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The best things to do with kids in NYC this week

We'll help you keep up your family's spirits with our list of the best things to do at home with kids in NYC this week!

By Oliver Strand and Danielle Valente

We'd be lying if we said that vacation didn't look a little different in 2020. However, the season is far from canceled—and these summer activities for kids are proof. 

For ways to keep your kids busy, check out the things to do this week!

Best things to do with kids in NYC July 06–10

Peanuts Artist Collective es la nueva exposición de Snoopy en la CDMX
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1. The Snoopy School of Fine Art

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Learn how to draw your favorite Peanuts characters at the Snoopy School of Fine Art, an online academy with YouTube tutorials, step-by-step how-tos and complete lesson plans. Follow along, and you too will master Snoopy's elegantly swooping lines, that distinctive nose, those eyes and all the other details that make him the world's most famous beagle. Ages 3 and up.

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2. “Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A.”

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Our West Coast neighbors are exploring all-things creepy crawly in a new exhibit that's sure to delight curious kids: "Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A." will premiere digitally on May 15 until it is able to open at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County later this year. Take an up-close look at these tiny critters thanks to macrophotographs of insects from NHMLAC’s  Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) research project. You won't believe your eyes! All ages. 

Daniel Radcliffe
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3. Harry Potter at Home Celebrity Readings

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The Harry Potter at Home website keeps getting better and better: The online hub for all things wizarding is now posting videos of actors and other famous personalities reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. A new chapter will be added every week—that means 17 weeks of Harry Potter read by Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning and others. Parents take note: Each reading lasts longer than 20 minutes, adding up to hours of magical entertainment. 

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4. Kid Power from UNICEF USA

Sports and fitness Remote, Midtown West

Time to get active! The at-home and in-school exercises from Kid Power get kids moving, dancing, practicing yoga and having fun while taking a "brain break." The program is from UNICEF USA, which donates food to malnourished children. All ages.


5. At-Home with Crayola

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This DIY online hub from Crayola is full of fun activities for the kids—and genius ideas for their parents! You will find more than 1700 free lesson plans on At-Home with Crayola, plus a 52-week plan for creative projects including guided doodles, craft videos, drawing instruction, coloring pages and so much more. All ages.  

Books Are Magic storytime
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6. Virtual Storytime with Books Are Magic

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Author and bookseller Emma Straub is keeping the literary momentum going, even while her Cobble Hill storefront remains closed. On Saturdays and Sundays at 11am—typically when she hosts storytimes for kids—Straub takes to the Books Are Magic Instagram for a live picture book-reading for little bibliophiles. All ages. 

Julie's Library
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7. Julie Andrews Storytelling Podcast

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What's more satisfying than a good book? Listening to Julie Andrews read the book aloud, of course! You and your little bookworms ages 4–10 have been taking advantage of virtual storytimes while at home, you need to add this to your list.

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8. Storytime with the Met

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Storytime with the Met has gone online—every Thursday at noon, a new story from the shelves of the Nolan Library is read aloud and posted to the museum's YouTube channel and Facebook account. Ages 18 months-6 years.

Kipo Wonderbeasts
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9. Best cartoons for kids to watch now

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Staying in? Then why not set off on a streaming marathon with our list of the 25 best cartoons for kids. We have it all: From new series like the strange and hilarious "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts" (Season 2 premieres this June!), to the best old-school cartoons like "Hey Arnold," you're bound to find something that your kids will love! 

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10. La MaMa Kids Online

Theater Children's Remote, Midtown West

La MaMa Kids is streaming children's performances and hands-on workshops every Thursday at 4pm—it's timed for after school viewing. The schedule so far: April 9: DIY Mouse Puppet—puppeteer Z. Briggswill help you make a mouse puppet out of household materials. April 16: The Missing Matzo—Passover is here but detective Mystery Max must find the missing the Afikomen, and he needs your help! Join as he sings songs, makes friends, says he's sorry and uses the scientific method. These and other La MaMa Online Happenings are streamed here. All ages.  

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11. These videos and live feeds will turn your home into a zoo

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Members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are taking their elephants, cheetahs, sharks and other magnificent beasts online! Simply go to the AZA's Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities page and you will get a calendar with links to hundreds of events going on at zoos and aquariums all around the United States and Canada.  Now you can watch zookeeper talks, catch storytime with animals, go on tours and take part in animal meet-and-greets with just a couple of clicks. It's like having all the creatures of the world in your living room!   The sheer scope of what you'll find on the Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities calendar is amazing. There are 35 events scheduled for just today, March 27. You can catch live video streaming from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (otters! jellyfish!), and watch the hippo feeding at the Toledo Zoo, and watch the sawfish and nurse sharks in the "Dangerous Lagoon" at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and so much more. This is another one of the amazing online resources introduced in recent weeks. From virtual storytimes, to online classes, to the thousands of books the NYPL lets you download for free, there's so much to keep kids occupied and having fun while they spend their days at home. The Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities calendar is another way to we can make the most of this time. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.

Young People's Concert Philharmonic Lincoln Center
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12. NY Phil Learning @ Home for Students and Teachers

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The NY Philharmonic is taking its education programming online with NY Phil Learning @ Home for Students and Teachers, a free resource that includes lessons, digital content and activities that will spark your little musician's imagination. Also, be sure to check out the performances archived at NY Phil Learning @ Home for Families. Ages 5 and up.    

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13. LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems

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Brooklyn artist Mo Willems, the first Education artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, posted 15 drawing classes online. Your little ones can see the magic behind the mind that came up with Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny and many more contemporary classics. You can watch LUNCH DOODLES catch previous sessions on YouTube. All ages.

Just Kidding Fridays
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14. Family Fridays from Symphony Space

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While the family-friendly Just Kidding series is placed on hold, Symphony Space is posting a Family Friday playlist every week with songs taken from the enormous archive of performances held over the years. It's time to "get up off that couch and dance!" All ages.

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15. CMA Live! from the Children's Museum of the Arts

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The Children's Museum of the Arts in SoHo will Zoom into your home—literally. CMA Live! is a series of online interactive activities that let kids join Zoom meetings and take part in sing-alongs, create their own artworks, explore creative movement and much more. The schedule is below: • Music Time with Tom: Tue, Wed and Thu at 10am • Club CMA with Raquel: Tue and Thu at 1pm (ages 8-11), Wed at 1pm (ages 5-7) • Movement with Mackie: Tue, Wed and Thu at 4pm • Magic of Color with Fritz Horstman: Fri at 4pm (until Apr 24) The classes are free (donations are accepted), but registration is required. All ages.

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16. Caring for Each Other

Things to do Remote, Midtown West

Need a good read? Your favorite Muppets can help with that. Thanks to the “Caring For Each Other” initiative by Sesame Workshop, little bibliophiles and their parents are able to scope out books in a variety of subjects—numbers, music, etc.—for a variety of age groups. Plus, the 100+ selections available on Amazon Kindle, Google Play, Apple Books, Kobo and Barnes & Noble Nook are free! Be sure to also check out "Caring for Each Other's" additional resources including videos, games, activity pages and more. Visit the website for more information. 

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17. NY Phil Learning @ Home for Families

Music Classical and opera Remote, Midtown West

The show must go on: With the NY Phil Learning @ Home for Families, the New York Philharmonic is taking its famous Young People's Concerts and very Young People's Concerts online. You'll find archived performances, including the full-orchestra treatment for Karen LeFrak's Sleepover at the Museum! Be sure to check out the educational resources at NY Phil Learning @ Home for Students and Teachers. All ages.    

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18. 7 Fun fitness classes kids can try at home

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Any parent will tell you: Kids need to keep active! That holds true even when you're staying indoors. These online fitness classes will get the kiddos moving, and they're so much fun you might just join in! After the heart rates drop, why not check out these virtual zoos and aquariums, or J.K. Rowling's new online Harry Potter experience? From virtual storyimes to online kids' museums, there's so much you can do with a couple of clicks of a mouse.

Harry Potter at Home
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19. Harry Potter at Home: New online hub gives Potterheads more games, activities

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Fifty points for Gryffindor! Wizarding World launched a new Harry Potter at Home online hub with hundreds of games, how-tos and activities for Potterheads, making them free for all users.  Not yet registered at Wizarding World? You're in for a treat. It doesn't cost a single Knut, and after entering your basic information you can take part in a Sorting Ceremony that will assign your House (take our Harry Potter Sorting Hat quiz to confirm that the right choice was made), then enter the Forbidden Forest to discover your Patronus. Don't forget to visit Ollivanders Wand Shop—where the wand chooses you. All of this will be recorded in your user profile, or rather, in your Wizarding Passport. The new Harry Potter at Home hub adds more to this magical experience with drawing tutorials (try your hand at a Niffler!), crosswords, puzzles and other activities. Think you know everything that happened during Harry's first year at Hogwarts? Take the quiz and see! Harry Potter at Home also offers a free download of the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone—which, in our opinion, was turned into one of the 50 best family movies of all time. Harry Potter at Home plans to add new content to entertain and delight Potterheads who are keeping their social distance—spring break might be canceled, but kids can still have fun online. According to Wizarding World, the page will be changing all the time, "just like Hogwarts and its staircases." Sign up to receive great Time Out New Yor

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20. OLogy Challenge will display kids' art on the Museum of Natural History website

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Although our favorite family attractions and kids' museums remain closed for the time being, there are still plenty of ways to access their fun offerings...even if you're snuggled on the couch at home.  In addition to virtual tours, the American Museum of Natural History boasts plenty of activities, games and cool things to do on its OLogy page. Kids can explore topics in astronomy, anthropology, marine biology, paleontology and so much more. Now, they can even be featured on the website!  Here's the scoop: The brand-new OLogy Challenge offers kids a chance to complete a task and have mom and dad submit their finished work to the museum for a chance to be showcased digitally. Neat, right?  For the first task, kiddos must draw a scientific illustration of a monarch butterfly. A pro at the museum leads little ones through the steps needed to bring their work to life: researching facts and imagery about the butterflies, observing their appearance, tracing the photo they select, etc.  Once the task is complete, here's what to do:  Email the finished product to ology@amnh.org by Sunday, April 19. Include your first name, last initial, state and country. (No photos or personal info.) Include a caption Circle back on April 22 to see if your work was uploaded to the OLogy site!   Best of luck, lil' New Yorkers. We can't wait to see those monarch butterflies! Most popular on Time Out - Disney's free drawing classes teach you how to sketch your favorite princesses- This Harry Potter-

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21. Nikon's free photo class will help you perfectly capture your kids and pets

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Photographing children and pets can feel like a near-impossible challenge, even for the skilled shutterbugs among us.   Fortunately, Nikon is here to help parents wrangle their two most unpredictable sources into a professional pose thanks to a series of free classes this April. Ready the SLR and join lifestyle photographer and Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey for "Photographing Children and Pets." The hour-long video will explain the best settings and lenses to use when you're trying to capture the range of feelings and emotions your little ones are going through (and, as moms and dads know, there are plenty).  If you're going to be spending time in, might as well make the most out of it by sprucing up your photo skills and putting friends' Instagram feeds to shame. (No need to thank us.) We can't wait to see what adorable portraiture awaits!  If you're looking for ways to keep your kiddos engaged in a creative project, too, check out places online where you can snag free coloring books or give one of these free Disney drawing classes a go!  Most popular on Time Out - Disney's free drawing classes teach you how to sketch your favorite princesses- This Harry Potter-themed digital escape room lets you wander through Hogwarts- NYC Schools: Spring break is canceled for districts across the state- Join Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems- Free grab-and-go meals are now available for all New Yorkers
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Drag Queen Story Hour
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22. The best drag queen story hour sessions for kids

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Drag queen story hour is totally a thing, and it's easy to see why: Kids love dress-up as much as they love picture books, and these amazing events bring the two together.  Take a look at our list of the best drag queen story hour sessions (virtually, for now) and you'll find celebrity drag queens who know how to make the characters in books for kids come alive.  New storytimes for kids are being added all the time by kids' library branches and other terrific online resources, so be sure to check back for the latest schedule.

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23. Visit the Kennedy Space Center without leaving the couch

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We might have to put a pause on travel plans for the time being, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy an-out-of-this-world family excursion. Curious about life on Mars? Wondering what it looks like inside Space Shuttle Atlantis? Get an up-close-and-personal experience right from home! All you need to do is find your nearest laptop and log onto the Kennedy Space Center's social media sites for a (virtual) intergalactic adventure. The Florida attraction is appealing to everyone in the family—little kids through teens—with a series of online offerings. Tune in at 9:30am ET, Monday Wednesday and Friday, to keep the younger ones in your brood entertained with a presentation, which is followed by a Q&A session. Older kids will want to hop online at 1pm for age-appropriate presentations. Both of these offerings can be found on Facebook, and resources like at-home activities can be found on the attraction's website. Thanks to NASA teaching materials, experiments based on Bernoulli’s Principle and other nifty things to do, your scholars will be busy for hours. At a time when visits to kids' museums is forbidden, parents don't have to worry about learning and keeping kids entertained: Plenty of institutions are taking their services online. If your pint-sized astronaut is also interested in checking out other activities, have a look at our virtual museum visits, stortyimes, classes and performances.   
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24. Virtual storytimes for kids

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Just because you're staying in doesn't mean an end to storytime! From the Brooklyn Public Library taking its readings to Facebook, to live demonstrations by famous picture-book authors, to a large selection of many of the greatest actors of our time reading some of the best books for kids, you can have an amazing storytime for kids right at home.  Along with classes for kids and DIY projects and activities from NYC shops and businesses, these virtual storytimes will keep young minds sharp—and parental minds sane.  Brooklyn Public Library WHEN AND WHERE: The library's website and Facebook The Brooklyn Public Library is taking its storytimes online, and live-streaming via its website and Facebook. Oliver Jeffers' readings WHEN AND WHERE: Via Instagram every day at 2pm  The author Oliver Jeffers will read one of his books every day at 2pm, then archive the reading on his website. Mo Willems' "LUNCH DOODLES"  WHEN AND WHERE: Via the Kennedy Center every day at 1pm The first-ever Education artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, New Yorker Mo Williems will hold LUNCH DOODLES every day at 1pm: Your kiddos can peek into the mind of the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny and other contemporary classics. LUNCH DOODLES will be archived on YouTube. Jarret J. Krosoczka's "Every Day with JJK" WHEN AND WHERE: The author's website every day at 2pm. Join the bestselling author of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, National Book Award finalist Hey Kiddo and the Lunch

BCM World Brooklyn Bus
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25. Visit your favorite kids' museums in NYC right from home

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The coronavirus outbreak has sent the city—and the world—into a state of limbo.  New Yorkers are resilient, but this new stay-at-home lifestyle is enough to make even the toughest urbanites go a little bonkers...especially when kids are in the picture.  Apartments might start to feel smaller and smaller now that the little ones are home 24/7, but there's good news for parents who are starting to break a sweat: We might not be able to have physical access to our favorite family attractions and kids' museums right now, but Google Arts & Culture lets curious kiddos gain access to their favorite destinations with a click of a mouse.  An afternoon or night at the museum (see what we did there) is possible, even amid these strange times. Google: City moms and dads thank you. Happy museum-hopping and stay safe!  American Museum of Natural History Home to our favorite dinosaur activities for kids, AMNH offers a virtual glimpse at the pre-historic creatures, mammals, insects and plenty other beloved areas of its Upper West Side digs. Be sure to peruse the online exhibit, "Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies." Brooklyn Children's Museum Although a trip to this interactive kids' museum—the first of its kind in the U.S.—is always a hit, a peek at home is pretty cool, too. Your mini geologists will love taking a gander at specimens in the online exhibit, "Fluorescent Minerals: Spices of the Mineral World." Children's Museum of the Arts There's a lot to learn, eve


26. DIY projects and activities from NYC shops and businesses

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The city that never sleeps has suddenly become very quiet.  Amid health and safety concerns, as well as coronavirus closures and cancellations, New Yorkers have resorted to staying in. (As a result, we even temporarily changed our logo.) But we'll help you make the most out of your city...even while you're in your apartment.  Although many classes for kids and family attractions aren't operating normally, we've come across some entertaining DIY projects and activities, straight from NYC's coolest destinations. If you're worried how to keep the kids entertained during this time, read on!  For the scientists: Carmelo the Science Fellow, who operates kids' workshops, camps and birthday parties from his Brooklyn outpost, has also gifted young scientists with monthly DIY projects online. We're certain your lab techs would love to try their hand at making this aluminum foil volcano.  For the chefs: Sample cuisines from around the world without leaving your kitchen. FreshMade NYC's *free*2019 Around the World e-book will give little foodies access to plenty of recipes that they'll be anxious to tackle...and eat!  For the artists:  What's more rewarding than completing a project and having a prized possession to display? Brooklyn Craft Company guides creative visionaries toward making the mini loom of their dreams. This is a great thing to try with tweens and teens who want to add a few chic touches to their space.  For the strategists: Nothing is better than a good game of chess, ri

Trolls World Tour
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27. The best 2020 kids' movies that will be streaming early

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Staying in is certainly a challenging task for New Yorkers.  Amid the coronavirus outbreak, we've had no choice but to make the most out of our time in. Although it has been an adjustment—and then some—there is a silver lining: Some of the best kids' movies 2020 has in store will now be available early, so your little film buffs can catch up with their favorite characters right from the couch.  For more ways to keep busy while at home, check out these cool virtual storytimes, museum tours and concerts. See? NYC has a lot to offer—even if you're in your apartment.

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28. How to digitally borrow books from the library while it’s closed

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With more time on your hands at home these days, you can finally catch up on all those books you've been meaning to read. Social distancing, though, may make it impossible to head to your local bookstore, but you can still borrow books from the library. Despite closing its physical locations, the New York Public Library has more than 300,000 titles you can read digitally. To gain access, NYPL's free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android. There is a limit of three books that you can borrow because there has been a surge in the app's usage now that we're all at home, according to the library. You can also search the library's collection of 800,000 digitized items, including historic prints, photographs, maps, and manuscripts and check out Mango Languages and Career Cruising with your library card. And if you don't have a library card, now's the time to sign up. You can do that on the SimplyE app, too! The Brooklyn Public Library also has titles you can borrow on its website if you have a card, and the Queens Library system, which is purchasing substantially more eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming films for this occasion, uses a number of e-reader apps. You can get a Queens Library eCard here. Happy reading!

Maui Whale Festival
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29. Virtual Marine Biology Camp from Oceans Initiative

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Learn about whales directly from the scientists who study them! The Oceans Initiative, an organization in Washington state dedicated to protecting marine life in the Pacific Northwest, now has a Virtual Marine Biology Camp, an online course geared for younger learners posted to Facebook and Instagram every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm EST (11am PST). All ages.

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30. Mondays with Michelle Obama

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It's storytime with Michelle Obama! The former First Lady will read some of the most beloved picture books in children's lit, including The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar on the Facebook Page and YouTube Channel of PBS Kids.  April 20 at noon, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler April 27 at noon, There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott May 4 at noon, Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler May 11 at noon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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31. Here are the NYC toy stores offering delivery right now

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The city that never sleeps has been forced to take a breather.  Amid the coronavirus outbreak, closures have swept throughout New York and do-it-from-home routines have become the new norm. It has definitely been overwhelming...especially for those stuck in a tiny apartment with kiddos in tow.  To add a little levity to the situation, a few of our favorite New York toy store locations have decided to offer delivery options for those who are stuck inside. If you're looking for a way to keep the littles occupied, you might want to order that new board game STAT. Here are some services to consider so that your time WFH is less stressful:   FAO Schwarz NYC's iconic shopping destination for kids will continue its personal shopping and local delivery services, even though its 30 Rock location will be closed from Mar 17–30. If it's time to pick a new science project, email personalshopping@faoschwarz.com to see what options are available. Mary Arnold Toys The oldest continually-run toy store in NYC, which is nestled on the Upper East Side, is taking care of patrons with phone (212-744-8510) and online orders, as well as free same-day delivery, making it easy for you to stay comfy—and safe—at home.  Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store For Park Slope parents who are desperate to keep the tots occupied, consider a curbside delivery of the coolest puzzles and games when ordering online at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store—an option free of human contact (a plus during a time of social dis

Harry Potter
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32. This Harry Potter-themed digital escape room lets you wander through Hogwarts

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The best escape rooms for kids in NYC are closed for now, but this Harry Potter-themed digital escape room will let you enjoy the thrills of solving riddles and puzzling out problems while keeping your social distance. The escape room was created by Sydney Krawiec, youth services librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA, and it draws on the richly detailed world J.K. Rowling created in her seven-book Harry Potter series. Muggles like us better brush up on our knowledge of the wizarding world if we're going to make it out in one piece. So pour yourself a butterbeer, snack on a handful of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans (taking care not to eat the ones that taste like earwax, soap, rotten egg or booger) and take this Harry Potter Sorting Hat quiz to find your house. Then get ready for some mental calisthenics that will draw on your mastery of Harry Potter's life and times, as well as good ol' logic, common sense and other noble traits every wizard should possess. Potterheads disappointed by the delayed opening of the Harry Potter flagship store in NYC can take some comfort in completing this digital quest. Need to brush up on the Sorcerer's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the other titles? The NYPL has you covered: The library's free e-reader lets you download and read Harry Potter titles—and hundreds of thousands of other books—without having to spend a single Knut, Sickle or Galleon. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox e

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33. The 50 best family movies to watch together

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Gather the crew and grab a hefty bowl of popcorn: the best family movies are waiting for you!  We've rounded up a little bit of everything: classics, cartoons, Disney princess movies, kids' movies from the '90s and everything else you can possibly imagine. Looking for a few giggles? Try The Goonies. Including Fido in the mix? Put on My Dog Skip. We guarantee we have something for everyone.  After a day of embarking on trip to cool kids' museums in NYC, fun playgrounds or your go-to family attractions, you deserve a night in with these amazing family movies (and snacks, of course).  If you're not ready to call it quits, check out the cool kids' movies in theaters. In 2020, you can expect: Sonic the Hedgehog, a live-action Mulan, Scoob, Peter Rabit 2 and so many more! 

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34. The best Disney movies of all time

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Make every night a movie night with the best Disney movies of all time! Our list of the Magic Kingdom's most memorable films will keep your family entertained and laughing. Whether you're partial to a classic like 101 Dalmatians, a newer movie like Zootopia, or an amazing Pixar hit like Coco, we have it all. These family movies are good fun for everybody! Why not settle in for Lady and the Tramp (1955), then follow it with Lady and the Tramp (2019)? Our list of Disney flicks features cool animated movies for kids and family comedy movies. Be sure to check out the best feel-good movies to stream on Disney+ right now!

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35. The best family movies on Netflix for all ages

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Make room on the couch: The best family movies on Netflix have been revealed for the month!  After exploring cool things to do with kids in NYC, you'll appreciate a little down time with  the best family movies around, fun TV shows for kids and Netflix originals. (It goes without saying that popcorn is required.) Have a look at what's coming out and enjoy your marathon!  Movies coming to Netflix in March 2020 Corpse Bride (Available March 1) Hook (Available March 1) Hugo (Available March 1) Kung Fu Panda 2 (Available March 1) Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Available March 1) Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Available March 1) Sleepover (Available March 1) Space Jam (Available March 1) Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors (Available March 5) Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal (Available March 10) The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 3 (Available March 16) Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom (Available March 17) Archibald's Next Big Thing: Season 2 (Available March 20) Buddi (Available March 20) Dino Girl Gauko: Season 2 (Available March 20) Greenhouse Academy: Season 4 (Available March 20) The Letter for the King (Available March 20) YooHoo to the Rescue: Season 3 (Available March 25) Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon (Available March 27) True: Wuzzle Wegg Day (Available March 27) Last Call in March 2020: Marvel Studios' Black Panther (Leaving March 3) Men in Black (Leaving March 14) Men in Black II (Leaving March 14) Cora

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36. The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime does more than give you just free two-day shipping and special deals at Whole Foods, it's an online streaming service with millions of titles (we exaggerate) you can watch anytime. Can we get a MOVIEEEE NIGHTTTT?  The selection of the best kids' movies on Amazon Prime caters to all interests and age groups. Maybe you're up for solving a caper with Paddington, or introducing your little cinephile to a classic like The Secrets of NIMH or watching an Amazon Original such as Troop Zero. This roundup doesn't miss a trick. Prepare for a cozy time with your loved ones! When you're not busy binging on the best kids' movies on Amazon Prime, check out the best pet movies and new Disney movies. Get some laughs with these family comedy movies—they're hard to resist!

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37. The best books for kids of all ages

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Here it is, the 101 best books for kids of all ages! We compiled the best picture books, chapter books and graphic novels for every kind of reader.  Our list includes timeless classics from your childhood, and new releases that will be read for generations to come. Our favorite picks include Newbery and Caldecott winners, bestsellers every kid should read and kooky books you didn’t even know existed! Goofball kids, taco-eating dragons, legendary spacegirls, spooky urban legends, mischievous boy robots: These books are filled with characters that will spark young imaginations. Our advice? Make a list of the books that tickle your fancy, then visit the best libraries for kids in NYC, sit in on storytimes for kids or head to your local indie to learn more about the coolest book clubs for kids. And if your little one sneaks under the covers with one of these books and a flashlight, you should be proud of your little bookworm—wait a few minutes before “catching” them.

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38. Best podcasts for kids of all ages

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This is the golden age of podcasts, and the selection for kids has never been better! The best podcasts for kids will spark imaginations, or teach new ideas, or make kids laugh so hard they snort apple juice out of their nostrils. Sometimes, a podcast like Wow in the World will accomplish all three! Our list of the best podcasts for kids has something for everybody to enjoy. From mysteries and comedies, to fairy tales and scientific quests, these podcasts are so riveting the whole family will want to tune in. After listening to a podcast like Smash Boom Best, you can take an adventure IRL and go to one of these amazing museums for kids. These podcasts are perfect for car trips, dinnertime or just chillaxing. Some can help at bedtime as well, and set the mood for when you crack open one of the best children's books to read your kid to sleep.  There are so many great podcasts on this list you can listen to a new one every day. When the weekend rolls around, you could have a movie night, and watch one of the best family movies to watch together. The family that streams together, stays together.

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39. Our favorite TV shows for kids and families

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We can all appreciate a good marathon. Find a warm blanket, prepare a bowl of popcorn and indulge in these great TV shows for kids!  From '90s classics (we're looking at you, Arnold and Gerald) to new cartoons for kids (Doc McStuffins), our lineup has a little bit of everything. Expect laughs, entertainment and a whopping dose of (mis)adventure. And, when it comes to selections like Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood, we have a feeling moms and dads will be equally as excited as the kids.  If our lineup of the best TV shows for kids is inspiring a lengthier movie night in the future, check out our go-to family comedy movies and the best Disney movies of all time (though we all know that's a topic that is up for debate).

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40. The best Disney songs of all time


There's no doubt about it: The best Disney songs are certainly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  Adjust your crowns, channel your inner prince or princess and prepare for a karaoke session fit for a king and queen! These jams are truly magical.  We've rounded up our favorite family movies and their catchiest tracks: "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story, "Reflection" from Mulan and of course, "Let It Go" from Frozen, to name just a few. From classics to new hits and everything in between, all of these flicks offer something to love and a new tunes to sing. (We have to say, our 35 picks make for great car sing alongs!) When you're done belting out the coolest Disney songs in existence, make sure you've watched the best Disney movies of all time (yes, this subject is certainly cause for a debate).  Happy singing!

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41. Disney World is closed, but these virtual rides bring the Magic Kingdom home

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Disney World and all Walt Disney World theme parks are closed through at least March 31, but you can turn your home into the Magic Kingdom by using your computer, TV or other devices to go on a virtual ride. Since you can't head out for adventure, we're bringing a little bit of that fun to you: In this era of social distancing, we'll help you get your "whoo-hoo!" on without leaving the couch. Check out our favorite Disney rides—virtually:  Others observed that these online rides—though not affiliated with Disney—are loved by many, and we're positive that they'll make staying home a little more exciting for kiddos. You get to experience the full ride on classics like Splash Mountain, and epic new rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and even fan favorites like Frozen. All you have to do is stream the videos posted by dedicated fans who documented these amazing rides—and who waited in those legendary lines. (We're grateful.) Take a journey on Expedition Everest Visit Anna and Elsa on Frozen Ever After Head to a galaxy far, far away thanks to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance  Have fun on Splash Mountain  Head out of this world with Space Mountain  After all, this is a great time to bring that uplifting Disney spirit into your home. You can inspire the kiddos with the best Disney songs of all time, or stream the best Disney princess movies of all time. If you want to keep the fam entertained and cheerf

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