Play and Learn at These Virtual Events for Kids

What a week it’s been! While we are all focused on social distancing right now, we’re fortunate to live in such a connected society. Virtual family-friendly events are fun ways to engage with kids all around the country. Learn about animals, dance, try a new craft or recipe, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. My girls loved watching Fiona the hippopotamus enjoy her lunch at the Cincinnati Zoo during their Home Safari last week.

Kidlist strives to keep information about these events as accurate as possible on our events calendar, but hosts may choose to alter their schedule. Make sure to click the links ahead of time to confirm dates and times.

Ongoing Virtual Experiences from Around the World

Kohl Children’s Museum
One of our amazing children’s museums put together a slew of stories, activities and experiments that you can easily replicate at home with your families.
@kohlchildrensmuseum

Chat with Maximo the Titanosaur at Field Museum and learn about the largest known dinosaur. You can literally message him questions and he will answer!

Corning Museum of Glass
Have you seen the tv show Blown Away on Netflix? It’s fascinating! The Corning Museum of Glass is a leader in the glass world and they have glassmaking videos, virtual tours, glass collections online, and more on their website.
@corningmuseum

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
The British Library put together a Google Arts & Culture page full of artwork, videos, history, and more. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you’ll definitely want to check this out!
@britishlibrary

Ouwehands Zoo Polar Bear Cubs
These cubs are adorable! Ouwehands Zoo is located in the Netherlands and has a 24 hour camera in the polar bear area, live streaming all of their cuteness.
@ouwehandszoo

Sesame Workshop
They started an initiative called “Caring for Each Other” that includes videos, games, coloring sheets, and activities.
@sesamestreet

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Watch the talented musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra play various instruments at home. They are so talented and their performances are inspiring.
@chicagosymphony

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360 Cities
Missing travel? You and your kids can explore the world with 360 views on this site. Move around the map and zoom in to choose the views you want to see.
@360cities

NASA Mission Operations Virtual Tour
Ever wondered what the control room at NASA looks like? You can see it on their website with a 360 view.
@nasahubble

Alaska SeaLife Center
Their YouTube channel has all sorts of under the sea videos and even a live stream so you can see what’s going on under the water with calming music to set the scene.
@alaskasealifecenter

Crayola At Home
Looking for fun crafts projects? Crayola has tons for all ages! They also have craft kits for sale on their website.
@crayola

Steve Spangler Science
This website is full of experiments you can do at home!
@stevespanglerscience

National Geographic Expeditions
Explore the Galapagos Islands in this two part video adventure.
@natgeo @ourawesomeplanet

Yellowstone National Park
While the park is closed, they are offering virtual tours of many of the trails, including the falls, springs, and lookout points.
@yellowstonenps

Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)
Get a close-up view of coral reefs and ocean life.
@breef242

Virtual Field Trip to the Amazon Rainforest
Learn about the layers of the rainforest and animals who live there.

Hang Son Doong
Explore the largest cave in the worldworld’s largest cave, courtesy of National Geographic. This is an interactive tour where you navigate the caves, read captions, and zoom in on very high resolution photographs so you can see what you are interested in.
@natgeo

San Diego Zoo
Be entertained by the live cameras on various animals, including baboons, penguins, pandas, koalas, platypus, elephants, tigers, and more.
@sandiegozoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Besides live cams of several out of this world sea life, such as bright orange jellyfish, sharks, and kelp forest, the staff does narrated feedings in the open sea at 1pm and sea otters at 3:30pm central time.
@montereybayaquarium

Virtual Events for Kids

Tip: Facebook Live events will pop up as a post on the organization’s Facebook page, but not until they are live. You may have to refresh at the start time for the video to pop up.

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Check out our video library for activities and entertainment from local businesses.

The Really Awesome Improv Show from Second City is 100% family friendly and really entertaining! It’s free every Thursday at 1pm. Click here to sign up to get the Zoom info.

Educational Virtual Events

Miss Megan’s Camp Kindergarten
Weekdays | 9:00 am
Join Miss Megan’s Facebook Live covering topics found in Pre-K and early elementary classrooms, as well as morning routines, such as calendar time. Miss Megan’s two kiddos playing along add to the fun.

Bring the Zoo to You: Facebook Live Chats
Weekdays | 11:00 am
Join Brookfield Zoo staff as they teach you about a new animal every day.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari (Virtual)
Weekdays | 2:00 pm
In this home safari, Cincinnati Zoo staff features one animal of the day.

4-H Live: Online Learning
Weekdays | 3:30 pm
Missouri’s 4-H Club is hosting daily events featuring various topics such as outdoor activities, animals, and arts & crafts.

Codeverse Virtual Coding Classes
Ongoing | Times vary
Receive a coding kit, sent to your door, and take virtual coding classes with experts.

Second City’s Teen Online Comedy Classes
Ongoing | Times vary
Participate in a variety of comedy classes taught by Second City instructors.

Marine Science Virtual Classroom: Ecosystems and Food Chains
Mondays | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Reef Relief is hosting marine biology classes via Facebook live, geared for pre-K up through 8th grade. Check out the event link to find additional materials, including activities, that go along with the livestream.

Virtual Marine Biology Camp
Mondays and Thursdays | 1:00 pm
Learn more about underwater animals as two marine biologists share their expertise.

Art and Cooking Virtual Events

Live Kids Cooking Classes with The Green Giraffe Eats
Weekdays | 10:00 am
Kid-friendly recipes will be taught in this fun cooking class.

Delish Instagram Live: Free Digital Cooking Classes For Kids
Weekdays | 12:00 pm
Delish’s editorial director and her family will teach you some of their favorite family-friendly recipes.

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Weekdays | 12:00 pm
Join the children’s author and illustrator as he teaches how to doodle some of his famous characters.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Music and Movement Virtual Events

Livestream Recess with Playworks
Weekdays | 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm
Get sweaty with fun exercises at the Playworks’s Facebook Live.

Energeewhizz Kids Fitness Live-Stream Workouts
Daily | 1:00 pm
Themed at-home workouts for kids will get your whole family moving.

Instagram Live with Tiler Peck
Weekdays | 12:00 pm
Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet, Tiler Peck covers a wide range of dance skills.

Free Virtual Family Yoga Classes
Mondays at 5:00 pm, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, and Saturdays at 11:00 am
Kindness Kids Yoga will be offering free virtual family-friendly events.

Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians Facebook Live
Mondays at 10:15 and 11:15 am
Kidlist LOVES Ms. Clara. Grab your noisemakers and join the fun!

Virtual Class with Mr. Dave
Wednesdays – Fridays at 10:15 am and 4:00 pm, Saturdays at 10:15 and 11:15 am
Shake and move with one of Chicago’s favorite children’s performers.

Bubbles Academy’s Virtual Classes
Various days and times
No need to miss out on the amazing classes offered at Bubbles Academy. Sign up for classes based on age and topic.

Tunes With Tim
Weekdays 10:00 – 10:30 am and 11:00 – 11:30 am
Dance, sing, and play along as Tim entertains audiences of all ages with all kinds of music, from nursery rhymes to Beatles tunes. $10.

Did we miss an event that your family has loved watching? Drop us a comment below or send an email to Annie at annie@mykidlist.com

Looking for other online resources during this time? Check out these at-home activity videos from local businesses. Need a break from screen time? Talk to your children about a way to spread kindness during this uncertain time and check out our at-home bucket list.

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 6.5, 5, and 1.5). A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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