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Tour New York State’s extraordinary culture for kids from the comfort of your home!

Join NYSCA grantees statewide, from Buffalo to the Bronx, for hands-on artmaking projects; virtual music, theater, and dance classes; performances; and museum tours for all ages.

New and recently updated listings of upcoming events are marked NEW, followed by ongoing events listed alphabetically.

Most recent update: May 27, 2020.

Salvadori Center STEAM Lessons - NEW

Learn how New York's skyscrapers and bridges are made - and create your own models - with weekly hands-on STEAM projects. May 26-31: Learn how skyscrapers are built - and design, create, and test your own model!

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Salvadori Center
American Museum of Natural History - NEW

On June 3 at 8PM, join SciCafe: Spider Silk, a watch party where you can learn how spiders make some of the strongest materials in the world. Available anytime: join a virtual dinosaur tour and play interactive science games on a site just for kids.

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T-Rex
Children’s Museum of the Arts - NEW

Every day, you can join music, art and movement classes for kids under 12 and create household art projects with how-to videos. Coming soon: two online Summer Art Colony camps: Drawesome! from June 15-19 and Home Movies: The Art of Storytelling from June 22-26.

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Children's Museum of the Arts
Clay Art Center Virtual Youth Classes - NEW

Make your own clay creations: learn to sculpt Ice Cream Cones on May 28, 4PM-5PM, create a tabletop or wallhanging of your favorite emoji on June 1, 3PM-4PM, or make a useful square dish June 3, 3PM-4PM. Don't have supplies on hand? CAC will make you a kit for curbside pickup!

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Clay Maracas
Explore and More Children’s Museum: Sanity Savers - NEW

Keep small hands busy with this Buffalo museum’s series of creative projects that support school curricula. Recently added ideas include creating an Amelia Earhart glider, building a roller coaster wall, and making wind-powered cars.

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Explore and More
Flushing Town Hall at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids - NEW

Join teaching artists for online classes Tuesdays through Fridays, culminating in online family matinee performances on Saturdays. May 26-30, join Stories from Quarantine with FTH Teaching Artist Robin Bady.

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Flushing Town Hall
Hudson River Museum: Museum from Home - NEW

"Awesome Astronomy" videos from HRM's planetarium manager guide budding astronomers through the spring skies - learn how you can find Venus, the Big Dipper, and other constellations! You can also find hands-on art, science and nature projects and storytime in English and Spanish.

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Hudson River Museum
Lincoln Center at Home - NEW

Tune in every weekday at 2PM EST for creative learning activities in a variety of art forms - or, find what you missed On Demand. May 26-31: Explore how patterns can be used to choreograph new dances, make masks, learn improvisation, and catch concerts by vocalist Grace McLean and bilingual duo 123 Andrés.

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Lincoln Center Classroom
New Victory Arts Break - NEW

Discover new creative skills at home when you create your own mini art class with a new focus each week. May 26-31 is all about Circus Tricks: watch Cirque Ziva's daring stunts, then play a game that shows how to build trust and teamwork; learn to balance household objects like a pro plate-spinner; then, create your own costumes and put on a show!

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New Victory Arts Break
Tech Kids Unlimited - NEW

Take a free workshop in digital storytelling, audio production, or animation with this NYC-based not-for-profit that teaches computer science and technology to students with disabilities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Coming up: family workshops to make digital cards for essential workers and 8-bit pixel art; plus sign up for multi-session "Virtual Summer" classes for ages 7-21.

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Tech Kids Unlimited
92Y @ Home

Create kid-friendly art, theatre and music with the 92Y at home, and watch family concerts -  for example, explore Cuban rhythms with percussionist Pedrito Martinez (pictured).

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Pedrito Martinez
American Ballet Theatre

Tune into @ABTSchool on Instagram for daily ballet movement classes for ages 2-8.  Access archived classes anytime via IGTV.

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ABT School
Art Omi

Want to nurture a budding artist? Join the Art Omi: Education email list to have a new weekly art project delivered to you every week. 

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Art Omi
ArtsWestchester

Join ArtsWestchester on Mondays and Thursdays for weekly social media activities, such as Art of the Week assignments and a look back at the staff’s favorite exhibited works. 

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ArtsWestchester
Bronx Museum at Home

Try at-home artmaking activities, see Guided Tours of exhibitions and interviews with artists; and watch video stories by Bronx and NYC youth.

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Bronx-Museum
Eastman Museum at Home

Create your own moving images; explore more than 250,000 objects in the museum’s online collection; and take virtual tours of the historic mansion and gardens.

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Eastman at Home
Everson Museum

Explore art, architecture, and movement with hands-on projects from Syracuse's Everson Museum.

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Everson Museum
Hanford Mills Museum

Join the Handford Mills Museum's  "What I Learned Wednesdays" at 11AM and learn more about water power, simple machines, and other STEAM subjects.  

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Hanford Mills Museum
Kaufman Music Center: Bach Yard Playdates

Kids can learn music lessons from the classics - with pianist Orli Shaham's interactive, online series for children up to early elementary school age. New episodes will be posted on Kaufman Music Center’s website and social media channels on Sundays at 11am.

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Bach Yard
Metropolitan Museum of Arts #MetKids

Discover a treasure trove of videos on #MetKids  – including “how to” art project instructions using simple materials – plus interactive tours of the museum and art history lessons.

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Metropolitan Museum of Arts #MetKids
New-York Historical Society: Explore History from Home Library

Take deep dives into history and learn fun facts with educational programs, exhibitions and online events.

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NY Historical Society
New York Hall of Science

Visit NYSCI for games, experiments, and projects - including interactive looks at physics and movement, math and animation, and kid-friendly digital guides to COVID-19 and viral transmission. 

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New York Hall of Science Class
New York Philharmonic: Young People's Concerts

Music class is in session with a library of educational concerts available for on-demand streaming, along with interactive features to help you get even more out of the concert experience.

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NY Philharmonic YPC
New York Public Library

Catch up on reading with access to over 300,000 free e-books and e-audiobooks. Plus, online storytime, calendars of learn-at-home ideas, and Bookflix read-alouds for Pre-K-Grade 3, in English and Spanish.

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New York Public Library Storytime
New York Transit Museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15am. Join Museum educators for songs and stories for ages 2-5.

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New York Transit Museum
New York Youth Symphony

Watch as 71 students perform an uplifting movement from Mahler's Symphony No. 1, "Titan," from, their homes via Zoom - a video edited by NYYS violinist, Raina Tung. 

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New York Youth Symphony
TheaterWorksUSA’s TheaterWorks Anywhere

Watch video clips from TWUSA productions and behind-the-scenes looks, and take part in creative projects led by teaching artists. Now streaming: Charlotte's Web for grades K-4.

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TheaterWorksUSA’s TheaterWorks Anywhere
Vanaver Caravan: Good News Stream

Join dance classes (ages 3+) from movement games and stories to modern, clogging, and world dance. The stream also features crafting ideas, concert and puppet show footage, and exercise tutorials.

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Vanaver Caravan: Good News Stream