A growing collection of free online experiences--classes, virtual tours, livestreamed storytimes, and more--
being offered during the COVID-19 school closures.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Conmplex is offering Facebook Livestreams for younger kids on MFW at 8:30 am CST. Live content for older kids (through high school) will be offered MWF at 12pm CST. Archived videos can be seen here. Learn about living in space, Mars, and rocketry, and take tours through Space Shuttle Atlantis and the astronaut training experience. The Complex is also offering at-home activities here.
Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00am CST, Science Mom and Math Dad will offer live science lessons, engineering challenges, a Q & A, and more. Content geared towards 7-11-yr-olds.
The Cincinnati Zoo is offering digital safaris every day at 2:00pm CST March 17-April 11. They'll introduce one of their animals and provide a related activity kids can do at home.
Join the Elephant & Piggie and Pigeon author-illustrator Monday-Friday at noon CST and draw together!
Monday through Friday, through April 21. Spanish: 1:00 pm CST, English: 1:30 pm CST, French: 2:00pm CST, Mandarin: 2:30 pm CST
Livestreamed on Facebook Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Songs, rhymes, and movement that build early literacy skills while you bond with baby. Geared to babies 0-24 mos and their caregivers.
Livestreamed on Facebook Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Books, songs, and rhymes that promote school readiness and early literacy skills while having fun. Geared to kids 2-5 yrs old and their caregivers.
Livestreamed on Facebook Wednesdays at 10:00a.m., Miércoles a las 10:00a.m.
Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories in both English and Spanish. Niñas y niños de todas las edades están invitados a participar en cuentos y canciones en inglés y español.
Livestreamed on Facebook Fridays at 12:00p.m.
Listen as Emily reads the first few chapters of great kids' books you can check out! Geared towards elementary-aged kids.
#SAVE WITH STORIES on Instagram features different celebrities reading favorite picture books: Jimmy Fallon, Laurie Berkner, Brie Larson, and more.
Monday through Friday, through April 22. Spanish: 10:00 am CST, English: 10:30 am CST, Mandarin: 11:00 am CST, French: 11:30 am CST
Audible Stories -- Audible is offering free childrens' and teens' streaming audiobooks, from classics to a few newer selections. Includes some titles in Spanish!
DOG MAN and Captain Underpants author/illustrator Dav Pilkey releases fun new videos every Friday, and offers tons of activities, writing prompts, and more based on his characters. Hit up this link to begin exploring Dav Pilkey at Home!
Do you have LEGO bricks at home? On Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm, we'll be posting weekly challenges on Facebook, just like we do at LEGO Club in person. Once you've completed your creation, take a pic and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so Emily can post it in the comments! We can't wait to see what you build. (Don't have LEGO? Build with boxes! Pillows! Apples! Pennies! You can still take part in the "LEGO" Challenge.)
Children's author-illustrator Dan Santat's Instagram "Online Survival School for the Pandemic"--fun and smart!
Authors Everywhere! YouTube Channel Children's authors and illustrators provide read-alouds, writing tips, art demos, and more to do at home. New videos added regularly.