Boston Homes Virtual Neighborhood
Since Massachusetts has opened up, more in-person events are now happening. However, the Delta variant has resulted in a sharp increase in COVID infections, including in Massachusetts. Please remember that a lot of the population still needs to be vaccinated (including all children under the age of 12) and many people do not feel comfortable attending onsite events, whether they have been vaccinated or not. For those who do choose to attend events in person, please keep yourself and others safe.
In the meantime, we are continuing to provide you with many interesting events you can check out from the safety of your own home through our Boston Homes virtual neighborhood.
Virtual categories to choose from include:
• Events from Oct. 23 through Nov. 6 (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)
Note 1: More events can be found in Boston Homes’ neighborhood notes. Check linkbostonhomes.com.
• EVENTS FROM OCT. 23 THROUGH NOV. 6 (One Day Only)
#UsToo: How Jewish, Muslim and Christian Women Woke Our Communities
How do Jewish, Muslim and Christian women’s experiences differ or remain the same when they speak out about sexual misconduct and abuse of power in their communities?
Keren McGinity will speak on “#UsToo: How Jewish, Muslim and Christian Women Woke Our Communities” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 presented by Hadassah Brandeis Institute (HBI Seminar Series).
Visit https://www.brandeis.edu/hbi/events/index.html for more information and Zoom registration.
The Power of Sound Healing
Sound healing has been used throughout the ages from modern day medicine to ancient Greek and Chinese cultures. In this program, people will learn about the history and use of sound healing, recent scientific research, and amazing discoveries on how this cutting-edge therapy is being used to treat medical conditions and help with trauma, grief and stress.
The program will discuss various acupressure points and attendees will experience the effects of sound through a remote sound healing demonstration.
This webinar, presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-sound-healing-tickets-167909948175 for more information and registration.
75th Anniversary of The Nuremberg Trials
John Q. Barrett is a Professor of Law at St. John's University in Queens, NY where he teaches Constitutional Law and Legal History. He is biographer of U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert H. Jackson, the U.S. chief prosecutor at Nuremberg of Nazi war criminals.
He will speak on the Nuremberg trials following World War II and their lasting global significance from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Join here: https://queenslib.org/3Fe9nVQ. Call 1-408-418-9388 - Access code: 2340 278 3094.
Cabarets of Death: Playing with Death and the Afterlife in Popular Amusements
In 1892, three cabaret-restaurants in Paris’ Montmartre district began enrapturing tourists with grotesque portrayals of death in the afterworlds of Hell, Heaven and Nothingness. Each had specialized cuisines and morbid visual displays with flashes of nudity and shocking optical illusions.
These death-themed amusements soon gained popularity in America—from World’s Fair attractions to Coney Island’s disaster spectacles—attracting throngs of curious Victorians.
Join author, curator and photographer Joanna Ebenstein at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 for this illustrated talk as she explores the intersections of death and culture through the death-themed cabarets of Paris and situating them within the context of Victorian America.
This event also features three short films by director Ronni Thomas detailing the history of three death themed amusements of the era.
This program is one in a series of Victorian-themed Twilight Talks.
Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/twilight-cabaret for more information and registration (Donations are encouraged).
Bat Conservation and You
Do you have bat residents living rent free in your attic and want to learn more about them and how to protect them?
Join the National Historical Park of Vermont for International Bat Week at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 27 for a one hour zoom webinar to learn all about bats, what makes them special and how we can protect them.
In this webinar, Dartmouth College researchers will teach attendees about general bat biology, highlighting their research into echolocation, and provide some tips for bat conservation.
Visit https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm for more information and Zoom registration.
Flower House Detroit
In October 2015, 37 floral designers and more than 100 volunteers from across North America came together to fill an abandoned Detroit house with American-grown fresh flowers and living plants. An estimated 3,400 curious visitors explored the house over the three-day exhibition, and the installation hosted three weddings and dinner for 180 people. The project received international media attention – with an estimated 287,000,000+ media impressions.
Why did this project touch so many people?
In this online lecture, slated from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud describes her extraordinary project from idea to exhibition, discussing what about the installation was so magnetic to so many people across the world – exploring her thoughts on beauty, blight and nostalgia, and the themes of risk-taking, logistics and collaboration through the lens of the large-scale installation.
Visit https://masshort.org/education-events/flower-house-detroit for more information and registration (Mass Hort Members: $24 | General Admission $32).
TNC Habitat Update on Martha's Vineyard
Did you know that Massachusetts – and specifically the island of Martha’s Vineyard – is home to some of the last remaining sandplain grassland habitats in the world?
Journey to this unique ecosystem with Mike Whittemore, land steward for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Massachusetts, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 for a closer look at what makes these grasslands so special and rare. People will get an update about TNC’s work to restore native grasses to lands they manage, their research into the best techniques for restoration (including controlled burns) and how they work with conservation partners on the Island to make it all happen. After a brief presentation, Whittemore will answer questions live.
Epilepsy Support: Seizure First Aid & Recognition
Do you know someone with epilepsy? Would you know what to do if they had a seizure with you?
In this online class presented by The Epilepsy Foundation New England at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, registrants will learn about different types of seizures and what to do to help and keep someone safe.
Visit https://epilepsynewengland.org/events/2021-10-28/seizure-first-aid-and-recognition for more information and registration.
MDSC Halloween Costume Dance for ages 13 – 22
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) will host a Halloween Costume Dance Party on Friday, Oct. 29: AIM ages 13-22 from 6 to 7 p.m. | SAAC ages 22+ from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Join MDSC friends and DJ Dan to kick off Halloween week. Costumes are encouraged, dance moves are a must. Bring Your Own Pizza (or snacks or whatever you might like to eat).
To RSVP for AIM ages 13-22 from 6 to 7 p.m., visit
To RSVP for SAAC ages 22+ from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., visit:
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 781-221-0024.
The Loch Ness Monster with John Horrigan
Join New England Emmy Award-winning folklorist John Horrigan from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and explore the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, a creature in Scottish folklore that is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
The monster (sometimes referred to as "Nessie") is often described as large, long-necked, and with one or more humps protruding from the water. Popular interest and belief in the creature has varied since it was brought to worldwide attention in 1933. Learn whether Nessie is the real deal or a mysterious folklore creature of the deep.
Register directly on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316317939067/WN_3y4cHc1MTnCY2xGADJBWcQ.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library in collaboration with MA public libraries.
Family Halloween Trivia
Get ready for a Halloween treat with DreamBank – join Dream Curator Megan for silly and spooky-themed trivia from 11 to 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
This virtual event hosted on Facebook Live is the perfect way to celebrate the fun of the season with the whole family – plus, some lucky virtual attendees will win some Halloween-themed goodies sent to them in the mail.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-halloween-trivia-registration-167632550471 for more information and registration.
Virtual Saturday Science Lab with The Discovery Team: Creepy Chemistry
Let's explore some of the chemistry behind Halloween stuff such as slime and things that glow in the dark from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Wear a Halloween costume to get in the mood. This is best for elementary kids and their families.
Watch on Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.
PowwowFit with Notorious Cree
Ready to feel energized and empowered? Discover PowwowFit, a unique, high-intensity Indigenous dance exercise program that targets a full body workout.
Join fitness trainer and traditional hoop dancer Notorious Cree and experience Indigenous powwow music blended with easy-to-follow choreography from across the North American powwow trail from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.
It’s time to give your mind, body and spirit a workout in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fitness-powwowfit-with-notorious-cree-registration-172332640567.
Navigating Conversations Around Grief and The Holidays
Planning for and coping with the holidays while grieving can bring up feelings and situations that can be uncomfortable.
Join Rachel Kodanaz for an empowering discussion of how to navigate conversations and plans around the holidays. Learn strategies and share ideas about how to find meaningful ways to celebrate the holidays and honor your grief while still protecting yourself and your feelings.
This webinar, presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, will be held noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-conversations-around-grief-and-the-holidays-tickets-170349343472 for more information and registration.
Discovering Your Personal Core Values
Everyone has core values – and when discovered and applied, they can provide clarity, energy and reinvigoration to your dream pursuit.
Join AJ Kruse, Concept Illustrator at humanworks, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to explore the importance of establishing what matters personally and professionally.
Participate in an engaging self-discovery activity and explore strategic ways to put values to work in your life and career for greater confidence, stronger relationships and improved decision making.
Centennial of a Pioneering Pilot: Bessie Coleman
100 years ago, Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license. In the 1920s she toured the US as a barnstormer, entertaining crowds with her aerobatics and inspiring contemporaries with her boundless determination to fly despite significant racial and gender prejudice. A champion of other early aviators, she planned to open a flight school for African Americans, a dream unfulfilled due to her untimely death in 1926.
Coleman has been an inspiration and role model to generations of pilots and an enduring symbol of perseverance. A panel discussion celebrating Coleman’s centennial achievement, boundary-breaking life, and lasting legacy will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, sponsored by the Air and Space Museum.
Sign up at https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp.
Bungalow in a Box: Kit Houses of the Early 20th Century
In the early 20th century people could order all the parts to build an entire house from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog. Kit houses date back to the 1850s, but were most popular between 1910 and 1940. Mail-order homes and building plans played an important role in shaping the concept of middle-class housing, and sales catalogs from Sears, Roebuck & Co., Montgomery Ward, and other companies conveyed information about single-family housing standards and design to a national audience.
Using Burlington, Vermont, as a case study, Devin Colman, state architectural historian at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, will present a virtual program at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 discussing the history of kit houses, how to identify a kit house, and why they remain relevant today.
Go to https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/kit-house for more information and Zoom registration. (Donations are encouraged).
Cokie: A Life Well Lived
In this loving tribute, and in honor of the extraordinary life and legacy of legendary journalist Cokie Roberts – called a trailblazer for women, author Steve Roberts, Cokie’s husband of 53 years and bestselling-coauthor, reflects not only on her many accomplishments, but on how she lived each day with a devotion to helping others. Through her visibility and celebrity, Cokie Roberts was an inspiration and a role model for innumerable women and girls. A fixture on national television and radio for more than 40 years, she also wrote five bestselling books focusing on the role of women in American history.
Steve and Cokie’s daughter, author Rebecca Boggs Roberts, will join her father in conversation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
Visit https://archivesfoundation.org/events for more information and registration.
Celebrate WBCN and the American Revolution, Part 2
WGBH invites everyone to join fellow music fans from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 to continue the conversation (that began in April 2021) about the powerful impact and lasting relevance of WBCN-FM, Boston’s groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll radio station.
Between 1968 and 1974, this radical underground radio station amplified the social, political and cultural happenings of the time. WBCN staff were instrumental in conveying what was going on in society on the airwaves by reflecting the counter-cultural scene, militant anti-war activism, civil rights struggles and the emerging women’s and LGBTQ-liberation movements.
Go to https://www.wgbh.org/events for more information and registration.
United Way’s Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Leadership Virtual Breakfast
Come together with Greater Boston’s top firms to champion the industry’s impact on local communities at the United Way’s 28th Annual Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Virtual Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 4. The Virtual Networking will start at 7:30 a.m. and the program will be held from 8:15 to 9 a.m.
The United Way has been and will continue to be on the front lines of recovery, coordinating an effective response to support local families. Last year, they mobilized deep partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, state and municipal leaders, and thousands of businesses to: deploy over $25 million in COVID-19 relief and recovery funds; provide more than 400,000 people with emergency financial assistance, helping them to pay for food, housing, utilities and other essential needs; field nearly 500,000 calls for assistance with COVID-19 resources, mental health support and other essential needs through United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline.
For more information on sponsorship and tickets, please contact Samantha Hanman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-624-8277.
Mind-Body Prescription for Dealing with Burnout
Feeling fatigued and burned out? You’re not alone. The ongoing stressors of the pandemic-era world are very real – and can impact how you think, feel and act, robbing the energy and enthusiasm needed to pursue your dreams.
Join Dr. Shilagh Mirgain from 1 to 1:30 on Thursday, Nov. 4 to explore mind-body practices that can help build resilience, bounce back from burnout and protect your energy. Master effective skills for stopping anxiety in its tracks, resetting the nervous system and creating calmness and strength in the face of life’s challenges. Your life and dreams deserve it!
Living Faithfully with Mental Health Challenges: Why Theology Matters
Beginning with the experience of Christians living with mental health challenges, this lecture develops an interdisciplinary dialogue within which different dimensions of the healing process, including the fields of psychiatry and psychology, can come together faithfully as the group explores the theology and practice of mental health care.
Dr. John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, contemplates the impact of faith on the lives of the caregivers and those cared for as well as how all might become faithful and hospitable people who can learn to live well even in the most difficult of circumstances.
This Pyne Lecture On Ministry With Persons With Disabilities will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 sponsored by BC School of Theology and Ministry.
The Great Bicycle Craze of the 1890s
Upon arrival, the bicycle took America by storm. Not only did it become a widely popular leisure activity, but it also facilitated an entirely new culture of freedom and individuality for women and men alike. A common misconception of the bicycle craze ultimately leading to the revolution of women’s clothing, but there is more to the story. Plus, the choice to get around on two wheels was a highly controversial one, with pastors taking to the pulpit to credit the devil for its invention. So, why the fuss? Join this virtual program at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, presented by Janice Formichella, and find out.
Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/bicycle for more information and Zoom registration. (Donations are encouraged).
Kimi Ceridon: ‘Growing up with the Shame of Food Insecurity’
Kimi Ceridon will talk about her experience of growing up with the shame of food insecurity and how, decades later, she still obsesses over what she eats at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4.
Ceridon is a former technology manager who left the tech sector to pursue a career in food and writing. Her writing focuses on food, technology, and social issues.
Go to https://www.bhcc.edu/hhawareness for more information and Zoom registration.
Artist Talk with Deborah Czeresko: Venetian Glass, Then and Now
Discover how 19th-century Venetian glass blowing techniques are used today to create innovative contemporary artwork.
Join Deborah Czeresko, one of the featured artists in New Glass Now, on view at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, for a conversation with Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4.
A focus of their discussion will be Czeresko’s iconic Meat Chandelier and how the methods of glass blowing she employs have developed over centuries.
This program also highlights artworks from Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Boiler House Jazz Concert: A Jazz Celebration of Diwali
Amit Kavthekar (tabla) & Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi) will present a Jazz Celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 p.m. on YouTube at bit.ly/BHJ115. This concert will feature an artist interview conducted by Phil Scarff.
The Boiler House Jazz Series is made possible by your voluntary financial support. Suggested donation: $15 - all donations will be shared equally by the Artists and the Charles River Museum.
Visit https://www.charlesrivermuseum.org/events-list/2021/11/5 for more information.
‘We’ll Be There’ hybrid performance
The Boston Camerata continues its trailblazing exploration of the American spiritual tradition, with folk hymns derived from English and Celtic folklore, African-derived call-and-shout group songs, links in the Black tradition to the experience of slavery, reminiscences of the Civil War, and shared celebrations of striving, freedom, and salvation.
The performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge and will be available for online viewing as well.
Go to https://bostoncamerata.org for more information and tickets ($10 to $60).
• 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 https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/family-volunteering-boston for more information, along with other helpful and fun resources.
This group of international women gather from 3 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month for a lively conversation while they color, draw, or doodle. Some just come for the conversation, but all must be visible on camera.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorful-conversations-tickets-117824912485 for more information and registration.
Boston Book Festival
Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight and inspire, the Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of the city.
To learn more about and register for this online festival, slated to run through Saturday, Oct. 23, visit https://bostonbookfest.org/festival.
2021 Kids Euro Fest
Welcome to the 14th edition of the Kids Euro Fest – it’s like taking a trip to Europe – but you don’t need a passport!
Organized by the EU Delegation to the United States, KEF is one is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America with plenty of activities, shows and other fun to choose from through Saturday, Oct. 30.
Visit https://events.euintheus.org/kidseurofest/onlineactivities for more information and registration.
Air and Scare
The National Air and Space Museum's popular Air and Scare event will be held from Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31.
There will be downloadable Halloween crafts and activities, Star Wars-themed crafts and recipes, Halloween story time, and a costume and pumpkin-decorating contest. Entries in the costume and pumpkin decorating contest will be due by Oct. 25.
Go to https://airandspace.si.edu/visit/events/air-scare-home for more information and links to enjoy.
Road of Rainbows 5K (onsite-online)
The Boston Theater Company (BTC) and the Artist Athletic Association (AAA) will host a 5K road race – Road of Rainbows – from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Boston Commons.
RoR is the first LGBTQ+ 5K in Massachusetts and the first athletic event that supports the arts. All LGBTQ+ folks and supporters and all athletic abilities are welcomed.
Tickets include pre-race concert and post-race after party at the Moxy Hotel. Come in your best costume.
Visit https://www.bostontheater.org/ror for more information and registration.
Beginner Birdwatching Series – Online
The Mass Audubon Education will host a Beginner Birdwatching Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays with an optional weekly segment at 6:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.
Beginning Birdwatching 2 (Oct. 28 through Nov. 18)
This series covers everything people need to know to get to know the world of birding. Why do birds communicate? Why do some birds fuss with their feathers so much?
People can identify a handful of birds, but now they are hooked and want to know even more. Learn about bird behaviors - such as feather maintenance, migration, flight, feeding and communication - in this online series.
Master the physical characteristics of bird anatomy and how to strengthen beginning skills as a birdwatcher. Topics will include attracting and observing birds, recording and sharing your observations, bird conservation projects and practices, and how individuals can support local and global bird populations with everyday actions and community science.
Each weekly class will include optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercises and a 30-minute follow-up discussion session a week later, providing an opportunity to observe birds and share discoveries and questions with classmates and instructors.
– Register for Beginning Birdwatching 2 at https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79540-beginner-birdwatching-2-online (Members: $100 | Nonmembers: $120).
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
Franklin Institute's (Philadelphia, PA) chief astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him for a series of night sky tours from home. Amateur astronomers can join the pros to tour the cosmos – no telescopes needed.
Participants learn about the sky and get their questions answered by experts at a live Facebook event at 7:45 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month through Dec. 2.
Previous events replay on YouTube.
JLive Fall Series
JLive is a series of virtual cultural experiences that bring us together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression promoted by the Jewish Arts Collaborative.
The following events can be enjoyed at noon on Fridays:
– Nov. 5: Shanna Zell
Shanna Zell is a singer-songwriter turned cantor who performed original compositions with her band Shanna & the Zellots before pursuing a cantorial career that brought her to her current position at Temple Beth Elohim of Wellesley, where she also directs their high school T’fila band.
– Nov. 17: Mandy Silverman ‘Mandylicious’
Known and loved as the Challah Guru on Instagram, Mandylicious’s Mandy Silverman joins JLive to share the secrets of her creative and exceptional challah-baking, which to date includes over 300 original Kosher recipes – several of which have been enjoyed at the JArts marquee food celebration, Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen.
– Dec. 3: Emily Bhargava and Tova Speter
Visual artists Emily Bhargava and Tova Speter return to JLive to share their latest project, Brighter Revealed, which is a part of the JArts Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights celebration. Tova Speter is a community artist and art therapist and Emily Mogavero specializes in painting and printmaking, and is also an art educator and community builder.
– Dec. 17: Lloyd Schwartz
An American poet, Professor Laureate at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Pulitzer Prize winner for his work as classical music editor of the former The Boston Phoenix, Somerville poet laureate Lloyd Schwartz will join JLive for the final segment of the Fall 2021 season.
Visit https://jartsboston.org/event_series/jlive for more information and Zoom registration.
Saturday Craft Series
Get the family together to make these quick and fun crafts at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, hosted by the Langston Hughes Library (NY).
- Oct. 23: Origami Jumping Rabbit
Celebrate International Rabbit Day by making a jumping paper rabbit. Materials needed: 21 x 21 cm colored paper, scissors, ruler, black marker, pink or red marker.
- Oct. 30: Recycled Crafts: Fall Wreath
Materials needed: Card stock or construction paper in any color, markers (colored or crayons), glue, scissors, small paper plate, tissue paper in any color and any other decorative items you may have such as ribbons, buttons and glitter.
- Nov. 6: Origami Maple Leaf
Materials needed: Origami paper or copy paper (orange, yellow, brown), scissors. Optional: Glue, glitter
- Nov. 13: Cereal box organizer
Materials needed: empty cereal box (or any other box), colored paper or washi tape, old magazines or scrapbook paper, scissor, glue, markers, and any decorative items you have around the house (sequins, bottoms, flowers, stickers, etc.).
- Nov. 20: Coffee Filter Turkey
- Nov. 27: Winter Socks Collage
- Dec. 4: Nativity Scene
- Dec. 11: Ceramic tree decorating craft
- Dec. 18: Kwanzaa Craft
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-craft-series-tickets-125523196259 for more information and registration.
Guided Meditation Series
The Virtual Guided Meditation series, led by Jill Ackiron Moses, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 and Dec. 22.
Through the use of introductory meditation techniques, guided imagery and exercises, the group will create an accessible practice. Each session will explore breathwork techniques, methods for stress reduction and ways to connect with your inner wisdom. All levels are welcome.
Join at https://queenslib.org/3sap3mF.
King's Chapel Tuesday Recitals
King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St. will host Tuesdays recitals at 12:15 p.m. on site and on Zoom. The 30-to-40-minute recitals will feature a wide variety of performing artists ranging from local students to traveling performers. The performances range from jazz and folk music from numerous ethnicities to classical music from medieval times to the present as follows:
- Oct. 26: Sandra LaBarge-Neumann, organ
- -Nov. 2: Duo Lyra
- Nov: 9: Nathan Peace, organ
- Nov. 16: Duo Maresienne
- Nov. 23: Mirage Violin Duo
- Nov. 30: Mary-Katherine Fletcher, organ
- Dec. 7: Hiro Honshuku A-No-Ne Christmas
- Dec. 14: Pioneer Singers, Lynnfield
-Dec. 21: The Half Hour Messiah
- Dec. 28: Heinrich Christensen, organ: Nutcracker Suite
Visit http://www.kings-chapel.org/tuesday-recitals.html for more information (Suggestion donation: $5, given to the performers).
Misunderstood Wildlife Series
Some wildlife has developed 'bad' reputations over the years. While reasons can vary - from looking scary to displaying strange behaviors and self-defense techniques – at the heart of these apprehensions lies a misunderstanding of what people are seeing and why. In the past and still today, fears and misunderstandings have led to widespread persecutions of wildlife including poisoning, overhunting and in some cases, extinction.
In this online series presented by the Mass Audubon Education, the group will examine bats, opossums, ravens and wasps, including the reasons they develop unfavorable reputations and the facts and myths that impact them. You'll never view these animals the same way again.
The series will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays as follows:
- Oct. 26: Bats
- Nov. 30: Opossums
- Dec. 12: Ravens
- Jan. 11: Wasps
Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/80054-misunderstood-wildlife-series-online for more information and Microsoft Teams registration (Members: $45 | Nonmembers: $60).
Business Firestarter Group Coaching Program
Current and aspiring coaches, healers, consultants and other service-based business owners are invited to gain this and more in The Business Firestarter Group Coaching Program.
This 12-week program features a mix of live sessions, self-guided exercises and group support to help people launch and grow a business that they love. The group will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 26.
Go to https://www.geripaige.com for more information and registration. (Investment: Tiered Prices).
‘Opening Doors: Race, Conversation and Song’
Opening Doors is a music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church’s Anti-Racism Team.
The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Guest musicians are paid a guarantee by the church and, additionally, split online donations with an advocacy/charity organization of their choice.
The shows will stream live on Facebook and YouTube at 8 p.m. on select Sundays as follows:
- Oct. 24: Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a soloist who has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive.” She was the lead soloist for the Grammy/Tony-nominated 2016 Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” an experience which inspired her to develop the first ever solo disc of all new “Fiddler” arrangements, featured in the documentary film “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.” A pioneer of social justice causes in the classical community, Kelly will donate half of the online proceeds of her show to Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul, an organization she founded to share the therapeutic power of music with those experiencing homelessness. Music Kitchen commissioned and will present the World Premiere of Forgotten Voices at Carnegie Hall on March 31.
- Dec. 5: Briar & Joe Seamons
Seattle-based musical and life partners Briar and Joe Seamons have been making big and much needed waves in the Northwest territory for years. Musicians who beautifully navigate the wide range of the American musical diaspora together, their work is also deeply steeped in racial equity and education. As teachers for The Rhapsody Project — an organization co-founded by Joe with musician Ben Hunter — they bring an anti-racist lens to the exploration of music history, heritage, and culture in classes and camps for kids and adults. Half of the online proceeds from this show will go to support the educational and community-building initiatives of The Rhapsody Project.
- Jan. 23: Tom Prasada-Rao & Lea Morris
D.C.-based friends and frequent collaborators Tom Prasada-Rao and Lea Morris share a penchant for socially-conscious and deeply spiritual songcraft. Tom has been a stalwart of issue-based songwriting on the national folk scene for decades. His song “$20 Bill,” a stunningly powerful tribute to George Floyd, was one of the most covered tunes at coffeehouses and folk stages across America last year. Lea’s songs are particularly well-known to members of Unitarian Universalist churches and other progressive spiritual communities around the country. The organization to which Prasada-Rao and Morris will donate half of the online proceeds from their show will be announced soon.
- Feb. 20: SaulPaul & Shine
Two of the leading lights on the national family music scene, SaulPaul and Shine (of Shine and the Moonbeams) are helping to change the public perception of what music for kids looks and sounds like. Singer-songwriter, rapper, inspirational speaker, and social entrepreneur SaulPaul is an artist who speaks and sings from the heart. His TEDx Talks about his origin story and winding life path are required listening for kids and parents everywhere. Featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Shine and the Moonbeams bring a refreshing blend of soul and jazz to the family music scene — and Shine will sing the paint right off your house. Half of the online proceeds from this show will benefit Family Music Forward, a children’s music racial equity collective, of which SaulPaul, Shine and Alastair are all deeply involved.
Guests for March, April and May will be announced soon.
Visit https://moockmusic.com/openingdoors for more information.
The Interpretation of Drawings: Freud & the Visual Origins of Psychoanalysis
This interactive, online exhibition invites the viewer to explore the role Sigmund Freud’s sketches and drawings played in the development of his psychoanalytic theories. This intimate encounter with Freud’s artwork and rarely seen drawings offer new, and sometimes surprising, insights into the man and mind behind some of the most influential and debated therapeutic techniques ever developed.
To learn more and explore the exhibit, visit https://chsi.harvard.edu/current_exhibitions/freud-interp-drawings.
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 https://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 https://www.driscollproductions.com for more information.
• FUNDRAISERS FOR NON-PROFITS (Date Related)
Move for MDS Walks
In recognition of MDS World Awareness Day, join the Boston/Global Move for MDS community walks, fundraise and show support for the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation in their fight against MDS.
The Boston walk will be in-person at Boston Common. The Global walk will be live streamed, but teams are still encouraged to get together outdoors. Both will take place at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24.
This is a friendly 5K for everybody – run, walk, wheel, or any movement you prefer.
Visit https://moveformds.org for more information and registration.
John Kleshinksi Luncheon and Fundraiser
Lecolion Washington, Executive Director, will kick off the 21-22 school year with the announcement of their new strategic vision and award the 14th Annual John Kleshinski Award from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the annual John Kleshinksi Luncheon and Fundraiser.
This annual event will include a silent auction and wine wall.
Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) was founded to promote equitable access to music education and they continue that effort today with accessible programming both online and in-person.
Individual Tickets: $250 – Mail a check to CMCB “Attn: Luncheon” at PO Box 171737, Boston, MA 02117 or make a donation online at www.cmcb.org/donate.
Visit https://cmcb.org/wp-event/john-kleshinski-luncheon-and-fundraiser for more information.
Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health
Codman Square Health Center will host the annual Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 under the virtual tent. The virtual event will feature: Musical performances, cooking and cocktail demonstrations; video visits form their Celebrity Chefs; and messages from elected officials along with photos of Codman’s Health Care in Action.
Guests are welcome to attend in different ways:
– Attend the virtual event for free
– Get dinner. Since food is such a central part of the Men of Boston experience, their longstanding fine food provider, Above and Beyond Catering, will deliver you a special Men of Boston meal. Please note: the deadline for ordering a Dinner Ticket is Oct. 21
– Make a donation
Go to https://www.codman.org/menofbostoncook for more information and reservations.
BMA TenPoint Virtual Awards Gala Emerging Stronger
BMA TenPoint will host their 2021 Virtual Fall Gala from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.
The theme is Emerging Stronger By Faith.
This year, they will celebrate resiliency as people continue to push through COVID, creating new partnerships and impacting our communities.
Funds raised through the gala provide critical resources that allow the organization to offer programs and services to children and families in the Boston neighborhoods.
Visit https://www.bmatenpoint.org/gala for more information and Zoom registration (Free; Donations and Sponsorships welcome).
A Taste of BGCB: Conversations & Community with Artemis Circle
Artemis Circle Co-Chairs Petrina Martin Cherry, Carrie Hitt, and Mimi Lynch invite you to join them from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at Granite Links, 100 Quarry Hills Dr. in Quincy for an evening of conversations and community with sweeping views of the city.
Learn how Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) continues adapting to meet the needs of youth and families as they transition back to school in person. Together they can support their resilient Club communities and help close the opportunity gap so young people can reach their full potential.
Tickets are $50 each and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer at their gathering outside under the tent.
Go to https://www.bgcb.org/a-taste-of-bgcb-2021 for more information and tickets.
2021 Boston Heart Walk
The Boston Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, bringing people a one-of-a-kind experience to join together with friends, family and colleagues to get moving and focusing on improved health, all while helping to defeat heart disease and stroke.
This year’s theme, “Heart Walk Here,” invites participants and teams to walk wherever you are to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity.
Visit https://www2.heart.org/site/TR/?fr_id=6150&pg=entry for more information and registration.
Steppin’ Out for the Dimock Center
The 34th annual Steppin’ Out gala will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.
This livestream event will feature the recognition of honorees, special Dimock videos, and as always, top-notch musical entertainment.
A gift will ensure the continued vital care of Dimock patients and families, whose needs are growing during the pandemic.
Visit https://givebutter.com/steppinout for more information.
Run Wild with Zoo New England's First Virtual 5K Series
On your mark, get set … Run Wild with Zoo New England’s first virtual 5K series.
Join the pack and set out for a run, walk, or stroll on a route of your choosing, while providing support for Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo’s animals.
The third race, “Run Wildest 5K, 10K, Half Marathon” will take place in October. (registration is open).
Registration costs $30 to enter an individual race or $75 to register for the Run Wild series.
Visit https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/run-wild-virtual-5k-series for more information and registration.
‘Leave No One Behind’ Gala
For 18 years, Leave No One Behind has been the signature fundraising event to support the many programs and services at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV).
The in-person event will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, hosted by Master of Ceremonies, NBC10 Boston and NECN Chief Meteorologist Matt Noyes.
This year’s Gala includes an on-demand event website at www.nechvgala.org from 7 to 9 p.m. which will feature video vignettes, including a keynote address during the live stream of the in-person event.
Tickets can be purchased at https://one.bidpal.net/nechvgala21/welcome (In-person: $300 | Virtual: $100).
38th Annual Candlelight Hope Gala
Join The Epilepsy Foundation for an inspirational evening in Boston featuring Sail for Epilepsy's Phil Haydon and honoring BMC's Laurie Douglass on Friday, Nov. 5 at the InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave. Cocktails | Hors d'oeuvres | Silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.
Visit https://www.classy.org/event/38th-annual-candlelight-hope-gala/e341638 for more information and tickets by Nov. 1 (from $300).
Funny Women... Serious Business to Benefit Rosie’s Place
Join Rosie’s Place for their annual Funny Women…Serious Business event, streaming online at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9 exclusively for their ticketholders and sponsors.
This year’s event features speaker Natasha Trethewey, 19th United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of the New York Times bestseller, Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir. Her story is one of resilience and enduring love.
Proceeds will benefit all of Rosie's Place’s vital programs and services for poor and homeless women. Your support ensures that they remain a place of help and hope for more than 12,000 women in need, every year.
Sponsor opportunities are available. Please contact Shelli Stevens for more information at 617-318-0211 or email@example.com.
Visit https://www.rosiesplace.org/news-and-events/events/Funny-Women-Serious-Business for more information and tickets.
Spartans for the Home
The Spartan Race is a renowned obstacle course for adults where the Spartan team sets up the course in historic Fenway Park. Join the fun at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 while supporting the mission of The Home for Little Wanderers.
Participants get a sweet ‘Spartans for The Home’ t-shirt, access to the pre- and post-race events and the satisfaction of supporting a good cause. The Home has set up a campaign page on JustGiving with plenty of content. Those who pledge to raise $500 get a free pass to the race.
Visit https://www.thehome.org/events/event-post/spartans-for-the-home for more information and registration.
‘Books For Breakfast’ 826 Boston fundraiser
Start your morning with 826 Boston (and lots of friends), as they celebrate their free youth writing and publishing programs at Books for Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.
They will be joined by two featured speakers, Jen Psaki and Phoebe Robinson.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, leads the first all-female presidential communications team. She previously served as White House communications director in Barack Obama’s administration, as spokesperson at the State Department under then secretary of state John Kerry, and as a political contributor for CNN, the Hill and Refinery29.
Phoebe Robinson is a multi-talented stand-up comedian, New York Times best-selling writer, and actress. She is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the hit podcast turned TV show 2 Dope Queens. Her third book, Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes, came out in September 2021 under her imprint Tiny Reparations Books.
Go to https://give.826boston.org/event/books-for-breakfast-fall-2021/e357850 for more information and tickets and/or donations (pay-what-you-can option).
Community Servings ‘Pie In The Sky’ Fundraiser
When you purchase a $30 pie for a holiday table or a Community Servings client, you also provide a week’s worth of scratch-made medically tailored meals for a neighbor in need.
Pies will be available for pick up on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at one of 40+ regional pick-up sites, many with outdoor and drive-thru options available.
Thanks to ScrubaDub, everyone who purchases a pie for one of Community Servings clients will receive a free Express Wash coupon after Thanksgiving.
Visit https://www.pieinthesky.org for more information on how to become a pie seller, pie pponsor and/or a volunteer and/or to order locally-baked Apple, Pecan or Pumpkin pies.
Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K
Start Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 25) with a run or walk at 9 a.m. on the beautiful paths of the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park. The scenic 3.1-mile (5K) route includes the park's most beautiful and historic views.
Sign up as a group, family or yourself. Strollers, all ages and paces, and race-ready leashed dogs are welcome. There will be great awards for the fast finishers (for people, pups, and prams) and costumes.
Runner registrations support the Franklin Park Coalition’s programs and events including; conservation & stewardship, arts & health, and advocacy that happen year-round. The three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition are: Work, Play and Engage! Their signature fundraising and fitness event, the 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K brings each of these elements to life in the park.
Go to https://www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/turkey-trot for more information and registration ($15-$30).
• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)
Join USk Talks at 10 a.m. on Sundays live on Urban Sketchers YouTube channel and be prepared to get inspired, learn and connect with other sketchers from around the world through storytelling and drawing, art history, sketching challenges, tool demos and much more. Visit http://www.urbansketchers.org for more information.
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 http://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 https://driscollproductions.com or call/text 617-901-6232 to learn more.
Introducing… – a new kind of story time – will shine a light on some of this country's lesser-known history makers and their portraits, presented by a Portrait Gallery educator at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgRzail9_28oDRHbMKLPRg.
Children (ages 3 and up and their families) will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits and learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish.
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. 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 https://www.tunefoolery.org for more information and the links to join.
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
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
Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the "one-year-iversary" (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021 which continues to air at 7 p.m. on Mondays.
So tune in live on Facebook and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs as well as some special guests.
Although the show and fun is free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.
Michaels Kids Club Online
Michaels hosts free craft class for kids on Zoom from 5 to 6 p.m. on select days.
For more information, visit https://www.michaels.com/onlineclasses?category=Kids#curated_tours_list_name=Michaels_Kids_Club_Online.
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.
Family Craft Nights, Adult Craft Nights and other programs are also available at select times.
Go to https://www.alexmakesart.com for descriptions and pictures plus a link to register for each class ($10 or by donation).
Once registered, 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 – to play games, go on adventures, sing songs, make fun food, conduct cool science experiments and so much more.
New videos premiere on YouTube.
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 https://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 – Pay-Per-HAP Season 2021
Pay-Per-HAP is a livestream episodic Living History Series produced by History At Play™, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women who changed society. Every episode is conducted in authentic historical attire, with vintage props, and professionally designed sets.
Pay-Per-HAP streams at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Episodes are approximately 90 minutes and include a real-time audience Q&A. Pre-program music begins at 7:15 p.m.
Each Pay-Per-HAP episode is offered at a Pay-What-You-Can rate of $10-$25 per viewer or purchase an annual pass.
• BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT – WELL-BEING EVENTS (Ongoing)
Moving Meditation: Online Qigong Class
Learn simple energy practices to calm your mind, melt away stress, feel lighter, brighter and more relaxed.
Unlike other forms of marital arts or Tai Chi, there are no complex sequences to remember. Familiar movements take on new significance as people learn, through this gentle, guided practice, ways to open energy channels, promote healing and relieve stress.
Qigong - Perfect for all ages and abilities. Classes are offered 4 times per week from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays; from 9 to 9:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays; and from 9 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays through Dec. 31.
For more information and registration, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-meditation-online-qigong-class-tickets-120283460067.
Free Daily Online Wellness Practices with Reiki
A free daily online morning blessings & practices for wellness and success will be held from 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-daily-online-wellness-practices-with-reiki-700-730-am-eastern-usa-tickets-165553026559 for more information and Zoom registration.
Free Weekly Online Wellness Meditation with Reiki
A free 45-minute online wellness meditation with Reiki from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays will replenish energy, relax the body, quiet the mind and ground/balance emotions.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-online-wellness-meditation-with-reiki-wed-600-645-pm-est-gmt-4-tickets-113253468172 for more information and Zoom registration.
Mindful Muscle Method Online Class, ‘Learn How To Move Again, Pain Free’
Mindful Muscle Method is based on the principles of Kinesiology (the study of movement), Mindfulness (intention & breath), & Self Love (challenging yourself while respecting your bodies limitations and feedback).
Each movement is specifically created to isolate a muscle or set of muscles that work together to decrease the body's temptation for compensation (using other muscles instead of the ones targeted) which often leads to pain.
These online classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays and 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-muscle-method-online-class-learn-how-to-move-again-pain-free-tickets-146642290037 for more information and registration.
Sylvan Speakers meetings online
The Sylvan Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great place to enhance your speaking and leadership skills while meeting interesting people, making new friends and having lots of fun.
Sylvan is one of the most respected Toastmasters clubs in Massachusetts. Members include people of all ages and backgrounds and everyone is welcome to join.
Sylvan Speakers meet every Wednesday on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome.
For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://sylvanspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org or email the vice president of membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Yoga Online
Boston Yoga Online has a list of virtual yoga classes taught by local instructors.
View the Google calendar at https://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.
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 at https://mixpose.com.
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.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilates-with-lisa-kleiman-tickets-107244370800 for more information and registration.
Meditation and Mindfulness from Freer Sackler
Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude.
To contribute to a sense of calm in this uncertain time, the National Museum of Asian Art is offering free 30-minute online meditations at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, led by DC-based meditation teachers.
These sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners and include a variety of mindfulness practices. All are welcome! No previous experience is required.
Register for Zoom at https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g.
Kadampa Meditation Center Boston
The Kadampa Meditation Center Boston in Cambridge – in conjunction with their sister-center, Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford and Meditation in Maine (a branch of KMC) – offers a multitude of varied and inspiring classes that allow people to learn meditation, bring real meaning to life and access the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings.
Whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand new, you will find a range of classes and courses to choose from.
All programs are posted weekly. Prices vary; free for members.
Kadampa Meditation Center Boston is a non-profit entity; donations are welcome. Visit meditationinboston.org for more information.
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
EPIC offers virtual programs to support youth with disabilities across the Commonwealth of MA. Some of these programs are specifically for current and past EPIC Service Warriors, while others are open to any young person with a disability.
Visit https://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 https://www.specialolympicsma.org/events/calendar for more information.
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 https://www.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.
Peer Support Group by PureSpark
Nieisha Deed, a mental health advocate with lived experience, a public speaker unafraid to speak authentically, and the founder of PureSpark "Helping you find your spark in the darkness" will moderate a peer support group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Peer support by PureSpark is looking to support: peers that may currently be living with a mental illness, peers that have a loved one who is living with a mental illness, peers that have experienced symptoms of a mental illness in the past; peers that maybe experiencing “unfavorable” emotions/feelings (i.e. loneliness, grief, anger, irritability, uncertainty, sadness) during a stressful time (i.e. COVID-19; losses; abuse; job stress).
The hope is to provide: Resources/Guest Speakers, A safe space, Support, Listening Ear(s), Compassion, Sympathy and Empathy. They do not provide: Clinical Therapy or Emergency Services.
Register at https://yourpurespark.com/events.
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 throughout the week online and onsite.
Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information and registration (fees vary).
NamaStay Connected, created by the people at NamaStaySober, is designed to keep you surrounded by a wellness-focused community (yoga + meditation classes, community conversations and book club) wherever you go.
Visit https://www.namastaysober.com/memberships for more information and registration for live virtual and in-person weekly schedule. (Free; donations welcome).
MIT@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 and across the world, @2:50 has been and continues to convene daily since March 12, 2020 for 10 minutes of group silent reflection, accompanied by a backdrop of beautiful scenery and peaceful music.
Visit https://at250.mit.edu for other information, including a link to participate in this ZOOM webinar.
Easterseals Massachusetts provides recreation programs, including Camp, Martial Arts, and Swim for individuals with disabilities.
Visit https://www.easterseals.com/ma/our-programs/recreation for more information and registration.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) programs
Through an integrated portfolio of more than 40 programs, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse.
Visit https://www.jfcsboston.org for more information.
Youth Leadership Network
Looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Join Easterseals Massachusetts for an online Youth Leadership Network.
Through the support of Mass Rehab Commission, the Youth Leadership Network (YLN) promotes self-advocacy and self-awareness for teens and young adults with disabilities ages 16 to 21 with opportunities for youth, ages 14 to 26. This is a state-wide initiative with meetings and events held in Boston, Springfield, Worcester, and East Bridgewater. This is an opportunity 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 https://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.
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 https://www.chacmc.org/meditation-dropins for more information.
Boston Ujima Project
The Boston Ujima Project is building cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem, by and for Boston’s working-class Black, Indigenous and communities of color.
All are welcome to attend #UjimaWednesday workshops from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Visit https://www.ujimaboston.com for more information and the Zoom registration.
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 https://www.vedantausa.org/online-weekly-lectures for more information and Zoom registration.
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 http://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 https://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 https://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.
Peace of Mind Virtual Community
Members of the OCD and related disorders community can connect online with members of the IOCDF and with each other to share their stories, educate themselves, and support each other:
JUST, Ethan! and Town Hall
IOCDF National Ambassador Ethan Smith leads an hour-long discussion and Q&A with the OCD and related disorders community at JUST, Ethan and moderates a panel of experts on a given topic at Town Hall. These two events are held at noon on alternating Tuesdays.
Live with Liz/ Lunch and Learn with Dr. Liz
Live with Liz is an open forum that allows people to ask IOCDF National Ambassador Dr. Liz McIngvale questions and discuss OCD topics they want to learn more about while Lunch and Learn with Dr. Liz is a series *for professionals* to learn more about OCD and related disorders. Dr. Liz and a guest will have clinical discussions about various topics. These two events are held at noon on alternating Wednesdays.
IOCDF Trivia Night Live!
IOCDF Trivia streams live on Twitch at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month. It’s free to play; no teams necessary. Come for the laughs and the chance to win IOCDF store gift cards.
Go to https://iocdf.org/peaceofmind for more information and links to participate.
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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.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 http://www.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, Christine will come to you LIVE on Facebook with a different program. You will meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, snakes, lizards, frogs and more.
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 http://cincinnatizoo.org as well.
Elephant Sanctuary (Tennessee)
Located on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, TN, The Elephant Sanctuary is the largest natural habitat refuge in the country dedicated solely to the care of African and Asian elephants retired from zoos and circuses across North America, many of whom suffer long-term health and behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity.
As a true sanctuary, the elephant habitats are closed to the public. Through their distance learning program, a member of The Sanctuary's education team will offer a virtual glimpse into the daily life of elephants using photos, lives-streaming video and storytelling and answer elephant related questions.
For more information and links to the elecams go to https://www.elephants.com.
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 alligators, dolphins, seals, turtles and whales 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.
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 https://healthebay.org.
New England Aquarium –Virtual Tours, Videos and Activities
The New England Aquarium offers 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 https://www.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 http://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 https://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 https://www.zoonewengland.org including links to their social media pages.
Visit https://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 https://www.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.
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 https://www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-home.
Durham Museum (Omaha, Nebraska)
Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at The Durham Museum. Making its home to one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, Union Station – known also as Union Passenger Terminal, the first Art Deco railroad station terminus in the Midwest and considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in that region – The Durham Museum offers a look at the history of the region and offers a broad-range of traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science, industry and more through their affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.
For more information visit https://durhammuseum.org.
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 https://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 https://www.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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 http://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.moma.org for a virtual tour of their collections, along with a calendar of virtual events.
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 https://www.mos.org/explore/mos-at-home 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 https://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 https://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.newportmansions.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 https://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 https://www.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 https://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 five and under.
Plimoth Patuxet Museums (formerly Plimoth Plantation): History @ Home
Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth’s virtual workshops. They’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning education programs out of the 17th century and going online. Join engaging, interactive virtual workshops and thought-provoking discussion from home and discover the powerful stories of people who actually lived along these shores of change 400 years ago. Perfect for families.
For a complete list of virtual programs, visit https://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 https://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 https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org and social media channels.
Vatican Museum - Vatican City
Contemplate the artwork of the Vatican Museum by tuning into their website’s seven different virtual tours in high definition. Start with the frescoed vaulted ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent the years between 1508 and 1512 painting scenes from the Old Testament.
Recount the creation of the world with the Creation of Adam painting, see the tree of life in The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden, and journey back to the destruction of Earth in Noah and the Flood.
Work your way through the remainder of the Vatican museums and visit Raphael's Rooms, Pio Clementino Museum, Room of the Chiaroscuri, Chiaramonti Museum, New Wing and the Niccoline Chapel.
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.
• 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 https://www.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 https://www.bostonharborislands.org - kids and family and/or https://www.nps.gov/index.htm – 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.
Boston Public School and Community Partners at home learning
This website has a host of tutorials, at home activities, and other resources for students (Pre-K through High School) to use at home. Some are offered in a variety of languages.
Visit https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8169 for more information.
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 https://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 https://www.art-is-fun.com.
For Mandalas & Art Therapy; Nature, Travels, Art, History & Stories, Special Events among others visit https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.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 https://www.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 https://www.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 https://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 http://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.
Visit https://www.edx.org to access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 top institutions.
Emerald Necklace Conservancy – activities, music, tours and more
Visit the Conservancy's website at https://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 https://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 https://funlearningforkids.com.
Learn 100 percent online with world-class universities, organizations and industry experts. Develop your career, learn a new skill, or pursue your hobbies with more than 750 flexible online courses.
Go to https://www.futurelearn.com for more information and registration. (Learn for free, upgrade, or buy Unlimited)
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 https://www.gsema.org.
Guinness World Record Weekly Challenge
What are you accomplishing during your stay-at-home time? The Guinness World Records reminds us that spending time indoors doesn’t mean we have to be bored.
In fact, with the extra time, we can all aspire to do great things, including becoming a Guinness World Records title holder with the new weekly #GWRchallenge hosted across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
The guidelines for each weekly challenge are posted on the website, as well as on the GWR social channels, as a reference for anyone who needs them.
All attempts utilize household materials, or include no materials at all, so anyone can take part from within their home.
Recently posted challenges include brick-by-brick Lego records, fastest right-rope walker in high heels, and a limbo skate under 10 extremely low bars.
Visit https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.icaboston.org for details.
https://insighttimer.com has more than 27,500 free meditation and music apps to help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, and sleep deeply.
Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids (preschool through high school) 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.
Visit https://www.khanacademy.org to learn more.
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 https://thatbricklife.com for variations on the calendars – i.e. 3 Days of Play Calendar; 31 Day Cub Scout LEGO Calendar; 31 Spring LEGO Calendar
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 https://www.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.
NASA @ Home/NASA Kids Club
Explore NASA @ Home and NASA Kids Club 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 https://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 https://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.
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 https://www.patriots.com/fans/quizzes-trivia.
Peep and the Big Wide World
The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science and math to preschoolers. Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures.
Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.
Check out http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/en 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 https://www.pem.org for more information.
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.
Scholastic – Read, Play, Connect
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.
Shape of Care
This podcast explores the many facets of caregiving and the unique challenges that people face in our caregiving system. The latest episode discusses caregiving in the face of COVID-19 and previous stories focus on LGBT+ elder care, Alzheimer’s Disease, and healthcare policy.
Visit http://theshapeofcare.org for more information and links to listen.
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 https://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.”
Strong National Museum of Play at Home Fun
The Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, NY) has a variety of activities for families to enjoy at home. Themes include Imaginative Play, Sensory Fun, Art Projects and Around the House.
Visit https://www.museumofplay.org to learn more.
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%20games
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 https://www.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 https://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 http://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.