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, Boston Homes has selected interesting virtual events and activities from many different places. If you have any you would like to add, contact Wayne Braverman at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more events in Boston, check linkbostonhomes.com.
This week's categories to choose from include:
• Events from Jan. 23 through Jan. 30 (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)
• Civil Rights
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.
• MESSAGES OF HOPE
- The John F. Kennedy Library shares this message of hope. This is from an address delivered by President Kennedy in Frankfurt, Germany in June 1963. His words are just as relevant in these dark, divided and troublesome times as they were back then. The library says, "we hope that his message of peace and hope bring you renewed faith and energy going into 2021."
- President Joseph Biden declared during his inauguration address that "democracy has prevailed." He said, "We can see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature. For without unity there is no peace, only bitterness and fury, no progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge. And unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America." Here is his entire speech to the country.
• EVENTS FROM JAN. 23 THROUGH JAN. 30 (One Day Only)
Debate Spaces Academy
Want to feel confident speaking in front of others? Or talk to your friends about important events happening around the world? The Debate Spaces Academy (Cambridge) is a hands-on, fun opportunity to work on these skills and more. Open to students in grades 5-8, the Academy happens once a month on Saturday throughout the school year over Zoom. The next session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 23.
During each Academy session, participants will learn tips and tricks to become a better public speaker and advocate for the issues they care about. Each session will include exciting games, interesting discussions and a debate. No prior debate or public speaking experience is necessary. Scholarships are available upon request and discounts are applied when registering for multiple sessions.
Visit www.debatespaces.org for more information and registration ($20).
Forgettable/Forgotten Presidents and How the Presidency Has Evolved
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, New Castle Court House Museum (DE) site interpreter Bob Vander Decker will virtually discuss the Presidents of the United States - starting in 1774. The “forgotten” presidents who served before the U.S. Constitution was ratified were instrumental in conducting the business and developing the new experiment of the United States. Over the past 247 years, there have been 62 men elected to the office of the President. You will find out why the most recent President, Joe Biden, is only number 46.
Registration is required to join this free National Parks Service zoom event. Please use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h1jJCM6uRsWvyVL6-ryeow.
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Celebrating the clarinet virtuoso’s nine seasons with Juventas, Wolcott Humphrey, accompanied by Julia Scott Carey on piano, will present Center Stage broadcast live on YouTube at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. The program will feature the works by Theresa Martin, JacobTV, James Lee III, Jorg Widman, Amanda Harberg, Nikola Resanovic, and Michael Markoswki. No registration required.
A complimentary pre-concert "Composer Conversation," moderated by Professor Karen Ruymann of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee will take place at 7 p.m. Registration required to receive the link to join.
Go to juventasmusic.org/wolcott-humphrey-center-stage.html for quick links to view. These programs are free and open to all. Donations to support the musicians are gratefully accepted.
Pocket Solar Systems: Virtual Family Drop-In
The solar system is home to the sun, several major planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids and comets. But how far apart is everything? Build a simple scale model of the distances between the planets, the asteroid belt, and the Kuiper belt with the Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The program is geared for kids, ages 5-10.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-family-drop-in-pocket-solar-systems-registration-127188394913 for more information and Zoom registration.
District 31 January 2021 TLI - Effective Evaluation
The Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) - Winter 2020-21 Club officer training will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.
This TLI is open to all Toastmasters members. The focus wil be on effective evaluation for speaking and leadership.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/district-31-january-2021-tli-effective-evaluation-tickets-122567102503 for more information and Zoom registration.
A Look at Wallpaper: Collections, Conservation and Restoration at Hamilton House
Collection Manager Nicole Chalfant and Objects Conservator Michaela Neiro will take a look at Historic New England’s wallpaper collection and their philosophy and practices for preserving and conserving it at their historic house museums from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
This virtual talk explores one of the largest and best-documented historic wallpaper collections in the country, provides an overview of printing techniques, discusses restoration techniques and gives a behind-the-scenes peek at the current project to reproduce and rehang the important “Pillar and Arch” wallpaper at Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine.
Go to https://my.historicnewengland.org/6800/ham-wallpaper for more information and registration (Suggested Contribution 0 to $25).Proceeds from this program go toward the wallpaper restoration project at Hamilton House.
Meet the Cut Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner (Virtual)
The COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating consequences for countries around the world.
Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of New York Magazine's The Cut and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, will join Boston Public Library President David Leonard for a conversation from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
In this time of crisis and social upheaval, some see an opportunity to start over and collectively build something new and better, whether it be about Black Lives Matter, climate change, #MeToo or human rights. According to Lindsay Peoples Wagner, it has to be younger people who drive lasting change because they are the ones most affected. “Young people – especially young people of color – are starting a revolution and saying that things aren’t good enough. We’re refusing to accept what older people are willing to give us because it’s unacceptable," she said.
The only Black female editor-in-chief in the United States and a 2020 Forbes 30 under-30 honoree, Wagner shares an invaluable view of women’s empowerment, marketing to GenZ, elevating your brand in the era of Black Lives Matter, hiring for diversity, and running a multi-million-dollar brand with an editorial mission to view everything through the lens of inclusivity.
This event is produced in collaboration with GBH Forum Network and presented in partnership with the Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center of the Boston Public Library.
Go to wgbh.org/events/meet-the-cut-editor-in-chief-lindsay-peoples-wagner-virtual for more information and Zoom registration.
About All About Owls (Virtual)
Join naturalist Laurie Nehring and Fruitlands Museum (Harvard) from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 for an online presentation of All About Owls.
In this interactive virtual program, Nehring will share the adaptations that make owls incredible nocturnal predators. Learn how to do the call of a Barred Owl.
Registration for this program also includes access to activity guides to continue your exploration away from the computer screen.
Recommended especially for families with children in 2nd-5th grade and all ages welcome.
Go to thetrustees.org/event/59132 for more information and registration (Member Household $5 | Nonmember Household $10).
Heart Healing for the Soul with Breathwork + Reiki
Release heavy emotions, quiet your mind, connect with your body dissolve stress and anxiety, and deeper levels of connection.
The Wild Ones will offer this online presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/heart-healing-for-the-soul-with-breathwork-reiki-tickets-136590671375 for more information and Zoom registration.
Singing - Discover the 4 Pillars to an Amazing Singing Voice!
You're dying to get your music out there in a big way ... but you feel stuck. Held back by lack of confidence in your singing voice. If you're tired of watching YouTube videos and trying to figure out good technique, join Jeneen Terrana from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 as she shows the four pillars of great singing.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/singing-discover-the-4-pillars-to-an-amazing-singing-voice-tickets-136493795617 for more information and Zoom registration.
Exploring the Blueprint of Organisms: Strawberry DNA Extraction (Virtual)
All living organisms have DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid; a blueprint for the development, growth and function of an organism. Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like and how to extract it from the cells of a living organism?
Join Dr. Monica Hall-Porter, featured in NOVA Beyond the Elements: Life to learn more about DNA and follow along with a live strawberry DNA extraction using common household items (listed on the web page) from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
This event is the first in a series of three virtual field trips highlighting some of the scientists and engineers featured in the new three-part chemistry series NOVA Beyond the Elements. For more information about the series, visit www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/series/beyond-element.
Visit www.wgbh.org/events/exploring-the-blueprint-of-organisms-strawberry-dna-extraction-virtual for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Talking to Kids About Race and Racism’
Join the conversation at the Discovery Museum 2021 Speaker Series featuring
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College and moderated by Tiziana Dearing, Host of WBUR's Radio Boston.
“Talking to Kids about Race and Racism” will presented virtually from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 via Zoom webinar.
Go to www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-museums-speaker-series for more information and registration. Discovery Museum Speaker Series events are free and open to the public; Donations to support the Series are appreciated.
'A Musical Meditation and Celebration of Tu B’Shevat'
Hebrew College will present A Musical Meditation and Celebration of Tu B’Shevat from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Join them for a night of contemplation and melody as the group dives into the taste of the season and our inner and outer worlds in celebration of the birthday of the trees, Tu B’Shevat.
The group will gather together, each from their own home, to partake in the symbolic fruits of the beautiful Tu B’Shevat seder to honor the spiritual and ecological teachings of this tradition.
This is the second in the Jewish CultureFest: Food, Music, and YOU! three-part online series. While the workshop is free, a suggested donation of $18 per household to help support this and other future community education programs is appreciated.
Go to hebrewcollege.edu/events/tasting-hope for more information and Zoom registration.
Wave Hill Presents: Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn
Filmed at Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden (NY), this duo performance will feature Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, who are each acclaimed solo performers in their own rights. When performing together, each artist brings their individual knowledge of genre, styles, voices and spirits together, creating an immensely rich, unique, and diverse universe of sound.
Go to www.wavehill.org/calendar/wave-hill-presents-mamie-minch-and-tamar-korn.
for more information and the link to enjoy.
Family Game Night: 9 Men’s Morris
In the 17th century, there was no school for the children in Plymouth Colony to attend. Pilgrim children learned by working in the fields, caring for their younger siblings, and playing games - both indoors and out! One popular 17th-century strategy game is called Nine Men’s Morris. Similar to Tic-Tac-Toe, this game sharpens critical thinking skills for all ages.
Gather some of the suggested materials (list provided with registration) and join Plimoth-Patuxet (Plymouth, MA) from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to make a game board, learn the rules, and try your hand at Nine Men’s Morris.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/family-game-night-nine-mens-morris-tickets-132167092331 for more information and registration (free - donations appreciated). Upon registering they will send you details for how to log on and suggested materials.
Finding Matilda: Uncovering the Life & Death of a Jewish Lithuanian Poet
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 as January 27 and marks the date in 1945 when Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated.
In commemoration of this date, the Vilna and its partners will convene a science team panel at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to discuss how and why they sought to reclaim Matilda Olkin's story – a little-known Holocaust victim and her extended family who were killed in an isolated location in northern Lithuania in the beginning of Holocaust in 1941 – and discover her grave.
A link to the 20-minute documentary, “Finding Matilda: The Anne Frank of Lithuania" by Kyle Conti – which traces the life and death of Matilda and her family through the lens of the scientists tasked to use testimonies and documents, historical photographs and geoscience to find the isolated mass grave where they were placed after their brutal killing – will be emailed to registrants to be watched prior to the discussion.
Go to vilnashul.org/events/event/finding-matilda for more information and registration.
Life After Coma
The book, With or Without You, tells the story of Stella, a woman who falls into a coma and the changes to her life and relationship when she wakes. Author Caroline Leavitt writes from experience; she, too was once in a coma and the experience traumatized her.
Join the Waltham Public Library for this intimate and fascinating talk by a New York Times bestselling author and Waltham native who as a little girl frequented the WPL. She'll talk about her life, her book, and her research on comas from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 on www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFdqPCV2Ots.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration
The community is invited to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Human Connections in a Disconnected Universe, a three-generation family presentation featuring Judith H. Sherman, author, poet and Holocaust survivor, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 on Zoom. The program is free and everyone is welcome.
Visit www.lappinfoundation.org/upcoming-programs more information and Zoom registration.
Boston Job Fair - Boston Career Fair
People are invited to the JobFairX Virtual Hiring event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.
JobFairX connects entry-level to mid-career candidates with their next employer. Cut through the endless resume submissions and the drawn-out waiting periods by bringing top employers, franchisors and educational institutions directly to you.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/boston-job-fair-boston-career-fair-tickets-132293323893 for more information and registration.
Elijah Cummings' Memoire ‘We're Better Than This’ Author Talk
Join an online conversation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 with political expert Dr. Maya Rockeymoore and writer James Dale, co-authors of We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, primarily authored by the late Elijah Cummings, former U.S. Representative from Maryland's 7th District.
Cummings, Dale and Rockeymoore tell the story of modern-day democracy and the threats that we all must face together, as well as reflect on the life and career of one of the country’s most inspirational politicians. As the country approached another test of this democracy, the 2020 race for the White House, Elijah Cummings reminded people through his memoir that "in this country we don’t elect kings, and we cannot afford four more years of this false one."
Boston Public Library President David Leonard will moderate this program, which is part of the BPL's Repairing America Series and presented in partnership with the GBH Forum Network.
Visit the following link to access the registration page:
Signs of Insects in Winter - Online
What happened to that insect that spent the summer on porches? If only some insects migrate, what do the rest of them do in the winter? Help solve the mystery of what happens to insects in winter with clues found in your own neighborhood.
Naturalist Charley Eiseman will investigate his own backyard in western Massachusetts to discover what happens to insects in the winter, where they go and what evidence they leave behind in an online presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, sponsored by Mass Audubon Education.
Learn what lies beneath a rolled-up leaf, who lives inside that gall in the oak tree and what left behind an intricated system of trails beneath the bark. The life cycles and winter evidence of many common Massachusetts insects will be uncovered.
Visit massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/75860-signs-of-insects-in-winter-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).
Ask the Expert: New Pets (Virtual)
Looking for a quarantine companion? Think about pet adoption.
Ask The Expert will host Corinne Bourgoin, Operations Coordinator at the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday Jan. 29. Learn more about the MSPCA’s matchmaking process and how to integrate a new pet into your home. The team at MSPCA has also provided resources for families impacted by COVID-19 to help them keep their pets and improve access to affordable vet care.
Bring Bourgoin your questions to learn how to welcome a new furry friend into the family.
Visit wgbh.org/events/ask-the-expert-new-pets-virtual for more information and Zoom registration.
Virtual Creative Play: The Art of Puppetry
The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) will present the Art of Puppetry from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. The group will explore some classic works of art, along with a fun project. Geared for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-creative-play-the-art-of-puppetry-registration-133870523339 for more information and Zoom registration.
Family Art Project: Textures of the Wetlands
Flooded by water, wetlands are ecosystems that welcome biodiversity. They are very important landscapes that nourish and heal nature.
For World Wetlands Day, Wave Hill (Bronx, NY) will take some time from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 to investigate what makes wetlands so natural at healing and how you can support wetlands in these processes.
Using experimental mark-making, resist techniques and alternative printing processes, translate textures into vibrant, multi-dimensional works of art. Collect found, upcycled and natural objects around you to play with textures in paint.
Visit www.wavehill.org/calendar/family-art-project-textures-of-the-wetlands for more information and Zoom registration (Free - donations appreciated).
Abilities Dance Boston's dancers and composers have partnered with the University of Peradeniya's student dancers and musicians in Sri Lanka to create pieces for a virtual production premiering at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
This production reimagines what is possible when we create work that transcends geographic barriers. Through their artistry, they are highlighting intersectional disability and racial equity across the globe. Performance clips will also be presented from their various community engagement programs (Our Space Our Place, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, among others).
Go to www.abilitiesdanceboston.org/events/srilanka for more information and registration.
Introduction to GarageBand
Musician and educator Adam Ollendorff will teach participants the basics of GarageBand music production software, including how to create a drum loop, add guitar and keyboard sounds, and record voices from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.
Visit countrymusichalloffame.org/events/online-family-program-introduction-to-garageband-2 for more information and Zoom registration.
The Art of New England
Take a tour through New England with artwork from the Worcester Art Museum from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
This docent-led program will look at works from well-known artists like Winslow Homer and Childe Hassam, as well as other artists who captured people and scenes from the region. Attendees will learn the story behind each piece while viewing corresponding images, and there will be time for questions. For ages 16 and up.
Visit mywpl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/the-art-of-new-england-a-virtual-tour-with-the-worcester-art-museum for more information and registration.
Monday Job Seekers at Harvard Ed Portal (One Day – Recurring)
Connecting with other job seekers can make all the difference in the world between exhaustion and enthusiasm. Join other job seekers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays for mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment in your job search. Job Seekers Connection energizes and motivates participants by teaching valuable career search strategies and techniques.
You are invited to exchange job leads, business cards, resumes, networking techniques, and interviewing tips. The topics addressed each week are based on input from the group. Sessions are held online via Zoom.
Go to https://edportal.harvard.edu/workforce for more information, including list of weekly topics and and Zoom register.
• SHORT TERM EVENTS
Doing Good Together Volunteer Opportunities
Doing Good Together has a list of opportunities for families (or individuals) to be in service in Boston. Read through the listings and see which opportunities inspire you. Take action and sign up for a volunteer opportunity – or try one of DGT’s at-home projects. You’ll be helping you and/or your family grow in kindness while helping others out.
Visit www.doinggoodtogether.org/family-volunteering-boston for more information, along with other helpful and fun resources.
JP Flea Market
Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.
Go to jpfixandflea.com/upcoming-events.html to view a fine assortment of treasures – local honey, records, jewelry, pipes, pottery, art, kids’ books, vintage clothing & accessories, teas, hand-printed apparel, candles, printed cards, handmade knits, bags, zines, woodwork, crystals, handmade soaps, organic dog treats, prints, patches, hand-stitched wallets, baskets, home décor, children's clothing, body-care and more – available from the 2020 Vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.
Belmont World’s Family Film Festival, Virtual Edition
Travel the world with your children—without leaving home during Martin Luther King weekend and beyond—by enjoying some of the most exciting international films for children, ages 3-12, in English and multiple languages with subtitles. Many are best on children's best-loved children's books.
All but three film programs (Fahim, the Little Chess Prince, Forward, and Hungry Bear Tales) will be available for streaming for the full 10 days through 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. Once you start a film, you will have 48 hours in which to finish it.
The only other timed events are the workshops and the Q&As with filmmakers.
Visit bwffamilyfest.eventive.org/welcome for more information and links to purchase tickets (films only; films only pass (3 or more); or full festival pass which includes workshops).
Politics After Voting: Organizing People for Change
Besides voting for our representatives, how else can we influence decision makers on the issues that impact our lives?
Learn from the experience of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), a broad-based organization where Temple Israel of Boston and more than 40 other congregations representing more than 50,000 people come together powerfully across religious, racial, ethnic, class and neighborhood lines for the public good.
The last of this three-part series, led by TI-GBIO leaders, will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at which time they will demystify the political structures that affect our lives and discuss how, by organizing, GBIO pushes on that system to make real change.
Go to tisrael.org/adult-education/gbio-class-winter for more information and Zoom registration. All are welcome.
Bringing the Outdoors, In (Online Class for Grades K-5)
Explore natural materials and see how the outdoor world inspires your creativity from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 – even if stuck inside.
Participants will design and build characters, objects and spaces that celebrate all the wonders of nature and their own unique ideas. As the group collaborates with one another, participants observe and re-imagine what lives and grows outdoors.
This small, interactive online class is hosted by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln).
Visit thetrustees.org/event/59497 for more information (including a suggested list of supplies, mostly found in nature) and registration (Member Child: $44 | Nonmember Child: $55).
Ranger-led programs at Arcadia National Park
Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, Maine) will offer a series of online ranger-led programs in January as follows:
Habitats of Acadia - Monday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m.
Venture to the forest, ocean, and the lakes and ponds of Acadia National Park and learn about the animals who call these places home. (45 minutes)
Bird Adaptations (Grades 4-6) Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.
From feathers to beaks and feet, birds vary quite a bit. In this lesson, the group will explore and appreciate the great diversity of these feathered friends. (45 minutes)
The Life & Spines of the Porcupine - Thursday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.
Easily recognized by its spines (or quills), the porcupine is well known in Maine. Some might consider it a pest or a danger to dogs, but there is more to this animal than a need to gnaw and a prickly exterior. Find out more about the life of the porcupine and the spines that make it one of a kind. (1 hour)
Owls - Friday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m.
This group will explore the world of owls - focusing on their behavior and unique adaptations that make them incredible nighttime hunters. (1 hour)
Programs are designed for public audiences but are also suitable for schools and home schools.
Register for these free programs at email@example.com.
North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences helps families see the big picture ... of the Universe.
From virtual crafts and activities to moon zooms, lectures to LEGOs, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days, slated for Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 31.
For a schedule of activities and registration to participate in the programs, visit naturalsciences.org/calendar/astronomy-days.
Boston Ballet: ‘Look Back, Focus Forward’
Boston Ballet will present Look Back, Focus Forward through Sunday, Jan. 31.
Take a virtual voyage of Boston Ballet’s history and artistic achievements, including outstanding international tours, the special relationship with Jiri Kylian’s repertoire, the intimate ballets from Leonid Yalkobson, and many more. This reflective collage celebrates their journey together and explores the exciting future ahead as they enter a new year.
Go to bostonballet.org for more information and registration ($30 or $150 for series).
A Far Cry Presents ‘Amazonita’
Amazonita, is a chamber music virtual concert featuring Grammy-nominated musicians A Far Cry ("Criers") performing music grounded in the cultural traditions of Peru, Colombia and Brazil.
Centered around four works, this program revels in the awe and beauty of the Earth and ancestral societies and contemplates how modernity interacts with them.
This concert consists of pre-recorded musical available on-demand through Sunday, Jan. 31.
At your leisure, view an introduction by one of the musicians, the performances and interviews with composers featured on the program. (1 hour, 20 minutes)
Go to https://edportal.harvard.edu/event/far-cry-presents-amazonita-0?delta=41 for the link to access this virtual concert with a free 30-Day Pass.
Sea Turtle Rescue on Cape Cod Series - Online
In late fall, sea turtles that have lingered in Cape Cod Bay succumb to dropping water temperatures, become cold-stunned, and wash ashore on bayside beaches. Since the 1970's, Mass Audubon staff and volunteers have rescued thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles.
Join Mass Audubon from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays for a three-part online series to explore the species of sea turtles found in the waters of Massachusetts, learn why they cold-stun, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the rescue process:
- Jan. 26 - Stranding Sea Turtles on Cape Cod
- Feb. 2 - Sea Turtle Cold-Stunning Research
Visit massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/76229-sea-turtle-rescue-on-cape-cod-series-online for more information and registration (Members: $50 | Nonmembers: $60).
Meat, Dairy and Everything In Between
Eating is one of the most mundane things we do every day, yet each time we eat is an opportunity for connecting to that which is beyond ourselves – to tradition, to peoplehood, to ethics and to the Sacred.
In this four-part series for young adults, the group will explore the ins and outs of Kashrut
(Jewish dietary practice), learning about the laws, spirituality and social implications of this component of religious life.
As with all Base BSTN learning, they make no assumptions about participant backgrounds, practices or religious experience – all are welcome. While grounded in traditional texts, this series is largely discussion-based and will benefit greatly from the participation and sharing that comes from participants.
The group will meet from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 3.
Go to jewishboston.com/events/meat-dairy-and-everything-in-between for more information and the link to register.
Owls of Massachusetts - Online
The striking physical appearance, amazing adaptations, and unique behaviors of owls have inspired centuries of mystery and legend across cultures. Populating all but one continent, owls often introduce people to the fascinating lives of birds and the nocturnal world.
This online Mass Audubon program will focus on the seven owl species found in Massachusetts and their significance in local habitats. Learn the best times, locations and methods for observing owls, and how to identify them by sight and sound. Learn about local owl banding, research and conservation efforts, and meet some of Mass Audubon's live owl wildlife ambassadors.
The series will be held on Fridays through Feb. 5. Each weekly session (from 7 to 8:30 p.m.) will include optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercises and a 30-minute follow-up discussion session (from 6:30 to 7 p.m.) the following week, providing an opportunity for people to observe owls and their habitats, and share discoveries and questions with classmates and presenters.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/76339-owls-of-massachusetts-online for more information and registration (Members: $75 | Nonmembers: $90).
Baking Across the Diaspora: A Virtual Cooking Class
Join Sara Gardner, culinary historian and all-around lover of bread, for this adventure across the diaspora through baking from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 7. The group will be exploring the diverse culinary traditions that comprise the global Jewish diaspora as we hone our technical baking skills.
Each week, the group will meet on Zoom to learn about a different baked good and the corresponding baking technique that makes it so delicious. From phyllo-wrapped to bulemas to versatile safouf to airy babka, participants will travel to Jewish communities all over the globe, kneading and sampling along the way. Feel free to join one class, or all five.
Visit www.tisrael.org/adult-education/baking-class-spring-2021 for more information and registration ($25 per class; Scholarships are available).
MassArt Made: Virtual Holiday Market
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in the MassArt Made Virtual Holiday Market, a temporary online showcase of student and alumni work. The virtual market will be live through Monday, Feb. 15.
Artists will receive 100 percent of their proceeds.
Go to https://massart.edu/holidaymarket to view.
Introduction to Watercolor Techniques with Ami Fagin (Virtual)
This course will introduce various professional watercolor techniques for the beginner or amateur. The participants will learn the basics together, (synchronously) and individually, (asynchronously) with Zoom based “art round-table” discussions and home based, lessons and practice sessions where you can paint with inspired abandon!
People will learn about the principles of compositional design through study, practice and conversation. Lessons will explore line, shape, texture, value, color, space, balance, emphasis, rhythm, scale and proportion. Learn and practice painting techniques including transparencies, bleeds, dropping color, wet on wet, dry brush and lifting. The home-based exercises will be punctuated with conversation and critique to expand an appreciation of fine art watercolor and our own compositions.
Class will meet together twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays for one-hour sessions for four weeks from 7 to 8 p.m. through Monday, Feb. 15 (a total of eight Zoom gatherings). Homework assignments will be practiced in between these class sessions. The event is hosted by the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard.
Visit thetrustees.org/event/58817 for more information and registration (Series Pricing: Member $120 | Nonmember $150).
Virtual Vinyasa Yoga
The perfect way to unwind at the end of a winter’s day is to take a virtual vinyasa yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26; Thursday, Feb. 4; Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Tuesday, Feb. 16.
These soothing Yoga Flows, led by YogaHub, will transport you to the idyllic Emerald Necklace parks while staying safe at home.
Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/calendar for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Outta The Books’
When the Treasury of Tales begins to crumble, an unlikely bunch of fairy-tale characters save the day using their powers of magic and music.
Filmed entirely during lockdown, and with cast and crew all in different cities, countries and continents, Outta the Books tells simple, time-tested, and meaningful tales.
Characters inspired by familiar fairy tales and fables come to life as they keep stories alive through song.
A new virtual multimedia experience for kids and families, this musical series can be found on YouTube through Feb. 20.
Learn more at www.outtathebooks.com.
Virtual City Walks: International Edition
Join six of the world’s leading architecture organizations as they team up to bring you a glimpse into their unique cities and spaces from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 through Feb. 27.
Virtual tours of Copenhagen: Scandinavian Cool (Jan. 23); Chicago: City of Architecture (Jan. 30); Boston: Reinvented (Feb. 6); Prague: Old Meets New (Feb. 13); New York City: SoHo Cast Iron Historic District (Feb. 20) Los Angeles: Vintage Cool (Feb. 27) providea people with an architecture lover’s look at some historic and contemporary icons alike.
This is a six-session series sponsored by the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), in collaboration with program partners Danish Architecture Center (DAC), Chicago Architecture Center, Boston By Foot, CAMP (Prague), AIANY/Center for Architecture, and the Los Angeles Conservancy.
Go to https://bostonbyfoot.org/VCWIE for more information about each session. All sessions will be held via Zoom and are available for purchase as a six-session package only ($48 – $60) at eventbrite.com/e/virtual-city-walks-international-edition-tickets-132450377645.
'Skip the Small Talk' with Aeronaut Online
Maybe you're one of those people who says that they "hate other people." Maybe you're an extrovert who can't get enough of human interaction. Maybe you have social anxiety. Or maybe you're not quite any of these things and you're just looking for a novel way to interact with humans without changing out of your pajama pants.
No matter where you're coming from, no matter how skeptical or nervous or excited you feel about talking to strangers... if you crave human interaction, then online Skip the Small Talks are designed for you. They use question prompts and a structure designed based in psychology research to help you get vulnerable with strangers in a way that actually feels safe and that brings out the best in people.
Skip the Small Talk events will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on alternating Wednesdays through Feb. 27.
Go to eventbrite.com/d/online/skip-the-small-talk for more information and registration (“pay as you wish” donations).
Children's Theater Presents: Forest of Feelings
The NYC Children's Theater presents Forest of Feelings, an online, interactive, live show created by Yo Re Mi, that teaches young theatergoers (geared for ages 2-5) about emotions, music and yoga.
With the audience’s help, two friends must return a lost laugh to its faraway home.
The show runs 30 minutes and can be viewed at 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 28.
Go to nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-programs/forest-of-feelings for more information and Zoom registration ($20/Family).
Allston-Brighton Winter Market (Virtual)
The fourth annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market will be held virtually through Sunday, Feb. 14.
Celebrate local creative entrepreneurship by browsing fine art, artisanal goods, unique services, one-of-a-kind commissions, and handcrafted gifts. Support the local musicians, too – listen while shopping. All of the proceeds from all sales go directly to the vendors.
To shop on the website at edportal.harvard.edu/virtual-winter-market, click the shopping cart icon below each photo. A new window will open to an individual artist's website where you can make a purchase directly or view more work. All of our vendors offer shipping (note: turn-around time varies per artist). Some artists also offer local pickup, personalization, custom commissions, gift certificates and/or gift wrapping. Many donate a portion of their sales to charity, too.
Happily Ever (Virtual) Expo
Planning a wedding? The organizer of New England Area Happily Ever Expo - virtual edition invites you to grab a glass of wine, your fiancé, and curl up on the couch with your laptop.
When registering for this event, gain unlimited access to watch through videos and scroll through listings of only the wedding professionals needed to plan your wedding. People will be able to log in at any time once they are registered for a ticket and watch as many times as needed. This event will expire on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/happily-ever-expo-virtual-expo-new-england-area-tickets-119663204867 for more information (including a list of free giveaways and a raffle for a honeymoon) and registration.
Massachusetts Wildlife Success Stories Series - Online
Wildlife restoration efforts in Massachusetts can provide surprisingly good news within the wild world. Several animals, including some that were endangered or at risk, have made a comeback. The work takes collaborative partnerships, public support, habitat management, and many, many hours in the field by dedicated scientists and volunteers, but it is so worth it.
Learn the stories of how populations dwindled and returned, and what it took to get there. Classes can be taken individually or as part of an eight-week series presented by Mass Audubon from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Jan. 28: Wildlife Success Stories: Osprey
Feb. 4: Wildlife Success Stories: Blanding's Turtle & Diamondback Terrapin
Feb. 11: Wildlife Success Stories: Bald Eagle
Feb. 18: Wildlife Success Stories: Peregrine Falcon & American Kestrel
March 4: Wildlife Success Stories: Spadefoot Toad
Go to massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/76168-massachusetts-wildlife-success-stories-series-online for more information and registration (Members: $15 | Nonmembers: $20 per class; Members: $90 | Nonmembers: $120 per series).
Adventures in the Wildest Places Travelogue Series - Online
Every culture has shared stories of travels since we started sitting around campfires. The lessons learned from traveling to wild places tell us as much about ourselves as they do the magic of immersing oneself in nature. We long for connections to faraway places and have enjoyed living vicariously through each other's tales of deep forests, endless seas, thunderous migrations and everywhere in between.
Mass Audubon will present an online series from noon to 1:30 on Fridays that will capture our imaginations as we travel by foot, boat, bicycle and space shuttle to some of the earth's most precious corners near, far and beyond as follows:
Jan. 29: Sailing Baja California
Feb. 5: Arctic Travel Photography
Feb. 12: From Hiking Mount Rainer to Living on the ISS - Online
Feb. 19: Yellowstone in the Off-season
Feb. 26: Biking the Tour Divide
March 5: The Great Bear Rainforest
The facilitators hope to inspire participants to plan, prepare, and skill-build for trips that help open minds, connect to diverse cultures and foster stewardship for all places wild.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/76345-adventures-in-the-wildest-places-travelogue-series-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers per class: $24; Members: $140 | Nonmembers: $168 per series).
Winter Neighborhood Naturalist Series - Online
Enhance your outdoor observation skills, explore your nature questions, and uncover connections throughout the natural world with a Mass Audubon online winter natural history series presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Participants will study winter ecology and overwintering practices and learn the tools and tricks to get the most out of independent visits, including how to contribute to community science databases.
Each topic will consist of an online presentation; two weeks to complete assigned guided explorations, observation and data gathering; and an online follow-up for discussion and questions.
Winter topics covered:
- Introduction to Winter Ecology (Jan. 27)
- Overwintering Strategies (Jan. 27 and Feb. 10)
- Tracks & Signs (Feb. 10 and Feb. 24)
- Winter Botany (Feb. 24 and March 10)
Visit massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/76221-winter-neighborhood-naturalist-series-online for more information and registration (Members: $75 | Nonmembers: $90 per series; Members: $25 | Nonmembers: $30 per class).
Cocktails for Conservation
Join Zoo New England from 6 to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays for Cocktails for Conservation, their new virtual happy hour series. During these virtual programs, hear from Zoo New England experts and learn more about the passion, care and commitment that fuels their work to save species from extinction and inspires caring and action on behalf of wildlife and wild places.
- Feb. 18 - Sex at the Zoo: Mating rituals and attraction in the animal kingdom
- March 25 - Keeping Our World Wild: Zoo New England’s Commitment to Saving Species and Inspiring Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders
This is a great opportunity to plan a virtual meet-up with friends, learn about the natural world and enjoy your favorite cocktail from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds support Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.
Short Path Distillery will be providing cocktail recipes to make at home.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/cocktails-for-conservation for more information and reservations ($15 per session - includes door prize tickets).
‘Revolution in the Air’ Virtual Lecture Series
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor will present their Winter Lecture Series - "Revolution in the Air" at 2 p.m. on select Saturdays. The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
This six-part series investigates how the Blackstone River Valley has served as an incubator of revolutionary thought and change. Scholars and park staff will lead presentations on a variety of topics including labor reform, ethnic religion and politics, the cotton economy and architecture as follows:
- Jan. 23: STRIKE! Hopedale 1913 with Allison Horrocks and Mark Mello, Park Rangers
- Feb. 6: Slavery, Abolition and the Rise of Industrial Capitalism with Manisha Sinha, Professor, University of Connecticut
- Feb. 20: King Midas's Curse with Andrew Schnetzer, Park Ranger
- March 6: Ethnic Politics and the Catholic Church in Rhode Island with Evelyn Sterne, Professor, University of Rhode Island
- March 20: Was there "One Best Way"? with Jane Lancaster, Independent Historian
- April 3: Cotton River-lution: The Blackstone's Role in the Booming New England Cotton Economy with Allison Meyette, AmeriCorps Vista, Blackstone River Valley NHP
Visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-search.htm for more information and registration.
NAMI PSAN Speaker Series
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN) and Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community will host a virtual speaker series from 6:30 to 8:30 on the third Thursday of the month on Zoom. Each event will feature a short presentation and plenty of time for questions and answers as follows:
Feb. 18 - Speaker: Sandra Whitney-Sarles
Whitney-Sarles will share her recovery story and how work has played a major role in that process.
March 18 - Speaker: Karen Gromis
Karen Gromis will talk about her recovery and the Saturday, May 22, 2021 NAMI Walk which again will be virtual. Put on your thinking caps in advance and volunteer some out of the box ways to celebrate the day other than 5000 strong meeting and walking at Artesani Park.
April 15 - Speaker: Idony Lisle
Lisle will be telling her recovery story and talking about her work as the Assistant Director of the Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community.
Go to www.mbrlc.org/zoom-speaker-series for more information and Zoom link.
The Wild Side of STEAM Series
Kids can get a glimpse of some un-ZOO-sual careers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month through May 7.
Webinars explore the variety of unique careers available in science, technology, engineering, arts and math with time for Q&A. The free Webinars are best enjoyed by students in grades 6-8, but are open to all.
Go to nationalzoo.si.edu/education/virtual-programs-calendar for more information and the link to Zoom.
JLive provides the best of everything – intimate, unplugged style performances, gallery tours, cooking demos and conversations with some of Boston's most interesting talent.
The spring season line up takes place at noon as follows:
- Wednesday, Feb. 10: Composer and musician Derek David
- Wednesday, March 10: Jewish-American violinist Ilana Zaks
- Friday, April 2: ‘Brighter Connected’ artist Silvina Mizrahi
- Friday, April 30: Israeli eatery Cafe Landwer’s Nir Caspi
- Friday, May 14: Artist and fabric specialist Anita Rabinoff-Goldman
- Friday, June 4: Spiritual Jewish music icon Zachary Meyer
- Friday, June 18: Sculptural artist Adria Arch
Go to jartsboston.org/event/jlive-series-virtual for more information about each program and Zoom registrations. The programs are free; donations welcome.
How to Work Less and Earn More (One Day Recurring)
In today’s internet-focused society, there’s no shortage of ways to generate income while minimizing your expenses. The most successful leaders and business owners have mastered the idea of “work smarter, not harder.”
Here are five quick things to do to work less and earn more: 1) Automate your workload; 2) Outsource; 3) Hire a virtual assistant; 4) Collaborate and network and 5) Schedule some down time.
Following these five strategies are a great start to working less. With more available time in your schedule, you can pursue additional opportunities or expand on existing ones, giving you the ability to earn more. Mastering these five strategies, like anything else you want to master, will take time, action and commitment.
Join Samex, LLC for a free presentation, where they’ll show how to get started with working less and earning more. The workshops are offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the 11th of each month through Aug. 11.
They’ll dive in deeper and eliminate any confusion about the best ways to implement these five strategies. You’ll know what questions to ask before pursuing any new income opportunities and know exactly what you want to achieve and where to concentrate your efforts.
Go to www.eventbrite.com for more information, including a description of the five strategies, and registration.
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.
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.
• FUNDRAISERS FOR NON-PROFITS (Date Related)
Hope Virtual Gala
Employment Options will present their annual Hope Virtual Gala from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.
The Hope Gala is an evening of celebration during which the organization recognizes individuals with mental health conditions, commemorating their heroic recovery journeys. The event includes powerful stories, a silent auction and an awards ceremony.
David Seymour, Flipping Boston (2012), will Emcee this inspirational event. They will showcase true stories of triumph and adversity from the heroes of Employment Options Awards and Recognition: The Hope Award and The Toni A Wolf ‘Power of Change’ Award.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/the-hope-gala-tickets-131954107287 for more information and registration.
Winter Walk BOSTON to End Homelessness
For the fifth year, a consortium of agencies, including Pine Street Inn, Women’s Lunch Place, St. Francis House, Boston Health Care for the Homeless and Common Cathedral, are sponsoring a 2-mile fundraising walk through the streets of Boston to help end homelessness in Boston.
Participants will to take their own walk (independently or as a family or small team) between Friday, Jan. 29 and Sunday Feb. 7 and then gather at 3 p.m. on Feb. 7 for a special online presentation with stories shared from some of Greater Boston’s homeless community.
Go to www.winterwalkboston.org for more information, including other ways to get involved, and registration.
The Endless Possibilities Gala
Join The Arc of Massachusetts for their annual celebration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism and all that is possible. The Endless Possibilities Gala will be held virtually on Thursday, Feb. 11.
The festivities will kick-off at 6 p.m. with a virtual cocktail soiree. Enjoy live music, mingling with other guests, and a toast to people with disabilities achieving great things. The gala will start at 7 p.m. and will feature an inside look at The Arc, guests, speakers, an online auction and some surprises.
Tickets to the virtual cocktail soiree and gala are $250 per person and include an instant cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres and wine sent prior to the event. The gala and program are free and open to all with advanced registration.
All proceeds directly support The Arc’s mission. It is their largest source of unrestricted revenue.
Visit www.arcmass.org/EndlessPossibilities to become a sponsor, donate an auction item or order tickets.
Souper Bowl XIII
The 13th annual Haley House Souper Bowl will be held virtually on Sunday, Feb. 14.
A ticket will include a quart of soup made by a local chef; a handmade, one-of-a kind, ceramic bowl made by their partners at MassArt CACP and Clay for Change; fresh bread from Iggy's; and a virtual program in the evening. To make a night of it, you'll also be able to enjoy add-ons such as beer, wine, Haley House merch and their famous chocolate chip cookies. It makes for a great Valentine's date.
The fun Souper Bowl packages can be picked up at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury to enjoy safely at home.
All proceeds benefit the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, and Live-In Community, 23 Dartmouth St. in South End and Haley House Bakery Café and Catering, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.
Visit haleyhouse.org/updates/souperbowl13 for more information and tickets ($40) – on sale now.
The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St. in Dorchester) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.
The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March, has recently (August) established a crowdsourced Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open. All donations (no matter how large or small) are greatly appreciated.
To learn more about this family-fun establishment and to make a donation, visit chezvousrollerrink.com. For more information, phone 617-825-6877.
• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)
Uncle Julie’s Kids Trivia Show
Uncle Julie's Kids Trivia Show is a fun family-style quiz show, designed for kids, ages 6 to 13. But anyone can play along.
Join Uncle Julie for trivia, special guests, the quote of the day, an inspirational message, and a riddle on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Ga9hwhovyKDFyUxDe_IvQ/featured.
Visit unclejulie.tv for more info.
Chickenshed NYC Tales from the Shed
The popular Tales from the Shed for young children and their families has returned – still live, immersive and inclusive, but now online.
Meet Chickenshed friends Lion Down, The Thing That Goes Blurgh and their friends. Using a secure online platform, the professional teaching artists takes kids on a great adventure – from wherever you are. And Chickenshed's inclusive methodology means that children of all abilities and backgrounds can play.
The virtual doors open at 9:45 a.m. on Saturdays with pre-show activities, and the show begins promptly at 10 a.m. For security purposes latecomers will not be admitted and a new link and password will be required for each show.
Go to www.chickenshednyc.org/events for more information and tickets ($20/Family).
Mornings with Matt
Sing-a-long with Matt Heaton at 10 a.m. on weekdays via Facebook, YouTube, and/or Zoom. Interactive songs will have kids jumping, dancing and singing together with Matt and Friends.
Tune in, chat, make requests – it’s his favorite part of the day. He also likes knock-knock jokes, so share them as well.
Remember the Tip Jar links and survey form. Visit mattheatonmusic.com 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.
Join Bruce Adolphe (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) as the world’s greatest and only Private Ear, Inspector Pulse, for short, weekly music lessons exploring the fundamentals of music-making and a digital Q&A. Also featuring Katja Stroke-Adolphe as Inspector Pulse's daughter, Katja Pulse.
Streaming at 11 a.m. on Fridays on the CMS Facebook page, videos will then be available for on-demand streaming on the CMS website with accompanying activities and a learning guide.
Perfect for young and curious music-lovers, each week features a different theme.
Go to chambermusicsociety.org/cms-front-row/inspector-pulse-at-home for more information.
Tunefoolery livestream concerts/open mic nights
Tunefoolery will present interactive online concerts from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and will host Open Mic nights from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom.
All of their online concerts are recorded and available for later viewing on their Facebook page.
Tunefoolery Music is a unique and courageous community of more than 60 musicians in mental health recovery who have created a safe place where loving support, paid work, and learning are the foundation for healing and recovery. Their mission – changing perceptions note by note – is to bring quality music, along with an inspiring message of recovery and hope, to their peers and to the world.
Visit www.tunefoolery.org for more information and the links to join.
‘e’ inc. Discovery Planet
"Discovery Planet" is a new digital learning experience where students can watch their favorite "e" inc. educators teach lessons about the wonders of water and our world's amazing animals.
A lesson geared toward kids in Grades 2 & 3 and Grades 4 & 5 will be posted on their YouTube Channel as follows:
- Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Discovery Planet: Animals & Their Habitats
- Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Discovery Planet: Our Water World
Go to www.einc-action.org/discovery-planet.html for more information, including the link to the YouTube Channel.
Free Chess Games for Kids
The New England Chess School in Newton is offering free virtual chess games for youth, ages 6 and older, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Chess Lessons are a great way to learn chess, but what about practice? Sure, classes are interesting, but how about just fun and social event where kids can meet and play the great game of chess in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.
Visit https://chessne.com/sundaygamesfree for registration and more information.
PuppetTime Online: A Puppetry Interview Series
Join Puppet Kitchen's Eric Wright at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays on YouTube and Facebook Live for PK's Puppet Time Online.
Each week features an interview with a special guest and spotlights a different aspect of puppetry, from design to mechanisms to performance. Past guests have included Sesame Street puppeteer Ryan Dillon, marionette artist Phillip Huber and Broadway choreographer Ellenore Scott.
Eric Wright currently* puppeteers Audrey II in Off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors. *Well, not currently, currently, but until recently and in a beautiful awaiting future wherein people can once again gather to share stories in the dark.
Sea Chantey Sing-Along
Cooped up in one place with the same people? That was the life of sailors on long voyages back in the day. And just like sailors of yore, you can break the monotony with a rousing sea chantey sing-along.
NYC's South Street Seaport Museum's monthly Chantey Sing returns — virtually from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. Join the round-robin of shared songs, featuring members of the New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear.
Register in advance for the Zoom invite at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.
Seventh Inning Stretch
After completing 120 consecutive daily live shows on July 23, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor has moved his “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show to 3 p.m. on Mondays.
So tune in live at Facebook Live and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs.
Although the show and fun is free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.
Book Club for Kids with Special Needs
Angela Waring, Director of Social and Behavioral Supports at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will read books out loud on Zoom from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on select Tuesdays through May 5. Participants will identify and discuss the characters’ feelings and try to relate to their experiences.
This book club is designed for children with special needs.
Go to www.jfcsboston.org for more information and Zoom registration.
Alex Makes Art
Crafternoons on Zoom will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Join Alex as she makes art using household items to create project that are modifiable for all ages.
Go to www.alexmakesart.com for descriptions and pictures plus a link to register for each class ($10 or by donation).
Once you register, you will receive a Zoom ID Login + Password and a materials list.
Camp Bonkers Live Show
Welcome to Camp Bonkers Live Show – a show where kids are encouraged to embrace their uniqueness, try new things and take part in fun imaginative activities with friends.
At Camp Bonkers, every day is different. It’s an opportunity to learn, create and explore.
New videos premiere on YouTube at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Visit https://www.campbonkers.com for more information, including Bonkers downloads.
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.
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.
Celebrity Series of Boston at Home
The Celebrity Series at Home features a diverse lineup of classical music, modern and classical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances as follows:
- Castle of our Skins: Remember King – Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
- Alyssa Wang, violist: Memories – Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- Quartet Kalos: The Songs We Make – Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30
- Hub New Music: Listening Local – Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- Charles Overton and Julian Loida: Harp and Vibraphone duo – Thursday, March 25 at 7:30
- An Evening of Musical Tales with Guy Mendilow – Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
- Women of the World – Thursday, April 15
- Veronica Robles Cinco de Mayo Celebration: All-Female Mariachi Band! – Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit celebrityseries.org for more information and registration.
• 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 a Company Class at 11 a.m. on Sundays 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…
To help everyone transition through these difficult times, the Phoenix is providing high quality live-streamed and on demand programs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily via Zoom/The Phoenix – including meditation, social hour and a variety of fitness programs such as yoga, functional movement and CrossFit training.
Access schedules here.
Home Yoga for all Levels
MixPose Live Stream Online Yoga is a livestream platform specifically devoted to yoga and fitness classes. MixPose offers a unique AI pose-tracking technology that provides feedback to instructors and users, creating a more interactive and specialized experience for virtual yoga.
MixPose offers a variety of free online yoga classes, from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels – incorporating classical Pilates flow with yoga stretches, from top online yoga instructors available multiple times a day and welcome all ages and levels of experience to join.
See more information about their live stream yoga platform and sign up for free yoga classes on their MixPose site.
Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique. It helps reduce stress and increase wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. By practicing Sahaja Meditation, you will become more positive and productive and the importance of your life will become clear. Anyone (kids and adults) can do it. It’s also free.
Sahaja Online offers a variety of guided meditation sessions to fit your specific needs. These free sessions are led by expert instructors and streamed live to make it easy to practice from home or anywhere else on any device. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day and evening.
Most of the sessions address the need of first-time attendees, but it is always useful for people new to Sahaja meditation to attend an introductory program first.
Visit https://sahajaonline.com/meditate-online for more information, including class schedules and links to join the classes.
EPIC Virtual Programs
Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) prepares young people with disabilities to be actively engaged community leaders through education, leadership development and community service.
The virtual youth groups listed below are open to any young person with a disability between the ages of 14-26 in the state of Massachusetts.
- Wednesday Youth Support Group: a general youth support groups held at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Game Day Thursday: various virtual games at 2 p.m. on Thursdays
- Friday Fun: Whether they are doing virtual scavenger hunts, movie nights, talent shows, or trivia, you will be sure to have a good time with them at 2 p.m. on Fridays
The following groups are for current and past EPIC Service Warriors.
- EPIC Lunch Room: Daily at 12:30 p.m.
- You Lead: Mondays at 2 p.m.
- Service Tuesdays: Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Visit www.epicleaders.org/copy-of-youth-support-groups for more information and registration.
Virtual Special Olympics Massachusetts Programs
Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) offers a variety of sports and fitness programs and other fun activities throughout the year for individuals with special needs.
Visit specialolympicsma.org/events/calendar for more information.
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance
Boston, Newton and the North Shore will offer virtual classes designed for individuals with disabilities from ages 2 to adults.
- Specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome, ages 2 to adult, in Boston and Newton (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
- Specialized classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ages 5 to adult, in Boston and Newton (Sundays)
- Inclusive classes for individuals of all abilities and needs ages 5 to adult in the North Shore (Tuesdays) and Newton (Saturdays and Sundays)
This program helps enhance: Creativity and self-expression, self-esteem and self-confidence; Increased pride cooperating with and encouraging others; Increased appreciation and knowledge of music and rhythm; Distinguishing right and left, attending to and following directions; Increased focus, improved balance, posture and alignment.
For more information contact visit the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition for the program is $420 (including fees); Financial aid is available.
Dance It Out: Creative Ballet and Dance Making (Online Class for Gr 2-5)
Want to learn some ballet? Work on your break dancing? Are you all about costumes? Love music and storytelling?
Join the group via Zoom from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays through March 6 to practice dance warm-ups, learn some new moves and tell stories via dance. They’ll top it with costumes, characters, and the world premiere of the groups own creative dance performance for family and friends.
This small, interactive online class will be taught by Mary Teuscher and hosted by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln). All that’s needed is comfortable clothing and some space to move.
Visit thetrustees.org/event/59495 for more information and registration (Member Child: $100 | Nonmember Child: $120).
Parks Winter Fitness Programs
Free fitness classes will be offered by certified instructors sponsored by Boston Parks and Recreation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Boston Public Health Commission through May 1 as follows:
- Family Fitness – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays
- Yoga – 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays
- Dance HIIT – 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays
- Salsa – 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays
- Line Dancing – 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Chair Yoga with Ivor – 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays
- Zumba – 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays
- Barre Class – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays
- Strength Training – 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays
Go to www.boston.gov/events for more information and registration about these virtual events.
Tremble Clefs Parkinson’s Chorus
The Tremble Clefs choral group, designed to help strengthen the voices of people with Parkinson’s disease, will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Mondays on Zoom.
New and experienced singers are welcome. No auditions. Join any time.
To learn more about this program presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service program, visit www.jfcsboston.org.
Parkinson’s Therapeutic Movement and Dance
A therapeutic movement and dance group, designed to target the movement challenges of Parkinson’s disease, will be held from 10:30 to noon on Wednesdays on Zoom.
To learn more about this program presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service program, visit www.jfcsboston.org.
NAMI @home is a Support Group with a Difference.
The NAMI @home program will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom. There will be a Family and Peer open support group on the first and third Tuesday, a presentation on the second Tuesday, and a DBT support group on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
These groups, free and open to everyone over the age of 18.
Visit https://namimass.org/nami-mass-home for more information and Zoom link.
Sunday Morning Yoga
Join RevelEleven at 11 a.m. on Sundays for beginning yoga to soothe the mind, body and soul.
This hour-long yoga class with Seattle instructor Tina Templeman (and associates) is accessible for all levels of yoga.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/sunday-morning-yoga-all-levels-tickets-101741920824 for more information and Zoom registration.
NAMI Connection Support Groups
NAMI Connection is a free, peer-led support group for people who are concerned about their mental health. Groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there. NAMI Connection groups allow you to talk about your experiences in a safe and confidential setting. The groups encourage empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. People will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others.
The NAMI Connection Support Groups are currently offered remotely – online or by conference call – at various times throughout the week. You are welcome to attend any group that works for you.
Visit https://namimass.org/nami-connection-recovery-support-groups for more information including a list of groups with Zoom/phone links to attend.
Meditation 101 Series
At Meditation 101, slated from 12:05 to 12:35 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 2, learn how to harness your mind’s fundamental abilities and practice techniques to overcome the obstacles that stand between you and a peaceful state of being.
Lesson I: Attention + Awareness
You will learn and experience the difference between focused attention and peripheral awareness.
Lesson 2: Focusing on the Present
You will learn and experience spontaneous introspective awareness: how to catch yourself after getting distracted and stay positive on course.
Lesson 3: Introspective Awareness
You will learn and experience how to use the technique of labeling to harness the metacognitive aspect of meditation: being able to think about your thinking.
Lesson 4: Increasing mindfulness
You will learn and experience how to play between attention and awareness and increase the total capacity of your consciousness.
Go to www.yogahub.life/calendar for more information and registration.
Jean Appolon Expressions Livestream
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is committed to building caring communities by creating hope and healing through Haitian Folkloric dance.
JAE offers a variety of dance classes with Jean Appolon and Company Dancers as follows:
– Power Workout with Jean Appolon – 7 to 7:20 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays via Facebook (Classes are free; donations are welcome).
– African Dance Workout with Mcebisi Xotyeni – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom ($50 month/$20 per class)
– Creative Dance for Kids with Meg McGrath and Jean Appolon – 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays through December via Zoom. All ages welcome! ($100 suggested, $50 minimum, $150 Family)
– Haitian Folklore with Jean Appolon – 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through December via Facebook ($100-$300)
Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information and registration.
NamaStay Connected is an online series created by the people at NamaStaySober in order to keep you feeling connected and supported.
Among the offerings are a variety of yoga classes, mindfulness and meditations, community conversations, women’s circle and a book club.
These classes are free with a suggested tax-deductible donation of $5 per class/$20 a week.
Visit www.namastaysober.com/memberships for more information and registration for the Zoom and Instagram Live links.
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, accompanied by a backdrop of beautiful scenery and peaceful music.
Visit at250.mit.edu for other information, including a link to participate in this ZOOM webinar.
Accessible Virtual Martial Arts
An Accessible Martial Arts Program for people with and without disabilities who want to learn and practice self-defense, stretching, exercise and relaxation techniques will be offered at 5 p.m. every other Wednesday.
They will also post additional content on Facebook throughout the week to help keep you active.
This recreation program is supported by Easter Seals Massachusetts, YWCA Central Massachusetts, Center for Living & Working, Bay State Wheelers and the REDD Group.
Visit www.easterseals.com or contact Desi Forte, Youth Services Manager, DForte@eastersealsma.org for more information and required registration.
Inclusive Dance Party for Kids
Join the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Music Therapist for an hour of dancing and music with friends from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select Sundays on Zoom.
These Music Therapy sessions are designed for kids with autism and/or neurological disabilities, and children of all abilities are welcome to participate.
Visit www.jfcsboston.org for more information.
Youth Leadership Network group
Looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Join Easterseals Massachusetts for an online Youth Leadership Network group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. It does not matter if you have never been to a YLN group before or if you typically go to the in-person groups, all are invited to take part.
The Youth Leadership Network (YLN) promotes self-advocacy and self-awareness for teens and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 to 26. This is a state-wide initiative for youth to make friends in their local communities and within the larger Network group.
All groups and events feature fun, interactive discussions about communication, teamwork, community service, disability rights, career interests and employment skills.
Go to www.easterseals.com/ma/get-involved/events for more information and registration.
‘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.
'Get Anything Done Intro' Online
Are you lonely, unfulfilled, feeling lost or distracted, are you unhappy with your job, missing a meaningful relationship, bored of your routine, spinning your wheels, or do you feel hopeless about your direction? If so, it’s time to start a new path...
In “Get Anything Done Intro Online,” presented by Jason Dzamba from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through June 24: Learn how to overcome procrastination forever; master your day using timed intervals; triple your productivity; uncover your sprint goals and deep goals and master a simple process that produces consistent results.
the Zoom link is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7843244757?pwd=a0pKRXBOTEtFV3lRMjJBVXBMcUdhdz09 | Meeting ID: 784 324 4757 | Password: 3rLQxj
Go to www.eventbrite.com for more information and registration.
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.
Ujima is Swahili for collective work and responsibility. Their vision for a just and sustainable Boston is based on the belief that we all have a role to play in creating an equitable economy.
Join them for #UjimaWednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays via Zoom.
Check out their events page at www.ujimaboston.com to register and to find other events in the community.
ED Recovery Group for Women via Zoom
Cambridge Women’s Center offers a peer group for women experiencing disordered eating (including restricting, bingeing, purging, over-exercise, etc.) from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. This group approaches recovery from a nonjudgmental, body-positive perspective. Each month focuses on a topic.
For more info and the meeting link, contact Devyn: feministEDrecovery@gmail.com.
Visit www.cambridgewomenscenter.org to learn more.
Separated or divorced? Find hope and healing at DivorceCare.
Hosted by the DivorceCare team at Park Street Church and presented from a Christian perspective, this class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Apr. 15 via Zoom.
Visit www.parkstreet.org/events/divorcecare for more information, including the email to pre-register.
Ancient Wisdom for Stress-Free Living
Discover how to attain calmness, clarity and purpose in today’s challenging environment. A unique opportunity to think about life, your approach to it and finding true peace, purpose and fulfillment.
This knowledge is derived from the ancient eastern philosophy of Vedanta (Veda: Wisdom, Anta: End) which literally means the ultimate wisdom. These free weekly lectures will be taught online by Gautamji, senior protégé of the celebrated philosopher and Guru Swami Parthasarathy from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 28.
Gautamji has dedicated more than 25 years to full-time study and teaching of ancient wisdom and its role in modern life. He has spoken to many elite organizations and institutions in the US and abroad.
Go to www.vedantausa.org/online-weekly-lectures for more information and Zoom registration.
Line Dancing with Julie Kaufmann Dancin' Virtual
All in-person classes are on hiatus, but Zoom on-line lessons and dancing are happening! So, push back the couch, roll back the rug, move the kitchen table, and get ready to dance!
Line Dancing with Julie Kaufmann Dancin’ schedule:
Sundays - Beginner hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Improver + hour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays Improver + from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sliding scale donations are gratefully accepted. If you are income-impacted in any way, 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).
Visit https://jkdance.com for more information, including links to join.
Pilates with Lisa Kleiman
Join RevelEleven and fitness enthusiast Lisa Kleiman for a workout that improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance and posture from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays through Jan. 29.
Visit eventbrite.com/e/pilates-with-lisa-kleiman-tickets-107244370800 for more information and Zoom registration. Suggested offering of $5-$10/class appreciated (Venmo: Lisa-Kleiman).
Let’s Laugh Today
It’s a good time to try something new and take care of our mental and emotional health. Let’s Laugh Today will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays free on Zoom. You can sit or stand the entire time. All ages are welcome.
In these challenging times, there is nothing like a good belly laugh to help release stress and anxiety. These laughter and deep breathing exercises help to bring more fresh oxygen into the body and brain helping you feel more energetic and healthier. It's a great way to connect with other people through eye contact while remaining socially distant and it is thoroughly up-lifting and immunity-boosting. Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainers and Laughter Ambassadors, Linda and Bill Hamaker.
Visit www.letslaughtoday.com for more information and the link to join.
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 is held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The group is led and moderated by Robert Berend, J.D., Ph.D., who has been offering this group at different locations around the world for more than 20 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 and link to Zoom.
Zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 392-906-8802 Password: BOSTON
‘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.
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
Steps from the ocean, an underwater wonderland awaits. Their kid-friendly Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier features 100+ species of marine life that live right offshore. The Aquarium is temporarily closed, but catch them virtually.
Heal the Bay Aquarium goes live on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, offering virtual visits with baby sharks and a look at its new exhibits.
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.
For the coolest updates and cutest critters, follow them on their social media platforms. Links and other information can be found at healthebay.org.
New England Aquarium –Virtual Tours, Videos and Activities
The New England Aquarium will offer programs such as their Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters so people can visit their favorite animals from home as well as the Blue Planet Science Series.
Follow them on social media to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists. New videos premiere every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Also watch live views from inside the New England Aquarium and find fun projects and activities to try from home.
Visit neaq.org for more information.
Roger Williams Park Zoo – School Zoo (Rhode Island)
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to more than 160 rare and fascinating species from around the world. Learn all about them online.
Check Zoo School where “kids are in charge” on their Facebook and YouTube channels.
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 as well as minis, bulls and cows, goats, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters and wildlife on the live cams.
All are welcome to tune into their daily Facebook Live meet-and-greet with their animal residents. 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 animal 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
The Franklin Park and Stone zoos have more than 200 species that you can “meet” and learn about alphabetically, by type and by exhibit. You can also see them in action.
Catch a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, select crafts and activities to do at home and lots more.
A full list of activities can be found at www.zoonewengland.org including links to their social media pages.
Visit www.facebook.com/franklinparkzoo 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 founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions.
Approximately 200 scientists’ work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, and one of the largest natural history libraries in the world.
The Museum’s website and collection of apps for mobile devices extend its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond its walls. You can find scientific articles and videos on topics including climate change and human health, as well as science classes, games and quizzes for kids.
Visit amnh.org for more information.
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 Ships & Museum
Experience the Boston Tea Party anywhere year-round. The Boston Party Ships & Museum offer several virtual “revolutionary” experiences to help you learn about the 18th century.
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.
Tea Talks are an in-depth Series on the Myths, Truths, and Untold Stories of the Boston Tea Party – their live and interactive and perfect for the curious minds of all ages – with new topics every month in an hour specialized Zoom presentation.
Visit the website to experience museum virtually, including 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 and and Science @ 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.
Go to www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park to find other NPS museums as well.
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/mus/index.html.
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is home to distinguished permanent collections from around the globe; holdings include paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and decorative objects, from antiquity to the contemporary moment. Virtual visitors can enjoy the virtual galleries of the Davis Museum in 3-D.
On the Davis Museum’s website, visitors can also 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.
Be sure to visit their calendar for interesting virtual events to attend.
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 EcotTarium in Worcester is a “hands-on” place to learn about science and the natural world.
Explore three floors of indoor interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, and daily Science Discovery programs.
You can also learn about its animals with free educational content on its website.
Discover more at www.ecotarium.org.
EMK Institute on YouTube
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 YouTube, 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.
Edith (Hemenway) and W.E.C. Eustis lived on this estate with twin sons Gus and Fred and younger daughter Mary. Because of the size of the property, the family employed a full domestic staff in the mansion as well as a large staff to manage the grounds, greenhouse and farm complex.
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, including upcoming virtual events.
Gibson House Museum Virtual Tours
The home served as residence to three generations of Gibson family members and their household staff between 1859 and 1954. The Museum’s four floors of period rooms, including the original kitchen, are a time capsule of domestic life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Visitors experience the house through guided tours that interpret class and culture through the stories and objects of the people who lived and worked there.
Catch up on blogs, take a virtual tour and learn more about its history and upcoming events at www.thegibsonhouse.org.
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.
Discover the latest offerings – from Art Talk videos to special tours to family-friendly resources and free online live events which are open to everyone 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 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.
Each day the MFA highlights various pieces of art over social media with descriptions, podcasts and commentary, along with videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.
And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.
Visit www.mfa.org for more details.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (NYC)
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
MoMA’s rich and varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art, along with a wide range of educational programming from artist talks to family workshops.
Visit moma.org for a virtual tour of their collections, along with a calendar of virtual events.
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
The Museum of Science Boston is one of the largest Science centers in the world and can be enjoyed remotely with new content added to their website and social media platforms every day.
Enjoy multiple live presentations throughout the day, virtual exhibits, thought-provoking podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric), videos and Planetarium shows, kid-friendly activities and adult programs (including free live events, music performances, conversations; art experiences and gaming, among others).
Visit www.mos.org/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, the 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.
Visit www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park where you can find other NPS museums as well.
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 www.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.
Paul Revere House – Listen now and visit later
Check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog that includes updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston and tune in weekly on Revere House Radio for to enjoy a preview of living history presentations and author interviews, music, and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.
Enjoy all things Revere at paulreverehouse.org.
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 Patuxet | Plimouth 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
Revolutionary Spaces connects people to the history and continuing practice of democracy through the interwoven stories of Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House.
Watch videos of their Education Associates giving virtual talks on the people and stories that have shaped the ongoing American Revolution at www.revolutionaryspaces.org.
Salem Witch Museum | Witch Trials Online Sites 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
USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”), built 224 years ago to defend the democratic ideals of the newly independent United States, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. It played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The USS Constitution Museum stands committed to sharing the stories of the diverse crew of USS Constitution who continue to defend the document for which the ship is named.
Explore the history of “Old Ironsides” through in-depth research, collection highlights, and engaging online activities. Take a virtual tour of USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book; play Mini Games; join the Maritime Movie Club; learn about “A Sailor’s Life, Live!’ and visit their online store.
The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org and social media channels.
Waterworks Museum Virtual Tour
The Waterworks Museum (2450 Beacon St.) interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health.
The centerpiece of the Waterworks Museum is its collection of steam engines in which you can take virtual tour of the 3D model.
The Waterworks Museum also hosts virtual programs and events.
Visit https://waterworksmuseum.org and/or Facebook.com/MetroWaterworks for more information.
• FAMILY ACTIVITIES (Anytime Fun)
Activist, You! And other Kids Listen Podcasts
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. Some of the topics include racial justice, homelessness, food insecurities and climate change. 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.
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 choose 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 (in any national park) 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 the scenes in these downloadable coloring pages.
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.
Civil Rights Trail
The protests of 2020 have renewed interest in the historic civil rights movement. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail links more than 100 locations across 15 states and the District of Columbia. Key sites include museums and parks memorializing the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama; the Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter sit-ins; and the Memphis site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. “This makes history come to life for kids,” King says.
Visit civilrightstrail.com for more information.
This nonprofit foundation's website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and even local schools that teach coding. Be sure to watch the inspirational video on the main page. The current iteration features some of the biggest names in tech talking about how they got started in coding.
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.
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.
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.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s fun stuff
Check out illustrator Debbie Ohi's Youtube channel where she's got tons of drawing videos along with illustrated books. You’ll also find “Ask Me To Ask” interview series in which children’s book creators answer a question they have chosen themselves, Debbie’s Doodles, and Read-Alouds.
Doing Good Together
Doing Good Together empowers families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving. Go to www.doinggoodtogether.org for more information.
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.
Family Activity Book
Catholic Charities USA created family activity books for families (in English and in Spanish). People will find activities, games and recipes. Fun for all ages.
Visit ccab.org for a list of local agencies, programs and other resources.
Fruit of the Spirit Music Video Series
Enjoy the Go Fish Guy's Fruit of the Spirit video series. Lively and colorful – music mixed with positive messages to live by.
Fun Learning for Kids
Make learning fun with tons of engaging and effective learning activities, experiments and free printables at funlearningforkids.com.
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
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 happyhooligans.ca.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now/WhatWeDo/Play 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).
Headspace, a resource for simple breathing and meditation exercises. Be kind to your mind - Less stressed. More resilient. Happier. It all starts with just a few minutes a day.
Start your journey at www.headspace.com.
ICA 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 hosts a seasonal 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.
Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations and more. Its latest addition is a partnership with Pixar, which gives users a chance to learn how Pixar artists do their jobs.
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 gets 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, when 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.
Mess With Your Milk
In the name of curiosity and science, the time has come to say yes to a little mess – and get your kids thinking about milk in a whole new way. It’s time to Mess With Your Milk!
These simple experiments can all be done using everyday supplies you likely already have at home – including milk. They’re a perfect activity for cooped-up kids on a wintry weekend. Or take the party outside in the summer and let them really go wild.
What else will your kids come up with when you tell them to Mess With Your Milk? Try all the experiments and share these videos with friends – or even your favorite teacher. It’s all about science, after all.
Go to https://milklife.com/articles/10-easy-diy-experiments-for-kids to learn more about messing with milk.
Mindfulness Activities & Meditations for Kids and Parents
Practicing mindfulness can boost kids' well-being and empower them to meet their challenges with resilience. It works for adults, too.
At Mindful.org, people will find guided meditations for kids at various developmental stages along with Mindfulness activities for kids as well as mindful parenting tips.
Mr. New-School Media
Mr. New-School Media is a platform of educational products and resources designed to provide primary aged children a fun and transformative approach to learning through the use of arts integration and cultural relevance. The Mr. New-School Media product line includes books, online resources, manipulatives, games and other merchandise.
Subscribe to Mr. New-School for unlimited access to songs, music videos, and tutorials at mrnewschool.com or check them out on YouTube.
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.
Oldways is a nonproﬁt dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of eating – heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability and joy.
Since 1990, they’ve helped people live healthier, happier lives by oﬀering educational programs, resources and recipes based on shared cultural food traditions from around the world. It’s a mission with proven nutritional and emotional beneﬁts.
Their eﬀorts span consumer advocacy (Oldways Whole Grain Council), heritage diet travel and discovery (Oldways Culinaria Tours), guidance (Oldways Cheese Coalition), as well as the education and celebration of African, Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean cultural eating traditions (Heritage Diets) and plant-based diets (Plant Forward Plates).
They believe food is heritage’s greatest gift of all.
Paper Heart Puppets
Paper Heart Puppets is creating puppetry lessons specifically designed for families to make the most of what they have at home without needing to go out for more supplies.
Learn how to make a cardboard dinosaur, a customizable paper puppet and more on their YouTube channel.
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.
PBS and PBS Kids have lots of fun crafts and experiments, coloring pages and printables, games and videos as well as recipes, parenting resources, tips and advice.
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.
PEM at home
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.
Scholastic – Read, Play, Connect
Scholastic and Kids.scholastic has lots of resources for kids, parents and educators.
People can find lots of fun activities and printables along with a list of entertaining books to read. Check out the programs and contests along with book clubs and book fairs. It’s a great resource for educators offering classroom curriculum and how-to videos along with free books and resources, as well.
Designed by MIT students and aimed at children, ages 8-16, Scratch is an easy-to-use programming language that lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Legos.
It's more than just a coding guide; it's a vibrant online community of programmers who swap ideas and inspiration.
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.
Designed by Apple for the iPad, Swift Playgrounds is a much more sophisticated-looking version of Code Combat, with the added benefit of being free.
Kids solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let users explore many unique coding experiences. It requires an iPad with iOS 12.0 or higher.
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
Tumblehome Book: Free Digital Book Offer
I Just Keep Wondering by Larry Scheckel is a five-star non-fiction book filled with 121 kid-friendly questions and answers ranging from the highly technical to the more lighthearted.
Some examples: How are galaxies made in the cosmos? What do scientists do for fun?
When you get your hair wet, why does it look darker? And “What causes tap water to taste more chlorinated some days than others?
If you like science and are a curious person at heart, I Just Keep Wondering is a book for you. Reading it could make you much more interested in the world around you.
Get a free digital copy at https://tumblehomebooks.org/readersclub. (Regularly $17.95).
Tumblehome Books are known for producing high quality supplemental educational materials, specifically focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
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.
Wally the Green Monster and Friends Home Fun
To help young (and not-so-young) MLB fans stay connected, Wally and his sister Tessie offer a variety of printable activity pages and an online comic book on their new website, Home Fun. Kids are also invited to join Summer Slugger, where they can design their own baseball cards and practice math & literacy skills with baseball-themed fun.
Visit mlb.com/redsox/fans for more information.
The Wellness Society
Holistic, fluff-free and beautifully designed self-help, therapy and coaching tools such as the Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times and the Mental Wellbeing Toolkit are available for free and/or purchase.
Go to thewellnesssociety.org for more information.
‘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.
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.
'1812 Overturn" - Boston Pops - July 4th, 1976
This is rare footage of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at their July 4th, 1976 Bicentennial concert at the Hatch Shell. Around 50,000 people were expected to attend – but the actual crowd was estimated to be 650,000 to 750,000. This clip includes the "1812 Overture."
800 musicians from 55 countries
This is a very impressive video of the Worldwide Virtual Choir and Orchestra performing “Nearer, my God, to thee.” This includes 800 musicians from 55 countries who combined to create an absolutely stunning virtual video.
Beach Boys in Concert
No summer concerts in the US this year. So, here are the Beach Boys in concert in Knokke, Belgium on July 21, 1987.
One of the most memorial rock performances at Tanglewood came in July 21, 1970 when Chicago performed. This was during their days when they were more of a real hard rock band and less Top 40. Watch guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered to be one of the best in the world of rock. Even the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was better than him. Earlier in 1970, the group releases its second album – Chicago II. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube.
Chicago at Tanglewood - 1970 concert
One of the most memorial rock performances at Tanglewood came in July 21, 1970 when Chicago performed. This was during their days when they were more of a real hard rock band and less Top 40. Watch guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered to be one of the best in the world of rock. Even the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was better than him. Earlier in 1970, the group releases its second album – Chicago II. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube.
6,000 strangers sing 'Heroes'
More than 6,000 strangers from 45 countries this year submitted a video in three days to sing one song “Heroes,” made famous by David Bowie. This is dedicated to “all the frontline heroes who are keeping us safe.”
'I Dare You"
This is a wonderful international virtual performance of “I Dare You” – a Global Virtual Performance Video with Kelly Clarkson.
Virtual 'Les Misérables'
Theaters around the world are mostly closed, which means no summer plays this year. The West End theater group in London was going to perform “Les Misérable,” but since they can’t, they did virtual performances of a few of the songs. Here’s 70 of the West End performers virtually singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
And the Barricade Boys have a very moving virtual performance of “Bring Him Home.” It includes many former cast members of ''Les Misérables.''
Members of “Les Misérables” companies from 1987 to the present returned to the virtual stage in April to share “One Day More” – an anthem of hope in these challenging times “until stages around the world light up once more.”
Virtual 'Back to the Future'
The world premiere of “Back to the Future - The Musical” took place not too long before the virus struck. The cast was led by Roger Bart as Doctor Emmett Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, with a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B Goode". Enjoy the cast singing a virtual version of “The Power of Love.”
‘So Many Heroes’
“So Many Heroes,” a national tribute to our frontline workers, is performed by 75 students representing 16 theatres across the country. Join them in saluting those who have made significant sacrifices during this unprecedented time while you enjoy this performance.
Learn more at www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org.
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.
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."
‘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.
BSO, Pops and Tanglewood at home
The BSO, Boston Pops and Tanglewood 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.
Visit www.bso.org for more information.
H+H Season 2020-2021
Experience the mastery and brilliance of the Handel and Haydn Society. Enjoy streaming concerts, featuring beloved H+H musicians and special soloists.
Current performances from their 2020-2021 Season can be found in Back Bay Neighborhood Notes of Boston Homes (linkbostonhomes.com).
For a complete guide to their 2020-2021 Season, along with past podcast series, visit HandelandHaydn.org.
There is beauty, community, and optimism, inherent in making music, even in these challenging times. Here are three ways to enjoy New England Conservatory of Music musicians:
- Many of the New England Conservatory of Music musicians have returned to campus. Some of their current performance events can be found in the Fenway Neighborhood Notes in Boston Homes. A complete schedule of concerts can be found on the NEC website.
- NEC musicians will continue sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe. Follow the online series at #NECMusic Hub.
- NEC musicians will continue releasing new recordings from NEC's concert halls every Monday to help fill your home life with powerful music. Listen Online.
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.
• 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. One of the ugliest, most hateful crimes committed during that era was 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, JR.
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