Boston Homes Virtual Neighborhood
Since we are now in a virtual world during these days when we need to stay at home, we have selected interesting virtual events and activities from many different places.
This week's categories to choose from include:
• Events from April 16 through April 24 (One Day Only)
• Short Term Events
• Fundraisers for Non-Profits (Date Related)
• Family Events (Ongoing)
• Body, Mind and Spirit – Well-being Events (Ongoing)
• Aquariums, Farms, Zoos, Sanctuaries (All Things Animals – Some with Live Cams)
• Museums, Galleries and Other Educational Venues
• Family Activities (Anytime Fun)
• Positivity Moments and Opportunities
• Performing Arts (Theater and Music Anytime)
Note 1: More events can be found in Boston Homes’ neighborhood notes. Check linkbostonhomes.com.
Note 2: Isolation is hard. You are not alone. Please visit the Health-Related Section on the Kindness Page for a listing of programs that offer mental health, emotional support, violence and suicide prevention via phone, text, and social media platforms. Many of these resources are available 24/7/365.
• EVENTS FROM APRIL 16 THROUGH APRIL 24 (One Day Only)
On-Site, Online, On Foot! – Patriots' Day
To commemorate the notorious events of April 18 and 19, 1775, as well as the beginning of their season, Boston By Foot is holding a special Patriots' Day "Online, On-Site, On Foot" tour from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 17.
This "OOO" will examine the real events of that quasi-legendary night more than 200 years prior by taking viewers on a journey in and out of Boston's city limits.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patriots-day-registration-148385642451 for more information and registration.
Poetry Workshop (Ages 7-11)
April is National Poetry Month, so let’s celebrate by reading, creating, and maybe even illustrating some poems from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 17 hosted by Nevins Library (Methuen).
Visit http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/n/nevins/ek.cfm for more information and registration.
Bash the Trash
Join Bash the Trash in a virtual family-friendly show of Ti-re-ke-te – Talking Drums of India & Beyond from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.
Learn the language of music through Tabla drums and more.
Attend at https://queenslib.org/3f1eduM.
This gender-expansive yoga event is for kids, ages 12 - 18, and promises a welcoming space for teens anywhere along the gender spectrum to learn yoga, joyful expression, breathing and meditation amongst their peers, allies and siblings in a supportive, open-hearted environment.
No prior yoga experience is needed but a student’s recognition, understanding and whole-hearted support of gender diversity is a pre-requisite to join.
This class will be taught from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 via Zoom by Alexandra De Collibus of Sweet Pea Yoga (Southborough), hosted by SShAGLY.
Registration is required.
Virtual Family Art Workshop/Taller virtual de arte para la familia
The Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA) hosts monthly Family Art Workshops with art activities for kids and adults. In this session from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, experiment with printmaking in the kitchen.
Use fruit and veggie pieces destined for the compost pile to create some beautiful designs with the naturally occurring textures and patterns to make stamps.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-art-workshop-april-tickets-148792623743 for more information and Zoom registration.
Party for the Planet
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and the Macks Center for Jewish Education at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 for a virtual celebration in honor of Earth Day.
Enjoy a music making dance party, story time and a chance to explore how people can demonstrate Jewish values by caring for our planet. Enjoy the performance by Bash the Trash.
This livestream event is free and open to all with activities that are geared for children, ages 3-8.
Visit https://jewishmuseummd.org/events/party-for-the-planet for more information and Zoom registration (donations welcome).
First Shot: The Day the Revolution Began
Many people know the story of the Battle of Lexington - that the band of local militia faced off against the mighty British army on the Town Common on the morning of April 19, 1775. But what actually happened on the Battle Green that day and how did it get to that point?
Join the Lexington Historical Society from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 for a deeper dive into the story of that day as they show their award-winning short film First Shot! The Day the Revolution Began.
Following this viewing, local reenactors with experience recreating the battle will be available to answer questions about the history of the battle, the context of the Revolutionary War and what it is like to step back in time and relive the past.
Rounding off the program will be a performance by Diane Taraz, founder and leader of the Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers.
Visit https://shoplexingtonhistory.square.site/events-and-progams for more information and registration (Donations welcome).
From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs
When Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s, delicately hand-tinted photographic prints of Japanese people and landscapes were among its earliest and most popular exports. Understood as both images and objects, the prints embody complex issues of history, culture, representation and exchange. Hundreds of these photographs, collected by travelers from the Boston area, were eventually donated to Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Visual anthropologist Dr. David Odo, director of academic and public programs, division head and research curator at the Harvard Art Museums, will reveal how the images' shifting and contingent uses - from tourist souvenir to fine art print to anthropological “type” record - were framed by the desires and cultural preconceptions of makers and consumers alike at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20.
Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/japanese-photo for more information and registration (Tickets are free; donations are encouraged).
After-School Animal Encounters: Humans and Animals
This special Earth Week’s edition focuses on some of the challenges animals face today and on what humans - young and old - can do to help. Bring questions and a sense of wonder to join Javier, Ryan and some of their amazing animals as they lead a live 45-minute program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20.
Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.
Go to https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/humans-and-animals for more information and Zoom registration (donations welcome).
Spin, Pop, Boom with Mad Science of Milwaukee
This interactive science show will leave audiences at home cheering for more. Watch as the Mad Scientist of Milwaukee defies gravity in this Zoom show from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. This event is best suited for kids, ages 5-12.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-spin-pop-boom-with-mad-science-of-milwaukee-registration-143310655027 for more information and registration.
Kids in the Garden: Seeds (Online)
Celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of the gardening season with the first installment of the Boston Community Gardens’ Kids in the Garden series from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21. The participants will find seeds in their own kitchens and learn what they need to get growing right.
Kids of all ages are welcome to join. All adults should be accompanied by a kid.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/60622 for more information and registration (donations welcome).
Messy Modernism: Art in 20th-Century American Magazines
Art historians will explore three case studies that convey the rich trajectory of art and magazines: Edward Hopper’s covers for the Wells Fargo Messenger, Mine Okubo’s drawings in Fortune magazine and Saul Steinberg’s work for such publications as Life, Look, Sports Illustrated and Time from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.
The papers explore the origins of and motivations behind such commissions and analyzes the art as it was originally published in print, showing how advertisements, adjacent articles and captions shaped the initial reception and understanding of the works.
To join the discussion with Q&A hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum visit https://www.nrm.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
NYC's American Museum of Natural History's dazzling Earth Day celebration will be held online on Thursday, April 22 as follows:
– Animal Tales with American Lore Theater – 11 a.m. to noon
In this family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation and music, Coyote tells the tales of three different animal species in North America: an orca, a softshell turtle, and a spider. Discover how these species are represented in Indigenous folklore as well as in modern stories in this special presentation, which illuminates our cultural relationship with these species and illustrates the major threats and conservation hurdles they face.
– Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life – 1 to 1:45 p.m.
How does Earth’s climate system impact its ecosystems? This Earth Day, take a virtual flight around the world with Museum Curator in the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences and observe how the Sun, atmosphere and ocean work together to create the weather experienced today and the climate over time. Earth’s atmosphere, ocean and climate evolved in ways that greatly impact life on the planet. From vantage points of satellites observing Earth, witness phenomena like the El Niño Southern Oscillation and learn about the deep-rooted connection between ocean currents and life.
– The Scientist Is In: Conservation in Action – 2 to 2:45 p.m.
How do scientists learn to understand and protect the Earth? Scientists from the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation present their exciting research in this family-friendly program. Learn about new methods to track turtles (think turtle backpacks), discover how the relationship between predators and prey affects restoration of wetlands, check out how new technology can help count and identify animals from images and video, and explore how people of different cultural traditions care for and protect habitats.
– Earth Day Dance Party – 3 to 4 p.m. RSVP to get the link for this free event.
It's time to celebrate the Earth - and everyone is invited. Hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, this all-ages dance party is designed to cheer for all the things that make our planet great. Expect special effects, catchy tunes and interactive games at this online after-school dance special.
Visit https://www.amnh.org/calendar/earthfest for more information and the links to enjoy.
Who Invented the Environment?
The words “environment,” “wilderness” and “nature” evoke images, whether of pristine woodlands or polluted streams. The roots of today’s environmentalism are found partly in 19th-century ideas about nature.
As American explorers discovered the natural wonders of the country, writers, painters and photographers romanticized the mighty wilderness. Scientists and inventors played a different role, developing and using a range of instruments to collect and interpret environmental data. This talk illustrates how artists, scientists and inventors have helped to shape our changing perceptions of the environment.
This program will be presented by Joyce Bedi, senior historian at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.
Visit https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/who-invented-the-environment for more information and Zoom registration.
Vasant Leela: Indian Kathak Dances for Spring by The Kathak Ensemble
Spring is the season for joy and color.
The Kathak Ensemble celebrates with dances depicting Holi, the game of colors and DANDIYA RAAS with swirling skirts and clicking sticks.
This program is part of QPL's celebration of immigrant heritage. Watch from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at https://queenslib.org/2QL4FKd.
The 2021 Poetic Address to the Nation
Democracy is not a monologue, it’s a conversation.
The Theater Offensive in collaboration with MASSCreative and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has collected tales from around the country about the arts, racial inequality and the COVID pandemic.
These poignant testimonials, relayed by Americans to their fellow Americans, will be arranged into The 2021 People’s State of the Union, a one-time streamable event that’s being touted as “a poetic address to the nation,” presented by exemplary Boston-based and national performers from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.
Visit https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-2021-poetic-address-to-the-nation?source=direct_link for more information and registration.
'On-Site, Online, On Foot!' Boston's Green Spaces
Boston contains the oldest public park in the United States (the Boston Common) and ever since 1634, it has embraced the need for residents to have green spaces in which to find some respite from their daily lives.
Over the following centuries, Boston continued to add to its parklands with the help of some true visionaries who understood why green spaces are so important to include in an urban environment.
Join Boston By Foot from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 to explore a few of Boston’s green spaces including several of the “jewels” of the Emerald Necklace - a string of parks designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1880s.
Along with these historic landscapes, they will also take people to one of Boston’s newest green spaces. In the 21st century, Boston is converting areas that were once inaccessible and industrial and reclaiming them to provide new recreational areas.
This is a re-broadcast of a virtual tour first presented on Oct. 17, 2020. A unique feature of this presentation is that attendees may interact with the guides by participating in a live question and answer period immediately after the program airs.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revisited-bostons-green-spaces-registration-148387197101 for more information and registration (0 to $8).
Gardening for Wildlife & Pollinators
Encourage pollination and support butterflies, bees and birds by learning how to garden with wildlife in mind from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.
Learn how to boost your harvest by enlisting the help of nearby birds for natural pest control and roaming pollinators such as bees and butterflies with colorful, location-appropriate plantings. By supporting local wildlife in your garden, you'll help combat habitat loss and strengthen the local ecosystem.
Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/78063-gardening-for-wildlife-pollinators-online for more information and registration for the Microsoft Teams link (Members: $25 | Nonmembers: $30).
The Paper Bag Players: 'Out and About and Together Again'
The Paper Bag Players present Out and About and Togethe Again, a virtual show conceived for the little screen, yet bursting with big imagination and fun.
This performance, filmed all around New York City, is filled with sing-along songs, freewheeling dances, colorful paper and cardboard costumes, as well as a guided draw-your-own-picture experience.
While enjoying the show, and inspired by Earth Day, think of ways to sculpt, play with and reuse paper, cardboard and other found materials together.
This family-friendly performance at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 23 is free with RSVP at https://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2021/04/23/the-paper-bag-players-042321.
Pushing Up Daisies: Floral Gravestone Symbolism
Spring is the perfect time of year to stop and smell the roses - although you might find that difficult with the ones carved in stone.
Join Events and Outreach Coordinator Corinne Elicona from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 23 for a virtual Mount Auburn expedition to learn all about the different flowers and plants found in Victorian gravestone symbolism. They’ll explore the hidden meanings behind these botanic carvings and dive deep into the complex language that is Victorian sentimental symbolism.
Visit https://mountauburn.org/event/pushing-up-daisies-floral-gravestone-symbolism-2 for more information and registration.
The Value of Nature: Our Climate Reality
Join this online climate café from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23 to explore how nature can help us tackle the collective climate fight to celebrate Earth Day's 2021 theme of nature restoration.
The group will discuss what nature-based climate solutions are, what these might look like in the communities and how people can translate their connection with nature into powerful stories to inspire others towards climate action.
This program is sponsored by Mass Audubon's Climate Change Program.
Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/78598-the-value-of-nature-our-climate-reality-online for more information and registration for the Microsoft Teams link.
Spoken Word Performance: Phil Kaye
Write the World, the global platform for student writers, celebrates the launch of its Global Writing Workshops program by welcoming world-renowned poet Phil Kaye for a free virtual performance and live Q&A session from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 23.
Visit https://writetheworldworkshops.com/phil-kaye-event for more information and registration.
Boiler House Jazz
Two creative people from two different artistic mediums will come together for the first time for an adventurous collaboration combining sound, movement and digital video projection from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23 at the Charles River Museum via https://youtu.be/0Hju11d7FyI (Suggested donation $20).
Charlie Kohlhase, one of the stalwarts of the Boston jazz scene for more than 20 years and someone who has significantly contributed to the local jazz scene both as a performer and a radio host. He fronts Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club and is also a long-time member of Either/Orchestra and the Makanda Project. From avant garde to modern creative post-bop, Charlie is an energetic force in the jazz community.
His collaborator for the evening, Callie Chapman, is one of the most exciting and expressive improv dancers in the Boston area. She is also a highly regarded digital video projection designer and a tireless advocate for the arts community. This bodes to be an illuminating night of creative exchange.
National Antiracist Book Festival
Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research will host its 2nd annual National Antiracist Book Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.
The #AntiracistBookfest is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. Panels are topically organized with two authors and a moderator. There will also be workshops for writers facilitated by leading book editors and literary agents.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2nd-annual-national-antiracist-book-festival-tickets-94478727417 for more information and registration ($10-$250). All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the work of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Must reserve tickets by Wednesday, April 21.
Collage of Many Colors with the Country Music Hall of Fame
Celebrate Earth Day at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24 by reusing and recycling waste into beautiful artwork. Program participants will read Dolly Parton’s illustrated book based on her song, Coat of Many Colors, and take a virtual look at artifacts related to Parton in the museum's galleries.
Then join visual artist Britt McDermott to create a patchwork collage art piece inspired by Parton’s multicolored coat of rags. Your challenge: use only materials that you were planning to recycle or throw away.
A guardian or adult is required to be present for the zoom presentation if children are under age 13. Register online in advance at https://countrymusichalloffame.org/events/online-family-program-collage-of-many-colors.
The Boston Festival Chamber Series: Debussy: Musicien Français
Alyssa Wang and Ruoting Lie present Debussy's unique Violin Sonata at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.
What makes this sonata so peculiar and enticing? Explore the musical language of Debussy, the techniques that make his singular Violin Sonata so colorful, and the reason why this particular composition has continued to fascinate the music world more than 100 years after its premiere.
Visit https://www.bostonfestivalorchestra.org/debussy-musicien-francais for more information and the link to watch.
Painting Workshop: Nesting Doll Family
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a fun and relaxing workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.
Using a canvas, the Cheryl Hughes will take participants step-by-step as they paint their own unique nesting doll family. Hughes will provide different tracings so participants can include as many or as few dolls as they would like in their painting. A supply list will be provided.
Visit https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/doll for more information and registration (Members: $12 | Nonmembers $15). Registration required by Friday, April 23.
Monday Job Seekers at Harvard Ed Portal (One Day – Recurring)
Connecting with other job seekers can make all the difference in the world between exhaustion and enthusiasm. Join other job seekers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays for mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment in your job search. Job Seekers Connection energizes and motivates participants by teaching valuable career search strategies and techniques.
You are invited to exchange job leads, business cards, resumes, networking techniques, and interviewing tips. The topics addressed each week are based on input from the group. Sessions are held online via Zoom.
Go to https://edportal.harvard.edu/workforce for more information, including list of weekly topics and registration.
• 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.
Spring Fun at the Park (Online Activity Kit)
Enjoy the wonders of spring at Bird Park (Walpole), at home and at your own pace with this self-guided activity kit. The kit includes a map and exploratory guide to the Spring Fun Trail at the park, a math-inspired recipe, spring science experiments & activities, a wild seed project, links to supportive videos, and suggestions for seasonal reads to enjoy together. (You can also swap out the Bird Park map and insert other Park maps – many found online – to explore.)
The kit is geared toward young children, but children of all ages can enjoy it. Also, the kit is intended to be used by families together, so only one kit per family is necessary.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/62528 for more information and registration (Member Family: $4 | Nonmember Family: $8).
Bank of America Museums on Us
Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free general admission ticket at more than 225 cultural institutions during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us.
Visit https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture. html#fbid=OC mNXjznDmI/hashlink=museums-on-us for more information, including a link to the participating museums.
Virtual Public Tour -- Miao: Masters of Silver
Join the Bowers Museum (Santa Ana, CA) on a tour through their latest installation, Miao: Masters of Silver, and learn about the fascinating art of adornment in China’s Guizhou Province, where the largest population of Miao people reside.
The intricate silver jewelry and textiles are remarkable works of art that symbolize light, the moon, fertility and protection against evil. Passed from mother to daughter, families adorn their daughters with headdresses, earrings, necklaces and other unusual pieces that attract suitors and serve as a dowry in marriage.
Date of online tour: Sunday, April 18 (Pre-recorded presentations are viewable for 24 hours).
Visit https://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/events for more information and registration (Individual tour: Member - $5; General - $10)
Minute Man National Park - April 19th History Coalition presents...
The April 19th History Coalition will use innovative digital programming to connect the people of today with the events of April 18 and 19, 1775, as well as with the lives of the people who were participants and witnesses to the events along, what would become known as “Battle Road.”
Among the planned programs slated through Monday, April 19 are Our Tangible Past, which will feature short video introductions to the artifacts and material culture held by April 19th History Coalition partner institutions that help us to the events of those days; The Revolution in Real Time, that will use the hashtag #RevolutioninRealTime on Social Media to help showcase how the events of those days played out in chronological time; and Voices of 1775, in which volunteers, reenactors, National Park and Museum staff will portray the men and women who were witnesses to this moment that changed the world.
Visit https://www.nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm for more information, a complete schedule, and links to the Minute Man Historic Park’s three social media sites for this enriching experience.
Blue Ridge Parkway Virtual Open House Series
The Blue Ridge region is an area steeped in tradition and is recognized worldwide for its natural and cultural richness. The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles through the region, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Shenandoah National Park. Along the way, the Parkway ties together a diverse landscape and lifestyle–connecting the past with the present and preserving the region's heritage for the future.
– Virtual Open House: General Session
These identical sessions provide attendees a brief introduction and orientation to the Blue Ridge Parkway and an opportunity to consider the complexity of managing this 469-mile linear park along. These webinars – slated from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 19 and from 11 to noon on Tuesday, April 20 – will also have dedicated time for questions and answers.
– Virtual Open House: Care for the Corridor
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a designed landscape and built environment with the central feature being a 469-mile motor route traversing the ridges and valleys of Southern Appalachia in Virginia and North Carolina. The care and keeping of this resource - the road, the overlooks, the bridges, the tunnels – is an enormous task, one that requires careful planning and day to day management. This session – from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20 – features park experts in many of the ways that both park staff and park neighbors and visitors help care for this historic corridor.
– Virtual Open House: Inspire Park Stewards
Blue Ridge Parkway staff work across the year to create high quality interpretive and educational experiences and programs. Telling park stories in the 21st Century means considering a shift from traditional models of visitor services, interpretation and education to meeting people where they are. Panelists at this event – from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 – will share current and upcoming tools available to engage and inspire visitors of all ages.
– Virtual Open House: Protecting Park Resources
The Blue Ridge Parkway highlights a range of landscapes, rising to capture the most spectacular views in the mountainous sections, and dipping and peeking into gently rolling farmland, high meadows, and low stream valleys. In addition to being among the most bio-diverse areas in the country, the park also features a wide variety of cultural landscapes that reveal our relationship with place and strengthen our understanding of historic events, significant people, and patterns in American history. Panelists for this session – from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 – will present information about current natural and cultural resource projects in several areas of the park.
Visit https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more information and Zoom registrations.
Make New Friends with Girl Scouts: April Vacation Week @ 6 p.m.
Make New Friends is a four-part virtual series that provides opportunities to girls to strengthen key competencies as they enter kindergarten. This series allows her to connect with the same friends each week as well as Girl Scouts staff and volunteers who lead her through sessions based on the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes.
This series also provides a “try-it” experience by introducing girls and families to Girl Scouts.
- Monday, April 19 | Make New Friends: Join them for story time, show and tell, and girls learning fun ways to introduce themselves
- Tuesday, April 20 | Robot Friends: Girls will use their STEM brain to learn about what it means to be a robot
- Wednesday, April 21 | Nature Friends: In this session, girls will learn by doing as they explores the many things that can show up in nature
- Thursday, April 22 | Fun with Friends: Girls will take a flight to explore places with their imagination
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-new-friends-with-girl-scouts-april-vacation-week-6pm-registration-142259196085 for more information and registration.
Yoga for Mental Health
Join experienced yoga teacher and Ayurvedic health counselor, Erika Fritz, for an experiential course designed to combat feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression through the pandemic and beyond.
Though not a substitute for licensed therapeutic work, this series will introduce you to simple diet and lifestyle recommendations, including yoga, meditation and breathing exercises, that can help combat the blues and bring you back to balance.
The series will be held from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays through April 22 as follows:
- April 22: Principles of Peaceful Living
Visit https://www.yogahub.life/calendar for more information and Zoom registration.
Junior Ranger Day 2021
To celebrate Junior Ranger Day 2021, the African Burial Ground National Monument (NY) created a new Junior Ranger activity booklet highlighting National Park Service sites across the nation that discuss African American history.
All Junior Rangers who complete the new activity booklet will receive a special prize and can be featured on their social media on Saturday, April 24.
To receive the special prize and be a featured Junior Ranger, submit your completed booklet to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, April 22.
Go to https://www.nps.gov/afbg/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more information.
Celebrity Series of Boston: Stave Sessions Digital Festival
Stave Sessions is a digital festival of discovery, experimentation and path-breaking music.
This multi-day online music festival will feature three nights of premiere performances at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 through Friday, April 23, followed by a one-day culmination of encore performances of all the week's performances at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.
Visit https://www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/stave-sessions for more information, including the schedule, and tickets (Suggested ticket price for this festival pass is $20).
Have you ever wondered how math can help you cook … or what causes a rainbow … or how baby chicks know when to hatch? The *OC Fair's Imaginology explores these questions and more virtually from Monday, April 19 through Sunday. April 25.
Students and their families can power their imaginations at Imaginology, with a virtual festival featuring competitions, exhibits, and free activities designed to explore the fun of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). (*Orange County, CA)
Visit https://ocfair.com/imaginology for more information and registration.
Intro to Gardening Lecture Series
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s spring Introduction to Gardening series consists of six individual lectures over the course of six weeks. Lectures will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays as follows:
April 20: Urban Gardening
Urban gardening is about growing food and ornamentals in small spaces. Whether you have a huge yard without the time or desire to tend it all, or an apartment with no outdoor space at all, this talk will give you tips and techniques to start and maintain a garden you can call your own.
April 27: Seed Saving
Saving seeds is a great way of preserving plants that perform well in this area and also getting next year’s plants for free. Learn how to tell if a plant will “breed true” and also how to collect and preserve seeds for next year’s garden and harvest.
Visit https://masshort.org/education-events/intro-to-gardening-six-session-course for more information and registration (Series: $95 for Mass Hort Members ¦ $155 for General Admission; Per Lecture: $20 for Mass Hort Members | $30 for General Admission).
Get Started with Girl Scouts: Information Sessions
Join Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts staff for an adult information session to get questions answered and learn how to get your family involved from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-started-with-girl-scouts-information-sessions-registration-134792703605 for more information and Zoom registration.
Indies Present: A Universe of Wishes
Join New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series and COO of WNDB Dhonielle Clayton and four featured authors from WNDB's newest anthology, A Universe of Wishes for a special reading series that explores topics around identity, queerness, and the futures of Black, Indigenous and People of Color from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 28.
This event hosted by American Booksellers Association is free with an option to make a donation to the supporting organization. All donations will go to We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit dedicated to putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indies-present-a-universe-of-wishes-tickets-132322232359 for more information and Zoom registration.
Ailey All Access Jazz Appreciation Month
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires audiences, using dance as a vehicle of joy and hope.
In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the company will present two broadcasts set to the music of jazz greats:
- On Wednesday, April 28: resident choreographer Jamar Roberts’ work is set to music of John Coltrane.
The streaming is available for two weeks at 7 p.m. at https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access.
Cocktails for Conservation
Join Zoo New England from 6 to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays for Cocktails for Conservation, their new virtual happy hour series. During these virtual programs, hear from Zoo New England experts and learn more about the passion, care and commitment that fuels their work to save species from extinction and inspires caring and action on behalf of wildlife and wild places.
- April 28 – Zookeeping Stories: Tales from Zoo New England.
This is a great opportunity to plan a virtual meet-up with friends, learn about the natural world and enjoy your favorite cocktail from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds support Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.
Short Path Distillery will be providing cocktail recipes to make at home.
Visit https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/cocktails-for-conservation for more information and reservations ($15 per session - includes door prize tickets).
Good for Your Soul: A Cooking Show
Join the Langston Hughes Library (Queens, NY) at 6 p.m. on select Wednesdays as their home chefs show registrants how to cook one of their favorite delicious and soul warming meals. The recipes are both healthy and easy to make, usually using what you have at home.
- April 21: Mushroom expert Luke will answer all your mushroom questions while Ms. Sarah cooks a delicious mushroom recipe
-April 28: Chef Keisha will be cooking a vegetarian meal
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/good-for-your-soul-a-cooking-show-tickets-106149169022?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch for more information and Zoom registration.
Wire Organizer Craft
Teens and tweens (ages 10-18), if you're tired of wires getting tangled, this craft is for you. Learn how to make a wire organizer out of clothespins and glue.
Find the video that shows how to make this wire organizer on the Nevins Memorial Library YouTube channel, the Nevins Teens Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Discord, and the Nevins Children's Facebook page through April 30.
Visit https://www.nevinslibrary.org for more information and the links.
Chinese Brush Painting – Six Session Workshop
Massachusetts Horticultural Society will host a Chinese Brush Painting workshop series from 4 to 6 p.m. through Thursday, May 6.
This workshop, taught by Nan Rumpf, will start off with a demonstration of all of the basic strokes and information about the materials. Participants will progress to paint the following subjects: river reflections, the rabbit, garden pea and yellow butterfly, gladiolus and praying mantis, goldfish, and the rooster.
These lessons are open to beginners as well as artists with some experience with Chinese brush painting.
Visit https://masshort.org/education-events/chinese-brush-painting-course for more information and registration ($125 Mass Hort Members | $165 General Admission).
The Wild Side of STEAM Series
Kids can get a glimpse of some un-ZOO-sual careers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month through May 7.
Webinars explore the variety of unique careers available in science, technology, engineering, arts and math with time for Q&A. The free Webinars are best enjoyed by students in grades 6-8, but are open to all.
Go to https://nationalzoo.si.edu/education/virtual-programs-calendar for more information and the link to Zoom.
Beginner Birdwatching Series 2 – Online
You've started to notice more closely the familiar and intriguing birds in your backyard, on your commute or outside your window – now you want to know more. This eight-week online series covers everything you need to know to get to know the world of birding.
Beginning Birdwatching 2: Characteristics & Behaviors
Why do birds sing? Why do they fuss with their feathers so much? How do you figure out what bird is outside your window? Learn about bird behaviors, such as feather maintenance, migration, flight, feeding, and vocalization, in this online series. You'll discover the physical characteristics of bird anatomy and how to strengthen your beginning skills as a birder. Topics will include attracting and observing birds, bird conservation projects and research, and how individuals can support local and global bird populations with everyday actions.
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.
Series 2 will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 5 with an optional check in time from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/76335-beginner-birdwatching-2-online for more information and registration (Members: $100 | Nonmembers: $120).
Belmont World Film’s International Film Series ‘Family Ties’
Belmont World Film's 19th International Film Series, Family Ties, goes virtual, featuring eight of the world's top films, most available for streaming for one week each, culminating in virtual discussions led by either the filmmaker or an expert on the film's subject on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Collectively the films in this year's series focus on the many definitions and configurations of families, while exploring the ties that bind or sometimes separate; many directed by women.
The line-up includes:
- April 13-19: The Dazzled, directed by Sarah Suco (France) East Coast premiere. A 12-year-old girl’s parents join a controlling religious commune in southwestern France, making her on outcast at school and dashing her dreams of becoming a circus acrobat. Based largely on the director's experience growing up in a community that espoused sharing and solidarity, this feature debut portrays the damaging effects such cults can have on family members, effectively brainwashing them into giving up their true selves for what appears to be a greater spiritual calling.
- April 20-26: Sun Children, directed by Majid Majidi (Iran) New England premiere Previous Oscar nominee Majidi directs this story about a 12-year-old boy and three friends who work to support their families by committing petty crimes to make fast money. When they are given the job of finding an underground treasure by the local crime boss, they must enroll in a charitable school that will give them access to an underground tunnel.
- April 27-May 3: Gloria Mundi, directed by Robert Guédiguian (France, Italy) New England premiere. Guédiguian (Snows of Kilimanjaro, BWF 2012) reunites his regular cast of actors in this family drama about surviving in today's gig economy. Set in Marseille, the story centers around the birth of baby Gloria. Despite the family's joy, some family members have fallen on hard times, pinning their hopes on the baby's uncle when he opens a successful business.
- May 3-10: Agosto, directed by Armando Capó (Cuba, Costa Rica, France) New England premiere. A Cuban teenager, the primary caretaker for his beloved grandmother, develops his first crush during the summer of 1994, when the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing shortage of food, supplies, and electricity compel people to make the perilous journey to the US by boat. Set in the director's rural hometown of Gibara and loosely based on his experiences.
Go to https://www.belmontworldfilm.org for more information and registration ($14 per film | $85/ Film series).
Facing the World in Upheaval: Personal and Cultural Resilience lecture series
In this Women Explore Lecture and Discussion Forum, expert speakers will offer their insights into some of the issues facing us in this unprecedented time and discuss the resilience we need personally and as a society.
The lecture sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays through May 20. The usual format: 11:30 a.m. – Focus talk; noon to 1 p.m. – Main Lecture with questions; 1 to 1:30 p.m. – Participatory Discussion.
The Focus talk: To set the issue, a Women Explore participant will give a short talk describing how the day’s topic has intersected her life and affected her thinking.
Each lecture will be preceded by an optional sharing group called Reflections from 10 to 11 a.m. where the participants will reflect on how the subject of the previous week's lecture has resonated in their lives.
April 22 – Focus lecture: Lindsa Vallee
The Environmental Cost of Getting Dressed – Maria Valentino, New York-based fashion photojournalist, co-founder of MintModa.com a fashion trend forecasting service.
April 29 – Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha
The Circular Economy – In a world with finite resources and a limited capacity to absorb our waste products. it is imperative that we develop a circular economy. An expert speaker will discuss the topic.
May 6 – Focus lecture: Karen Sheahan
From Crisis to Creating a New Normal – Timothy Patrick McCarthy, historian, educator, social activist at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
May 13 – Focus lecture: Barbara Villandry
Facing the Loss of Home – Introduced by Michael Oliver – Stories from Rosie’s Place, the first women's shelter in the US, founded in 1974 to provide a safe, nurturing environment for poor and homeless women.
May 20 – No Focus lecture
Pandemic: Our Stories of Resilience and Healing – Open discussion facilitated by Lindsa Vallee – A ritual creating a Story Quilt from the personal reflections of audience members. Input is welcome from all participants. Share your story in a warm and welcoming environment.
Visit http://www.womenexplore.org for more information and Zoom registration (Suggested donation per session $15; Students - $5).
Gardening with Native Plants Series
Many birds, insects, and native plants are declining because of habitat loss. In this online series, learn why gardening for local wildlife is so important and how to incorporate plants that support them. Whether you have access to a shared community garden, backyard garden or even a small container or patch of land waiting to be transformed, learn how to plan and implement beautiful gardens that support wildlife, the planet, and you. Beginner gardeners welcome.
This series, offered on Microsoft Team by the Mass Audubon Education Center, includes three content lectures from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 and May 6 plus three optional follow-up discussions from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, May 6 and May 20.
Go to https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/78002-gardening-with-native-plants-series-online for more information and registration (Members: $75 | Nonmembers: $90).
#RevelsConnects Presents: Musical Connections
The Revels’ Musical Connections series will explore musical traditions from around the world with intimate virtual experiences, including 45-minute salon-style performances with a variety of musical tradition bearers.
Each performance will be hosted on Facebook Live at 5 p.m. on select Sundays followed by a companion podcast produced in collaboration with the Mass Cultural Council and hosted by the MCC’s Folk Arts & Heritage Program Manager, Maggie Holtzberg as follows:
April 25: Tom Pixton
An International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musician. He has worked with many of today's most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger and CD producer.
May 23: Beth Bahia Cohen
Beth Bahia Cohen is of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired early by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she later studied with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. She plays the violin, various Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed tanbur and more.
Visit https://www.revels.org/shows-events/revelsconnects for more information and the links to Facebook and the Podcasts.
‘Opening Doors: Race, Conversation and Song’
Opening Doors is a new 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 – within the music industry and beyond.
Guest musicians will be paid a guarantee by the church and, additionally, will 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:
April 25: Dan + Claudia Zanes
Moock’s second pair of guests are Dan and Claudia Zanes. Dan, a founder of the seminal Boston-based ‘80s rock band, The Del Fuegos, went on to launch a solo career in which he emerged as “the Gold Standard in kid’s music” (NPR). He’s also a co-founder of Constructive White Conversations, an anti-racist White affinity group based in New York. In 2016, when Dan met Haitian-American jazz vocalist and music therapist, Claudia Eliaza, he not only found a new performing partner, but a new life partner as well. The two now travel the world together, performing for families and continuing to set the bar for the genre. The Zanes will donate half of the online proceeds of their show to the Black Church Food Security Network.
May 23: Rissi Palmer
The final guest in this first run of shows is Rissi Palmer. Rissi was recently featured in the New York Times as one of five artists who are “Black, female, and carving out their own path in country music.” She has performed at The White House, the Grand Ole Opry, on Oprah & Friends, and has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, and many more. She is also the host of “Color Me Country Radio,” a show on Apple Music Country that explores the intersection of race and country music with guests like Darius Rucker, The War and Treaty, Brittney Spencer, and Miko Marks. Rissi will donate half of the online proceeds of her show to the Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund.
New shows will be coming in the fall.
Visit https://moockmusic.com/openingdoors for more information.
Geared toward children, ages 3-6 (with grownups assistance), Paleo Playdates provide a chance for curious minds to learn about science through stories and hands-on activities. Experts from the Academy of Natural Science share their knowledge via Zoom during these weekly virtual sessions from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays through June 16.
Visit https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/family-programs/paleo-playdate for more information and registration (Admission is pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation is $10 per child).
JLive provides the best of everything – intimate, unplugged style performances, gallery tours, cooking demos and conversations with some of Boston's most interesting talent.
The spring season line up takes place at noon as follows:
- Friday, April 30: Israeli eatery Cafe Landwer’s Nir Caspi
- Friday, May 14: Artist and fabric specialist Anita Rabinoff-Goldman
- Friday, June 4: Spiritual Jewish music icon Zachary Meyer
- Friday, June 18: Sculptural artist Adria Arch
Go to http://jartsboston.org/event/jlive-series-virtual for more information about each program and Zoom registrations. The programs are free; donations welcome.
Boston Festival Chamber Series
Join the Boston Festival Orchestra Directors, Alyssa and Nicholas in a unique "talk show" style concert, streamed for free on YouTube.
The interactive concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on select Saturdays (*unless noted otherwise) as follows:
April 24: Debussy: Musicien Français
Alyssa Wang and Ruoting Lie present Debussy's unique Violin Sonata. What makes this sonata so peculiar and enticing? Explore the musical language of Debussy, the techniques that make his singular Violin Sonata so colorful, and the reason why this particular composition has continued to fascinate the music world over 100 years after its premiere.
*May 30: Breath of Brazil - Sunday at 3 p.m.*
Villa-Lobos' Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon is considered to be the most important chamber work by the composer. Combining the raw sounds of wind instruments, Villa-Lobos experiments with clashes in harmony and rhythmic dexterity. Watch the fifth episode in the Boston Festival Chamber Series, this time charged with a Brazilian ethos.
June 26: Café Music
Class. Style. Parisian ease. The popularity of Café music extended far beyond Paris in the 20th century. Alyssa, Nicholas and pianist, Ruoting Li present a charming, all-smiles Café music program to finish out the Boston Festival Chamber Series, while looking ahead to the inaugural season of the Boston Festival Orchestra in July 2021.
Visit https://www.bostonfestivalorchestra.org/chamber-series for more information, including quick links to the Eventbrite tickets and concert (free; donations welcome).
‘Imagine Van Gogh’
Imagine Van Gogh, more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, will make its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave. in South End (Boston).
The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will truly enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.
The exhibition – which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 – is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.
Visit https://www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).
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)
Lantern2021, a benefit for the Old North Church, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 to celebrate the heroic actions of April 18, 1775 and Old North's legacy of active citizenship.
The virtual family-friendly event will feature original music by Ryan Ahlwardt (formerly of Straight No Chaser), a spirited performance of the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Rick Taylor (as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), and the inspiring words of honoree Dave McGillivray, long-time Race Director for the Boston Marathon. The annual lantern lighting will take place at the conclusion of the program.
Visit https://www.oldnorth.com/lantern2021 and/or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lantern2021-tickets-142136541221 for more information and registration ($25-$100).
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum World Water Day Virtual Race
World Water Day celebrates the importance of freshwater in all of our lives. The people at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum are committed to telling the stories of our struggles to access safe water in history, and how we are still working to combat this issue today. With water at the heart of many present and future global concerns, this Museum aims to not only share how we can learn from our experiences in the past, but to shine a light on the many water challenges we face today as well as the tools we can use to tackle them.
Support this non-profit museum and mission by participating in their World Water Day Virtual Race. All proceeds will support museum programs, operations, and exhibits.
Participants can select the 1K, 5K or 10K distance to be completed anytime through Sunday, April 25. The walkers and runners can time themselves and submit their results online.
Go to https://waterworksmuseum.org/events for more information and registration ($29).
Annual 5K & Walk for INDEPENDENCE
The Carroll Center for the Blind’s 9th Annual 5K & Walk for INDEPENDENCE, presented by PLAN of MA & RI, will be held throughout April culminating with a virtual celebration on Sunday, April 25.
At any point during the entire month of April, people can complete the walk, 5K run or Blindfold Challenge by themself or with a team. Pick the pace, choose the race and participate from your favorite place while fundraising to support The Carroll Center for the Blind.
On Sunday, April 25, join them for a Zoom and Facebook Live event to virtually celebrate everyone’s effort to support the Carroll Center for the Blind’s mission. They’ll share your walk photos and videos, and more special surprises.
Join them to make a difference, one step at a time, to help transform the lives of countless individuals who are blind or visually impaired. As impactful members of the community, the 5K & Walk for INDEPENDENCE brings all who attend closer to understanding our differences.
Visit www.carroll.org/walk for more information and registration.
Urbanity Dance Gala 2021
Join Urbanity Dance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 for an evening of captivating performances, exciting surprises and special guests as well as the popular Dance-a-Thon.
They will announce the establishment of two new awards: The Changemaker Award recognizes the achievements of inspiring individuals who have dedicated their professional and personal lives to making a difference in our community. The Urbanitarian Award recognizes a faculty member, student, parent, volunteer or Board Member who embodies Urbanity's values and who has gone above and beyond over the past year to support Urbanity's mission.
Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including Tickets and Sponsorships, and Zoom registration.
50 Years of Friends: Memories, Moments & Milestones
Join the Friends of the Public Garden for 50 Years of Friends: Memories, Moments & Milestones at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30.
Spring will soon return to the parks and, as they have for 50 years, the Friends of the Public Garden will be there, continuing their commitment to these special spaces. Their mission of parks care, sculpture care and advocacy is made possible by your generosity. Support of this 50th Anniversary Celebration ensures that the three parks remain vibrant and healthy spaces for all.
(Please note that this 50th Anniversary Celebration takes place in lieu of their traditional Green & White Ball in 2021.)
Go to https://friendsofthepublicgarden.org/events/50th-anniversary-virtual-celebration for more information and reservations (Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available).
BGMC: ENCORE 2021 Gala
Heart thumping ... Hooves stomping ... Hopes rising ... And They’re Off!
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s (BGMC’s) signature fundraiser is going virtual this year – live from the Regent Theatre on Saturday, May 1. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the live stream will start at 7 p.m.
The silent auction will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 22 and will close at 7 p.m. as the live stream begins. The live auction will take place during the live stream.
Catherine Peterson, Immediate Past Chair of Chorus America and Executive Director of ArtsBoston, will host this fun and interactive live experience that includes amazing and diverse entertainment, including music, comedy, a hat competition (show off your Derby Best) and more.
Some ticket packages will include the BGMC pod-pack with food, decor and everything to make ENCORE 2021 fabulous.
Go to https://www.bgmc.org/2021/03/04/encore-2021-gala for more information and tickets.
The Wonder Ball Gala
Boston Children’s Museum will host their seventh annual fundraising gala, The Wonder Ballstreamed, online beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.
All donors will be sent a link to access the event, which will include a program and a live trivia game. Those who have purchased tickets or sponsorships before Sunday, May 9 will also receive a custom party box, which includes a Museum designed activity kit, snacks and provisions to toast the Museum.
This re-imagined virtual spin on this magical night will help ensure that every child, regardless of their physical, developmental or economic challenges, has the opportunity to visit the Museum or access the Museum's resources from home during this challenging time.
Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/support/wonder-ball for more information, Tickets and Sponsorships.
The Walk for Hunger
The Walk for Hunger is seeking participants to join their community dedicated to doing good by helping get food to people of all ages in Massachusetts, especially during the pandemic.
Registration is open for a virtual fundraiser that supports Project Bread’s work to increase food access for people of all ages in Massachusetts. Fundraising continues through May 2.
The Walk Celebration will be held online on Sunday, May 2 with fun, virtual events taking place throughout the day.
There is no registration fee this year or fundraising minimum. To create a personal or team fundraising page for The Walk for Hunger or to make a donation, visit projectbread.org/walk or phone 617-723-5000.
Boston Dance Alliance online gala
Boston Dance Alliance – the regional service organization for professional and recreational dancers, dance groups and dance facilities – will hold its online gala on Sunday, May 2 honoring Cambridge's Rozann Kraus and Falmouth's Dr. Larry Pratt with its 2021 "Dance Champion" and "Unsung Hero" awards, respectively,
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a virtual social event where honorees and attendees interact. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. with performances by Jean Appolon of Jean Appolon Expressions, and Jessie Jeanne Stinnett of Boston Dance Theater. The awards, given for long-term and lasting contributions to the regional dance field, will be presented.
Tickets begin at $10 for general admission. Ticket buyers have the chance to offer celebratory toasts to honorees, be entered into special drawings, and receive at-home deliveries of sparkling wine to enjoy during the event. An online auction will feature experiential events, dance-themed items, and family fun.
Visit https://www.bostondancealliance.org for more information and reservations.
BCNC Lantern Festival Gala
Everyone is cordially invited to the online Lantern Festival Gala from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, hosted by the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). The event will honor the BCNC students and participants.
- 5:30 p.m. Reception – Network with friends and engage with exclusive performances and interactive demonstrations
- 6 p.m. Program hosted by Janet Wu, Bloomberg – Learn about how Asians and new immigrants have been impacted by the pandemic, hear inspiring participant stories, and experience premier artistic performances from Chinatown locations.
Ticket (Program only): $50 | Sponsorships: $1,000 and up | Ads: $250 and up
Donations are tax-deductible and will support family-centered programs for Asian and new immigrants including childcare, youth leadership, adult English classes and workforce development, mental health counseling and parent support groups, arts and culture.
Go to https://bcnc.net/events/2021gala for more information and registration.
‘A Trivia Night with Friends’
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s (BGCB) Friends Council will virtually host its signature benefit party – A Trivia Night with Friends – from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.
A Trivia Night with Friends promises to be a memorable evening with virtual entertainment, friendly competition and impactful fun. Attendees will hear firsthand from Club members and staff about the important role BGCB plays in sustaining their community.
Please support Boston and Chelsea youth and families – event proceeds will help fund enhanced educational support at the Clubs’ remote learning centers, life-enriching programs both in person and online, nutritious meals, and direct aid for families.
Visit https://www.bgcb.org/trivianight for more information, including trivia details, sponsorships, tickets and tax-deductible contributions.
25th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a beloved Boston tradition and celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. It is the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s (LDBPI) largest fundraising event to grow and sustain services, advocacy and training.
This year’s virtual walk is all about celebration and remembrance of 25 years of walking for love, unity, faith, hope, courage, justice and forgiveness while honoring lives impacted by homicide.
Join the 25 Days of Walking, beginning on Monday, April 5, leading up to the online broadcast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 9.
Visit https://www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org for more information and registration.
'NAMIMass Walks Your Way Celebration'
All roads lead to NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope with the destination as always being Mental Health for All. This year’s NAMIMass Walk Celebration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22.
NAMIWalks participants, mental health advocates and NAMI partners will be getting creative – i.e. walking 7,000+ steps for a 5K their way; planning a craft day with their kids; holding a virtual bake-off with their team; practicing self-care with a favorite hobby: yoga, gardening, knitting; doing a 5K on the treadmill or stationary bike; creating a safe and socially distanced stroll in their neighborhood – to work towards achieving the fundraising goal and ensuring NAMI local programs continue to benefit the community.
There will also be inspirational, engaging livestreams and mental health conversations with other like-minded crusaders.
Visit https://namimass.org/nami-walks-massachusetts for more information and registration.
Samaritans annual Breakfast for Hope
The Samaritans annual Breakfast for Hope will be held on Tuesday, May 25. Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m.; the program will be held from 8 to 8:40 a.m.
The annual Breakfast for Hope showcases their lifesaving services while raising vital funds for suicide prevention. For more than 600 guests, there is no better way to appreciate the impact Samaritans has on the lives of others and the hope they bring to our community.
This year’s virtual program will focus on how everyone can move forward together from the complications and devastation of the last year. Learn about how you can help save lives and support their mission and programs, which are needed now more than ever.
Visit https://samaritanshope.org/event/breakfast-for-hope-2021 for more information and registration, Tickets and Sponsorships.
2021 Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament
Although this has been a tough year for everyone, the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club is excited to continue one of its favorite annual traditions – the Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament – which will be held on Friday, May 28 at the Windham Country Club.
Proceeds from the Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament will help provide vital operating support for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club as it continues to adapt and find new ways to support its members.
Sponsorship of the Charlestown Club’s Dennis Borden Memorial Golf Tournament will provide your company with a unique platform to further promote its commitment to the community while targeting an engaged and active demographic.
Visit https://www.bgcb.org/sponsor-the-2021-dennis-borden-memorial-golf-tournament for more information and registration.
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 first race, “Run Wild 5K” will take place in April (registration is open).
The second race, “Run Wilder 5K & 10K” will take place in July (registration opens May 1).
The third race, “Run Wildest 5K, 10K, Half Marathon” will take place in October (registration opens Aug. 1).
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.
The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St. in Dorchester) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.
The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March 2020, established a crowdsourced Gofundme fundraiser in August to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open. All donations (no matter how large or small) are greatly appreciated.
To learn more about this family-fun establishment and to make a donation, visit https://chezvousrollerrink.com. For more information, phone 617-825-6877.
• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)
Durham Museum (Omaha, Nebraska) will present Museum Live from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays through May 17.
This broadcast-style show includes segments featuring guest speakers from the Smithsonian network, a behind-the-scenes look at museum exhibits and artifacts, cultural connections to the community, and currents events. Plus, teachers and parents will receive a follow-up activity after each session. Learn more about the western region and heritage at https://durhammuseum.org.
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.
Chickenshed NYC Tales from the Shed
The popular Tales from the Shed for young children and their families has returned – still live, immersive and inclusive, but now online.
Meet Chickenshed friends Lion Down, The Thing That Goes Blurgh and their friends. Using a secure online platform, the professional teaching artists takes kids on a great adventure – from wherever you are. And Chickenshed's inclusive methodology means that children of all abilities and backgrounds can play.
The virtual doors open at 9:45 a.m. on Saturdays with pre-show activities, and the show begins promptly at 10 a.m. For security purposes latecomers will not be admitted and a new link and password will be required for each show.
Go to https://www.chickenshednyc.org/events for more information and tickets ($20/Family).
Mornings with Matt
Sing-a-long with Matt Heaton at 10 a.m. on weekdays via Facebook, YouTube and/or Zoom. Interactive songs will have kids jumping, dancing and singing together with Matt and Friends.
Tune in, chat, make requests – it’s his favorite part of the day. He also likes knock-knock jokes, so share them as well.
Remember the Tip Jar links and survey form. Visit 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.
Join Bruce Adolphe (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) as the world’s greatest and only Private Ear, Inspector Pulse, for short, weekly music lessons exploring the fundamentals of music-making and a digital Q&A. Also featuring Katja Stroke-Adolphe as Inspector Pulse's daughter, Katja Pulse.
Streaming at 11 a.m. on Fridays on the CMS Facebook page, videos will then be available for on-demand streaming on the CMS website with accompanying activities and a learning guide.
Perfect for young and curious music-lovers, each week features a different theme.
Go to https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/cms-front-row/inspector-pulse-at-home for more information.
Tunefoolery livestream concerts/open mic nights
Tunefoolery will present interactive online concerts from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and will host Open Mic nights from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom.
All of their online concerts are recorded and available for later viewing on their Facebook page.
Tunefoolery Music is a unique and courageous community of more than 60 musicians in mental health recovery who have created a safe place where loving support, paid work, and learning are the foundation for healing and recovery. Their mission – changing perceptions note by note – is to bring quality music, along with an inspiring message of recovery and hope, to their peers and to the world.
Visit https://www.tunefoolery.org for more information and the links to join.
‘e’ inc. Discovery Planet
"Discovery Planet" is a new digital learning experience where students can watch their favorite "e" inc. educators teach lessons about the wonders of water and our world's amazing animals.
A lesson geared toward kids in Grades 2 & 3 and Grades 4 & 5 will be posted on their YouTube Channel as follows:
- Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Discovery Planet: Animals & Their Habitats
- Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Discovery Planet: Our Water World
Go to https://www.einc-action.org/discovery-planet.html for more information, including the link to the YouTube Channel.
Free Chess Games for Kids
The New England Chess School in Newton is offering free virtual chess games for youth, ages 6 and older, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Chess Lessons are a great way to learn chess, but what about practice? Sure, classes are interesting, but how about just fun and social event where kids can meet and play the great game of chess in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.
Visit https://chessne.com/sundaygamesfree for registration and more information.
PuppetTime Online: A Puppetry Interview Series
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 3 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.
Book Club for Kids with Special Needs
Angela Waring, Director of Social and Behavioral Supports at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will read books out loud on Zoom from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on select Tuesdays through May 5. Participants will identify and discuss the characters’ feelings and try to relate to their experiences.
This book club is designed for children with special needs.
Go to https://www.jfcsboston.org for more information and Zoom registration.
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 at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Visit https://www.campbonkers.com for more information, including Bonkers downloads.
The Original Paint Nite Party
A variety of Original Paint Nite by Yaymaker virtual family and/or adult paint parties will be held via Zoom.
Grab the kids or not and unleash your inner artist. You’ll all go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own with plenty of laughs along the way. You'll be guided by a talented and entertaining artist who will walk through all the steps so you and your little ones can create your masterpieces.
Visit 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 $300 for a 2021 Pass available on Eventbrite.com.
Visit http://www.historyatplay.com or https://www.facebook.com/HistoryAtPlay for more information, including the 2021 weekly schedule.
Celebrity Series of Boston at Home: Neighborhood Arts Community Concerts
This series of performances showcase local performers from the Neighborhood Arts program featuring a broad spectrum of genres:
- Veronica Robles Cinco de Mayo Celebration: All-Female Mariachi Band! – Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit celebrityseries.org for more information and registration.
• BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT – WELL-BEING EVENTS (Ongoing)
Boston Yoga Online
Boston Yoga Online has a list of virtual yoga classes taught by local instructors.
View the Google calendar at 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 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilates-with-lisa-kleiman-tickets-107244370800 for more information and registration.
Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique. It helps reduce stress and increase wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. By practicing Sahaja Meditation, you will become more positive and productive and the importance of your life will become clear. Anyone (kids and adults) can do it. It’s also free.
Sahaja Online offers a variety of guided meditation sessions to fit your specific needs. These free sessions are led by expert instructors and streamed live to make it easy to practice from home or anywhere else on any device. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day and evening.
Most of the sessions address the need of first-time attendees, but it is always useful for people new to Sahaja meditation to attend an introductory program first.
Visit https://sahajaonline.com/meditate-online for more information, including class schedules and links to join the classes.
EPIC Virtual Programs
Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) prepares young people with disabilities to be actively engaged community leaders through education, leadership development and community service.
The virtual youth groups listed below are open to any young person with a disability between the ages of 14-26 in the state of Massachusetts.
- Wednesday Youth Support Group: a general youth support groups held at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Game Day Thursday: various virtual games at 2 p.m. on Thursdays
- Friday Fun: Whether they are doing virtual scavenger hunts, movie nights, talent shows, or trivia, you will be sure to have a good time with them at 2 p.m. on Fridays
The following groups are for current and past EPIC Service Warriors.
- EPIC Lunch Room: Daily at 12:30 p.m.
- You Lead: Mondays at 2 p.m.
- Service Tuesdays: Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Visit 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.
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance
Boston, Newton and the North Shore will offer virtual classes designed for individuals with disabilities from ages two to adults.
- Specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome, ages two to adult, in Boston and Newton (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
- Specialized classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ages five to adult, in Boston and Newton (Sundays)
- Inclusive classes for individuals of all abilities and needs ages five to adult in the North Shore (Tuesdays) and Newton (Saturdays and Sundays)
This program helps enhance: Creativity and self-expression, self-esteem and self-confidence; Increased pride cooperating with and encouraging others; Increased appreciation and knowledge of music and rhythm; Distinguishing right and left, attending to and following directions; Increased focus, improved balance, posture and alignment.
For more information contact visit the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance page or email email@example.com. Tuition for the program is $420 (including fees); Financial aid is available.
Parks Winter Fitness Programs
Free fitness classes will be offered by certified instructors sponsored by Boston Parks and Recreation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Boston Public Health Commission through May 1 as follows:
- Family Fitness – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays
- Yoga – 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays
- Dance HIIT – 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays
- Salsa – 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays
- Line Dancing – 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays
- Chair Yoga with Ivor – 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays
- Zumba – 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays
- Barre Class – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays
- Strength Training – 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays
Go to https://www.boston.gov/events for more information and registration about these virtual events.
Tremble Clefs Parkinson’s Chorus
The Tremble Clefs choral group, designed to help strengthen the voices of people with Parkinson’s disease, will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Mondays on Zoom.
New and experienced singers are welcome. No auditions. Join any time.
To learn more about this program presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service program, visit https://www.jfcsboston.org (fees apply).
Parkinson’s Therapeutic Movement and Dance
A therapeutic movement and dance group, designed to target the movement challenges of Parkinson’s disease, will be held from 10:30 to noon on Wednesdays on Zoom.
To learn more about this program presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service program, visit https://www.jfcsboston.org (fees apply).
JF&CS Sibshops is a free support group for kids, ages 8-14, who have siblings with special needs. This program follows the Don Meyer national Sibshop model. Sibshops is being held virtually via Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on select Wednesdays. Outdoor activities are also being held on select Sundays, weather permitting.
At Sibshops, siblings will: Meet other siblings of children with special needs and have a great time together; Obtain peer support and education in a fun and recreational environment; Share experiences and obstacles with other siblings who understand; and Take part in fun activities such as snow tubing, pottery painting, and visiting trampoline parks.
Visit https://www.jfcsboston.org/About/Community-Programs/Upcoming-Events/sibshops for more information and registration.
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.
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.
Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information and registration (fees vary).
NamaStay Connected is an online series created by the people at NamaStaySober in order to keep you feeling connected and supported.
Among the offerings are a variety of yoga classes, mindfulness and meditations, community conversations, women’s circle and a book club.
These classes are free with a suggested tax-deductible donation of $5 per class/$20 a week.
Visit https://www.namastaysober.com/memberships for more information and registration for the Zoom and Instagram Live links.
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, @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.
Accessible Virtual Martial Arts
An Accessible Martial Arts Program for people with and without disabilities who want to learn and practice self-defense, stretching, exercise and relaxation techniques will be offered at 5 p.m. every other Wednesday.
They will also post additional content on Facebook throughout the week to help keep you active.
This recreation program is supported by Easter Seals Massachusetts, YWCA Central Massachusetts, Center for Living & Working, Bay State Wheelers and the REDD Group.
Visit https://www.easterseals.com or contact Desi Forte, Youth Services Manager, DForte@eastersealsma.org for more information and required registration.
Inclusive Dance Party for Kids
Join the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Music Therapist for an hour of dancing and music with friends from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select Sundays on Zoom.
These Music Therapy sessions are designed for kids with autism and/or neurological disabilities, and children of all abilities are welcome to participate.
Visit https://www.jfcsboston.org for more information.
Youth Leadership Network group
Looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Join Easterseals Massachusetts for an online Youth Leadership Network group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. It does not matter if you have never been to a YLN group before or if you typically go to the in-person groups, all are invited to take part.
The Youth Leadership Network (YLN) promotes self-advocacy and self-awareness for teens and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 to 26. This is a state-wide initiative for youth to make friends in their local communities and within the larger Network group.
All groups and events feature fun, interactive discussions about communication, teamwork, community service, disability rights, career interests and employment skills.
Go to 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.
'Get Anything Done Intro' Online
Are you lonely, unfulfilled, feeling lost or distracted, are you unhappy with your job, missing a meaningful relationship, bored of your routine, spinning your wheels, or do you feel hopeless about your direction? If so, it’s time to start a new path...
In “Get Anything Done Intro Online,” presented by Jason Dzamba from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through June 24: Learn how to overcome procrastination forever; master your day using timed intervals; triple your productivity; uncover your sprint goals and deep goals and master a simple process that produces consistent results.
the Zoom link is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7843244757?pwd=a0pKRXBOTEtFV3lRMjJBVXBMcUdhdz09 | Meeting ID: 784 324 4757 | Password: 3rLQxj
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com for more information and registration.
Live Online Meditation Drop-Ins
The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (Cambridge) is offering free live online meditation drop-ins from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. Each session consists of both meditation and discussion.
There will be a different topic to explore together as a group for each session. The exploration of these topics will help us deepen our practice & relate to daily life challenges in a different way.
No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join.
Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/179935105; Meeting ID: 179 935 105
Visit 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.
Line Dancing with Julie Kaufmann Dancin' Virtual
All in-person classes are on hiatus, but Zoom on-line lessons and dancing are happening! So, push back the couch, roll back the rug, move the kitchen table, and get ready to dance!
Line Dancing with Julie Kaufmann Dancin’ schedule:
- Sundays - Beginner hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Improver + hour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Thursdays Improver + from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Prerecorded Line Dance Classes and Healthy Steps are also viewable any time.
Sliding scale donations are gratefully accepted. If you are income-impacted in any way, enjoy the dancing free-of-charge and without guilt; otherwise, if you can donate there are three options: $5 (all I can afford); $10 (regular price); $20 (a little extra).
Visit https://jkdance.com for more information, including links to join.
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.
Zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 392-906-8802 Password: BOSTON
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.
‘Talk About Real Things’
Lauren Muriello LPC, founder of Well Being Therapy Center, will host “Talk About Real Things” for teens, ages 13 through 17 at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays via Instagram: @talk.about.real.things.
Teens, when you join the live stream, no one will be able to see or hear you; you can submit anonymous questions that their Teen Mentors will answer live.
Read about the program and register at https://wellbeingtherapycenter.com/our-services-2/therapy-for-teens/talkaboutrealthings.
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 while schools and libraries are closed, Christine will come to you LIVE on Facebook with a different program. You will meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, snakes, lizards, frogs and more. Like her page and you will receive a notification when they go live each day.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Ohio)
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the US.
Join them for a Home Safari Facebook Live at 3 p.m. each weekday where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.
All Home Safari videos will be posted to You Tube channel and 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. The Aquarium is temporarily closed, but catch them virtually.
Heal the Bay Aquarium goes live on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, offering virtual visits with baby sharks and a look at its new exhibits.
Sea life fans can get a glimpse of the Aquarium's marine animal ambassadors and learn more about wildlife habitats off the coast of Southern California.
For the coolest updates and cutest critters, follow them on their social media platforms. Links and other information can be found at https://healthebay.org.
New England Aquarium –Virtual Tours, Videos and Activities
The New England Aquarium will offer programs such as their Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters so people can visit their favorite animals from home as well as the Blue Planet Science Series.
Follow them on social media to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists. New videos premiere every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Also watch live views from inside the New England Aquarium and find fun projects and activities to try from home.
Visit 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 Modern Art (MoMA) (NYC) offers Free Online Arts Classes
MoMA NYC has launched a series of free classes for those interested in better understanding the 91-year-old museum’s collection via the online teaching platform Coursera at https://www.coursera.org/moma.
Covering contemporary art, fashion and photography, the comprehensive beginner courses with corresponding readings and exercises will take anywhere from 12 to 38 hours to complete.
Designers, historians, manufacturers and other style experts discuss 70 different garments and accessories in “Fashion as Design” while “Seeing Through Photography” will use photos from the last 180 years to explore the difference between seeing and understanding an image.
Visit https://www.moma.org for a virtual tour of their collections.
Museum of Science – #MOSatHome
The Museum of Science Boston is one of the largest Science centers in the world and can be enjoyed remotely with new content added to their website and social media platforms every day.
Enjoy multiple live presentations throughout the day, virtual exhibits, thought-provoking podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric), videos and Planetarium shows, kid-friendly activities and adult programs (including free live events, music performances, conversations; art experiences and gaming, among others).
Visit 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 http://ww6.newportmansion.org for more information, including the links.
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)
The Norman Rockwell Museum has curated experiences that collect related images, photography, video, audio and history relating to the Museum’s renowned collection of Normal Rockwell’s original paintings, his Stockbridge Studio, as well as the Museum’s vast collection of art.
You can explore the world of Project NORMAN, a gateway to 20,000 works by more than 250 artists; watch hundreds of videos – nearly a thousand hours of content – spanning every facet of illustration art; and find lessons and activities for all ages at the MRM Curriculum Lab.
Visit Virtual NRM 24/7.
Old Colony History Museum fun
The Old Colony History Museum (Taunton) always says “History Happens Here” and now their staff has curated some awesome educational resources, including historical how to’s, challenges, and activities, so you can “Make History” from home.
Learn how to make berry ink, butter, ice cream and thaumatropes; become a photo detective; turn your house into your very own museum of your family’s treasures; these are just a sampling of some fun activities.
Follow the links at 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
LeVar Burton Reads
In every episode, host LeVar Burton (best known for roles in Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life and dive into a great story.
LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring more than 80 stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and others to life. So, when you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath… and listen at https://www.levarburtonpodcast.com.
Everyone’s favorite children’s musician has music and a variety of entertaining (and teachable moment) videos on MamaSteph/YouTube.
Mess With Your Milk
In the name of curiosity and science, the time has come to say yes to a little mess – and get your kids thinking about milk in a whole new way. It’s time to Mess With Your Milk!
These simple experiments can all be done using everyday supplies you likely already have at home – including milk. They’re a perfect activity for cooped-up kids on a wintry weekend. Or take the party outside in the summer and let them really go wild.
What else will your kids come up with when you tell them to Mess With Your Milk? Try all the experiments and share these videos with friends – or even your favorite teacher. It’s all about science, after all.
Go to https://milklife.com/articles/10-easy-diy-experiments-for-kids to learn more about messing with milk.
Mindfulness Activities & Meditations for Kids and Parents
Practicing mindfulness can boost kids' well-being and empower them to meet their challenges with resilience. It works for adults, too.
At 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.
Mr. New-School Media
Mr. New-School Media is a platform of educational products and resources designed to provide primary aged children a fun and transformative approach to learning through the use of arts integration and cultural relevance. The Mr. New-School Media product line includes books, online resources, manipulatives, games and other merchandise.
Subscribe to Mr. New-School for unlimited access to songs, music videos, and tutorials at https://mrnewschool.com or check them out on YouTube.
NASA @ Home
Explore NASA STEM @ Home Resources for activities that families can do together.
Learn about their Missions or the Solar System and Beyond. Watch their videos and Live TV programs.
Listen to the NASA Crew members read books from the space station and/or perform a science experiment that goes along with concepts mentioned at storytimefromspace.com.
Visit 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.
Paper Heart Puppets
Paper Heart Puppets is creating puppetry lessons specifically designed for families to make the most of what they have at home without needing to go out for more supplies.
Learn how to make a cardboard dinosaur, a customizable paper puppet and more on their YouTube channel.
Test your knowledge with a variety of trivia games and challenges. You can also find Patriots themed coloring pages, word search, crossword puzzles and more all at 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.
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.
• POSITIVITY MOMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- “Be respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs; especially if they are different than your own.” – From PassItOn.com
- "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." – Maya Angelou
Let’s face it: Life is really tough right now. But we can all look for silver linings during this uncertain time.
Read about and/or share your silver linings – Personal Blessings, as well as favorite Quotes, Songs, Movies, Books, Favorite Games, Podcasts, Question of the Day at #PandemicPositivity.
1 Million Acts of Kindness Challenge
Join the Kindness Movement – a super simple concept. Organizations, groups and individuals are all coming together to make their act of kindness count towards making 1 million acts in 2020.
They want to show not only the power of kindness but also that when we unite together we have the power to change the world.
It's so simple to be a part of the 1 million. You can post your acts of kindness to www.sunshinepeople.org.uk and 'Be 1 in a million'.
But if you feel a little shy to share, why not take a free ticket and commit to doing your act of kindness - they trust you.
Visit https://www.sunshinepeople.org.uk for more details.
'1812 Overturn' - Boston Pops - July 4th, 1976
This is rare footage of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at their July 4th, 1976 Bicentennial concert at the Hatch Shell. Around 50,000 people were expected to attend – but the actual crowd was estimated to be 650,000 to 750,000. This clip includes the "1812 Overture."
800 musicians from 55 countries
This is a very impressive video of the Worldwide Virtual Choir and Orchestra performing “Nearer, my God, to thee.” This includes 800 musicians from 55 countries who combined to create an absolutely stunning virtual video.
Beach Boys in Concert
No summer concerts in the US this year. So, here are the Beach Boys in concert in Knokke, Belgium on July 21, 1987.
One of the most memorial rock performances at Tanglewood came in July 21, 1970 when Chicago performed. This was during their days when they were more of a real hard rock band and less Top 40. Watch guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered to be one of the best in the world of rock. Even the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was better than him. Earlier in 1970, the group releases its second album – Chicago II. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube.
Chicago at Tanglewood - 1970 concert
One of the most memorial rock performances at Tanglewood came in July 21, 1970 when Chicago performed. This was during their days when they were more of a real hard rock band and less Top 40. Watch guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered to be one of the best in the world of rock. Even the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was better than him. Earlier in 1970, the group releases its second album – Chicago II. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube.
6,000 strangers sing 'Heroes'
More than 6,000 strangers from 45 countries this year submitted a video in three days to sing one song “Heroes,” made famous by David Bowie. This is dedicated to “all the frontline heroes who are keeping us safe.”
'I Dare You'
This is a wonderful international virtual performance of “I Dare You” – a Global Virtual Performance Video with Kelly Clarkson.
Virtual 'Les Misérables'
Theaters around the world are mostly closed, which means no summer plays this year. The West End theater group in London was going to perform “Les Misérable,” but since they can’t, they did virtual performances of a few of the songs. Here’s 70 of the West End performers virtually singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
And the Barricade Boys have a very moving virtual performance of “Bring Him Home.” It includes many former cast members of ''Les Misérables.''
Members of “Les Misérables” companies from 1987 to the present returned to the virtual stage in April to share “One Day More” – an anthem of hope in these challenging times “until stages around the world light up once more.”
Virtual 'Back to the Future'
The world premiere of “Back to the Future - The Musical” took place not too long before the virus struck. The cast was led by Roger Bart as Doctor Emmett Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, with a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B Goode". Enjoy the cast singing a virtual version of “The Power of Love.”
‘So Many Heroes’
“So Many Heroes,” a national tribute to our frontline workers, is performed by 75 students representing 16 theatres across the country. Join them in saluting those who have made significant sacrifices during this unprecedented time while you enjoy this performance.
Learn more at https://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org.
Boston Children’s Chorus – ‘Rise Up’
The Boston Children's Chorus, in collaboration with the Denver Children's Choir, the Children's Chorus of Washington DC, the Gondwana Choirs of Sydney and the Cincinnati Boychoir, presents "Rise Up" by Andra Day. They do a wonderful job spreading a message of hope and unity in a time when it is really needed.
Camden Voices – ‘True Colors’
Need to be uplifted? Check out this version of “True Colors” with the Camden Voices virtual chorus from Great Britain.
From Our Homes to Yours – Everything Possible –Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus released a virtual chorus video where members sang from their homes all over New England and dedicated it to health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees, emergency childcare providers, janitors and everyone else working daily to keep us healthy and safe.
They are thankful for your courage and commitment. As the song says, “the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.” And may each of you “dream all the day never reaching the end of everything possible for you.”
Teddy Bear Hunt
Stuffed animal scavenger hunts are making life bear-able for bored kids.
Stuffed animals are appearing everywhere along the streets and in the windows all across the world in the global “Teddy Bear Hunts” for children – uniting neighborhoods and giving children an exciting, social distancing safe scavenger hunt activity during shelter-in-place.
Norwood, MA has 600 teddy bears on view, some of the cute ones can be seen on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w0lB3NpvNI.
The hunts are inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (1989) – reading, another family-friendly activity to share.
South Shore Children’s Chorus
‘Together, at Home’ – online concerts
“Together, at Home,” is a new series of online concerts presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen that aims to “unite humanity at a time when many may feel isolated at home and inspire people to take meaningful action” to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Together, at Home” will continue to feature livestream shows from a number of musical artists throughout the duration of social distancing protocols via social media channels.
Visit https://www.globalcitizen.org/en for more information, including links to listen.
Virtual ‘Lockdown Waltz’
The “Lockdown Waltz” by the Corona Orchestra came together with 121 tracks recorded by 75 musicians in 11 countries on three continents playing virtually.
Virtual ‘Ode to Joy’
There are a few virtual versions of “Ode to Joy” now available. This one with the musicians from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best. These musicians, who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, came together to record a virtual, collaborative performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from their homes.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is an ode to humanity, to peace over desperation, to universal kinship and, of course, to joy.
‘What can we do for our country?’
“In a time when the nation must come together to protect the most vulnerable among us, President Kennedy’s call to ask ‘what can we do for our country’ couldn’t be more relevant. He believed deeply that each of us can make a difference and everyone should try. Never has that been more true than right now. Thanks to everyone for helping your family, community, the country, and the world.”
Message from the JFK Library and Museum.
‘What if’ with 2,292 virtual singers
This is not new, but this version of “What if” from “Paradise Lost” is just as meaningful and uplifting now as it was when Eric Whitacre and 2,292 young singers from 80 different countries joined together to create a special Virtual Youth Choir film for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of a unique partnership with UNICEF.
Singers, ages 18 and under from around the globe, recorded and submitted videos to be part of Whitacre’s first-ever Virtual Youth Choir. According to the group, “parents, older siblings, friends and teachers helped children as young as two rehearse and record in bedrooms, living rooms and rehearsal halls at the far reaches of the Earth so they could sing in the VYC. In many cases, the voice of just one child represents an entire country, proving that one person can help change the world for the better. These global singers came together to be part of something momentous – to support UNICEF to help save and change children’s lives around the world."
‘What the World Needs Now’ – Virtual Orchestra
What started as an idea on a student’s flight home from Berklee College ended in collaboration with some of the most incredible people.
Visit https://www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/what-world-needs-now-student-made-video or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QagzdvzzHBQ&feature=emb_share for a little something special to brighten your day.
Share it with other to help promote positivity and optimism while we need it the most.
• PERFORMING ARTS (Theater and Music Anytime)
Boston Ballet Online
Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles on https://www.bostonballet.org/home.aspx along with exclusive, ballet videos at: https://www.facebook.com/bostonballet and https://www.instagram.com/bostonballet.
Support the Boston Ballet here.
BSO, Pops and Tanglewood at home
The BSO, Boston Pops and Tanglewood at Home is designed to entertain, enlighten and engage audiences around the world with special online and radio content. Each day of the week brings a different activity.
Enjoy a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.
Watch video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind-the-scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.
Visit https://www.bso.org for more information.
H+H Season 2020-2021
Experience the mastery and brilliance of the Handel and Haydn Society. Enjoy streaming concerts, featuring beloved H+H musicians and special soloists.
For a complete guide to their 2020-2021 season, along with past podcast series, visit https://handelandhaydn.org.
There is beauty, community, and optimism, inherent in making music, even in these challenging times. Here are three ways to enjoy New England Conservatory of Music musicians:
- NEC musicians will continue sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe. Follow the online series at #NECMusic Hub.
- NEC musicians will continue releasing new recordings from NEC's concert halls every Monday to help fill your home life with powerful music. Listen Online.
Visit https://necmusic.edu for more details.
Play at Home
Play at Home brings joy and connection of live theatre to your own home. Play at Home aims to keep playwrights working while inspiring creativity and community.
Numerous theatre organizations have come together to create Play at Home, a collection of free short plays that have been commissioned to only be performed in people’s homes.
Visit https://www.playathome.org for more information, including a list of plays (with links to download) to enjoy at home.
Shakespeare on the Common: Encores
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents “Shakespeare on the Common Encores” Series featuring artists who have performed on the Shakespeare on the Common stage.
Join them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @commshakes to see who will show up next with a reprise of a piece of their performance – a little reminder of those starry, peaceful summer nights – on the Common until they return live next summer.
Visit https://commshakes.org/production/shakespeare-on-the-common-encores for more information.