Welcome to our updated Boston Homes Virtual Neighborhood. Since we are now in a virtual world during these days when we need to stay at home, we have selected interesting virtual events and activities from many different places.
Since we are now in a virtual world during these days when we need to stay at home, we have selected interesting virtual events and activities from many different places.
This week's categories to choose from include:
• Civil Rights
• Events from Aug. 1 through Aug. 8 (One Day Only)
• Short Term Events
• Fundraisers for Non-Profits (Date Related)
• Family Events (Ongoing)
• Body, Mind and Spirit – Well-being Events (Ongoing)
• Aquariums, Farms, Zoos, Sanctuaries (All Things Animals – Some with Live Cams)
• Museums, Galleries and Other Educational Venues
• Family Activities (Anytime Fun)
• Positivity Moments and Opportunities
• Performing Arts (Theater and Music Anytime)
• Other Interests (Events and Activities)
Note 1: More events can be found in Boston Homes' neighborhood notes. Check linkbostonhomes.com.
Note 2: Isolation is hard. You are not alone. Please visit the Health Related Section on the Kindness Page for a listing of programs that offer mental health, emotional support, violence and suicide prevention via phone, text and social media platforms. Many of these resources are available 24/7/365.
• CIVIL RIGHTS
At this time when thousands of people across this country and other countries have come together in protest every day since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25, it is worth remembering that the struggle for Civil Rights has been going on for a long time.
Here are some short videos worth watching from the Civil Rights movements from the 1950s and ’60s:
A campaign to register African American voters was launched during the Civil Rights Movement at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham by Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy and Fred Shutterworth. This video is about the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 15, 1963. That bombing resulted in the murder of four children and injuries to many other people.
“Birmingham Sunday” is a haunting song beautifully written and sung by Richard Fariña. It was recorded in the summer of 1965. The four girls who were murdered were getting ready for a church school lesson that morning called, “The Love That Forgives.” According to the notes with this song, the bombing was “a watershed moment for the Civil Rights movement at the time. The video has a still of the Ku Klux Klan member who allegedly planted the bomb. In October 1963, he was charged with possessing a box of 122 sticks of dynamite without a permit, for which he received a hundred-dollar fine and a six-month jail sentence. It took until 1977 for Robert Chambliss to be indicted for first-degree murder. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison where he died eight years later.
This song was recorded solo for the Singer Songwriter Project album. It demonstrates Fariña's growing talent and hints at the greatness he might have achieved but for his untimely death in 1966.”
One of the most important events happened in Alabama in 1965. There were three protest marches from Selma to Montgomery that year. These marches were to demonstrate the wish of Blacks to exercise their right to vote in defiance of segregationist repression. The marchers were to travel 54 miles as part of a wider voters’ right movement. Alabama State Troopers brutally attacked the unarmed, peaceful Civil Rights demonstrators on a bridge outside Selma on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. TV coverage put on display the horrible beating the marchers received from the police. The marchers went from Selma to Montgomery on March 21-25, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
Later that year, the Voting Rights Act passed Congress and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. In 2013, the Supreme Court weakened the law, opening the door for the return of voter suppression in a growing number of states today.
- This video shows the march to Selma, set to “Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” – performed by The Roots. It is a very powerful video.
CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE 1960s
- Here is another version of “Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” showing video from the Civil Rights movement overall. This is also a excellent look back at the events of that era.
- This is a very moving version of “Oh Freedom!” by The Golden Gospel Singers. It’s made more powerful with the backdrop of the historic photos.
- Here is another view of the Civil Rights movement set to “Freedom Highway,” sung by The Staple Singers in 1965. Included is Rosa Parks, who on Dec. 1, 1955 refused to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her courage inspired many people to stand up for equal rights. She is considered to be "The First Lady of Civil Rights" and "The Mother of the Freedom Movement."
JOAN BAEZ AND BOB DYLAN
Joan Baez was one of the singers to perform at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. She sang "We Shall Overcome." The most remembered part of that protest gathering – one of the biggest in US history - was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream” speech.
Also there that day was Bob Dylan. Here is a 1964 video of him singing “The Times They Are a Changin’.” The song is just as meaningful today as it was in the 1960s.
REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. The crowd of 250,000 people who traveled from across the country to attend this rally was much larger than anyone expected. This version, highlighting the second half of the speech, is mixed with music composed by Ben Rothbard.
- Here is a portion of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “We Shall Overcome” speech, given at the Temple Israel of Hollywood in 1965. His words are just as relevant today as they were back then.
- This is MLK’s final speech, given on April 3, 1968 in Memphis. As with many of his other speeches, this one is just as important and relevant today as it was in the 1960s. Dr. King was assassinated the next day.
STONEWALL NATIONAL MONUMENT (NYC)
“… there was no out, there was just in.” Before the 1960s, almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, led by Black and Brown transgender women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, as well as other queer people of color including Stormé Delarverie, is a milestone in the quest for LGBTQ+ civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Now a National Monument, people can visit the Stonewall Inn online at the colorful Stonewall Forever virtual monument, where visitors can manipulate a crystalized rainbow to discover nuggets of history and add their own voices to the conversation.
While visiting Stonewall Forever virtually, be sure to stream the documentary of the same name, which is most appropriate for teens and up.
Visit the websites for more information, including resources.
- “Unity does not mean sameness. It means oneness of purpose.” Priscilla Shirer, Author
• EVENTS FROM AUG. 1 THROUGH AUG. 8 (One Day Only)
Friends Book Sale to Benefit the BPL
The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.
Most books are $1 to $2 and they have something for everyone - mystery, romance, biography, history, art, science, cooking and a ton of books for kids. If you're more musically inclined, they have sheet music, records and CDs. Are you a movie buff? They've got DVDs, too.
Too many books? Bring donations to the sale. Or, if it's one bag of books, drop them at the circulation desk anytime – just make sure they're labeled "City-Wide Friends." If you have a larger donation, phone 617-859-2341 and they'll make an appointment for drop-off.
All proceeds from these sales are used to purchase equipment and sponsor programs for the BPL.
For more information on the Friends or to make sure you never miss a sale, follow them on Facebook (Facebook.com/citywidefriends) or Twitter (@cwfbpl) or check out their website at citywidefriendsbpl.org.
Catherine Lacey ‘Pew’
Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Whiting Award–winning writer Catherine Lacey – author of the acclaimed novels Nobody is Ever Missing and The Answers – for a discussion of her latest novel, Pew at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.
About Pew: In a small, unnamed town in the American South, a church congregation arrives for a service and finds a figure asleep on a pew. The person is genderless and racially ambiguous and refuses to speak. One family takes in the strange visitor and nicknames them Pew.
As the town spends the week preparing for a mysterious Forgiveness Festival, Pew is shuttled from one household to the next. The earnest and seemingly well-meaning townspeople see conflicting identities in Pew, and many confess their fears and secrets to them in one-sided conversations. Pew listens and observes while experiencing brief flashes of past lives or clues about their origin. As days pass, the void around Pew’s presence begins to unnerve the community, whose generosity erodes into menace and suspicion. Yet by the time Pew’s story reaches a shattering and unsettling climax at the Forgiveness Festival, the secret of who they really are – a devil or an angel or something else entirely – is dwarfed by even larger truths.
Pew, Catherine Lacey’s third novel, is a foreboding, provocative, and amorphous fable about the world today: its contradictions, its flimsy morality, and the limits of judging others based on their appearance. With precision and restraint, one of our most beloved and boundary-pushing writers holds up a mirror to her characters’ true selves, revealing something about forgiveness, perception, and the faulty tools society uses to categorize human complexity.
While payment is not required, a $3 contribution is suggested to support this author series, their staff, and the future of Harvard Book Store – a locally owned, independently run Cambridge institution. In addition, by purchasing a copy of Pew on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.
Visit harvard.com for the registration link to Zoom.
Free Musical Baseball Show on Zoom
Local singer-songwriter Howie Newman will be performing a unique, interactive and highly entertaining program, singing baseball songs, offering up baseball trivia and telling stories about his days as a sportswriter on the Red Sox beat. This free virtual show is open to all from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
A sportswriter for 18 years, Howie covered baseball for the Patriot Ledger, Lowell Sun, Boston Globe and Lynn Item as well as several other newspapers and magazines. This program is sponsored by the West Springfield Public Library.
Visit www.howienewman.com/baseball-show for more information, including required registration to receive the Zoom link.
Concert/Conversation with Ezra Furman
Join singer, songwriter, bandleader and guitarist Ezra Furman for an evening of music and conversation for LGBTQ Jewish teens (grades 8-12) from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 presented by Keshnet.
Visit jewishboston.com for Zoom registration.
‘Sexual Citizens’: Helping Teens Make Mindful Choices
Sex, flirting and romance are of central importance to tee3ns – and even in this time of social distancing, teens still need their parents’ guidance to navigate this important aspect of their lives.
Join Moving Traditions’ CEO Deborah Meyer along with Moving Traditions staff and Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 as they speak with Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Kahn, coauthors of the landmark study, Sexual Citizens, who will share their research h findings and discuss implications for teens and their parents.
This webinar is geared toward parents of 7th to 12th graders – and clergy and Jewish educators are welcome.
Visit jewishboston.com for more information, including registration.
Bake a Difference with Challah for Hunger old
Take your baking to the next level! Learn how to braid the perfect loaf and how challah can be a vehicle for change from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Challah for Hunger builds communities inspired and equipped to take action against hunger. They have 100 chapters on college campuses and community centers across the country that bake and sell challah to raise funds for local and national anti-hunger organizations. 1 in 3 college students experiences food insecurity, and through their national initiative, the Campus Hunger Project, their volunteers educate their communities about the issue and advocate for change. This summer they’re launching the FUELHigherEd Campaign to advocate for state and federal policies to support food insecure college students, ensuring that no one has to choose between food and their education. You can join them at campushunger.org.
Visit jewishboston.com and/or https://hillel.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd--qrjsjEtCHXljsfsCw6P9SWRPfkp2E for more information and Zoom registration.
Nature On Tap: A Mighty Wind-Offshore Wind and Birds
Join Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology, for an online discussion of offshore wind development and birds from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.
Federal and state agencies are expanding offshore wind development in New England and south along the east coast. While increasing wind power in New England will be an important part of a carbon-reduction plan, wind turbines – particularly turbines placed offshore – will have unknown impacts on birds and other wildlife. In this presentation Joan Walsh will describe the current planned offshore wind projects for Massachusetts and how Mass Audubon is working with partners to protect birds while supporting a greener energy future.
Sponsored by Conservation Science in Lincoln, this virtual online event will be held via Microsoft Teams.
Visit www.massaudubon.org for more information, including required registration. Members: $12.00; Nonmembers: $15.00
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Time to Slow Down
The tortoise and the hare aren’t the only ones who can’t agree on whether slow or fast is best. In this musical Shabbat puppet show, alternating between songs and stories, you’ll meet that famously plodding turtle and his accelerated rabbit competitor, as well as several other puppet duos with conflicts around optimum speed!
Join puppeteer Anna Sobel for this fun and funny special Shabbat puppet show from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 presented by the Lappin Foundation.
Click “Join” to access the Zoom link (meeting ID: 837 9632 4606; password: 373702).
Visit www.jewishboston.com/events/time-to-slow-down for more information.
The Future We Dare to Create: Rally with Angela Davis
The ACLU of Massachusetts is hosting an online rally to help raise funds for the ACLU’s critical work nationwide.
Join them at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 and hear a keynote address from iconic civil rights leader, Angela Davis and a special appearance from the co-founder of Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova.
For 100 years, the ACLU has been the nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
A ticket purchase will directly help fuel the ACLU’s work fighting for immigrants' rights, racial justice, voting rights, LGBTQ equality, reproductive freedom, criminal law reform, freedom of expression and freedom from surveillance.
Visit https://www.aclum.org/en/daretocreate for more information, including registration, tickets and sponsorships.
• SHORT TERM EVENTS
‘a kids play about racism’
The performance of “a kids play about racism” will stream free at noon on Saturday, Aug, 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2 on Broadway On Demand.
This performance explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it.
Boston’s Wheelock Family Theatre and the Gottabees join a groundbreaking collaboration of 37 Theaters for Young Audiences from across the United States to present this world premiere, online theatrical experience to children and families in communities across the country.
The play is based on the book, a kids book about racism by Jelani Memory; Adapted and Directed by Kahlia Davis; Lyrics by Davied Morales; Music by Justin Ellington.
For more information about or to read the book, visit akidsbookabout.com.
Visit akidsplayabout.org for more information about the play and the meet the team.
Campfire on Tour
Jewish Music is one of the major contributions of the Reform Movement. Many of today’s composers have come from the Summer Camps of the Union for Reform Judaism and NFTY, its Youth Movement.
Every summer, and throughout the year, these individuals have brought their unique brand of excitement to camps and congregations throughout North America and the world, performing and building community in their wake.
Tune into Facebook.com/urjorg from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 23 for a series of virtual concerts starring some of the biggest singer/songwriters in our Jewish world.
Aug. 2 Josh Nelson
Aug. 9: Noam Katz
Aug. 16: Julie Silver
Aug. 23: Rick Recht
The concerts are free; however, donations can be made to donate.reformjudaism.org/campfire to support URJ Camps and NFTY.
The Gottabees has created a new live virtual experience called ScreenPlay.
Each ScreenPLAY episode is 30 minutes of non-stop interactive fun, where your whole family becomes part of the story. They'll explore movement, puppetry, theater, and the irresistible power of being ridiculous.
So, gather the family, clear some space at home for safely moving around, jump into your ZOOM square, and get ready for imagined adventures at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Fridays.
July 29-Aug 1: What We Found in the Forest
Aug 12-15: Race Through the Snow
Aug 26-29: Look Up: a Hot-Air Balloon Adventure
Visit www.bonnie-duncan.com for more information and registration ($15 household; $10 Members; $3 EBT/WIC/Connector Care cardholders). *ScreenPLAY is best experienced on a laptop.
Urban Gardening Intensive
Grow your green thumb! Join Trustees Boston Community Gardens staff and a small group of beginning gardeners for a weekly crash course in veggie gardening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 3. They’ll convene via Zoom and cover the fundamentals of growing a healthy organic garden:
Soil – building & maintaining soil health
Seeding & Planting – timing, spacing, choosing varieties
Maintenance – weeding, trellising, fertilizing
Pests & Diseases – identifying & managing common problems
Harvesting & Preserving – pickles, pesto & more
All proceeds support Boston community gardening. Registration is a one-time purchase that includes the entire series. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale.
Visit thetrustees.org for more information, including registration.
One World (online)
It’s time for the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s 15th annual One World program – a series of free art and cultural events targeted for children, ages 4 to12.
This exciting online program series happens weekly over six Tuesday mornings. Together we’ll learn about a different corner of the globe, with cultural activities from Italy, Mali, Peru, Lebanon, Haiti, and Wampanoag Nation. Events include live performances, sing-alongs, arts and crafts, and storytimes.
Daily Introduction: “Big Blue Earth” Sing-along
une in at 10 a.m. each Tuesday and help open the day’s program by participating in an interactive sing-along. We’ll sing the children’s song “Big Blue Earth,” which is usually featured in the Mapparium exhibit. In fact, “Big Blue Earth” originally inspired One World – the name comes from this line in the song: “I see you, you see me, all one world, one family.” This song teaches us about peace and how to care for our global family.
Aug. 4: HAITI
10:10 a.m.: Haitian-inspired arts and crafts
10:45 a.m.: Haitian traditional and modern dances, by Jean Appolon Expressions
11:30 a.m.: Haitian folk stories, presented by Sadada Jackson
Aug. 11: WAMPANOAG NATION
10:10 a.m.: Art activities, in collaboration with guest wampum artist and educator Elizabeth Perry
10:45 a.m.: Social dances and songs, by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers
11:30 a.m.: Storytime: When the Shadbush Blooms, by Carla Messinger and Susan Katz, presented by Leah Hopkins
Visit marybakereddylibrary.org and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com for more information, including registration and the Zoom link.
Come experience a Sci-Tech East multi-sensory Havdalah from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 8.
These Havdalah services will be hosted on Zoom and will include personal weekly reflections, traditional summer Havdalah tunes and dedicated faculty and surprise guests. For each Havdalah service, they will be focusing on the science and meaning behind each of our five senses.
Following the order of the Havdalah senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and sound, they will explore a new sense and explore all the bodily tools we use to discover the world,
This event is open to everyone, regardless of where you were planning to spend your summer or if you’re involved in any other Virtual Academy events.
Visit www.jewishboston.com for more information.
Santa Monica College: ‘Planetarium Now’
Santa Monica College will offer free virtual planetarium shows at 7 p.m. (PDT)/10 p.m. (EDT) on Fridays through Aug. 21 live via Zoom.
The Virtual Night Sky Show last roughly 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where guests can type questions into a chat box.
There is a brief intermission then the Feature Program, which covers topics such as the Perseid Meteor Shower and Human Spaceflight will begin at 8 p.m. (PDT)/11 p.m. (EDT).
Go to http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Planetarium.aspx for more information, including a list of weekly programs; the Zoom access link will appear each week under the "Planetarium Now" heading each Thursday prior to the event.
Virtual Stories at the Statue
Stories at the Statue celebrates its 64th year this summer, continuing a beloved legacy of sharing fairy and folk tales and music in NYC's Central Park – and this year, it's online.
The stories are appropriate for children six years and up and fun for adults as well. All the stories presented by the Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center will be live online at 11 a.m. on Saturdays as follows:
Aug. 1: Ugly Duckling and The Red Shoes with Regi Carpenter and Angela Lloyd
Aug. 8: There is a Difference and The Little Mermaid with Ed Stivender and Sally Pomme Clayton
Aug. 15: Everything in its Right Place and Hans Clodhopper with Linda Humes, Ellen Shapiro, and Sanga of the Valley (Drummer)
Aug. 22: The Monster of the Sea, The Butterfly and The Flax with Mia Shelton, Katie Green, and Laura Simms
Aug. 29: The Girl Who Stepped on Bread, The Angel and The Silver Shilling with Laura Simms, Milbre Burch, and Heather Forest (with guitar)
Sept. 5: Children’s Prattle and The Little Fir Tree with Robin Bady and Valentina Ortiz
Sept. 12: The Shadow, The Tinderbox and Recorded Andersen Story with Therese Folkes Plair, Rita Auerbach, and Diane Wolkstein
Sept. 19: Thumbelina and The Snow Queen with Usha Ventrakaman and Jonathan Kruk
Sept. 26: The Ugly Duckling’s Birthday Party! with Laura Simms, Peninnah Schram, Rolf Stang, and Simon Brooks
Beauty abounds in stories – serve cookies and milk!
These stories can be enjoyed at https://facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter.
Visit http://www.hcastorycenter.org for more information.
GRCB Virtual Summer
Check out the virtual ways Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) is continuing to connect and build a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence and collaboration this summer through Aug. 20.
Rock, Learn and Create from Home Series will continue on GRCB’s YouTube Channel – Rock at home with their incredible volunteers – this is a great way to access instrument lessons and creative workshops anytime.
Stand Up, Speak Up, Make Noise! Workshop Series: GRCB will be hosting live, interactive workshops with topics that include Music Creation, Social Justice and Visual Expression.
Workshops are open to girls, women, and youth and adults with marginalized gender identities, ages 8-108! Youth – Free; Adults Sliding Scale $10-$35.
Aug. 5: What Does it Man to Be Anti-Racist with Liza Talusan
Aug. 19: Immersive DAW and Electronic Music Production with Brianna Bobbitt
Visit https://girlsrockboston.org for more information.
JArts Live – is a new series of virtual cultural experiences – with art at noon on Mondays, music at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and food at 4 p.m. on Fridays. Meet some of Boston area talents, telling their Jewish story through art via Zoom.
Aug. 4: Singer and Ladino song writer Sarah Aroseste on JLive Music
Sept. 7: Community artist, arts educator and frequent JArts collaborator Tova Speter on JLive Art
Visit jartsboston.org for more information and registration.
Betsy’s Savory Herbal Kitchen
Spending more time cooking from home or enjoying your gardening? Join beloved gardener, herb grower and cook, Betsy Williams and the Stevens-Coolidge Place (North Andover) to learn the secret to growing, using and preserving savory herbs to enhance your daily meals.
During this new online offering from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Williams will explore the following topics in a 45-minute presentation followed by a Q&A moderated by Trustees staff via Zoom:
Aug. 5: Freezing, Drying & Blending (teas, seasoning mixes)
Aug. 12: Mustards
Visit (http://www.thetrustees.org for required registration (Members - $4; Non-Members - $8; All six classes - $20; $40) and more details.
Summer Story S.P.L.A.S.H.!
Join the Wheelock Family Theatre as they Sing, Play, Learn, Act, and Share at Home! The WFT’s Summer Story S.P.L.A.S.H.! will be held at 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 31 via Facebook.
Each week, WFT will host three activates centered around a different theme. Every Monday, WFT will announce the challenge of the week. Every Wednesday, WFT will lead you through a DIY theatrical design challenge. WFT will end every week with a Community Share on Friday.
Monday: Write It!
Every Monday, tune into the Wheelock Family Theatre’s Facebook page to receive a weekly story challenge. Story Challenges vary from week to week, with different prompts to spark creativity. Turn your story into a scene! Kids can create on their own or get their whole family in on the action. Challenge yourself to tell the whole story in a scene lasting 5 minutes or less.
Wednesday: Make it!
Every Wednesday, WFT will continue the fun by sharing a hands-on prop/costume/scenery project to help bring the story to life.
Friday: Share it!
Calling all at home artists ages 4 and up! We are looking to shine our spotlight on you! Each Friday, a handful of WFT community members will be selected to join them live on WFT’s social media to share their talents. They are looking for singers, dancers, actors, visual artists, magicians, clowns, puppeteers, poets, co-hosts and everyone in between to submit their “act” to be showcased and celebrated. Acts should be no more than 5-minutes long. To learn more about how to submit, please click here.
Everyone is invited to join in as an audience member as they celebrate their community members.
Visit https://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/summer-story-splash for more information, including the links to perform, to co-host, and to watch the show.
Free Bluebikes Passes for Essential Workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including Pass Applications.
Kids Bowl Free
Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
Registered kids (ages 2 to 18) can enjoy two free games of bowling each day at participating bowling centers during the summer as part of the nationwide KBF Program. More than 21 million kids have participated.
Boston Bowl at 820 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays following social distancing guidelines. There are 16 other participating bowling centers located across Massachusetts.
Visit https://www.kidsbowlfree.com and/or bostonbowl.com for more information and registration.
‘Inspired by Nature’: Five Printmakers at the Arnold Arboretum
For five printmakers, sketching trips to the Arnold Arboretum solidified what they already had in common—the many ways that nature and plant life informs their art. Although their media covers a wide range of print techniques, and each artist has a unique approach to their art, all are attracted to the natural world, often trees. The digital exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Aug. 9 at http://arboretum.harvard.edu/events.
Join Arlene Bandes, Lynda Goldberg, Mary Beth Maisel, Amy McGregor-Radin, and Gayle Smalley as they take you on their journey into nature with this virtual art exhibition of their prints. Each of them embodies a unique way of observation, a new exploration of printmaking techniques, honed and owned in personal styles that complement the very nature that they witness and admire. Read this story to learn how this show was affected by, and was adapted to COVID-19.
All rights of the images reside with the artists. For more information on making a copy, reusing an image, or purchasing prints, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on the work itself, or to inquire about purchasing artwork, also send your request, with the artist’s name, to email@example.com You will be put in touch with the artist.
SMILE Mass Fun
Join SMILE Mass for multiple online activities for kids, teens and adults to enjoy. The varied schedule changes weekly. A flat fee ($5 to $25) will get you all the activities for the week
Small Miracles in Life Exist (SMILE Mass) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families raising children or adults with disabilities enjoy happy, health memories through vacation and recreation experiences. The suggested donation continues their mission to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
Visit www.smilemass.org for more information, including the weekly schedule and links to join.
Digital Marketing Made Simple
The Digital Marketing Made Simple (Done for You Marketing) online webinar by David Rainey will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. any evening through Aug. 22.
If you want digital marketing to be affordable and simplified, register for a demo. They have a demo scheduled to come to your inbox immediately.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information, including registration.
Virtual Summer Drawing Challenge
Join a community of people – young and old, students and families, educators and others – who are coming together online through Tuesday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day) with Schools for Children’s Summer Drawing Challenge.
Sign up for free and get a new drawing prompt daily or find the drawing prompts on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Draw as often/little as you like, and gain new skills. They will randomly award prizes to participants for those who have signed up to be entered.
For more information visit bit.ly/SFCDrawingChallenge or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit schoolsforchildreninc.org to learn more about this organization.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
Summer Camp in Your Backyard
SummerCamp2u is a unique, at-home program that brings the amazing experience of camp into your backyard or nearby park while practicing social distancing.
They connect you to their coaches and specialists who share their expertise. Through their unique programs, they not only teach skills and drills, they boost your kids' confidence and allow them to thrive.
They offer Sports, Art, or Enrichment activities mixed with traditional camp games. They welcome groups of 4 to 8 kids, ages 5 through 11. They serve Eastern MA, Southern NH and Southern Maine. Weekly sessions run through Aug. 7.
Learn more and register at their website: www.summercamp2u.com
Free Happy Birthday Videoconferencing Singing Telegrams
Boston's five-star children's entertainer and musical ventriloquist Kevin Driscoll will entertain children, ages 2 to 102 – the young and young at heart.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Driscoll Productions is currently offering free Happy Birthday videoconferencing Singing Telegrams to any New England resident having a birthday. If you know anyone in a nursing home/assisted living facility or children now at home with a parent or guardian, please spread the word.
A parent or adult caregiver is requested to call/text/facetime Kevin any time at 617-901-6232 to schedule your date and time.
Visit www.driscollproductions.com for more information.
Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting Short Term
The Boston Climate Action Network is working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston.
The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. They gather from 6 to 8 p.m. twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday through Dec. 10.
Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help them build support for green buildings in Boston and plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.
Curious to learn more about Community Choice Energy? Check out their video on YouTube.
While the meeting begins at 6 p.m., the Zoom room will be open at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to swing by early to get a feel for the tech or just to say hi to your BCAN buddies.
Join by online video or by phone: 312-626-6799. At the prompt for a Meeting ID, enter 657 895 958.
Contact the organizer at email@example.com with any questions.
Register at www.communitychoiceboston.org or go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-climate-action-network-action-team-meeting-tickets-90456199929
Doctors Without Borders online discussion series
Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as they re-launch their online discussion series Let’s talk COVID-19 at 1 p.m. on select Thursdays through Sept. 3. Events will run approximately 45 minutes. Guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
You’ll learn how they’re responding to the global pandemic while maintaining essential medical services in more than 70 countries, from Brazil to Belgium to Syria to South Africa.
Starting May 28 and continuing every other Thursday this summer, MSF-USA executive director Avril Benoît will talk with MSF aid workers and experts in the fields of medicine, research, and logistics who will answer your questions about the humanitarian impacts of COVID-19.
With global demand for personal protective equipment and supplies skyrocketing, how is MSF managing the already difficult task of obtaining the massive quantities necessary to protect the staff and patients? How are they safeguarding their previously existing medical programs, like vaccination campaigns and care for people living with HIV or tuberculosis? And what can be done to ensure that any new treatments or vaccines for COVID-19 be widely accessible and affordable – especially in low-income countries? These are just some of the topics they may explore in this eight-part discussion series.
Your registration gives you access to all events in this free discussion series. Once you register, you'll receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link/phone number to attend online, and email reminders before each event. (The link and phone number will be the same for all events).
Click here to view past events in their Let's talk COVID-19 series.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-covid-19-msf-responds-to-a-pandemic-registration-105991958802 for more information and registration.
• FUNDRAISERS FOR NON-PROFITS (Date Related)
Pan-Mass 2020 Reimagined
Be a part of Pan-Mass 2020 Reimagined. 100 percent of the money raised supports cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The Virtual Rider program is a unique way for those unable to participate in the August event to join the PMC community. Whether you intend to ride part of the PMC route another weekend or never plan to get on a bike this year, PMC Virtual Riders are just as dedicated to funding cancer research and treatment. There is no fundraising minimum for PMC Virtual Riders. Virtual riders who raise a minimum of $1,000 will receive an official MPC 2020 jersey or piece of PMC merchandise in exchange for their fundraising efforts.
The opening ceremony on WBZ will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31. The PMC 2020 weekend will be held from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Visit www.pmc.org for more information, including links to “Go Virtual” or make a donation.
‘Run the Trails for the Whales’ Virtual 5K Fun-Raiser
"Run the Trails for Whales," the Center for Coastal Studies' annual 5K through the beautiful Cape Cod National Seashore, will be held virtually from July 26 through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. All proceeds support the Center's wide-reaching education programs, which teach kids and adults how they can protect and preserve our coasts and oceans.
Register to run or walk ($30). You will receive an e-mailed confirmation number to upload your self-timed or app-timed race results. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win an ultimate adoption package that includes a virtual behind-the-scenes tour and the ability to name a sea turtle patient!
Fundraising is recommended but not required. Every dollar raised goes to help marine wildlife, advance science, and teach about ocean conservation!
Run or walk 5K anywhere – your neighborhood, the beach, a local trail, Seashore bike trail, your treadmill – with family and friends – maintaining appropriate social distancing guidelines anytime through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. Feel free to bring along your favorite non-human running partner!
During your run or walk, if you would like to time yourself, you can do so using the ASICS Runkeeper app or your favorite timing app. Check back on the results page to compare your times with others. Then, wait for your t-shirt to arrive in the mail. If you like, share photos of your run on our Facebook page, @Coastalstudies.org
Step Beyond Celiac Virtual 5K
Beyond Celiac is taking its entire 2020 Step Beyond Celiac 5K series to the virtual streets with a multi-city tour for individuals and teams across the country. In Boston, the virtual event takes place from Aug. 9 through Aug. 16. All participants are encouraged to raise funds by running or walking 3.1 miles wherever they are in support of research efforts for treatments and a cure for celiac disease.
Want to run, walk, bike or boogie 3.1 miles as part of your regular morning workout? Cool! Take a midday break from your computer screen? Do it! Prefer an after-dinner walk? Go on and get it! You can even take it indoors on a treadmill! Stay safe – “Step” virtual.
Registration is $30 and is open until Aug. 16. Learn more and register at
The mission of Beyond Celiac is to advance research to find treatment options and ultimately a cure for celiac disease, a serious genetic autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1 in 133 Americans. Beyond Celiac envisions a world in which people with celiac disease can live healthy lives and eat without fear – a world Beyond Celiac.
Visit www.BeyondCeliac.org to learn more.
'Our Harbor, Our Home’
Boston Harbor Now presents “Our Harbor, Our Home: A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. This unique virtual experience will treat guests to an exciting program highlighting the work of Boston Harbor Now.
Sponsors will enjoy a gourmet meal delivered to their home the day of the event along with a curated gift bag. Kick off the evening in their VIP cocktail reception with opportunities for networking and connection; then head to their virtual program complete with inspiring stories about their work, a special tribute to The Nolan Family (Boston Harbor Cruises), and a lively musical performance from Veronica Robles and her All Female Mariachi Band!
Sponsors and ticket buyers enjoy a delicious meal delivered* to your home the day of the event by their friends at Max’s catering.
- Orange Ginger Turmeric Marinated Sea Bass, Green Olive Lemon Salsa
- Pink Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Parsley
- Roasted Cabbage Steak, Crispy Chickpeas, Toasted Garlic Sauce
Each meal includes the following:
- Burrata & Arugula Salad
- Iggy’s Dinner Rolls
- Grilled Fingerling Potatoes and Shaved Cauliflower with Fennel and Roasted Beets
- Red Velvet Cake Pops
Funds raised through “Our Harbor, Our Home” allow Boston Harbor Now to offer free and low cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change and support Boston’s working port.
* Meal delivery is for Greater Boston area residents. Other residents should contact Meredith Lynch, Manager of Special Events, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-223-5401 for alternative information.
For tickets: Purchase Sponsorships and/or Purchase Single Tickets
Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information.
New England Congenital Heart Walk
The Children's Heart Foundation's virtual New England Congenital Heart Walk 2020 will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 29. Pre- and post-events will begin at 9 a.m.
This Congenital Heart Walk includes family-friendly activities, games, music, refreshments, community, peace and remembrance, research remarks, acknowledgements and the Walk.
Money raised will go to CHD research funding.
Visit www.childrensheartfoundation.org for more information, including registration and donation links.
30th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids (virtual)
The Rodman Ride for Kids will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. Rodman for Kids is dedicated to support the 40 youth-based Massachusetts social service organizations that work to give children the opportunity to dream and to succeed.
Rodman for Kids is making this year’s ride extra special with tons of incentives and challenges, and no fundraising minimum. Walk, run, ride – or choose your own adventure – you decide.
Visit rodmanforkids.org for more information. The website includes links to great ideas as alternatives to riding, some fun ideas to increase your fundraising, a list of charities to support and the link to register. Register or donate now, the kids need your help more than ever.
Codman Square Health Center COVID-19 Fundraiser - Testing
Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than $35,951 of the $50,000 goal for Codman Square Health Center's Codman Fights COVID-19 Fundraiser so far. The donations will help support their 23,000 patients and protect the staff on the front lines of COVID-19 at Codman.
Donate to their GoFundMe page. Donations are 100 percent tax deductibles.
Codman Square Health Center is offering COVID-19 Testing for all, regardless of symptoms or contact with others. People do not need to be a patient of the health center to be tested. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Friday sand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 617-822-8271 for more information.
Anyone who is looking to donate gloves, masks and cleaning supplies should fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Codman-Covid19-Supplies
The Virtual Great Toilet Paper Chase of 2020
Did you know that National Toilet Paper Day takes place on Aug. 26? One way to honor this day is by participating The Great Toilet Paper Chase of 2020 which will be held anytime through Monday, Aug. 31.
You can walk, run, jog – 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 – outside or on a treadmill with people around the world to help raise funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund through the World Health Organizations to:
• Send essential supplies such as personal protective equipment to frontline health workers;
• Enable all countries to track and detect the disease by boosting laboratory capacity through training and equipment;
• Ensure health workers and communities everywhere have access to the latest science-based information to protect themselves, prevent infection and care for those in need;
• Accelerate efforts to fast-track the discovery and development of lifesaving vaccines, diagnostic and treatment.
When you complete your race, you will receive a medal and/or bib for being a part of a group of people around the world united for a cause and as a way to remember this crazy time in our history.
Visit eventbrite.com for registration ($9-$22) and more information.
Virtual Harbor to the Bay Ride 18
Taking the ride off the 125- or 68-mile roads and into our own living rooms, backyards, and bike trails, Ride 18 will occur as a virtual engagement with new changes this year:
- Everyone is invited and encouraged to engage in accessible activities that challenges themself and promotes health – i.e. several short bike rides, doing 125 jumping jacks, or dancing for 68 minutes.
- Registration fees will be lowered to $18 (adjustments made) to cover your Harbor to the Bay swag, personalized fundraising page, and processing fees.
- Fundraising minimums have been eliminated – fundraise what you can to support the work of their beneficiaries. Incentives for reaching certain fundraising goals will still be offered.
- Ride 18 will take place during the month of September, culminating on the original ride date of Sept. 26 when they will be sharing selfies, stories, and more via social media to keep their community engaged and connected.
Visit Harbortothebay.org to register and/or donate. 100 percent of fundraising goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
Ride for Food, Off the Beaten Path
Bike, spin, walk, run or hike for hunger on your own time and on your own path through Sunday, Oct. 4.
When you register for the virtual Ride for Food – Off the Beaten Path, you’ll be able to join one of the hunger relief organizations or you can “create a team” for you, your friends and family which supports one of the hunger relief organizations in Boston and the Greater Boston area. Every dollar raised by the hunger-relief teams directly supports 350,000 people affected by food insecurity.
Visit ThreeSquaresNE.org for more information and registration.
The 2020 Get Uranus Moving Run/Walk Challenge
Runners, walkers and joggers of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels are invited to join the Moon Joggers group in the Uranus Running and Walking Challenge and Get Uranus Moving in 2020.
It’s a 1.6 billion mile journey to Uranus and all the miles accumulated, not only benefit the individual as you move up the Moon Jogger rankings, but also the group as a whole.
Each year this group chooses a different charity to donate a portion of the registration fees from their virtual races. This year they have chosen Operation Underground Railroad. Their goal is to donate $10,000 to O.U.R. by the end of 2020.
Visit https://www.virtualrunevents.com/2020-uranus-challenge for more information, including registration.
• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)
Matt Heaton Virtual Sing-a-Long
Enjoy a Facebook Live sing-a-long with Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys at 10 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Interactive songs will have kids jumping, dancing and singing together with Matt.
Remember the Tip Jar links and survey form. Check Heaton's website for more information.
Virtual Wacky Wednesdays
Children, ages 2 to 102, are invited to join the free interactive Facebook Live fun and drum along virtually with the Driscoll Drumming Dummies... using anything at home that you hit, shake or scrape to make sound... at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays during the pandemic.
Experience musical terms including tempo, dynamics, crescendo, and more. Parents or older children are encouraged to ask questions online about the Irish Bodhran, Tahitian Toere, Trinidadian mini-steel drum or the many other percussion instruments.
Visit DriscollProductions.com or call/text 617-901-6232 to learn more.
Free Chess Games for Kids
The New England Chess School in Newton is offering free virtual chess games for youth, ages 6 through 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Students will see and hear the teacher, the event moderator, and their friends over live video. In addition, the moderators will be able to review and comment on games live as the game is progressing.
This is a great way to practice and play the game of chess in an interactive virtual classroom. All skill levels welcome.
Visit https://chessne.com/sundaygamesfree for registration and more information.
Deb’s Virtual Art School
Deb will host a Virtual Art School from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays for all ages (3 to 100) at https//www.facebook.com/TheDrawingMind.
She will show you different ways to explore your creativity from your home as you draw, paint, collage, print, and look at art together.
Deborah Putnoi is an artist and educator who believes in the power of drawing to help people relax, connect with the world, and build our brain in new ways. She is the author of The Drawing Mind, and interactive sketchbook.
To learn more visit deborahputnoi.com.
Seventh Inning Stretch
With baseball season on hold, there are no cracks of the bat or late-inning homers, but you can still enjoy the sound of the organ playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor plays 30 minutes of songs on his show he calls the “7th –Inning Stretch” on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. every day. So take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs. He also takes requests.
Although the show and fun is free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.
The Original Paint Nite Party
A variety of Original Paint Nite by Yaymaker virtual family and/or adult paint parties will be held via Zoom.
Grab the kids or not and unleash your inner artist. You’ll all go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own with plenty of laughs along the way. You'll be guided by a talented and entertaining artist who will walk through all the steps so you and your little ones can create your masterpieces.
Visit www.yaymaker.com for registration and other information, including pictures of the featured paintings your perusal enjoyment and selection, the class schedule, the age range of the participants (6+, 13+, 21+) the class is geared towards, the price range of each class ($15 per person and up), and a list of supplies needed for the class.
New England Yachad presents Global Games from 5 to 5:45 pm. on Mondays through Aug. 17.
The group will focus on games from around the world and some from the distant past. These are for sitting and relaxing at a table, making game boards, using die, using playing pieces and other items that are easily found around the house. This event is for ages 30+.
Go to jewishboston.com and/or yachad.org for more information, including the link to join.
Young Families Bedtime Stories with Rabbi Pollison
Join Rabbi Pollison from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for bedtime songs (and maybe a story, too!). Lailah tov – good night, sleep tight!
Visit www.jewishboston.com to register for the Zoom link.
History at Play
Visit @HistoryAtPlay on Facebook Live, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays to meet the influential women of History At Play™, LLC: Deborah Sampson; Suffragist Lucy Stone; WWII heroines, including SOE leader Vera Atkins and SOE operative Virginia Hall; Challenger: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe, exhibiting the achievements of the beloved Teacher In Space; and Hollywood’s Technological Phenom Hedy Lamarr are just a few of the women to meet.
These 30-minute Facebook Live meet-ups are conducted in period attire, based on primary-source research, and offer a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to have your questions answered live by historic women who overcame insurmountable challenges.
Visit www.HistoryAtPlay.com or www.facebook.com/HistoryAtPlay for more information, including the weekly schedule.
The Human Variety Hour Podcast
The Human Variety Hour is a live-recorded podcast based on their peace, love & inclusion-oriented variety stage shows – featuring music, comedy, and love for all our human differences.
The Human Variety Hour Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast locations, broadcasted live from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Listen to the HVH Pod here:
Visit www.humanvarietyhour.com for more details.
Live Virtual Baking Classes for Kids & Teens by Teens
Join Ash (14) and Taran (6), hosts of free weekly virtual baking classes from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 27.
They have lots of fun trivia and other special things during the Zoom sessions. Any kid, teen, or adult can join and have a great time.
Go to https://www.Facebook.com/pg/TreatsByAshleen/events for more information, including an Ingredients List, Supply List and the Zoom Baking Session Link.
You can also register at www.eventbrite.com.
‘The Art of Songwriting: Backstage’
The 2nd Generation Music will host “The Art of Songwriting Backstage” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month through Dec. 4.
Learn from artists who will share their experience in the music industry and help you understand how to develop your own songwriting process.
This program supports artists by coaching them on skills that improve their creativity through songwriting exercises, prompts, and creative writing among other topics.
Visit eventbrite.com for registration and more information.
Family Zoom Game Night
Join on Zoom for a fun interactive virtual game night from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 30. Games include Trivia, Name that Tune, Scavenger Hunt, Family Feud among others. Meeting ID: 744 1628 0307 Password: 3dAURe
Visit www.eventbrite.com for more information.
• BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT – WELL-BEING EVENTS (Ongoing)
Boston Yoga Online
Boston Yoga Online has a list of virtual yoga classes taught by local instructors.
View the Google calendar at bostonyogaonline.com for a daily schedule of classes offered and information on how to join each one.
While many classes are available for free or donation, please be respectful of individual teacher payment policies.
Project31 Virtual Dance Studio
Project31 Dance Company will teach an Adult Beginner Class at 7 p.m. on Mondays Live on Zoom. All adults are welcome to join.
They will be accepting "pay what you can" donations in lieu of class fees.
Go to project31dance.org for more information, including the links to join.
Lululemon free Workout Classes, Meditations, and Mindfulness Practices
Lululemon has a variety of digital workout classes, meditations and mindfulness practices from some of their favorite people to help you stay connected, harness collective energy and maybe even make new friends along the way.
Go on, unleash that natural high. These workouts and practices require little room and no equipment to release energy and stress. Bonus: you might sleep better.
View all free classes at https://shop.lululemon.com/story/community-carries-on.
The Phoenix Virtual and Live Streamed Classes
The Phoenix is a free sober active community that fosters human connections in mental, physical and spiritual fitness to rebuild wounded bodies and spirits and restore hope. The only membership fee is 48 hours of continuous sobriety… And they’re here for you when you’re ready, because together we are stronger…
To help everyone transition through these difficult times, the Phoenix is providing high quality live-streamed and virtual programs via Zoom/The Phoenix – including meditation at 7 a.m., social hour PHX at 8 p.m. and a variety of fitness programs such as yoga, functional movement, and crossfit training from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Access schedules here.
Virtual Summer Fitness Series
The Virtual Boston Fitness Series sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Boston Public Health Commission will be held via Zoom through Oct. 3 as follows:
- Yoga with Malaika at 6 p.m. on Sundays
- Dance Fit with K-Energy Fitness at 5 p.m. on Mondays
- Salsa with Metamovements at 6 p.m. on Mondays
- Strength Training with Body Prime Fitness at noon on Tuesdays
- Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Zumba with Z-Spot at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Chair Yoga with Ivor at 11 a.m. on Thursdays
- HIIT with Ella at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays
- Bootcamp with G-Fit at 8 a.m. on Saturdays
Visit boston.gov/summerfitness for activity description and class registration.
NAMI @home is a Support Group with a Difference. The group opens with a short wellness presentations on topics can help at this challenging time. The topics include telehealth, B.R.E.A.T.H.E., cooking and mindfulness with others added along the way.
After the presentation and a Q&A they'll open up as a facilitated support group.
These groups, free and open to everyone over the age of 18, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month via Zoom.
Register for these groups at www.eventbrite.com. They’ll send you a link to the event shortly before it happens.
POWER FLOW Yoga
POWER FLOW Yoga is held at 11 a.m. on Saturdays via instagram @coachjag.singh or Zoom.
This hour-long presentation conists of meditation, flows that target strength and mobility through the whole body, and plenty of variations to challenge anyone from a workout warrior to an eager beginner.
Visit www.trainresonate.com/freezoomfitness for more details.
Recreation Sundays on Memorial Drive
Memorial Drive (Mem Drive to locals) will be closed to traffic between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge and open to recreation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 8.
Bring your bikes, scooters, inline skates, running shoes, strollers or walking feet to take advantage of the unique access to this normally busy road with lovely views of the Charles River. Fun for all ages, families and visitors.
Jean Appolon Expressions Livestream
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is committed to building caring communities by creating hope and healing through Haitian Folkloric dance.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, JAE will offer a variety of online dance classes led by Jean, with JAE dancers demonstrating at his side, via Zoom and Facebook.
Click the Zoom link to register in advance for:
– AfroCuban Folklore (Yoruba) with Nadia from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Mondays;
– Contemporary with Lonnie from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays
– Kids Creative Dance with Meghan and Jean from 4:30 to 5:30 on Thursdays
– Afro-contemporary with Mcebisi from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays
Visit facebook.com/jeanappolonexpressions to access livestream at start time for:
– Jean’s Power Workout from 7 to 7:20 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
– Jean’s Haitian Folklore from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. on Saturdays
The Patreon in-depth tutorials on Haitian folklore fundamentals are available on demand.
Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information.
NamaStay Connected is an online series created by the people at NamaStaySober in order to keep you feeling connected and supported.
- All levels Yoga Flow with Pete is offered at 9 a.m. on Sundays.
- Community Conversations with Theresa take place at noon on Mondays – these conversations are focused on creating your context and mindset.
- Relaxing Yoga with Jason – a combination of mindful breath, slow movement, and space to just be – is held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- Community Conversations that take place at noon on Wednesdays are focused on mindfulness, inclusivity & recovery. Use this conversation to express how you are feeling and discover positive ways to stay connected to the recovery community online.
- Yin & Moon Salutations with Allison are offered at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. This yoga flow blends Yin Yoga with a slow intentional vinyasa sequence. Moon Salutations are softer and slower to cultivate a sense of calm stability. This practice aims to balance out any hectic uneasy energy and leave you feeling more grounded and at ease in your body and mind.
- Yoga/Meditation with Kristin takes place at noon on Fridays. In these challenging and uncertain times, we learn that our freedom lies not in our ability to change what is going on outside of ourselves but in the manner in which we choose to respond. This class is a chance for participants to connect and practice together and to support each other; to follow the leader… follow your breath.
- The Book Club hosted by Hillary and Martin meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
These classes are free with a suggested donation of $5 per class/$20 a week. 50 percent of all donations will go to the instructor leading the class. They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. After your transaction is processed, you will receive an email confirmation that will serve as a receipt.
Visit https://www.namastaysober.com/news-and-events for more information and registration for the Zoom and Instagram Live links.
The Arc of Bristol County will present Cha-boom for young adults and adults (18+) with disabilities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Sept. 28 and for youth and teens with disabilities from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30.
Cha-boom is chair and regular Zumba combined. You will hear some of your favorite songs and get to dance along with your friends or new-to-be-friends virtually via Zoom.
For more information and registration, visit www.arcnbc.org/get-involved/event-calendar.html/calendar/2020/7 or contact Kelly Ledoux email@example.com 508-226-1445.
Live: 305 At-Home
305 Fitness is offering free classes on their YouTube page at noon every day. Deejays make one-of-a-kind theme mixes so you’ll never do the same workout twice. Dance like no one is watching.
They also have free workshops, daily meditations and community events to stay connected while social distancing.
Check it all out at 305fitness.com.
Got Stress? Free Online Stress Release Hypnosis Session
Join Green Mountain Hypnosis from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27 for an hour of deep relaxation that will recharge your mind and body.
The facilitator will guide you through a hypnotic experience that will dissolve feelings of stress and anxiety and leave you feeling calm, centered, and refreshed. No experience needed, just a desire to feel better.
Visit www.greenmountainhypnosis.com for more information, including Zoom registration.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Join New England Yachad on Zoom at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 13 for a half hour of mindfulness and meditation. This is a great way to pause and take a deep breath in the afternoon and practice relaxation techniques.
Go to jewishboston.com for more information, including the link to join.
2:50 – 10 minutes of daily meditation
Let’s stop and take a deep breath together at 2:50 p.m. every day of the week…
– Because ongoing stress can lower the immune response;
– Because physical distancing can cause feelings of isolation;
– Because the things on your plate can probably wait 10 minutes.
Launched at MIT and now spreading through the greater Boston community, @2:50 has been and continues to convene daily since March 12 for 10 minutes of group silent reflection.
Visit at250.mit.edu for other information, including a link to participate in this ZOOM webinar.
Virtual Recreation Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA)
Join Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays for their Live Fitness Class via Zoom.
Their live classes look different each week (meaning the type of workout). So, be sure to check out their weekly blog to see what the class entails each week. Zoom links can be found on the weekly blogs.
Weekly Recreation Themes have included Sports Safety, Bingo, Fit 5, Good Hygiene, Live Fitness Wednesday, Virtual Summer Games Challenges, Hydration, Nutrition, Strong Minds and more.
To register or for more information visit www.specialolympicsma.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 508-485-0986, ext. 228.
Music and Movement
Move and groove with New England Yachad during Music and Movement from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 18. Led by musician Shira Moss, this weekly program alternates between music and movement content. Music sessions are all together and movement sessions are divided by gender in breakout rooms. Ages 25+ are welcome.
Visit yachad.org for Zoom registration.
Body Weight Burn
Body Weight Burn will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays via Zoom.
Body Weight Burn is 45 minutes of muscle strengthening, sweat-inducing, calorie-burning goodness. There will be a five-minute full body warm up; three circuits targeting the upper body, core and lower body; plenty of variations to challenge anyone from a workout warrior to an eager beginner.
Visit www.trainresonate.com/freezoomfitness for more details, including Zoom log-in link.
‘Get a Helmet’ Guided Meditation
"Get a Helmet" is a quick breath, movement and meditation reset to help get you and your body on the same team.
Free guided meditations can be found on their YouTube page to enjoy at your convenience.
YogaHub Virtual Mat Practice
YogaHub Founder and CEO Ali Singer will present a free virtual yoga practice from 5:15 to 6 15 p.m. on Mondays via Zoom in hopes of inspiring peace and calm during these challenging times.
To join, sign up through their website at www.yogahub.life/lemonade to receive the meeting link.
Live Online Meditation Drop-Ins
The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (Cambridge) is offering free live online meditation drop-ins from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. Each session consists of both meditation and discussion.
There will be a different topic to explore together as a group for each session. The exploration of these topics will help us deepen our practice & relate to daily life challenges in a different way.
No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join.
Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/179935105; Meeting ID: 179 935 105
Visit www.chacmc.org/meditation-dropins for more information.
Julie Kaufmann Dancin' Virtual
Julie Kaufmann, hostess and primary instructor, invites everyone to her virtual Line and Healthy-Step dance classes.
Push back the couch, roll back the rug, move the kitchen table and get ready to dance. To get everyone moving and entertained while everyone also practices “social gathering at a distance,” she’ll be teaching and reviewing some new dances, along with some oldies but goodies.
Sunday Drop-In: 6:15 p.m. - Chat & Zoom help; 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Beginner hour; 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Improver+ hour
Thursday Intermediate Drop-In: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – mostly reviews and dancing – all welcome.
Sliding scale donations are gratefully accepted. If you are income-impacted in any way, please enjoy the dancing free-of-charge and without guilt; otherwise if you can donate there are three options: $5 (all I can afford); $10 (regular price); $20 (a little extra) at www.jkdance.com/donations.
Visit https://jkdance.com for more information.
Remote Individual and Family Grief Support
Talking about such a tremendous loss as a loved one through suicide can be overwhelming for some. Samaritans, Inc. offers support via Zoom video calls or phone calls, in place of their Survivor-to-Survivor Network home visits.
Visit samaritanshope.org for more information.
Virtual Grief Support Group
The Samaritans, Inc. hosts SafePlace Meetings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. For the time being, they are being held via Zoom.
These meetings are open for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss.
Visit samaritanshope.org for more information, including a link to register.
Deep Thoughts Discussion Group
A Deep Thoughts Discussion Group will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, led and moderated by Robert Berend, J.D., Ph.D., who has been offering this group at different locations around the world for many years.
This is an inclusive discussion group open to all people and opinions. Their goal is to meet with a new topic (humor, travel, therapy, what rules do you live by, privacy, etc.) at each gathering, and hold an open discussion for engaging conversation and sharing of ideas.
Visit facebook.com/deepthoughtslex for more information, including a list of weekly topics.
Zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 392-906-8802 Password: BOSTON
(Laptops and Chrome work best)
‘Talk About Real Things’
Lauren Muriello LPC, founder of Well Being Therapy Center, will host “Talk About Real Things” for teens, ages 13 through 17 at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays via Instagram: @talk.about.real.things.
Teens, when you join the live stream, no one will be able to see or hear you; you can submit anonymous questions that their Teen Mentors will answer live.
Read about the program and register at www.talkaboutrealthings.com.
Tame Stress and Eliminate Reactivity
Art Burns will present “How to Tame Stress and Eliminate Reactivity in Less Than Eight Weeks” from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 25.
During this free event, you’ll discover:
– A deep understanding of the stress response in your body and what causes it to happen
– How stress operates and how it impacts our emotions and our thought process and hijacks our day
– Four simple practices you can use immediately to reduce your stress and reactivity
A full Q&A session will be held before the end of the presentation until all questions have been answered to give you the most value possible.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information, including registration and the Zoom link to the Sunday of your choice.
Unity Recovery Groups Online
Unity Recovery + WEconnect + SOS Recovery + Alano Club are offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:
For Individuals – 7 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily
For Family and Loved Ones – 8 p.m. daily
For LGBTQ+ – 11 a.m. on Wednesdays
For Women Only – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Unity Recovery supports all pathways and programs of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders and is open to anyone.
Visit unityrecovery.org for more information, including links to Zoom.
• AQUARIUMS, FARMS, ZOOS, SANCTUARIES (Some with Live Cams)
Atlanta Zoo (Georgia)
The Atlanta Zoo is one of the four zoos in the US currently housing giant pandas.
Watch the pandas live in their enclosures at Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta.
View other animals and listen to the reading of animal tales on the Zoo’s YouTube page.
Visit www.zooatlanta.org for more information.
Bronx/Prospect Park Zoos and New York Aquarium (New York)
The Bronx Zoo – the largest urban zoo in the country featuring 4,000 animals representing more than 650 species – along with the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo is bringing the animals to you via their "Virtual Zoo” page.
Watch live streaming webcams between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a chance to see some favorite creatures up close, including feeding time.
Visit www.bronxzoo.com and/or Facebook and Instagram for more information, including zookeepers talks, kids’ activities, videos, and latest updates.
Buttonwood Zoo (New Bedford)
ZooKeeper Chats are on Facebook Live Learner at 11 a.m. daily. Spend time with their keeper staff and animals, ask questions and learn from home.
You can also find them along with many more videos on their YouTube channel.
Check Facebook, Instagram or Twitter daily for a variety of Nature Connection activities.
Visit www.bpzoo.org for more details.
Canadian Farm Tours
Immerse yourself in 11 Canadian farm and food tours from minks, sheep, pigs and cows to apples, eggs and oats at Farmfood360.ca.
Chengdu Panda Base (China) – Watch Panda Cub And Nanny’s “War”
Watch Panda Meng Lan try to “help” nanny’s cleaning work in Cheng du Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding at https://youtu.be/CpK1lZJmbJY.
Chengdu Panda Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals, is located in Chengdu, Sichuanm, China.
Visit panda.org.cn to learn more.
Christine’s Critters Rescue and Rehabilitation Mission
Christine's Critters rescues and rehabilitates more than 250 birds each year. For the “rescue rehabilitate release” video, along with other videos, go to christinescritters.org.
Every weekday while schools and libraries are closed, Christine will come to you LIVE on Facebook with a different program. You will meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, snakes, lizards, frogs and more. Like her page and you will receive a notification when they go live each day.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Ohio)
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the US.
Join them for a Home Safari Facebook Live at 3 p.m. each weekday where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.
All Home Safari videos will be posted to You Tube channel and cincinnatizoo.org as well.
Farm Sanctuary (Upstate New York)
Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York is a national nonprofit rescue, education and advocacy mission that operates homes for farm animals that have been rescued from cruel and abusive conditions.
Meet George, a tiny piglet who has a big life ahead of him and Rita, a young calf who lost so much yet finds her way home, and others who have interesting rescue and recovery stories.
Tune into the calm of the sheep barn and other animals on live cams.
Check out the Sustainable Future Curriculum geared for middle and high school.
Visit Facebook LIVE for their programming schedule for enjoy animal tales, sanctuary sing-a-longs and puppet shows, art classes and other fun activities.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing thousands of animals and representing several thousand species, all of which reside in10 million US gallons of marine and salt water. It was the largest aquarium in the world until it was surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore.
View live Webcams: UnderSea Voyager Aquarium Webcam; Beluga Whale Cam; California Sea Lion Cam; African Penguin Cam; Jellyfish Cam; Otter Cam; Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef Cam; Pirranha Cam (feedings); Underwater Puffin Cam.
Hey kids: they’re not squiddin you – create an aquarium piece of art and they’ll feature it on their website; looking for something to octopi your time? Color one of their new coloring pages with Dive Deep: A Coloring Collection.
Global Shark Tracker (and other animals, too)
Use the Global Shark Tracker to learn about where great white sharks hang out and why. Can you find Grizz? Fitzy? Fletcher? What about Emily the sea turtle? Are there any sharks near Honduras? Puerto Rico? How about Massachusetts?
People can also track alligator, dolphin, seal, turtle and whale traveling all over the world.
Heal the Bay Aquarium Live
Heal the Bay Aquarium goes live on Facebook at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, offering virtual visits with baby sharks and a look at its new exhibit.
Sea life fans can get a glimpse of the Aquarium's marine animal ambassadors and learn more about wildlife habitats off the coast of Southern California.
Visit healthebay.org for more information regarding the series.
New England Aquarium –Virtual Tours, Videos and Activities
The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.
Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins.
Roger Williams Park Zoo – School Zoo (Rhode Island)
Get a behind-the-scenes look at their animals and explore a fun activity you can do at home on youtube.com at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Visit www.rwpzoo.org for more information.
Unity Farm Sanctuary (Sherborn, MA)
Unity Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 2018. Meet the residents: alpacas and llamas, dogs and donkeys, horses, ponies, and minis, bulls and cows, goats, pigs, and sheep, barnyard critters and wildlife on the live cams.
All are welcome to tune into their daily Facebook Live meet-and-greet with their animal resident. Check their Facebook page for the weekly schedule and special events, including their Animal Tales preschool book reading and their featured Animal-of-the-Week series.
They update all of their social media pages frequently, so be sure to follow them to keep in touch with all of your animals friends at Unity.
Visit www.UnityFarmSanctuary.org for more information, along with links to cams and social media pages.
Zoo New England (Franklin Park & Stone zoos) – #ZooToYou
Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. each day for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.
Create your own animal masks, draw all types of animals with dot-to-dot illustrations, or learn something new like how to make your own compost pile! A full list of activities can be found here: www.zoonewengland.org.
Visit www.facebook.com/stonezoo/videos/2852652514814882 and/or zoonewengland.org for more information.
Learn more about the Franklin Park Zoom by clicking here.
Zoos Victoria Virtual Keeper Talks and Live Cams (Australia)
G'day from the animals Down Under!
Zookeepers from Zoos Victoria – Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo – offer talks about their resident animals, such as elephants, koalas, and baboons, lions, hippos, and gorillas, Wombat, Tasmanian devils, and platypus and the environment they live in.
New talks are posted Monday mornings (which is Sunday afternoon/evening in US time zones).
In addition, the zoos offer live 24/7 webcams of the penguins, zebras, snow leopard cubs, giraffes and lions.
Visit www.zoo.org.au for more information.
• MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL VENUES
Arts & Culture Google
Arts & Culture Google offers online tours and exhibits of hundreds of museums around the world, including several in Boston that are also listed under specific neighborhoods. Links to view ALL, A-Z and Map are included.
American Museum of Natural History (NYC)
The American Museum of Natural History (NYC) is making its previously recorded tours of the museum halls available on Facebook Live every day at 2 p.m. throughout its closure. The virtual tours, which are led by museum guides, take viewers through collections in the museum’s Hall of African Mammals, Hall of the North American Forests, Hall of Meteorites, among others.
A collection of the museum’s educational materials (for children and adults) is also available for free. Discover scientific articles and videos on topics including climate change and human health as well as science classes, games and quizzes for kids on the museum’s website.
Boston Children’s Museum Virtual Tour and Resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
Follow the Boston Children’s Museum’s social media accounts for more fun activities. Visit their website at https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour for more information.
Boston Tea Party Museum
Enjoy webisodes from the Boston Tea Party Museum. Learn more about that famous event that forever changed the course of American History. Get more insight on historic artifacts, meet the colonists, explore the ships and more.
Visit the website to experience museum virtually with interactive maps.
California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)
Explore deep sea, deep space and everything in between at the California Academy of Sciences, all from your living room.
Stay curious with Academy @ Home. Cozy up with a curated array of webcams, games, videos, and DIY activities. Start Exploring.
Hungry for science? Tune into the Academy Breakfast Club for live streamed lectures served by an all-star cast of Academy scientists. Stream On.
Clara Barton National Historic Site (Maryland) 360-degree Virtual Tour
A U.S. Patent Office clerk turned field nurse, Clara Barton, was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross. Her life and legacy are celebrated at Clara Barton National Historic Site, the Glen Echo, Maryland house that was her home for the last 15 years of her life, as well as the national headquarters of the American Red Cross, a dormitory for staff, and a warehouse for relief supplies.
In a virtual tour, explore the house’s many rooms and hallways, including 12 restored rooms. Hear the “voice of Clara Barton” provide descriptions in her own words and navigate the tour with your mouse to see 360-degree views. Younger virtual visitors can enjoy educational, interactive learning activities, and print out a personalized certificate upon completion.
The Commonwealth Museum brings the story of Massachusetts to life with state of the art interactive exhibits. You can visit online exhibitions such as The Acadian Exile in Massachusetts, Black People in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Irish Immigration and more at www.sec.state.ma.us.
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
On the Davis Museum’s website, visitors can explore three exhibitions via the museum’s virtual platform.
One virtual show looks at artists’ interpretations of Mary Magdalene’s identity, revealing their perspectives on women, devotion, and the divine, and their artistic choices have, in turn, influenced the lives of women.
Additionally, the Davis Museum offers an exhibition of the work of artist Yu-Wen Wu, and a look Portraits of Women in its collection.
Discovery Museum presents 'Discovery at Home' Activities
The Discovery Museum is ready to help keep your kids busy while they are at home with Discovery At Home. This guide provides favorite at-home fun-and-learning activities such as science-based activities focused on the outdoors and nature, simple engineering challenges, “kitchen chemistry” and messy-sensory activities, and ideas specifically for young children. Content will continue to be added to the site.
Discovery at Home can be found at www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-home.
The Ecotarium in Worcester is a “hands-on” place to learn about science and the natural world. You can also learn about its animals with free educational content on its website.
Discover more at www.ecotarium.com.
EMK Institute on You Tube
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on You Tube, links to a variety of activities and exhibits can be found on their website.
Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.
Visit emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to YouTube and the activities and exhibits.
Eustis Estate Virtual Tour
If you haven't been to Historic New England's Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, or you've been meaning to visit again, you can do it from your computer or mobile device.
Explore the elaborate Aesthetic Movement interiors of the 1878 mansion and tour its Blue Hills-adjacent landscape on the Eustis Estate app.
Visit http://eustis.estate for more details.
Gibson House Museum Virtual Tours
Catch up on blogs, take a virtual tour and learn more about its history at www.thegibsonhouse.org.
The Museum’s latest blog post on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre can be found at thegibsonhousemuseum.blogspot.com.
Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge)
The three Harvard Art Museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler) are filled with incredible works of art from around the world.
Learn more about their various pieces through their social channels or online gallery at www.harvardartmuseums.org.
Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston
Explore contemporary art with videos and audio recordings, including exhibition previews, artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators on the ICA website. Some of the ICA’s digital offerings include studio visits with artists such as Tschabalala Self, Helga Roht Poznanski and Lavaughan Jenkins, along with recordings of past talks and other exhibition materials.
Visit www.icaboston.org for more information.
Isabella Stewart Gardner – #MuseumFromHome
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is filled with recorded concerts; video and audio content featuring curators, conservators, and artists; and information on collections and horticulture that can bring the Gardner to you until you can visit them again in person.
#MuseumFromHome includes online stories, inspiration from founder Isabella, photos, exhibits and audio guides.
Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for additional information.
JFK Library and Museum – Digital content and curriculum
Learn more about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of interactive experiences created by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Through Google Arts & Culture, you can explore the institution’s exhibitions and/or visit the JFK Library and Museum’s website to explore its online archive.
The Museum adds a weekly digest of digital content including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more details.
MAAM at home
While the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) staff is working from home they want to bring MAAM to you.
Enjoy behind-the-scenes content from our current exhibitions; artmaking activities for all ages; highlights from past exhibitions; and a few surprises along the way!
Visit https://maam.massart.edu for more information.
Massachusetts Historical Society virtual tours
The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. (while temporarily closed) is offering virtual tours.
Founded in 1791, The Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.
As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of daily lives.
Visit www.masshist.org for additional details.
Massachusetts State House virtual tour
The Massachusetts State House isn’t just the seat of political power in the Commonwealth; it also serves as a museum that reflects the history and development of Massachusetts from colonial times to today.
Take a virtual tour and check out the Great Hall, Senate Chamber, office of the Speaker of the House and more. The tour describes nine historic spaces and highlights paintings, sculpture, artifacts and decorative arts commemorating the people and events that helped to shape the Commonwealth and nation.
Visit www.malegislature.gov to enjoy your virtual tour.
The Museum of African American History: An Online Exploration
The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket is the largest institution of its kind in New England. MAAH is dedicated to sharing the rich legacy of African American accomplishments. Through Google Arts & Culture, you can learn about the abolitionist movement in Boston or take a virtual tour of the Black Heritage Trail.
Visit Facebook @maah.org and/or www.maah.org for more information.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – #MuseumFromHome
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.
Follow #MuseumFromHome for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.
Each day the MFS will be highlighting various pieces of art over social media with descriptions, podcasts and commentary.
And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.
Visit www.mfa.org for other details.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (NYC) offers Free Online Arts Classes
MoMA NYC has launched a series of free classes for those interested in better understanding the 91-year-old museum’s collection via the online teaching platform Coursera at www.coursera.org/moma.
Covering contemporary art, fashion and photography, the comprehensive beginner courses with corresponding readings and exercises will take anywhere from 12 to 38 hours to complete.
Designers, historians, manufacturers and other style experts discuss 70 different garments and accessories in “Fashion as Design” while “Seeing Through Photography” will use photos from the last 180 years to explore the difference between seeing and understanding an image.
Visit moma.org for a virtual tour of their collections.
Museum of Science – #MOSatHome
Check out what’s new on #MOSatHome with new
– Virtual exhibits to explore
– Thought-provoking Pulsar podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric) to listen to
– Sparks of Science videos to watch
– Family STEM activities for you to take part in at home
– Adult Programs after Dark in SubSpace (include free live events, music performances, conversations; art experiences and gaming, among others
Visit www.mos.org and/or #MOSatHome for more information.
Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia, PA) Virtual Tour
Families can visit the Museum of the American Revolution virtually any time of the week and explore their immersive galleries through 360 degree panoramic image.
From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of independence, and from signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s core exhibition explores the ideas events, and legacies of American’s revolutionary beginnings.
Click here to begin the tour.
Visit www.amrevmuseum.org to learn more.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Interactive Virtual Tour
As the capital of the 19th century whaling industry and a safe haven along the Underground Railroad, as well as the home to legendary figures such as Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park preserves, protects, and interprets cultural resources within the “city that lit the world.” Located in downtown New Bedford, the park spans over 13 blocks, and includes a whaling museum, a waterfront visitor center, a custom house, and more.
Take a video tour or interactive virtual tour of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, not normally open to the public, provided by the National Park Service and the New Bedford Historical Society. Owned by Nathan and Mary “Polly” Johnson, free blacks living in New Bedford, the house welcomed and assisted those traveling along the Underground Railroad. The house was even the first residence of Frederick Douglass after his escape from slavery in 1838.
Newport Mansion Virtual Audio Tours (Rhode Island)
Take a virtual 360o tour inside the Newport Mansions – Marble House, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, The Elms, the Elms Servant Life, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and Chepstow along with the John James Audubon and Tiffany Exhibitions.
Visit newportmansion.org for more information, including the links.
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)
The Norman Rockwell Museum has curated experiences that collect related images, photography, video, audio and history relating to the Museum’s renowned collection of Normal Rockwell’s original paintings, his Stockbridge Studio, as well as the Museum’s vast collection of art.
You can explore the world of Project NORMAN, a gateway to 20,000 works by more than 250 artists; watch hundreds of videos – nearly a thousand hours of content – spanning every facet of illustration art; and find lessons and activities for all ages at the MRM Curriculum Lab.
Visit Virtual NRM 24/7.
Old Colony History Museum fun
The Old Colony History Museum (Taunton) always says “History Happens Here” and now their staff has curated some awesome educational resources, including historical how to’s, challenges, and activities, so you can “Make History” from home.
Learn how to make berry ink, butter, ice cream and thaumatropes; become a photo detective; turn your house into your very own museum of your family’s treasures; these are just a sampling of some fun activities.
Follow the links at www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/kidsmakehistory and have fun exploring.
Share your results with them @oldcolonyhistory and #kidsmakehistory.
Paul Revere House – Listen now and visit later
Visit paulreverehouse.org to listen to a new episode of Revere House Radio and enjoy a preview of living history presentations, music, and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.
Peabody Essex Museum #PEMfromHome (Salem, MA)
The Peabody Essex Museum has one of the most unique collections in Massachusetts. Take a virtual 360-degree tour to learn about the stories behind the changing exhibitions and artists. Find art projects for kids, and check out their podcast.
Visit www.PEM.org and social media channels for more information and links.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX)
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is helping families find alternative educational outlets that can expand their children’s curiosity in science while encouraging them to “Amaze Your Brain At Home.”
Families can watch their favorite scientific concepts come to life by using common household objects and supplies to explore nature and science at home and in their backyards.
This free content is categorized for parents to easily select the most appropriate projects – chiefly geared toward kids, ages 5 through 12 – and includes weekly lessons focused on different STEM topics (first up, physics!) with corresponding, informative fun-fact videos and activities that will allow children to have fun while still teaching them relevant educational topics.
There are also resources for teachers, daily trivia, quizzes and an interactive Google Hangouts for kids, ages 5 and under.
Plimoth Plantation: History @ Home
Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth’s virtual workshops. They’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning education programs out of the 17th century and going online. Join engaging, interactive virtual workshops and thought-provoking discussion from home and discover the powerful stories of people who actually lived along these shores of change 400 years ago. Perfect for families.
For a complete list of virtual programs, visit www.plimoth.org/learn.
Revolutionary Spaces = Old South Meeting House + Old State House
Watch videos of their Education Associates giving virtual talks on the people and stories that have shaped the ongoing American Revolution at www.revolutinaryspaces.org.
Salem Witch Museum | Witch Trials Online Tour
The Salem Witch Museum online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to view locations around Essex and Middlesex counties and a few key sites in and around Boston that are related to the events of the year 1692.
You may select a town or city to view pictures (where available) and read about the sites in these locations. This section contains descriptions of the sites from the witchcraft trials which can still be seen today, including original houses, foundations, grave sites, and sites marked by historic markers. Sites in Boston include King’s Chapel Burying Ground – the oldest cemetery in Boston, established in the year Boston was founded, 1630; Copp’s Hill Burying Ground – the second oldest cemetery in Boston, established in 1659; and Granary Burying Ground – the third oldest cemetery in Boston, established in 1660.
To give you an idea of the proximity of one site to another, they have also included the approximate locations of the homes of key figures that are no longer standing and have provided additional information about the roles these people played in 1692.
Visit the websites or call ahead to historic sites for admissions information, if/when you plan to visit. Many locations are private residences and are marked accordingly. Please treat these locations with respect and note they are not open to the public.
Visit https://salemwitchmuseum.com/witch-trials-online-tour for more information.
USS Constitution & Museum Virtual Tours and Activities
The USS Constitution and USS Constitution Museum are online.
- Take a virtual tour of the USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
- Download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book
- Play Mini Games
- Discover the USS Constitution’s history; Explore major voyages and events
- Browse the online collection of artifacts
The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website and social media channels.
Visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Waterworks Museum Virtual Tour
The Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill will live stream a tour of the virtual model of their Museum at 12: 30 p.m. each Wednesday on Facebook.com/MetroWaterworks.
Visit www.waterworksmuseum.org for more information.
• FAMILY ACTIVITIES (Anytime Fun)
Activist, You! is a brand new Kids & Family podcast focusing on social justice. Every episode features an interview with different youth activists talking about their dedicated social justice topic and how and why they became activists. One of the episodes features a teen racial justice activist. Within this link are other Kids Listen podcasts as well.
Adventures in Chemistry
The American Chemical Society has a collection of fun activities, puzzles and games. Try out some experiments such as “Colors on the Mooove!” or “Time for Slime” and play some games such as “Bugs on the Run” or “Outer Space Molecule Chase.”
Watch some videos and learn about the Coronavirus vaccine or what’s in the smell of first rain.
There are some classroom science activities for teachers, too.
All this and more at https://www.acs.org.
Art for Kids Hub
Rob and his family – which includes four kids – have been uploading art lessons to YouTube every weekday for several years and have the 2.65 million YouTube subscribers to prove how fun they are! You can find the Art for Kids YouTube channel here. The biggest challenge will be choosing what to draw!
Authors Everywhere is a YouTube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators.
On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. They hope to offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this troublesome time.
Backyard Bird Bingo
The Trustees has created a Backyard Bird Bingo that’s fun to play in your backyard, at your local park, or on the front stoop of your building. Just train your eagle-eyes on the skies, trees, buildings and ground, spot one of the birds on the Backyard Bird Bingo sheet and mark it off. Be the first to spot them all and BINGO – you win!
The list of birds along with bird illustrations © David Sibley Source: Audubon’s Guide to North American Birds can be found at www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/things-to-do/BackyardBirdBingoGame2.pdf.
Visit TheTrustees.org for more fun.
Barnes & Noble Virtual Storytime
Barnes and Noble keeps the story going with weekly virtual storytimes on Saturdays at Youtube.com/Barnesandnoble.
Storytime read-alongs also have activity sheets at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/free-activities to help bring the Storytime to life.
B&N also offers additional materials such as activities, crafts, recipes and more for all ages fun.
Visit https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/bn-storytime for more information.
Bob Ross 'Joy of Painting' Shows
All the “happy little paintings” that you enjoyed on every season of The Joy of Painting is on Bob Ross’s YouTube page. There are more than 400 painting tutorials to choice from – some are short clips while others are full 30 episodes.
Just pick an episode – perhaps a painting featuring mountain, a lake in front of a mountain or a wooded trail leading up to a mountain – and re-create it as your own.
All you need is paint, a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind to get started, as Ross used to say. And remember, there are no mistakes, “only happy coincidences.”
Bob Ross first started showing viewers how to wield their “unlimited power on canvas” through The Joy of Painting on PBS in 1983. While the show ended in 1994, Ross remains a cultural icon and source of tranquility for many to this day.
Boston Harbor Island Junior Ranger
Did you know that you can become a Boston Harbor Islands Junior Ranger from anywhere?
By becoming a Junior Ranger, kids learn about the Boston Harbor Islands through hands-on experiences and can even earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Download resources online at bostonharborislands.org - kids and family and/or www.nps.gov – be a junior ranger and start your exploration today.
Boston parks coloring pages
Looking for activities to do while staying safe at home? The Mayor's Mural Crew has created a series of coloring pages based on scenes from some of Boston's most beloved spaces.
See if you can recognize all 10 scenes in these downloadable coloring pages.
Can you Haiku?
Take a Haiku Hike, write a Haiku and send it to the Arnold Arboretum for a special online exhibit. They’d like to share expressions of what nature means to all of us – at every age –through the power of words and images.
Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry, is made up of just a few words that tell a little story about what you see, what you think, or how you react to the world. Go outside and let your eyes, ears, nose, or hands wander. See, listen, touch, smell nature in the world around you and find the words that describe what you see or hear or know.
Write your Haiku, perhaps in the 5-7-5 syllable format, or in your own three-line format that mirrors how you translate nature into words. Let yourself be surprised, and perhaps, add surprise to your Haiku, if it takes you there. Examples can be found on the Arboretum’s website. Have fun!
Remember to submit your Haiku to the Arboretum. See submission guidelines on their website. Images will be published as a special online exhibit.
Celebrity Story Time
Check out Storyline Online's digital library for a special story time with celebrities like Oprah, Betty White, Sean Aston, Michelle Obama and Allison Janney among others. Each book is paired with an activity guide for educators and caregivers. Here's how your family can get in on the fun!
Colorize Your World with Coloring Pages
Coloring is a great way to relax and get creative, so dig out your supplies (markers, gel pens, coloring pencils, and more) and try your hand at a few new line art pages – all free. Just download, print and color.
For adult coloring pages that are full of detailed whimsical designs go to www.art-is-fun.com
For Mandalas & Art Therapy; Nature, Travels, Art, History & Stories, Special Events among others visit www.justcolor.net
Coloring pages for kids including Animals; Thematic Pages; Art Masterpieces; characters from Films, Movie, Animation Cartoons, TV, Superheroes; Books, Video Games, Animes and Mangas go to www.justcolor.net.
For educational coloring pages (for kids and adults) including Doodle Art, Mandalas, Magic Coloring, Labyrinths, Wordplay and Zentangles can also be found at www.justcolor.net.
Coloring pages for adults and children, including Characters, Disney, Plants and Animals, Places, Seasons, Words and Letters, as well as Activities and DIY crafts can be found at Crayola.com.
Connect to Nature
Find out what Mother Nature has in store for the coming weeks with Mass Audubon’s monthly guide to the natural world. Check out the Program Catalog to find lots of online and onsite programs and special events.
Visit massaudubon.org to learn more.
Cook-A-longs with Raddish Kids
Raddish Kids founder Samantha Barnes and her kids invite families into the kitchen for virtual cook-along sessions.
All recipes, tips and activities are included with the videos at raddishkids.com.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Start each morning with Cosmic Kids Yoga to help everyone get centered for the day. Each 15-minute-long video features a cute theme and simple yoga moves that are great for toddlers and older kids alike.
Do you have containers of leftover crayon bits and pieces? Turn them into something new and beautiful with this simple craft. Using muffin tins or silicone shape trays, melt down your old scraps and create rainbow crayons. These also make great gifts.
Visit www.kitchentableclassroom.com/recycling-crayons-how-to-make-crayons for instructions.
Creativebug has more than 1000 online art and craft classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Visit Creativebug Television (CBTV) where you can get a deeper look into the processes, studios, and daily lives of your favorite artists. Check out their exclusive documentaries, HD versions of their Live Facebook videos, mesmerizing timelapses, and more. All content is free and shareable.
Visit CreativeBug.com to learn more.
DIY Dog Toy
Have a dog who loves her toys? Make your own easy braided dog toy out of an old T-shirt or other fabric. Simply cut off the seams and hems and cut into strips at least 12 inches long. Roll the strips so they look like a hot dog; then tie together three strips with an overhand knot. Tightly braid. Secure the end with another tight knot. Trim ends. Play fetch!
Draw So Cute
This website has lots of fun free activities, coloring pages, games, fan art and cute drawing videos for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Find them all at www.drawsocute.com.
Educational Escape Rooms
BreakoutEDU is an online "Escape Room" with puzzles for K-12 students. A selection has been made free with games that incorporate math, science, and history into topics like carnival games, cooking, and dino digs.
Emerald Necklace Conservancy – activities, music, tours and more
Visit the Conservancy's website at www.emeraldnecklace.org for printable scavenger hunts and activities for kids, audio of The Emerald Necklace symphony, and mobile tour guides you can use while getting in your exercise. The Emerald Necklace parks have been open continuously, providing a much needed space to relax and connect with nature.
Get some fresh air and explore shadows. Trace each other’s shadows on pavement (or paper) with chalk. If you come back to that space later in the day and trace the shadows again (remember to mark where to stand), what do you notice? You can also use toy animals, blocks, or any other objects. Create a dinosaur parade and trace their shadows. Use the back of old wrapping paper and crayons or markers to create new personalized wrapping paper for your next celebration. (Remember Social Distancing)
Family Activity Book
Catholic Charities USA created a Family Activity Book to families. People will find activities, games and recipes. Fun for all ages.
Visit ccab.org for a list of local agencies, programs and other resources.
Genealogy for the next generation
Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at https://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.
These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life. Have fun!
Girl Scout fun for everyone
Join girls from all over Eastern Massachusetts for at home fun. The GS Council is adding virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families to engage with from home every day.
Girl Scout membership is not necessary to participate, so you can get a chance to experience Girl Scouts for free. Check back often!
For more information about the Girl Scouts, visit www.gsema.org/athome
Greenway Carousel Coloring Book
Greenway Conservancy invites you to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creatures home by downloading a free sample of their Greenway Carousel Coloring Book Artist palette at https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org.
Guinness World Record Weekly Challenge
What are you accomplishing during your stay-at-home time? The Guinness World Records reminds us that spending time indoors doesn’t mean we have to be bored.
In fact, with the extra time, we can all aspire to do great things, including becoming a Guinness World Records title holder with the new weekly #GWRchallenge hosted across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
The guidelines for each weekly challenge are posted on the website, as well as on the GWR social channels, as a reference for anyone who needs them.
All attempts utilize household materials, or include no materials at all, so anyone can take part from within their home.
Recently posted challenges include brick-by-brick Lego records, fastest right-rope walker in high heels, and a limbo skate under 10 extremely low bars.
Visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com for more information, including podcasts and other fun activities.
Happy Hooligans Fun
Meet Jackie – she’s helping kids explore their world through art, crafts and good old-fashioned play. You’ll find lots of links with step-by-step instructions to enjoy – art, crafts, activities, recipes, parenting tips, home daycare info, and much more – at happyholligans.ca.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harlem Globetrotters at Home
The Harlem Globetrotters are looking to bring their ambassadorial spirit, and the smiles that go with it, directly to their fans with their new online “Globetrotters at Home” video content programming.
Globetrotter players are delivering everything from motivational messages to a "how-to" style gym class with basketball skills lessons, and even a few geography lessons where possible (they have played in 124 countries and territories, after all!).
Check out the video episodes available.
ICA has DIY projects/Virtual Harbor Market and more
The Institute of Contemporary Art features craft projects for kids and adults to make together; video and audio recordings including artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators; plus in-depth information about individual artworks in the ICA’s permanent collection.
ICA also is hosting a Virtual Harbor Market to connect you with local makers, with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) vendors and creators.
Visit icaboston.org for details.
Kitchen Table Classroom
The Kitchen Table Classroom has a variety of arts and craft projects with step-by-step instructions, videos, and printables for kids, adults and teachers, too.
LEGO Building & Imagination 30 Day Challenge
Are you ready for a LEGO Challenge?
Build a rocket for NASA; Design and build your dream bedroom; Create something that represents the Webelos; Make your favorite food and see if someone can guess what it is; Create a pattern; Fill a rectangle with Legos without going over the edges.
You can print these challenges (and more) or just write them out and explore!
These brick building ideas will help spark kids of all ages’ imagination without showing or telling them exactly what to build.
Doing one a day makes incorporating daily STEM activities a fun learning experience plus it get kids (and adults) off the iPad or computer.
Go to https://thestemlaboratory.com/lego-challenge-cards; or visit thatbricklife.com for variations on the calendars – i.e. 3 Days of Play Calendar; 31 Day Cub Scout LEGO Calendar; 31 Spring LEGO Calendar
LeVar Burton Reads
In every episode, host LeVar Burton (best known for roles in Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life and dive into a great story.
LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring more than 80 stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and others to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath… and listen at levarburtonpodcast.com.
Everyone’s favorite children’s musician has music and a variety of entertaining (and teachable moment) videos on MamaSteph/YouTube.
Ms. Money – Virtual Financial Literacy for Kids
Do your kids know the basics of money...?
Rockland Trust's Financial Education Officer (known to many children as Ms. Money) is typically in schools each week teaching elementary school children about saving, sharing and spending money through music, magic and dance in a show called Ms. Money & the Coins. Since 2011, Ms. Money & the Coins has performed nearly 450 shows for more than 70,000 elementary school children in Massachusetts.
Visit www.rocklandtrust.com/ms--money-and-the-coins to listen to online lessons and download songs and activity sheets from Ms. Money and learn fun ways to brainstorm long-term goals, needs vs. wants, and ways to save.
Parent/guardians will be able to contact Ms. Money by email so that she can view pictures, letters and completed activities and answer any questions you may have as you teach your children about money.
NASA @ Home
Explore NASA STEM @ Home Resources for activities that families can do together.
Learn about their Missions or the Solar System and Beyond. Watch their videos and Live TV programs.
Listen to the NASA Crew members read books from the space station and/or perform a science experiment that goes along with concepts mentioned at storytimefromspace.com.
Visit www.NASA.gov to learn more.
National Geographic Kids
Explore the world without leaving home with a little help from National Geographic Kids.
From animals and geography to science, nature, and history, there are so many amazing facts just waiting to be discovered.
Ocean Science After School Program at Piers Park Sailing Center
Find lots of activities and resources for at-home learning from the Ocean Science After School Program. Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more, including videos and downloadables.
Oliver likes to draw pictures and tell stories all at the same time.
Visit oliverjeffersworld.com for activities to print, including puzzles, coloring, and crafts.
Origami Video Tutorials & Art Projects for Kids from PEM
Looking for museum-inspired activities you can create at home? They've got you covered with origami video tutorials, fun finger puppets and downloadable coloring pages from PEM's children's book Piece by Piece.
Share your creations on social media and tag @peabodyessex so they can see what you make.
Visit PEM.org for more information.
Out of the Box/Summer Story S.P.L.A.S.H.
The Teen Leader’s Group at Wheelock Family Theatre features different at home activities that challenge you to get Out of the Box.
Visit www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/virtual-wheelock-family-theatre-resources for more information, including links to the activities posted on YouTube/Facebook.
Send your participation photos to email@example.com to be featured on their website.
Test your knowledge with a variety of trivia games and challenges. You can also find Patriots themed coloring pages, word search, crossword puzzles and more all at www.patriots.com/fans/quizzes-trivia.
Peep and the Big Wide World
The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science and math to preschoolers. Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures.
Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.
Check out peepandthebigwideworld.com to enjoy a variety of games, videos, printables and other family fun. Be sure to check out the links for parents and educators, as well.
Stop Motion Movies
Stop motion movies are made by piecing together a LOT of photographs (like a lot, a lot). In this video, Boston Children's Museum shows you how to create your own stop motion movie at home with help from the app Stop Motion Studio.
Story Seeds Podcast
Story Seeds Podcast: This show captures the magic that unfolds when kids, ages 6 to 12, collaborate with beloved storytellers who grow original stories inspired by their story ideas!
At Storycorps, the storytellers span all generations, allowing teen listeners (and others) to tune in to other points of view.
Visit www.storycorps.org to learn more about how you, too, could be a part of their storytime collections, because “every story matters and every voice counts.”
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Do you like learning about history? Try the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast. As its title suggests, this podcast delves into lesser-known historical facts and figures. From the greatest to the strangest, the hosts explore interesting tidbits from the past.
Explore the power of the sun with this simple craft/science experiment. Cover construction paper with objects found in nature (sticks, rocks, leaves, flowers) or things from inside (magnet letters to spell a name, dinosaurs, wooden blocks). Leave the paper in a sunny spot for several hours then remove the items and uncover your art!
You can find more fun activities and printables along with a list of entertaining books to read at www.scholastic.com.
The Gottabees is a Boston-based ensemble that, for the last seven years, has been happily making “super fun theater for the whole family.”
They know that, right now, you’re all spending a lot of time as a “whole family." So, they’re giving you a few moments out of your day– an excuse to giggle, gasp, cheer and play together – to enjoy some of their videos anytime.
Visit http://www.bonnie-duncan.com/trythisathome for more information.
Tipspoke Family Fun Activities
Tipspoke.com has a variety of fun activities for the family, including:
Art Projects & Fun Activities at Home – https://tipspoke.com/fun-at-home
Cool Science Experiments – https://tipspoke.com/science-experiments
Family Games – https://tipspoke.com/family games
Magic Tricks – https://tipspoke.com/magic-tricks
Toilet Paper Roll Maracas and more PBS fun
Part craft, part musical activity: Put those empty toilet paper (or paper towel) tubes to good use. Duct tape one end shut, fill with rice, beans, or sand, then close the other end, cover with a second tube and decorate the outer layer. Once the paint dries, you’ll be ready to make some music!
Find more fun crafts and experiments, coloring pages and printables, games, recipes and more at www.pbs.org.
Virtual Boston Harbor
Save The Harbor is connecting community to the Harbor through Virtual Boston Harbor, a series of fun and educational video programming, including activities, crafts, lessons and songs for kids and community members of all ages.
Walking Rainbow and other fun experiments
This experiment is simple and beautiful. Learn more about absorption and color mixing, and even use the free printable recording sheets to make predictions and document your results. All you’ll need are cups of water and food coloring, empty cups and paper towels, and you’ll be making a walking rainbow in no time.
Visit https://funlearningforkids.com/rainbow-walking-water-science-experiment-kids to learn more about this and other fun experiments.
Watch Albuquerque International Balloon Fiestas
Hundreds of hot air balloons take to the skies each year in early October for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest event of its kind in the world.
In the Dec. 9, 2014 colorful time-lapse movie, filmmaker Joel Schat captures highlights from the nine-day event from the illuminating glow of the balloons before dawn to festivities after the sun has set.
Highlights from Oct.12, 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta includes views of balloon rides, special shapes rodeo, competition, special shapes glowdeo, laser light show and fireworks.
To view, visit Youtube.com to find these shows.
Watch World Record Group Skydive
Watch the world record group skydive that took place on Aug. 11, 2015 on Youtube.com
There were 164 jumpers, 7 planes, 175 mph, and a new world record! A hand-picked group of pro and amateur divers took to the skies of Chicago in attempt to pull off a world-first: 164 people hand-in-hand in a group formation during total freefall.
Read more on how they did it: http://win.gs/SkydiveWorldRecord; #redbull; #skydiveworldrecord; #skydive.
‘What if World’
For a fun podcast for ages 5-10, check out “What if World,” where the narrator spins comic tales out of kids’ questions, such as “What if Santa were an elephant?” or “What if sharks had legs?”
Visit www.whatifworldpodcast.com for more details.
‘Write. Right. Rite’ with Jason Reynolds
Join award-winning author Jason Reynolds in his video series "Write. Right. Rite." The series invites kids to creatively engage with Reynolds’ passion for storytelling while discussing topics like creativity, connection and imagination.
Zooniverse.org is an online citizen science project and the largest platform for people-powered research. Teens and adults can sign up and volunteer to help classify wildlife, transcribe historical texts, identify celestial bodies, and more, all without leaving your tablet or computer.
• POSITIVITY MOMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- “Be respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs; especially if they are different than your own.” From PassItOn.com
- "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." – Maya Angelou
Let’s face it: Life is really tough right now. But we can all look for silver linings during this uncertain time.
Read about and/or share your silver linings – Personal Blessings, as well as favorite Quotes, Songs, Movies, Books, Favorite Games, Podcasts, Question of the Day at #PandemicPositivity.
1 Million Acts of Kindness Challenge
Join the Kindness Movement – a super simple concept. Organizations, groups and individuals are all coming together to make their act of kindness count towards making 1 million acts in 2020.
They want to show not only the power of kindness but also that when we unite together we have the power to change the world.
It's so simple to be a part of the 1 million. You can post your acts of kindness to www.sunshinepeople.org.uk and 'Be 1 in a million'.
But if you feel a little shy to share, why not take a free ticket and commit to doing your act of kindness - they trust you.
Visit sunshinepeople.org.uk for more details.
Boston Children’s Chorus – ‘Rise Up’
The Boston Children's Chorus, in collaboration with the Denver Children's Choir, the Children's Chorus of Washington DC, the Gondwana Choirs of Sydney and the Cincinnati Boychoir, presents "Rise Up" by Andra Day. They do a wonderful job spreading a message of hope and unity in a time when it is really needed.
Camden Voices – ‘True Colors’
Need to be uplifted? Check out this version of “True Colors” with the Camden Voices virtual chorus from Great Britain.
From Our Homes to Yours – Everything Possible –Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus released a virtual chorus video where members sang from their homes all over New England and dedicated it to health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees, emergency childcare providers, janitors and everyone else working daily to keep us healthy and safe.
They are thankful for your courage and commitment. As the song says, “the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.” And may each of you “dream all the day never reaching the end of everything possible for you.”
See it here.
DYI Fabric Masks Tutorials
Instructions to make Fabric Masks (with Filter Pocket) for medical facilities are available on youtube.com.
For colorful illustrations with positive messages visit https://www.instagram.com/revelatori/?hl=en.
Teddy Bear Hunt
Stuffed animal scavenger hunts are making life bear-able for bored kids.
Stuffed animals are appearing everywhere along the streets and in the windows all across the world in the global “Teddy Bear Hunts” for children – uniting neighborhoods and giving children an exciting, social distancing safe scavenger hunt activity during shelter-in-place.
The hunts are inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (1989) – reading, another family-friendly activity to share.
South Shore Children’s Chorus
Here is the South Shore Children's Chorus’s virtual version of “Beautiful City” from “Godspell.” This was recently recorded. Learn more at www.southshorechildrenschorus.org.
‘Together, at Home’ – online concerts
“Together, at Home,” is a new series of online concerts presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen that aims to “unite humanity at a time when many may feel isolated at home and inspire people to take meaningful action” to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Together, at Home” will continue to feature livestream shows from a number of musical artists throughout the duration of social distancing protocols via social media channels.
Visit globalcitizen.org for more information, including links to listen.
Virtual ‘Lockdown Waltz’
The “Lockdown Waltz” by the Corona Orchestra came together with 121 tracks recorded by 75 musicians in 11 countries on three continents playing virtually.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/muzikids and www.facebook.com/bertdecock.
Virtual ‘Ode to Joy’
There are a few virtual versions of “Ode to Joy” now available. This one with the musicians from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best. These musicians, who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, came together to record a virtual, collaborative performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from their homes.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is an ode to humanity, to peace over desperation, to universal kinship and, of course, to joy.
‘What can we do for our country?’
“In a time when the nation must come together to protect the most vulnerable among us, President Kennedy’s call to ask ‘what can we do for our country’ couldn’t be more relevant. He believed deeply that each of us can make a difference and everyone should try. Never has that been more true than right now. Thanks to everyone for helping your family, community, the country, and the world.”
Message from the JFK Library and Museum.
‘What if’ with 2,292 virtual singers
This is not new, but this version of “What if” from “Paradise Lost” is just as meaningful and uplifting now as it was when Eric Whitacre and 2,292 young singers from 80 different countries joined together to create a special Virtual Youth Choir film for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of a unique partnership with UNICEF.
Singers, ages 18 and under from around the globe, recorded and submitted videos to be part of Whitacre’s first-ever Virtual Youth Choir. According to the group, “parents, older siblings, friends and teachers helped children as young as two rehearse and record in bedrooms, living rooms and rehearsal halls at the far reaches of the Earth so they could sing in the VYC. In many cases, the voice of just one child represents an entire country, proving that one person can help change the world for the better. These global singers came together to be part of something momentous – to support UNICEF to help save and change children’s lives around the world. Together we can #putchildrenfirst.”
‘What the World Needs Now’ – Virtual Orchestra
What started as an idea on a student’s flight home from Berklee College ended in collaboration with some of the most incredible people.
Visit www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/what-world-needs-now-student-made-video or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QagzdvzzHBQ&feature=emb_share for a little something special to brighten your day.
Share it with other to help promote positivity and optimism while we need it the most.
• PERFORMING ARTS (Theater and Music Anytime)
Boston Ballet Online
Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles on www.bostonballet.org along with exclusive, ballet videos at: www.facebook.com/bostonballet and www.instagram.com/bostonballet.
Support the Boston Ballet here.
Boston Baroque Live
Boston Baroque has a host of full-length opera productions and concerts of choral and orchestral works across multiple video platforms that can be accessed at Boston Baroque Live, a new portal on the Boston Baroque website, www.baroque.boston/live.
Among the favorites is the new release of their full-length live recorded performance of Mozart's Requiem, Symphony No. 40, and "Exsultate, jubilate." Led by Music Director Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque's renowned orchestra and chorus perform Mozart's masterpieces alongside soloists soprano Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas.
Visit https://baroque.boston for more information.
BSO and Pops at home/Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival
The BSO and Boston Pops at Home is designed to entertain, enlighten and engage audiences around the world with special online and radio content. Each day of the week brings a different activity.
Enjoy a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.
Watch video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind-the-scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.
The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a series of digital offerings, include both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase. Video and audio streams on www.tanglewood.org. An overview can be found on the BSO website.
Visit www.bso.org and/or www.tanglewood.org.
H+H Listening Room
Handel and Haydn Society continues to keep people entertained until their new season starts in the fall.
Listen and watch live recordings of past H+H performances in the H + H Listening Room.
Enjoy a wide-ranging collection of music form the Handel and Haydn Society, including selections from the Orchestra, the Chorus and other recordings from their musicians at H + H Radio.
The podcast series “Tuning In” gives listeners a unique look at some of the most famous pieces in classical and baroque music.
For more information, visit HandelandHaydn.org.
Huntington @ Home
Huntington @ Home, a series of new programs to connect with their audiences, includes:
- Special online performances and messages from artists
- One-on-one phone calls with staff – they’ll bring you a short monologue about past productions or a conversation about how the theatre created one of their plays or musicals
- Huntington@HomeSchool for distance learning and short classes
Visit the Huntington Theatre Company at https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/upcoming/huntington-at-home for more information.
#NECMusicHub & Monday Videos
There is beauty, community and optimism inherent in making music, even in these challenging times. The New England Conservatory of Music musicians are sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe. Follow the online series at #NECMusic Hub.
In addition, NEC is releasing new concert videos every Monday.
Visit necmusic.edu for more details.
Play at Home
Play at Home brings joy and connection of live theatre to your own home. Play at Home aims to keep playwrights working while inspiring creativity and community.
Numerous theatre organizations have come together to create Play at Home, a collection of free short plays that have been commissioned to only be performed in people’s homes.
Visit www.playathome.org for more information, including a list of plays (with links to download) to enjoy at home.
Shakespeare on the Common: Encores
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents “Shakespeare on the Common Encores” Series featuring artists who have performed on the Shakespeare on the Common stage.
Join them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @commshakes to see who will show up next with a reprise of a piece of their performance – a little reminder of those starry, peaceful summer nights – on the Common until they return live next summer.
Visit https://commshakes.org/production/shakespeare-on-the-common-encores for more information.
• OTHER INTERESTS (Events and Activities)
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites you to get involved and join a Working Group or Committee.
Volunteer Working Groups meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.
Having fun at Boston Cyclists Union events like the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash? Interested in helping develop thei bike repair education programs like Bike to Market, or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.
The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy.
This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.
Finance and Operations
This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.
This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.
All Meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
‘Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England’
"Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England" is an online exhibition that reflects what it is about New England – its architecture, landscapes, towns, and people – that imbues the region with a unique sense of place. The paintings date from the 1730s to today and are arranged by theme. "Land & Sea," in the first gallery, highlights the region’s geography. "At Home in New England," in the second gallery, considers where and how people have lived here. "New England’s People," in the third gallery, introduces an array of intriguing men and women. "The Wide World," in the fourth gallery, demonstrates the ways New Englanders have experienced places and cultures elsewhere. Curated by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, and Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections at Historic New England.
This online exhibition also includes historical photographs, additional content provided by the curators, and a chance to see some video of conservation work. This online preview is a complement to "Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England," that opens in the exhibition galleries at the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Ave., Milton this fall.
Visit http://eustis.estate/location/artful-stories for more information.