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Photograph: Courtesy Leonardo Mascaro

NYC's best virtual classes and performances for kids

You can't miss a single one!

By
Danielle Valente
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We might be stuck inside, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy our favorite family attractions and activities in NYC. 

Local kids' museums, artists, shops and businesses have shifted gears and made their services available digitally. Yes, we might be forced to get comfortable in our tiny apartments, but we can make the best of it. Check out our go-to classes, performances and other fun online happenings to pass the time. Stay safe, NYC! 

92Y 

New York City's cultural center is as busy as ever (only virtually)! The Y's Child Development Experts are on hand for live Q&As, mommy and me yoga classes are happening weekly and online art classes have just begun. Explore the full list of offerings

Ailey Extension 

Now's the perfect time to perfect those dance moves! From live classes and performances to video resources for beginners, Ailey Extension's Keep Dancing initiative covers hip-hop, kids' cardio, ballet and everything else you could imagine!  

Broadway Bound Kids

Those with a flair for the dramatics will want to tune in for the theatrical fun from Broadway Bound Kids. The group just launched free video on demand programs, which includes theater dance, yoga, hip-hop and other subjects. Private coaching is also available virtually for kids who want to sharpen up their skills. Plus, there's something for all theater-lovers to look forward to: master classes with your favorite Broadway stars! Now if that doesn't deserve a standing ovation, we're not sure what does. 

Brookfield Place 

BFPL at Home will keep New Yorkers busy until the end of May with a stellar lineup of events: Trivia, baking lessons, Saturday-morning shows for kids and so much more. 

Brooklyn Robot Foundry 

Kids can tinker the afternoon away with a variety of STEAM classes from Brooklyn Robot Foundry, including robot making and robot coders. If your little tech wiz would prefer a single class or family class, those are options, too! 

Flushing Town Hall 

The best of the family attraction is accessible right from your digs: Check out the Tuesday-Friday series "Global Arts for Global Kids" at 2pm, enjoy Tuesday and Friday watch parties and more

FunikiJam

NYC's early childhood education and entertainment group is keeping spirits high with creative musical offerings. Groove to some of the best tunes in town by visiting FunikiJam's YouTube page. As we are planning to hunker down for a little longer, you can check out the group's website to see fun music, songs, jokes, etc. all focused around a theme. Be sure to subscribe online to receive a weekly email with curated activities. 

Little Orchestra Society 

Bring the wonders of classical music to your abode with Music at Home from the Little Orchestra Society. Musical storytelling, composing and of course, performances are on the menu! 

New York City Ballet 

Take a deep dive of the New York City Ballet with videos that outline the organization's history, dancers, costumes, orchestra and other aspects. Archival performances are on view until July 14. 

Private Picassos

The creativity doesn't stop because we're stuck at home: Private Picassos is using this time to its advantage and helping kids hone their craft with virtual classes. Topics include printmaking, bookmaking, clay modeling and more. Check out the online offerings and snag a DIY art kit from the online store. 

Puppetsburg 

The Puppetburg crew—the geniuses behind tot-friendly performances like "Farm to Table with Old McDonald," "The BEYONCE Show" and "Clementine Goes to Burning Man"—is bringing its marionette glory to a livestream on Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Saturdays at 10am. Visit the group's website to learn about access and fees.

TasteBuds Kitchen

Calling all Top Chef wannabes: TasteBuds Kitchen has started an at-home cooking club for kiddos who are looking to take their culinary skills up a notch. Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm for a new recipe video. Psst: Sign-up is free! Learn more online

Treasure Trunk Theatre

Brooklyn's theatrical program for pint-sized thespians is bringing the fun online. Check the website for info about private classes, like "Musical Adventure," "Storybook Adventures" and others. 

Union Square Play 

One of our favorite indoor playgrounds for kids is bringing its creative energy online. Every day, the venue will upload pre-recorded themes (art activities with BeBox Kids, for example) and host live q&a and webinars for parents. Visit the website for daily topics.  

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