Virtual Programs: For Kids

Culture Pass is bringing the city's museums and theaters to you through our Virtual Community Programming series! We've got programs for families and children of all ages, with kids programs taking place on Wednesday and Friday mornings now through Thanksgiving.

All of the events listed here are free and open to the public. Register in advance and you'll get a direct link as well as a reminder the day of the event. It's as easy as signing in, kicking back, and enjoying!

Culture Pass is made possible through generous funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Charles H. Revson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

You can find the full list of Culture Pass programs for kids on this page, or click one of the options below to browse other programs:

 

ALL PROGRAMS  |  FOR KIDS  |  TEEN TUESDAYS  |  IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Storytime from the Edible Academy

September 9 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by New York Botanical Garden
A world of food adventure awaits the whole family! Join Co-Founder and Chief Imaginator, Sarah Thomas as she brings stories from her series Kalamata’s Kitchen to life with selected readings and cooking demonstrations, filmed live at NYBG’s Edible Academy.
Ages: 10 years old and under. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

Journey to the Past - NYC and Transit History

September 10 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by New York Transit Museum
Check out the New York Transit Museum’s unique space with a virtual, kid-friendly tour! Learn about life, work, science, and transportation throughout New York City's past and present. Explore the Museum’s vintage train collection and learn about the history of transportation through discussion and storytelling.
Ages: 6-11. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

Calming Rocks!

September 11 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Children's Museum of Manhattan
Join us for a storytime about special rocks that you find on your adventures! Sing songs, explore rocks with us and practice calming strategies!
Ages: 4-7 years old. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

The Little House: Storytime & Art Activity

September 16 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Museum at Eldridge Street
How and why do communities change over time? Find out by joining the Museum at Eldridge Street for a reading of Virginia Lee Burton's timeless and award-winning book, The Little House. This beautifully illustrated book shows how changes come and go but some things remain. Afterwards we will create our own community of little houses (or apartment buildings).
Ages: 8 and under. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Natural Dyeing

September 18 at 10 a.m.
Presented by Wyckoff House Museum
Join the Wyckoff Museum staff as they explore the art and science of natural dyes using materials from the garden or grocery store. We’ll touch on textile history, the pH scale, and color theory as we guide you through the steps to dye clothes at home.
Ages: 4-10 years old. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

Creating Characters and Stories

September 23 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Society of Illustrators
Draw along using the different prompts shown to you in class, as we explore how illustrators find inspiration to create characters and stories. Participants will be led through various drawing techniques by artist Clare Pernice, who will help them create characters using found objects in a live drawing and coloring demonstration. Clare will share a few examples of children's books featuring different characters and stories. All you'll need to join in is paper, a pencil, and some colored pencils or markers (anything for adding color).
Ages: 4-10 Years Old. Runtime: 60 minutes.

 

Triple Feature Friday: Toys Through Time

Colonial Toys and Games

September 25 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Queens Historical Society
Learn how children played during the Colonial era. Children had to get creative with ways to play without access to our modern amenities.
In English, Spanish, and MandarinAges: 5-8 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Triple Feature Friday: Toys Through Time

Dolls in the Collection of Historic Richmond Town

September 25 at 11 a.m. 
Presented by Historic Richmond Town
Dolls can evoke fond memories of our own childhood. The dolls in the collection of the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town can also tell us about how childhood was lived and understood in the past. In this program, we’ll examine a selection of dolls from the 19th and 20th centuries and explore the clues they give us about how their makers meant them to be used, and about how their young owners actually played with them. Through photographs, prints, clothing, and other artifacts, we’ll explore the world where these dolls were made and played with, altered accesorized, and how they reflected children’s lives and experiences. We’ll finish the program by showing you how to make your own simple doll using materials you have around the house.
Ages: Families. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Triple Feature Friday: Toys Through Time

Discover the Dollhouse at Van Cortlandt House Museum

September 26 at 12 p.m. 
Presented by Van Cortlandt House Museum
In the Summer of 2019, Van Cortlandt House Museum embarked on a project to furnish the c. 1774 Homans Family Dollhouse. The dollhouse has been furnished in keeping with the time period with furnishings inspired by the collections in Van Cortlandt House. The presentation will entail setting furnishings in two rooms with an narration about how the pieces were selected and how they relate to the collections in Van Cortlandt House.
Ages: Families with Children. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

The Street Beneath My Feet

September 30 at 10 a.m.
Presented by Wave Hill
Learn about the world underneath the surface, where decomposers, fungi, and other critters thrive. We’ll explore the history of the rocks of NYC and the soil and organisms on top of it, and end with an art project that explores each layer of the underground world.
Ages: All. Runtime: 60 minutes.

 

OCTOBER

 

Star Stories

October 2 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Using images of the night sky, stories from different cultures and examples of simple navigation tools, an Intrepid Educator will help participants view their sky in a whole new way.
Ages: 9-12 years old Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Un taller de arte con el Whitney: Monumentos para Trabajadores Esenciales

October 7 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Whitney Museum of American Art
Inspirado por la escultura Ángel: El lustrabotas de Pepón Osorio, este taller invita a los participantes a usar cualquier material que tienen disponible para crear un monumento que celebra a los trabajadores esenciales. La intención de este monumento, que puede tomar la forma de un afiche o una escultura, es que se pueda mostrar por la ventana así se comparte con los demás.
In Spanish. Ages: 9 and Up. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Diseño de Juegos Infantiles

October 9 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Noguchi Museum
Explora los parques infantiles que Isamu Noguchi creó en todo el mundo. Luego, colabora con tu familia y diseña tu propio patio de recreo tridimensional utilizando materiales que se encuentran en su hogar, como papel, cinta adhesiva y cartón.
In Spanish. Ages: 4-10 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

MAD Reads!

October 14 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Museum of Arts and Design
Based on a popular MAD program, this 45-minute online workshop will be facilitated by a MAD educator and bring a picture book to life through interactive story time, visual exploration, and artmaking. Join us for a reading and discussion of Faith Ringgold’s beloved picture book Tar Beach.  Then, create your very own story quilt based on a personal memory using paints, fabric, markers, and paper in a hands-on making workshop. Photos of finished artworks will be joined into a digital quilt collage after the session.
Ages: 4-11 Years Old. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

MAD Reads! (En Español)

October 14 at 11 a.m. 
Presented by Museum of Arts and Design
MAD Reads, derivado de en un programa popular en MAD, es un taller en línea que será facilitado por un educador del museo para dar vida a un libro ilustrado a través de cuentos interactivos, exploración visual y creación artística. Los participantes explorarán el querido libro ilustrado de Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, y crearán sus propios edredones de historias basados en una memoria personal usando pinturas, telas, marcadores y papel en un taller práctico.
In Spanish. Ages: 4-11 Years Old. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Friday Triple Feature: All About Animals

Amazing Animals

October 16 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Whether they can regrow a tail or lift 1,000 times their weight, our animal friends at Brooklyn Children’s Museum have super powers!  All animals, including humans, have unique gifts that help us to survive, grow, solve problems, and live our daily lives. In this online program, we'll  explore the science of regeneration and expert survival skills through this interactive workshop with our reptiles, insects, and spiders. Families will identify their favorite animal super power and reflect on their own superpowers!
Ages: 2-10 years old. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

Friday Triple Feature: All About Animals

Greet the Green Goats

October 16 at 11 a.m. 
Presented by Van Cortlandt House Museum
Van Cortlandt House Museum in conjunction with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance has welcomed landscaping goats to eat invasive weeds on the lawn of Van Cortlandt House for the next two summers.  Van Cortlandt House Museum Director, Laura Carpenter, will introduce viewers to the goats in residence (2), explain why they were brought in, and contextualize how today’s Van Cortlandt Park was once a working farm. 
Ages: Families with Children. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Friday Triple Feature: All About Animals

Animals of the Himalayas!

October 16 at 12 p.m. 
Presented by Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Join us to learn about the animals of the Himalayas! We'll introduce you to two important animals: the snow leopard, and the yak! Learn about the importance of the yak to the people of the Himalayas!
Ages: 8-12 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Let's Talk Trees

October 21 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Wave Hill
In this program, we will investigate our local street trees and learn about how they help us out and what we can do to care for them. Then, we will make mandalas together to tell our stories just like tree rings tell the story of a tree.
Ages: All Runtime: 90 minutes.

 

West African Adventures

October 23 at 10 a.m.
Presented by Cumbe: Center for African Diaspora Dance
Take a journey with us through West African culture as we explore the vivacious rhythms, high energy movement, and jewels of knowledge from Nigeria, Guinea, Burkina Faso and more! From viewing the map of Africa, learning oral and movement traditions and creating a joyful community, participants will receive a fun, energetic experience for the whole family. This workshop includes an engaging body awareness warm-up, enriching vocabulary, movement exploration, and a jam session.
Ages: Families with children age 3-6. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

The Magic of Meditation

October 28 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Children's Museum of Manhattan
We will discuss mindfulness and meditation, what they are and why they are helpful. This workshop will be as interactive as possible with a dialogue about the benefits of, as well as strategies for, mindfulness and meditation. We will go through a meditation together and then create our own magic mindful breathing wand together.
Ages: 6 and up. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

Music Time Class

October 30 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Children Museum of the Arts
Join Tom Burnett, moms, dads, toddlers, and tikes for an online music time experience with familiar songs, interactive gestures, drumming, and even drawing.  
Ages
: 5 and under. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

NOVEMBER

 

Beautiful Us

November 4 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Brooklyn Children's Museum
This interactive online program is a cultural collections investigation and art-making workshop in which we'll explore the unique and universal reasons we adorn ourselves. We'll share ancient and contemporary adornments from BCM's collection, and model the making of adornments that families can create at home using paper, fabric, and other upcycled materials.
Ages: 4-10 years old. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

MOCACREATE @Home: Neighborhood Sounds

November 6 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Museum of Chinese in America
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a broom sweeping, a dog barking, and a basketball bouncing, all mixed together. What are the sounds of your neighborhood? Join us for art making inspired by the soundscapes of our streets and homes.
Ages: 9-12 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Virtual Family Tour of the Guggenheim

November 11 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Explore the museum from home with an interactive, family-friendly tour that includes creative, hands-on activities. Each tour is organized around a single theme and highlights artworks from the Guggenheim's collection and special exhibitions.
Ages: Families. Runtime: 60 minutes.

 

Journey to the Himalayas!

November 13 at 10 a.m. 
Presented by Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Join us for an introduction to the people of Tibet & the Himalayan region, learn about their culture and their way of life.
Ages: 5-12 years old. Runtime: 40 minutes.

 

A Virtual Field Trip to The Jim Henson Exhibition

November 18 at 10 a.m. - REGISTER 
Presented by Museum of the Moving Image
Director of Curatorial Affairs Barbara Miller will lead an online audience (watching from home) on a live virtual tour, making stops at several sections pertaining to different phases of Jim Henson’s career. These sections include an introduction to Henson, early works, Sesame Street, the Muppets, and his fantasy films and series (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and The Fraggles). Advance questions are welcome and will be answered in real time.
Ages: All ages 4-8. Runtime: 30 minutes.

 

Friday Triple Feature: Creating Things with Paper

The Art of Book Making (DIY Bookmark)

November 20 at 10 a.m. - REGISTER 
Presented by King Manor Museum
Using common household items, join King Manor as we simulate the historic process of paper marbling and use it to make stationary, bookmarks, or just beautiful works of art. Also enjoy a live demonstration of historic ink making, with a question and answer period afterward.
Ages: 4-10 years old. Runtime: 60 minutes.

 

Friday Triple Feature: Creating Things with Paper

Engineering with Paper: Build a Catapult

November 20 at 11 a.m. - REGISTER 
Presented by Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
Explore the magic of EngineeringwithPaper.com projects by joining us to make a catapult at home. This hands-on workshop will get you cutting, folding, connecting, and building in a matter of minutes. Unleash creative possibilities while also learning great activities to do with recycled paper.
Ages: 5-8 years old, Runtime: 45 minutes.

 

Friday Triple Feature: Creating Things with Paper

Engineering with Paper: Build a Dream House

November 20 at 12 p.m. - REGISTER 
Presented by Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
Explore the magic of EngineeringwithPaper.com projects by joining us to make your own dream house. You will start by learning a paper engineering “alphabet” of techniques and then transform ordinary supplies into fun projects. Unleash creative possibilities while also learning great activities to do with recycled paper.
Ages
: 5-8 years old. Runtime: 45 minutes.