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.

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.

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.

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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.

Virtual Fire Station Tour
March 23, 2020 | 10:00 am
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a fire station. You’ll even see inside the fire trucks.

Kindness 101
March 23 – 26, 2020 | 1:00 pm
Join Steve Hartman as he teaches children about kindness in their community.

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Little Munchkins Museum Class (Virtual)
March 25, 2020 | 9:30 am
The Kenosha Public Museum is live streaming their Little Munchkins Museum class on their Facebook page.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Online Show: Mary Macaroni Music & Magic
March 31, 2020 | 5:00pm
Music, magic, dancing, and singing with this Chicago entertainer.

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

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, 4, and 1). 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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