, Radio Pitman: Broadcasting Live Music Across the Social Distance, are running nightly at 7:30 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Nightly Virtual Reading Party for Kids with Pajama Program. Daily at 7:30 pm until May 1. Learn more.

 

  • Metropolitan Opera will offer free streams of past performances daily until Sunday, March 29, 2020. Nightly presentations will begin at 7:30 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Americana Highways is hosting live online concerts nightly. We have not prelistened to these concerts so we recommend families listen together to determine if they are appropriate for their family. Learn more.

 

  • Find more livestreaming and online concerts on the schedule at Billboard.com.

 

  • Get moving with Planet Fitness’s “Work-Ins” for teens. Daily at 7 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Tune in at 1 pm daily for the War at Home YouTube series featuring the curatorial staff of Battleship New Jersey. Learn more.

 

Weekday online events for kids

  • Online fun with Laurie Berkner. She is hosting online activities and songs for kids weekdays at various times. Learn more.

 

  • Children’s book author – Sucheta Rawal is offering free virtual storytelling sessions to entertain kids, and give parents a much needed break. They will be offered at various times. Learn more.

 

  • Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms is hosting virtual sing-a-longs weekdays at 10 am. Learn more.

 

  • The Jersey City Free Public Library is hosting online story times at various times. Learn more.

 

  • The Englewood Public Library is hosting an online music activity, Mr. John’s Music for Kids, weekdays at 10:30 am. Learn more.

 

  • ZooAmerica is offering virtual visits and activities weekdays at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • The Cape May County Zoo and Park is hosting virtual zoo activities weekdays at 11:30 am. Learn more.

 

  • Wildlife Adventures will feature a different animal everyday to explore about and answer your questions. There will also be some kind of fun activity like reading a book, a science experiment or craft. Learn more.

 

  • LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! The Kennedy Center is hosting online drawing lessons with Mo Willems weekdays at 1 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Spotted Frog Art Studio LLC is hosting online art classes daily at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is hosting online nature themed activities on weekdays at 2 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Discover the Universe is hosting online astronomy mini-courses weekdays at 2 pm. Learn more.

 

  • The Drawing Lab is hosting virtual drawing classes weekdays at 2 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Take LIVE look inside the Philadelphia Zoo each day at 2 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Chris Field will go on a one of a kind adventure with some awesome people including police officers, animal vets and yoga instructors, weekdays at 2 pm. Learn more.

 

  • The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is hosting an online safari weekdays at 3 pm. Learn more.

 

  • BalletNova Center for Dance is hosting online ballet classes weekdays. Learn more.

 

  • Have a celebrity read your child a story every Monday-Friday at 8 pm with Chambana. Learn more.

 

  • Every weekday from April 6 – April 17, 2020, The Museum of the American Revolution offers activities and education in a “Virtual Spring Break.” Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Mondays

  • The Daily Dig at Diggerland USA offers your heavy equipment lovers an educational livestream about construction equipment every Monday. Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Tuesdays

  • Mindful classes for kids K-5 with Mindful Schools, starting at 1 pm Tuesdays. Learn more.

 

  • Virtual Bedtime Stories with Media-Upper Providence Library, Tuesdays at 7 pm. Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Wednesdays

  • Children’s author and creator of From an Idea to, Lowey Bundy Sichol is hosting an online talk with questions and answers Wednesdays at 12 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Rahway Public Library is hosting Toddler Time on Facebook Live! Learn more.

 

  • Online Science Lessons with Ocean County Parks and Recreation at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • The Daily Dig at Diggerland USA offers your heavy equipment lovers an educational livestream about construction equipment every Wednesday. Learn more.

 

  • Mindful classes for kids K-5 with Mindful Schools, starting at 1 PM Wednesdays. Learn more.

 

  • ONLINE Story Time for Preschoolers with Media-Upper Providence Library, Wednesdays at 1:30 pm. Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Thursdays

  • Mindful classes for kids K-5 with Mindful Schools, starting at 1 PM Thursdays. Learn more.

 

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting online guitar lessons for kids at 11 am. Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Fridays

  • Rahway Public Library is hosting Toddler Time on Facebook Live! Learn more.

 

  • Online Science Lessons with Ocean County Parks and Recreation at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • The Daily Dig at Diggerland USA offers your heavy equipment lovers an educational livestream about construction equipment every Friday. Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Saturdays

  • ONLINE Spring Saturday Surprises Live-Stream with Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge Saturdays at 2 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Mr. Chris and LuckyDuck will entertain you with a 30 minute puppet show by Puppets by Palmieri, every Saturday at 11 am. Learn more.

 

Online events for kids on Sundays

  • Coming soon.

 

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One-Time Online Events for Kids

All times listed are for the Eastern Time Zone.

 

Monday, March 23

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online dance party for kids at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online concert for kids at 5 pm. Learn more.

 

Tuesday, March 24

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online sing-a-long for kids at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online concert for kids at 5 pm. Learn more.

 

Wednesday, March 25

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online workout for kids at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online concert for kids at 5 pm. Learn more.

 

Thursday, March 26

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online guitar lesson for kids at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • Crazy Aaron of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty will be live on Thursday March 26 at 4 pm. Learn more.

 

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online concert for kids at 5 pm. Learn more.

 

Friday, March 27

  • Splash ‘N Boots is hosting an online concert for kids at 11 am. Learn more.

 

  • Soccer Specific Training will livestream a soccer practice at 4 pm. Learn more.

 

Saturday, March 28

 

Sunday, March 29

 

Monday, March 30

  • Virtual Interactive Field Trip to Nature Preserve & Creek at 4:30 pm. Learn more.

 

Tuesday, March 31

 

Wednesday, April 1

 

Thursday, April 2

  • Virtual Spanish Lesson with Bilingual Butterflies. Learn more.

 

Friday, April 3

 

Saturday, April 4

 

Sunday, April 5

 

Monday, April 6

 

Tuesday, April 7

 

Wednesday, April 8

 

Thursday, April 9

 

Friday, April 10

 

Saturday, April 11

 

Sunday, April 12

 

For more resources to help you while your kids’ schools are closed due to the Coronavirus, please visit our Parent’s Guide to Coronavirus New Jersey Closings, Resources, and What’s Still Open.

 

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Posted in: All, Fun at Home, Things to do in Central Jersey, Things to do in New Jersey, Things to do in North Jersey, Things to do in South Jersey

Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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