Most kids will be home from school for several weeks. Children’s book authors are rising to the occasion, presenting free online story times, where they read their books out loud. This is a unique opportunity for kids to get to know their favorite author (or a new one.) In addition, other organizations will be offering some live streaming activities for kids.
These will take place on Facebook, Instagram, and perhaps other platforms. Please be patient with the hosts of these events. For many, this is the first time they’ve done it, and technology can be a little quirky.
Keep reading for a current list of live streaming events for kids!
Also, we’re adding these events to our big Virtual Events Calendar, which also includes concerts, lectures, and much more, for both adults and kids.
This page is just for live streaming events, but for many more online activities for kids, check out our list of fun, educational and free websites for kids.
Please note that all the times on our calendar are Mountain Time. I’ve done the math for you, hopefully correctly.
Live Streams for Kids
Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom
Schools may be closed but Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom is open. Tune in to @LincolnCenterNYC on Facebook Live every weekday at 8 a.m. for your daily dose of creativity. Led by some of world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms.
Tuesdays with Tinkergarten: Free Virtual Class
Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. head to Tinkergarten’s Facebook page for a free virtual Facebook Live Tinkergarten class led by founder Meghan Fitzgerald. Classes will last roughly 20 minutes and you won’t need any special equipment. Here’s the Facebook event. The event is currently scheduled every Tuesday through April 14.
LIVE Makin’ Music Classes
Makin’ Music Carolina is offering free music classes for families with young children Monday through Friday, at 9 a.m. The classes are currently scheduled through April 6. Here is the Facebook event. And here is the Facebook page, where the classes will be streamed. Also, visit the Facebook page to learn how to make fun instruments out of household materials.
Daily Sing-Along/Play-Along with Erin Mae
Each weekday at 11:30 a.m., Erin Mae will host events for kids. Mondays and Wednesdays will be sing-alongs geared to pre-K through 2nd grade, with lots of singing and dancing. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be play-alongs with kids learning to play stringed instruments. Fridays: anything goes. Pay what you can. These are currently scheduled through April 10.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his Lunch Doodle. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 11 a.m. It’s scheduled on weekdays through March 27.
Draw Every Day with JJK: Webcasts for young artists
Every weekday at noon, artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, aka JJK, will be offering up a free art lesson on a webcast. They are currently scheduled through Friday, April 3. This is the Facebook event, or you can go right to his Youtube channel, where they will be streamed.
Dance Class with Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen has been hosting dance classes on Instagram Live! Check her page for details as these pop up every so often!
Narwhal and Jelly Books
Author and illustrator Ben Clanton is on Instagram Live every Monday at 10:30 a.m. drawing and talking with kids about waffles and mermicons. Find information on his Facebook Live page, but streams are on his Instagram page.
Story time with author Mac Barnett
Children’s author Mac Barnett, author of Extra Yarn, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, and many more books, will be reading one of his books out loud, on Instagram Live, every weekday at 1 p.m. (Mountain Time), until he runs out of books to read. Go to his Instagram page and you should be able to find the streams.
Stories with author Oliver Jeffers
Artist Oliver Jeffers, author and illustrator of Here We Are, The Fate of Fausto, Imaginary Fred, and many more books, will be reading one of his books every weekday, at noon (Mountain Time.) He’ll also be talking about some of the things that went into making it. He’s streaming on his Instagram page.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari
Each weekday, starting at 1 p.m., Cincinnati Zoo is going Facebook Live with Home Safari. They’ll introduce you to one of their animals, and include an activity that you can do at home. Go to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live event.
Weekday Live Streams with Mr. Jon & Friends
Mr. Jon & Friends is a group that writes and performs music just for kids! With schools are closed, they will be hosting weekday live streams and fun videos at 8:30 a.m. each day. These virtual events are all about fun, music, and laughter. Watch live, and then come back to re-watch alter as often as you’d like.
The live stream events run from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27. You can find all the info on the Facebook event page.
Day by Day Schedule for Kids’ Live Streams
This list will be growing!
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020