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Online Activities and Lessons for Kids

Online activities to keep them busy and learning while they are social distancing from the coronavirus.

Looking for something for the kids to do online that's educational and entertaining? We've collected links to readings by children's book authors, art instruction, wood working and more. We'll continue to add to the list. Send us your suggestions by emailing editor@metrokids.com (New entries will be added to the top of this list)


Guitar Lessons 

Want to learn how to play a new instrument? Visit Tender Play and get 3 months of free guitar lessons. 

Classical Music 

Look at live streaming concerts and concerts archives of many classic music organizations from the London Symphony Orchestra to Paris Opera. The Royal Opera House has uploaded broadcasts on their Youtube and Facebook page as well. 

Social Distance Festival 

Go on Social Distance Festival to check out a list of livestream concerts and performances from all over the world. 

Billboard Artists

Listen in on upcoming livestream concerts of famous artist from Billboard’s Facebook page. 

Living Room Broadway 

Watch the new series of Living Room Concerts, where Broadway performers direct performances in their own living rooms

Kid's Workout

Sign your kids up for Cosmic Kids, a yoga and exercise app for children. Do it now and recieve a free 2-week trial period. 

Beginner Dance Classes

Dancio is offering 2 weeks of free master dance class such as ballet, contemporary, and modern. 

Skype a Scientist

Sign up for Skype a Scientist to chat with a scientist and have a Q/A with your family.

Coloring pages

Download coloring pages from Color Our Collections that are inspired by art from more than 117 museums.


Children can learn how to write their names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs from the Royal Ontario Museum's step-by-step guide. 

Story time from space

Have story time with the astronauts with Story Time from Space, where children’s books get sent to the International Space Station (ISS) where they read them on video.

Celebrities story time

Go on Storyline Online to hear celebrities like Viola Davis and Mary Steenburgen read classic children’s stories. Each book includes a teacher’s guide to further learning.

Online college courses

From humantites and social sciences to medicine and programming, choose from a sea of online courses that Ivy Leagues colleges offer for free.

Health and exercise

Start a 90-day free trial with Peloton and enjoy access to their live and on-demand exercise classes. Classes include yoga and strength training session for people who don't have a bike.

Watching movies 

Use the code Free30 to watch free content on AMCAcornTVSundance Now and others for 30 days.

Stream opera

Join the Metropolitan Opera’s free livestream series to see a different performance every night. 

Story time at the Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is holding story time and sing-alongs for kids on YouTube, Facebook Live and Instagram Live.


Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is offering daily gardening tips.

Sing, dance act

Wolf Performing Arts Center in Bryn Mawr is offering activities and exercises from its staff and community on its Facebook page.

Camp activities

Eden Village Camp is holding virtual camp activities (crafts, baking, singing) multiple times each day. 

Live author readings

A big list of children's authors who will be doing readings and activities for kids can be found here.

Free audiobooks from Audible

Audible is making a collection of audiobooks for kids free to stream.

Library online resources

Most local libraries will have online offerings The Philadelphia Free Library also has a site dedicated to learning at home for elementary school, middle school and high school.

Books with activities

Each day Scholastic Learn at Home offers a set of books, videos and activities tied to theme in the books, divided into age groups

Character development lessons

Doylestown-based Travis Manion Foundation, offer Facebook Live lessons for elementary and middle school kids focused on character development weekdays at 1pm

Art class for kids

Kennedy Center sponsors Mo Willems Lunch Doodles  weekdays at 1pm

Entrepreneurship for Kids

Children's book author and MBA Lowey Bundy Sichol talks to kids about business and entrepreneurship each Wednesday

Art lessons

Ben Clayton's drawing lessons for kids on Faceook.

Virtual tour of national parks

Insider compiled a list of 32 national partks that offer virtual tours. 

Philadelphia Orchestra concerts

Livestreaming of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts on demand

Drawing lessons

Jarrett J. Krosockza conducts daily YouTube drawing lessons.

Art classes

Mindy Flexer will be offering online art classes from her Philadelphia art studio for kids starting March 31.

Wood working

The Center for Art and Wood in Philadelphia has created an online studio called the  Wood Shed that is offering virtual studio tours, artist talks, craft tutorials and a young artist speaker series.

Broadway shows

You can get a free 7-day trial at BroadwayHD to watch broadway productions from home.

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