Boston Homes Virtual Neighborhood
Since Massachusetts has fully opened up, more in-person events are now happening. As a result, we have decided to discontinue adding one-day virtual events, but will keep the rest of the Virtual event calendar sections intact. If at some point, the world needs to – and decides to shut down again, we will re-evaluate the need for virtual event listings.
In the meantime, please remember that only half of the population is still not vaccinated (including all children under the age of 12) and many do not feel comfortable attending onsite events, whether they have been vaccinated or not. For those who choose to attend in person, please keep yourself and others safe.
Virtual categories to choose from include:
• Short Term Events
• Fundraisers for Non-Profits (Date Related)
• Family Events (Ongoing)
• Body, Mind and Spirit – Well-being Events (Ongoing)
• Aquariums, Farms, Zoos, Sanctuaries (All Things Animals – Some with Live Cams)
• Museums, Galleries and Other Educational Venues
• Family Activities (Anytime Fun)
Note 1: More events can be found in Boston Homes’ neighborhood notes. Check linkbostonhomes.com.
• SHORT TERM EVENTS
East Boston Beach Bash
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is inviting youth groups and families to their Eastie Beach Bash at Constitution Beach, 799 Bennington St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 16.
There will be circus performances, sea-shanty sing-a-longs, music and dancing, face painting, swimming and kayaking, touch tanks, crabbing, fishing, sports, beach games, food, and other fun.
Visit https://www.savetheharbor.org for more information and registration.
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.
Camp Prosperity 2021
Camp Prosperity is a three-part virtual learning session aimed at local advocates, service providers, and practitioners interested in engaging in advocacy to strengthen financial security for the communities they serve. Camp participants will have the opportunity to learn from advocacy experts and share successes and challenges with a community of other advocates.
Here is the topic for the final webinar:
– July 27: Advocating for Equity-Centered Policies
This webinar is free, but advanced registration is required at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8522493162423392527.
A recording will be available for all registrants, whether or not you were able to attend the sessions held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on select dates.
Holistic Wellness Series
Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi Center (Brookline) will present a series of holistic wellness webinars as follows:
– The Art of Decision Making – Thursday, July 15 – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Use this free webinar to help uncover what you want, how you feel, and to facilitate the confidence needed to take action.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/body-amp-brain-yoga-tai-chi-brookline-30079279316 for more information and registration for each program.
American Museums from Home
As museums and other cultural institutions continue to reimagine and reopen their physical spaces, virtual visits of the most exciting exhibits of the season have never been more appealing.
Discover the most compelling exhibitions of Summer 2021 from the comfort of your own computer with art historian and educator Joseph Field.
Engage with exhibitions across the United States, such as MoMA’s Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start in New York City, MFA’s Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation in Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You, and MFAH’s Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature in Houston, among others.
Make connections to artwork across American eras and movements without the hassle of travel. Immerse yourself in the world of virtual museum experiences and gain a better understanding of all those American museums have to offer. This class will be recorded for later viewing by patrons.
This event will be held online from noon to 1:30 p.m. through Thursday, July 29.
Visit https://www.92y.org/class/american-museums-from-home for more information and registration ($132).
Virtual Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling
Stories at the Statue celebrates its 65th year this summer, continuing a beloved legacy of sharing tales and music in NYC's Central Park via https://www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter at 11 a.m. on Saturdays as follows:
- July 18: Angela Lloyd. Katie Knutson and Simon Brooks
Don't Let the Tiger Get You, Baba Yaga, and The Three Languages
- July 24: Katie Green and Randel McGee
The Little Mermaid and The Talisman and the Thistle
- July 31: Muriel Bloch and Heidi Dahlsveen, accompanied by Salieu Suso on the Kora
The Little Tin Soldier and The Red Shoes
SoHip Virtual Concert Series
The Society for Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP) [Somerville] will present virtual historically informed performances of early music in New England at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 11 on SoHIP’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and website www.sohipboston.org as follows:
– July 21: Jewels of the English Renaissance
Splendid early English Renaissance choral repertoire including works by Byrd, Tallis, Taverner, and others. Six singers perform canons, cantus firmus settings, and homophonic pieces spanning the intricacies of the Eton Choirbook to the elegant simplicity of the early Reformation. Filmed at Aldrich Mansion, Warwick, RI.
– July 28: Bach's Organ Trio Sonatas for the Recorder
The recorder is capable of expressive subtleties of articulation and shaping tones that the organ is not, but a lone recorder player cannot cover all three parts at once—or can she? In this multi-tracked video project, Emily O’Brien plays her own transcriptions of Bach's sublime works using seven sizes of recorders.
– Aug. 4: A Health to the Company
Visit the 17th-century London pub scene in a convivial set of drinking songs, catches, and tales of pickpockets, punks, the wonders of tobacco, and the heartbreak of unrequited love. Works by Wilbye and Ravenscroft celebrate the joy of gathering with friends. Raise a glass and sing along with the Seven Times Salt. Filmed at Aldworth Manor, Harrisville, NH.
– Aug. 11: Songs, Spoons and Strathspeys
Irish folk music, traditional Québécois music and Cape Breton fiddle music all have Celtic roots, yet these oral traditions in varied geographical areas developed unique, unmistakable sounds. This program explores the common threads that connect these distinct performance practices with the Berwick Fiddle Consort’s signature gutsy sound of baroque fiddles and lute.
Go to https://www.sohipboston.org/2021-season for more information.
Spring Forward climate workshops
Spring Forward will run its free online summer climate workshop sessions online. The workshops, created and taught by high school students, will cover a range of topics in an engaging, interactive way with many games, unique activities and time for discussions and questions.
– Redlining and Climate: Saturday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to noon
Basic history of redlining and how it connects to climate change through a news reporter activity and redlining edition game of life.
– Fast Fashion: Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Teaches students about the fast fashion industry through DIY mask making & trivia activities
– The Science Behind Climate Change: Saturday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon
Learn about climate science through a map activity and conversations about the world around us.
– Climate Justice Monopoly: Wednesday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Learn about climate justice through playing a unique monopoly game.
– Why There's Resistance To Climate Action: Saturday, Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon
Learn about climate psychology and initial cost through conversations and team activities.
Visit https://www.springforwardclimate.org/summer-workshops for more information and online registration.
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 Summer Season Line Up takes place at noon as follows:
- July 16: Woodworker, artist, and maker Eugene Zeleny
- July 23: Theater artist and professor Stuart Hecht
- Aug. 6: Musician Ellen Allard
- Aug. 20: Visual artist Sandra Mayo
Go to http:jartsboston.org/event/jlive-series-virtual for more information about each program and Zoom registrations. The programs are free; donations welcome.
Plugged In Summer Session – Online/Onsite
Registration for the summer session of the Plugged In Band Program is open. The two four-week virtual and in person summer session programs will be held through Friday, July 23 and/or Monday, July 26 through Friday, Aug. 20.
Summer programming includes in person or online Rock Band classes (for youth and adults), online Music Production and Technology classes and Peace Tracks: A Cross-Cultural, Collaborative, Digital Music and Video Project between youth in Massachusetts and Morocco.
Plugged In is a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome. More information and online registration can be found at www.pluggedinband.org.
Story Time with the National Postal Museum
Join educators from the National Postal Museum for live, interactive story time from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, July 19, July 26, Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.
They will read stories aloud and lead related activities while exploring a range of postal-related topics and more.
Designed for children, ages 3-6 with their caregivers present, but all are welcome.
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
Franklin Institute's (Philadelphia, PA) chief astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him for a series of night sky tours from home. Amateur astronomers can join the pros to tour the cosmos – no telescopes needed.
Participants learn about the sky and get their questions answered by experts at a live Facebook event at 7:45 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month through Dec. 2.
Previous events replay on YouTube.
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)
Mattapan on Wheels 11th Annual Bike-a-thon: We Ride
Join Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and their vigorous youth for the 11th annual Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-thon: We Ride. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 (Rain Date July 31).
There will be three routes to choose from:
- Family Ride: 9 miles. Destination: Tenean Beach, Dorchester
- Intermediate Ride: 10 miles. Destination: Franklin Park, Dorchester
- Expert Ride: 14 miles. Destination: Wollaston Beach, Quincy
The group will begin and end at Ryan's Playground, 315 River St. in Mattapan. After the ride, chill at the park, listen to music and catch up with others at Youth in Crisis's annual Hoops and Scoops event.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mattapan-on-wheels-11th-annual-bike-a-thon-we-ride-tickets-151646363355 for more information and registration. The event is free. Those who donate $50 or fundraise will receive a handmade pannier.
MBCC Against the Tide Fundraisers
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will host a family-friendly, multi-sport – Swimming, Running, Walking, Paddling and Kayaking – virtual statewide fundraising event with a seven-day participation window:
– Against the Tide August Virtual Event: Sunday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 14.
Registration fees: Individual – $40 | Family - $100 (up to 5 family members)
Participant Fun Pack: All virtual participants will receive a free Participant Fun Pack, including an event t-shirt, swim cap or bib, participant medal, and sponsor items.
Participants are encouraged to fundraise beyond the registration fees, as all proceeds support MBCC’s goal: the only non-profit in the state dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer from environmental causes. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers.
Visit www.mbcc.org/swim or phone 617-376-6222 for more information (including a pending onsite August event) and registration.
The 2021 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29.
The weekend-long event brings together athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in Olympic and sprint distance triathlons – swim in the fresh waters of Dorchester Bay, bike through Boston city streets and run along the scenic Southie shoreline.
Love to run, but hate to bike and swim? Grab two friends and sign up as a three-person relay team or join a two-person relay team for a bigger challenge.
Following the race, celebrate with friends and family at the huge post-race party.
All events take place at the DCR’s Carson Beach, a stunning venue in the South Boston waterfront.
The official race charity partner is Boston Medical Center - race in support of BMC’s efforts to advance health equity and address social determinants of health.
Visit www.BostonTri.com for more information and registration.
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held virtually through Tuesday, Aug. 31 to keep the Scooper Bowl spirit alive and spread sprinkles and smiles across Greater Boston while keeping everyone safe.
Purchase a Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in a box ice cream kit from one of several locations around Greater Boston to enjoy with your family or pod. Each kit will include samples from some of the country's favorite creameries – plus some fun surprises!
Your purchase helps Dana-Farber Cancer Institute continue to provide world-class care and conduct cutting edge research that is changing the way the world treats cancer.
Visit jimmyfund.org for more information, including details on kits and pick up locations.
Harbor to the Bay Ride 19
Harbor to the Bay Ride 19 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Register and create your own physical challenge to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS. All participants can register for $21.19 and $30 for a Ride jersey.
Launched in 2003, Harbor to the Bay (H2B) has raised more than $5 million for four local HIV/AIDS organizations: Fenway Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative (CRI) and AIDS Action.
Visit https://www.harbortothebay.org for more information, registration or to make a donation.
Rodman Ride for Kids
The 31st Rodman Ride for Kids will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25.
The Ride is a noncompetitive fundraising cycling tour supporting 45 partner organizations helping kids in and around Boston.
This year's ride will continue to build off of the momentum from last year's successful virtual ride while also offering an in-person ride of no more than 500 participants.
Visit https://www.rodmanforkids.org/ride-for-kids for more information, registration or to make a donation to a partner organization.
AIDS Walk and Run
A healthier world is steps away. Help end HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.
The 2021 AIDS Walk and Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Carson Beach in South Boston. Check-ins begin at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk/Run starts at 9:30 a.m. It will also be held virtually.
The AIDS Walk and Run will end in a day of celebration (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) featuring performances, awards, food and fun for the whole family. Bond with the community, honor the lives of those who have lost and look forward to a healthier future for all.
The AIDS Walk and Run Boston celebrates 36 years in 2021. During that time, almost 450,000 people have participated in the AIDS Walk and Run Boston and have raised more than $40 million for the programs and services of AIDS Action and Fenway Health.
Fundraising and registration is open at https://walk.aac.org.
Three Squares New England: Off the Beaten Path/Ride for Food
Three Squares New England will host their annual Ride for Food to support local food pantries, community farms and food rescue organizations.
Participants can choose their preferred activity and join “virtually,” on their own time and on their own path.
People can bike, spin, run, walk, hike, kayak, … whenever and wherever they would like.
– Off the Beaten Path: through Sunday, Oct. 3 (Registration fee - $25)
– Ride for Food: Sunday, Oct. 3 One-Day Bike Ride starting at Nobles Greenough School in Dedham (Registration fee $65)
– Both Options: (Registration fee $65)
Visit https://www.threesquaresne.org/ride-for-food 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 second race, “Run Wilder 5K & 10K” will take place in July (registration is open).
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.
• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)
Join USk Talks at 10 a.m. on Sundays live on Urban Sketchers YouTube channel and be prepared to get inspired, learn and connect with other sketchers from around the world through storytelling and drawing, art history, sketching challenges, tool demos and much more. Visit http://www.urbansketchers.org for more information.
Mornings with Matt
Sing-a-long with Matt Heaton at 10 a.m. on weekdays via Facebook, YouTube and/or Zoom. Interactive songs will have kids jumping, dancing and singing together with Matt and Friends.
Tune in, chat, make requests – it’s his favorite part of the day. He also likes knock-knock jokes, so share them as well.
Remember the Tip Jar links and survey form. Visit http://mattheatonmusic.com for more information.
Virtual Wacky Wednesdays
Children, ages 2 to 102, are invited to join the free interactive Facebook Live fun and drum along virtually with the Driscoll Drumming Dummies... using anything at home that you hit, shake or scrape to make sound... at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays during the pandemic.
Experience musical terms including tempo, dynamics, crescendo, and more. Parents or older children are encouraged to ask questions online about the Irish Bodhran, Tahitian Toere, Trinidadian mini-steel drum or the many other percussion instruments.
Visit https://driscollproductions.com or call/text 617-901-6232 to learn more.
Introducing… – a new kind of story time – will shine a light on some of this country's lesser-known history makers and their portraits, presented by a Portrait Gallery educator at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgRzail9_28oDRHbMKLPRg.
Children (ages 3 and up and their families) will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits and learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish.
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/watch-and-listen/playlists/inspectorpulsehome 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. 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.
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 purchase an annual pass.
• BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT – WELL-BEING EVENTS (Ongoing)
Sylvan Speakers meetings online
The Sylvan Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great place to enhance your speaking and leadership skills while meeting interesting people, making new friends and having lots of fun.
Sylvan is one of the most respected Toastmasters clubs in Massachusetts. Members include people of all ages and backgrounds and everyone is welcome to join.
Sylvan Speakers meet every Wednesday on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome.
For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://sylvanspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org or email the vice president of membership at email@example.com.
Parks Virtual Fitness Classes
Free fitness classes sponsored by Boston Parks and Recreation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Boston Public Health Commission will be offered by certified instructors through Saturday, Oct. 2 as follows:
– Yoga with Susie – from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sundays
– Dance Fit with K-Energy – from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays
– Zumba With Z Spot – from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
– HIIT Training with Ella – from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays
– Chair Yoga with Ivor – 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays
– Barre Class with Kate – 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. on Fridays
– Strength Training Class With G-Fit – 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays
Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.
Boston Yoga Online
Boston Yoga Online has a list of virtual yoga classes taught by local instructors.
View the Google calendar at https://bostonyogaonline.com for a daily schedule of classes offered and information on how to join each one.
While many classes are available for free or donation, please be respectful of individual teacher payment policies.
Lululemon free Workout Classes, Meditations and Mindfulness Practices
Lululemon has a variety of digital workout classes, meditations and mindfulness practices from some of their favorite people to help you stay connected, harness collective energy and maybe even make new friends along the way.
Go on, unleash that natural high. These workouts and practices require little room and no equipment to release energy and stress. Bonus: you might sleep better.
View all free classes at https://shop.lululemon.com/story/community-carries-on.
The Phoenix Virtual and Live Streamed Classes
The Phoenix is a free sober active community that fosters human connections in mental, physical and spiritual fitness to rebuild wounded bodies and spirits and restore hope. The only membership fee is 48 hours of continuous sobriety…
To help everyone transition through these difficult times, the Phoenix is providing high quality live-streamed and on demand programs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily via Zoom/The Phoenix – including meditation, social hour and a variety of fitness programs such as yoga, functional movement and CrossFit training.
Access schedules here.
Home Yoga for all Levels
MixPose Live Stream Online Yoga is a livestream platform specifically devoted to yoga and fitness classes. MixPose offers a unique AI pose-tracking technology that provides feedback to instructors and users, creating a more interactive and specialized experience for virtual yoga.
MixPose offers a variety of free online yoga classes, from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels – incorporating classical Pilates flow with yoga stretches, from top online yoga instructors available multiple times a day and welcome all ages and levels of experience to join.
See more information about their live stream yoga platform and sign up for free yoga classes at https://mixpose.com.
Pilates with Lisa Kleiman
Join RevelEleven and fitness enthusiast Lisa Kleiman for a workout that improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance and posture from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilates-with-lisa-kleiman-tickets-107244370800 for more information and registration.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude.
To contribute to a sense of calm in this uncertain time, the National Museum of Asian Art is offering free 30-minute online meditations at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, led by DC-based meditation teachers.
These sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners and include a variety of mindfulness practices. All are welcome! No previous experience is required.
Register for Zoom at https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g.
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 Commonwealth 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.
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.
Peer Support Group by PureSpark
Nieisha Deed, a mental health advocate with lived experience, a public speaker unafraid to speak authentically, and the founder of PureSpark "Helping you find your spark in the darkness" will moderate a peer support group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Peer support by PureSpark is looking to support: peers that may currently be living with a mental illness, peers that have a loved one who is living with a mental illness, peers that have experienced symptoms of a mental illness in the past; peers that maybe experiencing “unfavorable” emotions/feelings (i.e. loneliness, grief, anger, irritability, uncertainty, sadness) during a stressful time (i.e. COVID-19; losses; abuse; job stress).
The hope is to provide: Resources/Guest Speakers, A safe space, Support, Listening Ear(s), Compassion, Sympathy and Empathy. They do not provide: Clinical Therapy or Emergency Services.
Register at https://yourpurespark.com/events.
Jean Appolon Expressions Livestream
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is committed to building caring communities by creating hope and healing through Haitian Folkloric dance.
JAE offers a variety of dance classes with Jean Appolon and Company Dancers throughout the week online and onsite.
Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information and registration (fees vary).
NamaStay Connected 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 and across the world, @2:50 has been and continues to convene daily since March 12, 2020 for 10 minutes of group silent reflection, accompanied by a backdrop of beautiful scenery and peaceful music.
Visit https://at250.mit.edu for other information, including a link to participate in this ZOOM webinar.
Easterseals Massachusetts provides recreation programs, including Camp, Martial Arts, and Swim for individuals with disabilities.
Visit https://www.easterseals.com/ma/our-programs/recreation for more information and registration.
JF&CS online programs
The Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JF&CS) offers a variety of online programs for adults and children throughout the week.
Visit https://www.jfcsboston.org for more information.
Youth Leadership Network
Looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Join Easterseals Massachusetts for an online Youth Leadership Network.
Through the support of Mass Rehab Commission, the Youth Leadership Network (YLN) promotes self-advocacy and self-awareness for teens and young adults with disabilities ages 16 to 21 with opportunities for youth, ages 14 to 26. This is a state-wide initiative with meetings and events held in Boston, Springfield, Worcester, and East Bridgewater. This is an opportunity for youth to make friends in their local communities and within the larger Network group.
All groups and events feature fun, interactive discussions about communication, teamwork, community service, disability rights, career interests and employment skills.
Go to https://www.easterseals.com/ma/get-involved/events for more information and registration.
‘Get a Helmet’ Guided Meditation
"Get a Helmet" is a quick breath, movement and meditation reset to help get you and your body on the same team.
Free guided meditations can be found on their YouTube page to enjoy at your convenience.
Live Online Meditation Drop-Ins
The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (Cambridge) is offering free live online meditation drop-ins from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. Each session consists of both meditation and discussion.
There will be a different topic to explore together as a group for each session. The exploration of these topics will help us deepen our practice & relate to daily life challenges in a different way.
No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join.
Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/179935105; Meeting ID: 179 935 105
Visit https://www.chacmc.org/meditation-dropins for more information.
Boston Ujima Project
The Boston Ujima Project is building cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem, by and for Boston’s working-class Black, Indigenous and communities of color.
All are welcome to attend #UjimaWednesday workshops from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Visit https://www.ujimaboston.com for more information and the Zoom registration.
Ancient Wisdom for Stress-Free Living
Discover how to attain calmness, clarity and purpose in today’s challenging environment. A unique opportunity to think about life, your approach to it and finding true peace, purpose and fulfillment.
This knowledge is derived from the ancient eastern philosophy of Vedanta (Veda: Wisdom, Anta: End) which literally means the ultimate wisdom. These free weekly lectures will be taught online by Gautamji, senior protégé of the celebrated philosopher and Guru Swami Parthasarathy from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 28.
Gautamji has dedicated more than 25 years to full-time study and teaching of ancient wisdom and its role in modern life. He has spoken to many elite organizations and institutions in the US and abroad.
Go to https://www.vedantausa.org/online-weekly-lectures for more information and Zoom registration.
Let’s Laugh Today
It’s a good time to try something new and take care of our mental and emotional health. Let’s Laugh Today will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays free on Zoom. You can sit or stand the entire time. All ages are welcome.
In these challenging times, there is nothing like a good belly laugh to help release stress and anxiety. These laughter and deep breathing exercises help to bring more fresh oxygen into the body and brain helping you feel more energetic and healthier. It's a great way to connect with other people through eye contact while remaining socially distant and it is thoroughly up-lifting and immunity-boosting. Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainers and Laughter Ambassadors, Linda and Bill Hamaker.
Visit http://www.letslaughtoday.com for more information and the link to join.
Asian American Healing Space: an evening of meditation and self-care
Mindful Sights will hold a monthly gathering for anyone across the country who identifies as Asian American and is looking for a sacred space to come home and connect with self. The gatherings will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on the 4th Sunday of the month through Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.
Each session will include:
– Guided meditation (centering and breathing exercise)
– Passage reading and reflection on mindfulness and self-compassion
– Open discussion on a monthly topic and what is on our hearts and minds
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-american-healing-space-an-evening-of-meditation-and-self-care-tickets-118416301345 for more information and registration.
Bereavement Support Groups: Partner/Spouse Loss; Parent Loss; Adults living with loss
The Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing offers three specialty bereavement groups on Zoom that provides emotional and spiritual support for adults as follows:
– For adults who are grieving the loss of a partner/spouse, the group meets from l:30 to 3 p.m. on Mondays
– For adults who are grieving the loss of a parent, the group meets from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.
– For adults who are living with loss, the group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays.
To pre-register, please email the group facilitator, Barbara Sternfield, MA, Bereavement
Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee.
Remote Individual and Family Grief Support
Talking about such a tremendous loss as a loved one through suicide can be overwhelming for some. Samaritans, Inc. offers support via Zoom video calls or phone calls, in place of their Survivor-to-Survivor Network home visits.
Visit https://samaritanshope.org for more information.
Virtual Grief Support Group
The Samaritans, Inc. hosts SafePlace Meetings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For the time being, they are being held via Zoom.
These meetings are open for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss.
Visit https://samaritanshope.org for more information, including a link to register.
Deep Thoughts Discussion Group
A Deep Thoughts Discussion Group is held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The group is led and moderated by Robert Berend, J.D., Ph.D., who has been offering this group at different locations around the world for more than 20 years.
This is an inclusive discussion group open to all people and opinions. Their goal is to meet with a new topic (humor, travel, therapy, what rules do you live by, privacy, etc.) at each gathering, and hold an open discussion for engaging conversation and sharing of ideas.
Visit facebook.com/deepthoughtslex for more information, including a list of weekly topics and link to Zoom.
Peace of Mind Virtual Community
Members of the OCD and related disorders community can connect online with members of the IOCDF and with each other to share their stories, educate themselves, and support each other:
JUST, Ethan! and Town Hall
IOCDF National Ambassador Ethan Smith leads an hour-long discussion and Q&A with the OCD and related disorders community at JUST, Ethan and moderates a panel of experts on a given topic at Town Hall. These two events are held at noon on alternating Tuesdays.
Live with Liz/ Lunch and Learn with Dr. Liz
Live with Liz is an open forum that allows people to ask IOCDF National Ambassador Dr. Liz McIngvale questions and discuss OCD topics they want to learn more about while Lunch and Learn with Dr. Liz is a series *for professionals* to learn more about OCD and related disorders. Dr. Liz and a guest will have clinical discussions about various topics. These two events are held at noon on alternating Wednesdays.
IOCDF Trivia Night Live!
IOCDF Trivia streams live on Twitch at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month. It’s free to play; no teams necessary. Come for the laughs and the chance to win IOCDF store gift cards.
Go to https://iocdf.org/peaceofmind for more information and links to participate.
‘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, Christine will come to you LIVE on Facebook with a different program. You will meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, snakes, lizards, frogs and more.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Ohio)
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the US.
Join them for a Home Safari Facebook Live at 3 p.m. each weekday where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.
All Home Safari videos will be posted to You Tube channel and http://cincinnatizoo.org as well.
Elephant Sanctuary (Tennessee)
Located on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, TN, The Elephant Sanctuary is the largest natural habitat refuge in the country dedicated solely to the care of African and Asian elephants retired from zoos and circuses across North America, many of whom suffer long-term health and behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity.
As a true sanctuary, the elephant habitats are closed to the public. Through their distance learning program, a member of The Sanctuary's education team will offer a virtual glimpse into the daily life of elephants using photos, lives-streaming video and storytelling and answer elephant related questions.
For more information and links to the elecams go to https://www.elephants.com.
Farm Sanctuary (Upstate New York)
Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York is a national nonprofit rescue, education and advocacy mission that operates homes for farm animals that have been rescued from cruel and abusive conditions.
Meet George, a tiny piglet who has a big life ahead of him and Rita, a young calf who lost so much yet finds her way home, and others who have interesting rescue and recovery stories.
Tune into the calm of the sheep barn and other animals on live cams.
Check out the Sustainable Future Curriculum geared for middle and high school.
Visit Facebook LIVE for their programming schedule for enjoy animal tales, sanctuary sing-a-longs and puppet shows, art classes and other fun activities.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing thousands of animals and representing several thousand species, all of which reside in10 million US gallons of marine and salt water. It was the largest aquarium in the world until it was surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore.
View live Webcams: UnderSea Voyager Aquarium Webcam; Beluga Whale Cam; California Sea Lion Cam; African Penguin Cam; Jellyfish Cam; Otter Cam; Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef Cam; Pirranha Cam (feedings); Underwater Puffin Cam.
Hey kids: they’re not squiddin you – create an aquarium piece of art and they’ll feature it on their website; looking for something to octopi your time? Color one of their new coloring pages with Dive Deep: A Coloring Collection.
Global Shark Tracker (and other animals, too)
Use the Global Shark Tracker to learn about where great white sharks hang out and why. Can you find Grizz? Fitzy? Fletcher? What about Emily the sea turtle? Are there any sharks near Honduras? Puerto Rico? How about Massachusetts?
People can also track alligators, dolphins, seals, turtles and whales traveling all over the world.
Heal the Bay Aquarium Live
Steps from the ocean, an underwater wonderland awaits. Their kid-friendly Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier features 100+ species of marine life that live right offshore.
Heal the Bay Aquarium goes live on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, offering virtual visits with baby sharks and a look at its new exhibits.
Sea life fans can get a glimpse of the Aquarium's marine animal ambassadors and learn more about wildlife habitats off the coast of Southern California.
For the coolest updates and cutest critters, follow them on their social media platforms. Links and other information can be found at https://healthebay.org.
New England Aquarium –Virtual Tours, Videos and Activities
The New England Aquarium offers programs such as their Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters so people can visit their favorite animals from home as well as the Blue Planet Science Series.
Follow them on social media to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists. New videos premiere every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Also watch live views from inside the New England Aquarium and find fun projects and activities to try from home.
Visit https://www.neaq.org for more information.
Roger Williams Park Zoo – School Zoo (Rhode Island)
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to more than 160 rare and fascinating species from around the world. Learn all about them online.
Check Zoo School where “kids are in charge” on their Facebook and YouTube channels.
Visit http://www.rwpzoo.org for more information.
Unity Farm Sanctuary (Sherborn, MA)
Unity Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 2018. Meet the residents: alpacas and llamas, dogs and donkeys, horses, ponies as well as minis, bulls and cows, goats, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters and wildlife on the live cams.
All are welcome to tune into their daily Facebook Live meet-and-greet with their animal residents. Check their Facebook page for the weekly schedule and special events, including their Animal Tales preschool book reading and their featured Animal-of-the-Week series.
They update all of their social media pages frequently, so be sure to follow them to keep in touch with all of your animal friends at Unity.
Visit https://www.unityfarmsanctuary.org for more information, along with links to cams and social media pages.
Zoo New England (Franklin Park & Stone zoos) – #ZooToYou
The Franklin Park and Stone zoos have more than 200 species that you can “meet” and learn about alphabetically, by type and by exhibit. You can also see them in action.
Catch a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, select crafts and activities to do at home and lots more.
A full list of activities can be found at https://www.zoonewengland.org including links to their social media pages.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/franklinparkzoo for more information.
• MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL VENUES
Arts & Culture Google
Arts & Culture Google offers online tours and exhibits of hundreds of museums around the world, including several in Boston that are also listed under specific neighborhoods. Links to view ALL, A-Z and Map are included.
American Museum of Natural History (NYC)
The American Museum of Natural History (NYC) is founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions.
Approximately 200 scientists’ work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, and one of the largest natural history libraries in the world.
The Museum’s website and collection of apps for mobile devices extend its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond its walls. You can find scientific articles and videos on topics including climate change and human health, as well as science classes, games and quizzes for kids.
Visit https://www.amnh.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum Virtual Tour and Resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
Follow the Boston Children’s Museum’s social media accounts for more fun activities. Visit their website at https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Experience the Boston Tea Party anywhere year-round. The Boston Party Ships & Museum offer several virtual “revolutionary” experiences to help you learn about the 18th century.
Learn more about that famous event that forever changed the course of American History. Get more insight on historic artifacts, meet the colonists, explore the ships and more.
Tea Talks are an in-depth Series on the Myths, Truths, and Untold Stories of the Boston Tea Party – their live and interactive and perfect for the curious minds of all ages – with new topics every month in an hour specialized Zoom presentation.
Visit the website to experience museum virtually, including interactive maps.
California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)
Explore deep sea, deep space and everything in between at the California Academy of Sciences, all from your living room.
Stay curious with Academy @ Home and and Science @ Home. Cozy up with a curated array of webcams, games, videos and DIY activities. Start Exploring.
Hungry for science? Tune into the Academy Breakfast Club for live streamed lectures served by an all-star cast of Academy scientists. Stream On.
Clara Barton National Historic Site (Maryland) 360-degree Virtual Tour
A U.S. Patent Office clerk turned field nurse, Clara Barton, was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross. Her life and legacy are celebrated at Clara Barton National Historic Site, the Glen Echo, Maryland house that was her home for the last 15 years of her life, as well as the national headquarters of the American Red Cross, a dormitory for staff, and a warehouse for relief supplies.
In a virtual tour, explore the house’s many rooms and hallways, including 12 restored rooms. Hear the “voice of Clara Barton” provide descriptions in her own words and navigate the tour with your mouse to see 360-degree views. Younger virtual visitors can enjoy educational, interactive learning activities, and print out a personalized certificate upon completion.
Go to www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park to find other NPS museums as well.
The Commonwealth Museum brings the story of Massachusetts to life with state of the art interactive exhibits. You can visit online exhibitions such as The Acadian Exile in Massachusetts, Black People in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Irish Immigration and more at www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/index.html.
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is home to distinguished permanent collections from around the globe; holdings include paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and decorative objects, from antiquity to the contemporary moment. Virtual visitors can enjoy the virtual galleries of the Davis Museum in 3-D.
On the Davis Museum’s website, visitors can also explore three exhibitions via the museum’s virtual platform:
One virtual show looks at artists’ interpretations of Mary Magdalene’s identity, revealing their perspectives on women, devotion, and the divine, and their artistic choices have, in turn, influenced the lives of women.
Be sure to visit their calendar for interesting virtual events to attend.
Discovery Museum presents 'Discovery at Home' Activities
The Discovery Museum is ready to help keep your kids busy while they are at home with Discovery at Home. This guide provides favorite at-home fun-and-learning activities such as science-based activities focused on the outdoors and nature, simple engineering challenges, “kitchen chemistry” and messy-sensory activities, and ideas specifically for young children. Content will continue to be added to the site.
Discovery at Home can be found at https://www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-home.
Durham Museum (Omaha, Nebraska)
Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at The Durham Museum. Making its home to one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, Union Station – known also as Union Passenger Terminal, the first Art Deco railroad station terminus in the Midwest and considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in that region – The Durham Museum offers a look at the history of the region and offers a broad-range of traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science, industry and more through their affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.
For more information visit https://durhammuseum.org.
The EcotTarium in Worcester is a “hands-on” place to learn about science and the natural world.
Explore three floors of indoor interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, and daily Science Discovery programs.
You can also learn about its animals with free educational content on its website.
Discover more at https://ecotarium.org.
EMK Institute on YouTube
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on YouTube, links to a variety of activities and exhibits can be found on their website.
Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.
Visit https://www.emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to YouTube and the activities and exhibits.
Eustis Estate Virtual Tour
If you haven't been to Historic New England's Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, or you've been meaning to visit again, you can do it from your computer or mobile device.
Edith (Hemenway) and W.E.C. Eustis lived on this estate with twin sons Gus and Fred and younger daughter Mary. Because of the size of the property, the family employed a full domestic staff in the mansion as well as a large staff to manage the grounds, greenhouse and farm complex.
Explore the elaborate Aesthetic Movement interiors of the 1878 mansion and tour its Blue Hills-adjacent landscape on the Eustis Estate app.
Visit http://eustis.estate for more details, including upcoming virtual events.
Gibson House Museum Virtual Tours
The home served as residence to three generations of Gibson family members and their household staff between 1859 and 1954. The Museum’s four floors of period rooms, including the original kitchen, are a time capsule of domestic life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Visitors experience the house through guided tours that interpret class and culture through the stories and objects of the people who lived and worked there.
Catch up on blogs, take a virtual tour and learn more about its history and upcoming events at https://www.thegibsonhouse.org.
Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge)
The three Harvard Art Museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler) are filled with incredible works of art from around the world. Learn more about their various pieces through their social channels or online gallery.
Discover the latest offerings – from Art Talk videos to special tours to family-friendly resources and free online live events which are open to everyone at https://harvardartmuseums.org.
Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston
Explore contemporary art with videos and audio recordings, including exhibition previews, artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators on the ICA website. Some of the ICA’s digital offerings include studio visits with artists such as Tschabalala Self, Helga Roht Poznanski and Lavaughan Jenkins, along with recordings of past talks and other exhibition materials.
Visit https://www.icaboston.org for more information.
Isabella Stewart Gardner – #MuseumFromHome
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is filled with recorded concerts; video and audio content featuring curators, conservators, and artists; and information on collections and horticulture that can bring the Gardner to you until you can visit them again in person.
#MuseumFromHome includes online stories, inspiration from founder Isabella, photos, exhibits and audio guides.
Visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org for additional information.
JFK Library and Museum – Digital content and curriculum
Learn more about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of interactive experiences created by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Through Google Arts & Culture, you can explore the institution’s exhibitions and/or visit the JFK Library and Museum’s website to explore its online archive.
The Museum adds a weekly digest of digital content including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
Visit https://www.jfklibrary.org for more details.
MAAM at home
While the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) staff is working from home they want to bring MAAM to you.
Enjoy behind-the-scenes content from our current exhibitions; artmaking activities for all ages; highlights from past exhibitions; and a few surprises along the way!
Visit https://maam.massart.edu for more information.
Massachusetts Historical Society virtual tours
The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. (while temporarily closed) is offering virtual tours.
Founded in 1791, The Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.
As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of daily lives.
Visit http://www.masshist.org for additional details.
Massachusetts State House virtual tour
The Massachusetts State House isn’t just the seat of political power in the Commonwealth; it also serves as a museum that reflects the history and development of Massachusetts from colonial times to today.
Take a virtual tour and check out the Great Hall, Senate Chamber, office of the Speaker of the House and more. The tour describes nine historic spaces and highlights paintings, sculpture, artifacts and decorative arts commemorating the people and events that helped to shape the Commonwealth and nation.
Visit https://malegislature.gov to enjoy your virtual tour.
The Museum of African American History: An Online Exploration
The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket is the largest institution of its kind in New England. MAAH is dedicated to sharing the rich legacy of African American accomplishments. Through Google Arts & Culture, you can learn about the abolitionist movement in Boston or take a virtual tour of the Black Heritage Trail.
Visit https://www.maah.org for more information.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – #MuseumFromHome
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.
Each day the MFA highlights various pieces of art over social media with descriptions, podcasts and commentary, along with videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.
And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.
Visit https://www.mfa.org for more details.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (NYC)
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
MoMA’s rich and varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art, along with a wide range of educational programming from artist talks to family workshops.
Visit https://www.moma.org for a virtual tour of their collections, along with a calendar of virtual events.
Museum of Science – #MOSatHome
The Museum of Science Boston is one of the largest Science centers in the world and can be enjoyed remotely with new content added to their website and social media platforms every day.
Enjoy multiple live presentations throughout the day, virtual exhibits, thought-provoking podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric), videos and Planetarium shows, kid-friendly activities and adult programs (including free live events, music performances, conversations; art experiences and gaming, among others).
Visit https://www.mos.org/explore/mos-at-home for more information.
Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia, PA) Virtual Tour
Families can visit the Museum of the American Revolution virtually any time of the week and explore their immersive galleries through 360-degree panoramic image.
From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of independence, and from signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s core exhibition explores the ideas events, and legacies of American’s revolutionary beginnings.
Click here to begin the tour.
Visit https://www.amrevmuseum.org to learn more.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Interactive Virtual Tour
As the capital of the 19th century whaling industry and a safe haven along the Underground Railroad, as well as the home to legendary figures such as Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park preserves, protects and interprets cultural resources within the “city that lit the world.” Located in downtown New Bedford, the park spans over 13 blocks, and includes a whaling museum, a waterfront visitor center, a custom house, and more.
Take a video tour or interactive virtual tour of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, not normally open to the public, provided by the National Park Service and the New Bedford Historical Society. Owned by Nathan and Mary “Polly” Johnson, free blacks living in New Bedford, the house welcomed and assisted those traveling along the Underground Railroad. The house was even the first residence of Frederick Douglass after his escape from slavery in 1838.
Visit https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park where you can find other NPS museums as well.
Newport Mansion Virtual Audio Tours (Rhode Island)
Take a virtual 360o tour inside the Newport Mansions – Marble House, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, The Elms, the Elms Servant Life, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and Chepstow along with the John James Audubon and Tiffany Exhibitions.
Visit www.newportmansions.org for more information, including the links.
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)
The Norman Rockwell Museum has curated experiences that collect related images, photography, video, audio and history relating to the Museum’s renowned collection of Normal Rockwell’s original paintings, his Stockbridge Studio, as well as the Museum’s vast collection of art.
You can explore the world of Project NORMAN, a gateway to 20,000 works by more than 250 artists; watch hundreds of videos – nearly a thousand hours of content – spanning every facet of illustration art; and find lessons and activities for all ages at the MRM Curriculum Lab.
Visit Virtual NRM 24/7.
Old Colony History Museum fun
The Old Colony History Museum (Taunton) always says “History Happens Here” and now their staff has curated some awesome educational resources, including historical how to’s, challenges, and activities, so you can “Make History” from home.
Learn how to make berry ink, butter, ice cream and thaumatropes; become a photo detective; turn your house into your very own museum of your family’s treasures; these are just a sampling of some fun activities.
Follow the links at https://www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/kidsmakehistory and have fun exploring.
Paul Revere House – Listen now and visit later
Check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog that includes updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston and tune in weekly on Revere House Radio for to enjoy a preview of living history presentations and author interviews, music, and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.
Enjoy all things Revere at https://www.paulreverehouse.org.
Peabody Essex Museum #PEMfromHome (Salem, MA)
The Peabody Essex Museum has one of the most unique collections in Massachusetts. Take a virtual 360-degree tour to learn about the stories behind the changing exhibitions and artists. Find art projects for kids, and check out their podcast.
Visit https://www.pem.org and social media channels for more information and links.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX)
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is helping families find alternative educational outlets that can expand their children’s curiosity in science while encouraging them to “Amaze Your Brain At Home.”
Families can watch their favorite scientific concepts come to life by using common household objects and supplies to explore nature and science at home and in their backyards.
This free content is categorized for parents to easily select the most appropriate projects – chiefly geared toward kids, ages 5 through 12 – and includes weekly lessons focused on different STEM topics (first up, physics!) with corresponding, informative fun-fact videos and activities that will allow children to have fun while still teaching them relevant educational topics.
There are also resources for teachers, daily trivia, quizzes and an interactive Google Hangouts for kids, ages five and under.
Plimoth Patuxet Museums (formerly Plimoth Plantation): History @ Home
Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth’s virtual workshops. They’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning education programs out of the 17th century and going online. Join engaging, interactive virtual workshops and thought-provoking discussion from home and discover the powerful stories of people who actually lived along these shores of change 400 years ago. Perfect for families.
For a complete list of virtual programs, visit https://www.plimoth.org/learn.
Revolutionary Spaces = Old South Meeting House + Old State House
Revolutionary Spaces connects people to the history and continuing practice of democracy through the interwoven stories of Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House.
Watch videos of their Education Associates giving virtual talks on the people and stories that have shaped the ongoing American Revolution at https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org.
Salem Witch Museum | Witch Trials Online Sites Tour
The Salem Witch Museum online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to view locations around Essex and Middlesex counties and a few key sites in and around Boston that are related to the events of the year 1692.
You may select a town or city to view pictures (where available) and read about the sites in these locations. This section contains descriptions of the sites from the witchcraft trials which can still be seen today, including original houses, foundations, grave sites, and sites marked by historic markers. Sites in Boston include King’s Chapel Burying Ground – the oldest cemetery in Boston, established in the year Boston was founded, 1630; Copp’s Hill Burying Ground – the second oldest cemetery in Boston, established in 1659; and Granary Burying Ground – the third oldest cemetery in Boston, established in 1660.
To give you an idea of the proximity of one site to another, they have also included the approximate locations of the homes of key figures that are no longer standing and have provided additional information about the roles these people played in 1692.
Visit the websites or call ahead to historic sites for admissions information, if/when you plan to visit. Many locations are private residences and are marked accordingly. Please treat these locations with respect and note they are not open to the public.
Visit https://salemwitchmuseum.com/witch-trials-online-tour for more information.
USS Constitution & Museum Virtual Tours and Activities
USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”), built 224 years ago to defend the democratic ideals of the newly independent United States, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. It played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The USS Constitution Museum stands committed to sharing the stories of the diverse crew of USS Constitution who continue to defend the document for which the ship is named.
Explore the history of “Old Ironsides” through in-depth research, collection highlights, and engaging online activities. Take a virtual tour of USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.: download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book; play Mini Games; join the Maritime Movie Club; learn about “A Sailor’s Life, Live!’ and visit their online store.
The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website at https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org and social media channels.
Vatican Museum - Vatican City
Contemplate the artwork of the Vatican Museum by tuning into their website’s seven different virtual tours in high definition. Start with the frescoed vaulted ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent the years between 1508 and 1512 painting scenes from the Old Testament.
Recount the creation of the world with the Creation of Adam painting, see the tree of life in The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden, and journey back to the destruction of Earth in Noah and the Flood.
Work your way through the remainder of the Vatican museums and visit Raphael's Rooms, Pio Clementino Museum, Room of the Chiaroscuri, Chiaramonti Museum, New Wing and the Niccoline Chapel.
Waterworks Museum Virtual Tour
The Waterworks Museum (2450 Beacon St.) interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health.
The centerpiece of the Waterworks Museum is its collection of steam engines in which you can take virtual tour of the 3D model.
The Waterworks Museum also hosts virtual programs and events.
• FAMILY ACTIVITIES (Anytime Fun)
Activist, You! And other Kids Listen Podcasts
Activist, You! is a brand new Kids & Family podcast focusing on social justice. Every episode features an interview with different youth activists talking about their dedicated social justice topic and how and why they became activists. Some of the topics include racial justice, homelessness, food insecurities and climate change. Within this link are other Kids Listen podcasts as well.
Adventures in Chemistry
The American Chemical Society has a collection of fun activities, puzzles and games. Try out some experiments such as “Colors on the Mooove!” or “Time for Slime” and play some games such as “Bugs on the Run” or “Outer Space Molecule Chase.”
Watch some videos and learn about the Coronavirus vaccine or what’s in the smell of first rain.
There are some classroom science activities for teachers, too.
All this and more at https://www.acs.org.
Art for Kids Hub
Rob and his family – which includes four kids – have been uploading art lessons to YouTube every weekday for several years and have the 2.65 million YouTube subscribers to prove how fun they are! You can find the Art for Kids YouTube channel here. The biggest challenge will be choosing what to draw!
Authors Everywhere is a YouTube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators.
On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. They hope to offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this troublesome time.
Barnes & Noble Virtual Storytime
Barnes and Noble keeps the story going with weekly virtual storytimes on Saturdays at https://www.youtube.com/Barnesandnoble.
Storytime read-alongs also have activity sheets at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/free-activities to help bring the Storytime to life.
B&N also offers additional materials such as activities, crafts, recipes and more for all ages fun.
Visit https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/bn-storytime for more information.
Bob Ross 'Joy of Painting' Shows
All the “happy little paintings” that you enjoyed on every season of The Joy of Painting is on Bob Ross’s YouTube page. There are more than 400 painting tutorials to choose from – some are short clips while others are full 30 episodes.
Just pick an episode – perhaps a painting featuring mountain, a lake in front of a mountain or a wooded trail leading up to a mountain – and re-create it as your own.
All you need is paint, a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind to get started, as Ross used to say. And remember, there are no mistakes, “only happy coincidences.”
Bob Ross first started showing viewers how to wield their “unlimited power on canvas” through The Joy of Painting on PBS in 1983. While the show ended in 1994, Ross remains a cultural icon and source of tranquility for many to this day.
Boston Harbor Island Junior Ranger
Did you know that you can become a Boston Harbor Islands Junior Ranger from anywhere?
By becoming a Junior Ranger, kids learn about the Boston Harbor Islands through hands-on experiences and can even earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Download resources online at https://www.bostonharborislands.org - kids and family and/or https://www.nps.gov/index.htm – be a junior ranger (in any national park) and start your exploration today.
Boston parks coloring pages
Looking for activities to do while staying safe at home? The Mayor's Mural Crew has created a series of coloring pages based on scenes from some of Boston's most beloved spaces.
See if you can recognize all the scenes in these downloadable coloring pages.
Boston Public School and Community Partners at home learning
This website has a host of tutorials, at home activities, and other resources for students (Pre-K through High School) to use at home. Some are offered in a variety of languages.
Visit https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8169 for more information.
Celebrity Story Time
Check out Storyline Online's digital library for a special story time with celebrities like Oprah, Betty White, Sean Aston, Michelle Obama and Allison Janney among others. Each book is paired with an activity guide for educators and caregivers.
Civil Rights Trail
The protests of 2020 have renewed interest in the historic civil rights movement. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail links more than 100 locations across 15 states and the District of Columbia. Key sites include museums and parks memorializing the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama; the Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter sit-ins; and the Memphis site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. “This makes history come to life for kids,” King says.
Visit https://civilrightstrail.com for more information.
This nonprofit foundation's website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and even local schools that teach coding. Be sure to watch the inspirational video on the main page. The current iteration features some of the biggest names in tech talking about how they got started in coding.
Colorize Your World with Coloring Pages
Coloring is a great way to relax and get creative, so dig out your supplies (markers, gel pens, coloring pencils, and more) and try your hand at a few new line art pages – all free. Just download, print and color.
For adult coloring pages that are full of detailed whimsical designs go to https://www.art-is-fun.com.
For Mandalas & Art Therapy; Nature, Travels, Art, History & Stories, Special Events among others visit https://www.justcolor.net.
Coloring pages for kids including Animals; Thematic Pages; Art Masterpieces; characters from Films, Movie, Animation Cartoons, TV, Superheroes; Books, Video Games, Animes and Mangas go to https://www.justcolor.net.
For educational coloring pages (for kids and adults) including Doodle Art, Mandalas, Magic Coloring, Labyrinths, Wordplay and Zentangles can also be found at https://www.justcolor.net.
Coloring pages for adults and children, including Characters, Disney, Plants and Animals, Places, Seasons, Words and Letters, as well as Activities and DIY crafts can be found at https://www.crayola.com.
Connect to Nature
Find out what Mother Nature has in store for the coming weeks with Mass Audubon’s monthly guide to the natural world. Check out the Program Catalog to find lots of online and onsite programs and special events.
Visit https://www.massaudubon.org to learn more.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Start each morning with Cosmic Kids Yoga to help everyone get centered for the day. Each 15-minute-long video features a cute theme and simple yoga moves that are great for toddlers and older kids alike.
Creativebug has more than 1000 online art and craft classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Visit Creativebug Television (CBTV) where you can get a deeper look into the processes, studios, and daily lives of your favorite artists. Check out their exclusive documentaries, HD versions of their Live Facebook videos, mesmerizing timelapses, and more. All content is free and shareable.
Visit https://www.creativebug.com to learn more.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s fun stuff
Check out illustrator Debbie Ohi's Youtube channel where she's got tons of drawing videos along with illustrated books. You’ll also find “Ask Me To Ask” interview series in which children’s book creators answer a question they have chosen themselves, Debbie’s Doodles, and Read-Alouds.
Doing Good Together
Doing Good Together empowers families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving. Go to https://www.doinggoodtogether.org for more information.
Draw So Cute
This website has lots of fun free activities, coloring pages, games, fan art and cute drawing videos for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Find them all at http://www.drawsocute.com.
Educational Escape Rooms
BreakoutEDU is an online "Escape Room" with puzzles for K-12 students. A selection has been made free with games that incorporate math, science, and history into topics like carnival games, cooking and dino digs.
Visit https://www.edx.org to access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 top institutions.
Emerald Necklace Conservancy – activities, music, tours and more
Visit the Conservancy's website at https://www.emeraldnecklace.org for printable scavenger hunts and activities for kids, audio of The Emerald Necklace symphony, and mobile tour guides you can use while getting in your exercise. The Emerald Necklace parks have been open continuously, providing a much-needed space to relax and connect with nature.
Family Activity Book
Catholic Charities USA created family activity books for families (in English and in Spanish). People will find activities, games and recipes. Fun for all ages.
Visit https://ccab.org for a list of local agencies, programs and other resources.
Fruit of the Spirit Music Video Series
Enjoy the Go Fish Guy's Fruit of the Spirit video series. Lively and colorful – music mixed with positive messages to live by.
Fun Learning for Kids
Make learning fun with tons of engaging and effective learning activities, experiments and free printables at https://funlearningforkids.com.
Learn 100 percent online with world-class universities, organizations and industry experts. Develop your career, learn a new skill, or pursue your hobbies with more than 750 flexible online courses.
Go to https://www.futurelearn.com for more information and registration. (Learn for free, upgrade, or buy Unlimited)
Genealogy for the next generation
Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at https://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.
These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life. Have fun!
Girl Scout fun for everyone
Join girls from all over Eastern Massachusetts for at home fun. The GS Council is adding virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families to engage with from home every day.
Girl Scout membership is not necessary to participate, so you can get a chance to experience Girl Scouts for free. Check back often!
For more information about the Girl Scouts, visit https://www.gsema.org.
Guinness World Record Weekly Challenge
What are you accomplishing during your stay-at-home time? The Guinness World Records reminds us that spending time indoors doesn’t mean we have to be bored.
In fact, with the extra time, we can all aspire to do great things, including becoming a Guinness World Records title holder with the new weekly #GWRchallenge hosted across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
The guidelines for each weekly challenge are posted on the website, as well as on the GWR social channels, as a reference for anyone who needs them.
All attempts utilize household materials, or include no materials at all, so anyone can take part from within their home.
Recently posted challenges include brick-by-brick Lego records, fastest right-rope walker in high heels, and a limbo skate under 10 extremely low bars.
Visit https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com for more information, including podcasts and other fun activities.
Happy Hooligans Fun
Meet Jackie – she’s helping kids explore their world through art, crafts and good old-fashioned play. You’ll find lots of links with step-by-step instructions to enjoy – art, crafts, activities, recipes, parenting tips, home daycare info, and much more – at https://happyhooligans.ca.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now/WhatWeDo/Play has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harlem Globetrotters at Home
The Harlem Globetrotters are looking to bring their ambassadorial spirit, and the smiles that go with it, directly to their fans with their new online “Globetrotters at Home” video content programming.
Globetrotter players are delivering everything from motivational messages to a "how-to" style gym class with basketball skills lessons, and even a few geography lessons where possible (they have played in 124 countries and territories).
Headspace, a resource for simple breathing and meditation exercises. Be kind to your mind - Less stressed. More resilient. Happier. It all starts with just a few minutes a day.
Start your journey at https://www.headspace.com.
ICA DIY projects/Virtual Harbor Market and more
The Institute of Contemporary Art features craft projects for kids and adults to make together; video and audio recordings including artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators; plus in-depth information about individual artworks in the ICA’s permanent collection.
ICA also hosts a seasonal virtual harbor market to connect you with local makers with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) vendors and creators.
Visit https://www.icaboston.org for details.
https://insighttimer.com has more than 27,500 free meditation and music apps to help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, and sleep deeply.
Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids (preschool through high school) how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations and more. Its latest addition is a partnership with Pixar, which gives users a chance to learn how Pixar artists do their jobs.
Visit https://www.khanacademy.org to learn more.
Kitchen Table Classroom
The Kitchen Table Classroom has a variety of arts and craft projects with step-by-step instructions, videos and printables for kids, adults and teachers, too.
LEGO Building & Imagination 30 Day Challenge
Are you ready for a LEGO Challenge?
Build a rocket for NASA; Design and build your dream bedroom; Create something that represents the Webelos; Make your favorite food and see if someone can guess what it is; Create a pattern; Fill a rectangle with Legos without going over the edges.
You can print these challenges (and more) or just write them out and explore.
These brick building ideas will help spark kids of all ages’ imagination without showing or telling them exactly what to build.
Doing one a day makes incorporating daily STEM activities a fun learning experience plus it gets kids (and adults) off the iPad or computer.
Go to https://thestemlaboratory.com/lego-challenge-cards; or visit https://thatbricklife.com for variations on the calendars – i.e. 3 Days of Play Calendar; 31 Day Cub Scout LEGO Calendar; 31 Spring LEGO Calendar
Mess With Your Milk
In the name of curiosity and science, the time has come to say yes to a little mess – and get your kids thinking about milk in a whole new way. It’s time to Mess With Your Milk!
These simple experiments can all be done using everyday supplies you likely already have at home – including milk. They’re a perfect activity for cooped-up kids on a wintry weekend. Or take the party outside in the summer and let them really go wild.
What else will your kids come up with when you tell them to Mess With Your Milk? Try all the experiments and share these videos with friends – or even your favorite teacher. It’s all about science, after all.
Go to https://milklife.com/articles/10-easy-diy-experiments-for-kids to learn more about messing with milk.
Mindfulness Activities & Meditations for Kids and Parents
Practicing mindfulness can boost kids' well-being and empower them to meet their challenges with resilience. It works for adults, too.
At https://www.mindful.org, people will find guided meditations for kids at various developmental stages along with Mindfulness activities for kids as well as mindful parenting tips.
NASA @ Home/NASA Kids Club
Explore NASA @ Home and NASA Kids Club for activities that families can do together.
Learn about their missions or the Solar System and Beyond. Watch their videos and Live TV programs.
Listen to the NASA Crew members read books from the space station and/or perform a science experiment that goes along with concepts mentioned at storytimefromspace.com.
Visit https://www.nasa.gov to learn more.
National Geographic Kids
Explore the world without leaving home with a little help from National Geographic Kids.
From animals and geography to science, nature, and history, there are so many amazing facts just waiting to be discovered.
Ocean Science After School Program at Piers Park Sailing Center
Find lots of activities and resources for at-home learning from the Ocean Science After School Program. Visit https://piersparksailing.org to learn more, including videos and downloadables.
Oldways is a nonproﬁt dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of eating – heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability and joy.
Since 1990, they’ve helped people live healthier, happier lives by oﬀering educational programs, resources and recipes based on shared cultural food traditions from around the world. It’s a mission with proven nutritional and emotional beneﬁts.
Their eﬀorts span consumer advocacy (Oldways Whole Grain Council), heritage diet travel and discovery (Oldways Culinaria Tours), guidance (Oldways Cheese Coalition), as well as the education and celebration of African, Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean cultural eating traditions (Heritage Diets) and plant-based diets (Plant Forward Plates).
They believe food is heritage’s greatest gift of all.
Test your knowledge with a variety of trivia games and challenges. You can also find Patriots themed coloring pages, word search, crossword puzzles and more all at https://www.patriots.com/fans/quizzes-trivia.
Peep and the Big Wide World
The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science and math to preschoolers. Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures.
Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.
Check out http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/en to enjoy a variety of games, videos, printables and other family fun. Be sure to check out the links for parents and educators, as well.
PEM at home
Looking for museum-inspired activities you can create at home? They’ve got you covered with origami video tutorials, fun finger puppets and downloadable coloring pages from PEM's children's book Piece by Piece.
Share your creations on social media and tag @peabodyessex so they can see what you make!
Visit https://www.pem.org for more information.
Play at Home
Play at Home brings joy and connection of live theatre to your own home. Play at Home aims to keep playwrights working while inspiring creativity and community.
Numerous theatre organizations have come together to create Play at Home, a collection of free short plays that have been commissioned to only be performed in people’s homes.
Visit www.playathome.org for more information, including a list of plays (with links to download) to enjoy at home.
Scholastic – Read, Play, Connect
People can find lots of fun activities and printables along with a list of entertaining books to read. Check out the programs and contests along with book clubs and book fairs. It’s a great resource for educators offering classroom curriculum and how-to videos along with free books and resources, as well.
Designed by MIT students and aimed at children, ages 8-16, Scratch is an easy-to-use programming language that lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Legos.
It's more than just a coding guide; it's a vibrant online community of programmers who swap ideas and inspiration.
Shape of Care
This podcast explores the many facets of caregiving and the unique challenges that people face in our caregiving system. The latest episode discusses caregiving in the face of COVID-19 and previous stories focus on LGBT+ elder care, Alzheimer’s Disease, and healthcare policy.
Visit http://theshapeofcare.org for more information and links to listen.
Stop Motion Movies
Stop motion movies are made by piecing together a LOT of photographs (like a lot, a lot). In this video, Boston Children's Museum shows you how to create your own stop motion movie at home with help from the app Stop Motion Studio.
Story Seeds Podcast
Story Seeds Podcast: This show captures the magic that unfolds when kids, ages 6 to 12, collaborate with beloved storytellers who grow original stories inspired by their story ideas.
At Storycorps, the storytellers span all generations, allowing teen listeners (and others) to tune in to other points of view.
Visit https://storycorps.org to learn more about how you, too, could be a part of their storytime collections, because “every story matters and every voice counts.”
Strong National Museum of Play at Home Fun
The Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, NY) has a variety of activities for families to enjoy at home. Themes include Imaginative Play, Sensory Fun, Art Projects and Around the House.
Visit https://www.museumofplay.org to learn more.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Do you like learning about history? Try the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast. As its title suggests, this podcast delves into lesser-known historical facts and figures. From the greatest to the strangest, the hosts explore interesting tidbits from the past.
Designed by Apple for the iPad, Swift Playgrounds is a much more sophisticated-looking version of Code Combat, with the added benefit of being free.
Kids solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let users explore many unique coding experiences. It requires an iPad with iOS 12.0 or higher.
The Gottabees is a Boston-based ensemble that, for the last seven years, has been happily making “super fun theater for the whole family.”
They know that, right now, you’re all spending a lot of time as a “whole family." So, they’re giving you a few moments out of your day – an excuse to giggle, gasp, cheer and play together – to enjoy some of their videos anytime.
Visit http://www.bonnie-duncan.com/trythisathome for more information.
Tipspoke Family Fun Activities
Tipspoke.com has a variety of fun activities for the family, including:
Art Projects & Fun Activities at Home – https://tipspoke.com/fun-at-home
Cool Science Experiments – https://tipspoke.com/science-experiments
Family Games – https://tipspoke.com/family%20games
Magic Tricks – https://tipspoke.com/magic-tricks
Tumblehome Book: Free Digital Book Offer
I Just Keep Wondering by Larry Scheckel is a five-star non-fiction book filled with 121 kid-friendly questions and answers ranging from the highly technical to the more lighthearted.
Some examples: How are galaxies made in the cosmos? What do scientists do for fun?
When you get your hair wet, why does it look darker? And “What causes tap water to taste more chlorinated some days than others?
If you like science and are a curious person at heart, I Just Keep Wondering is a book for you. Reading it could make you much more interested in the world around you.
Get a free digital copy at https://tumblehomebooks.org/readersclub. (Regularly $17.95).
Tumblehome Books are known for producing high quality supplemental educational materials, specifically focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Virtual Boston Harbor
Save The Harbor is connecting community to the Harbor through Virtual Boston Harbor, a series of fun and educational video programming, including activities, crafts, lessons and songs for kids and community members of all ages.
Wally the Green Monster and Friends Home Fun
To help young (and not-so-young) MLB fans stay connected, Wally and his sister Tessie offer a variety of printable activity pages and an online comic book on their new website, Home Fun. Kids are also invited to join Summer Slugger, where they can design their own baseball cards and practice math & literacy skills with baseball-themed fun.
Visit https://www.mlb.com/redsox/fans for more information.
The Wellness Society
Holistic, fluff-free and beautifully designed self-help, therapy and coaching tools such as the Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times and the Mental Wellbeing Toolkit are available for free and/or purchase.
Go to https://thewellnesssociety.org for more information.
‘What if World’
For a fun podcast for ages 5-10, check out “What if World,” where the narrator spins comic tales out of kids’ questions, such as “What if Santa were an elephant?” or “What if sharks had legs?”
Visit http://www.whatifworldpodcast.com for more details.
Zooniverse.org is an online citizen science project and the largest platform for people-powered research. Teens and adults can sign up and volunteer to help classify wildlife, transcribe historical texts, identify celestial bodies, and more, all without leaving your tablet or computer.