Most kids will be home from school for several weeks. Children’s book authors are rising to the occasion, presenting free online story times, where they read their books out loud. This is a unique opportunity for kids to get to know their favorite author (or a new one.)
In addition, other organizations will be offering some live streaming activities for kids.
These will take place on Facebook, Instagram, and perhaps other platforms. Please be patient with the hosts of these events. For many, this is the first time they’ve done it, and technology can be a little quirky.
Keep reading for a current list of live streaming events for kids!
Also, we’re adding these events to our big Virtual Events Calendar, which also includes concerts, lectures, and much more, for both adults and kids.
This page is just for live streaming events, but for many more online activities for kids, check out our list of fun, educational and free websites for kids.
Please note that all the times on our calendar are Eastern Time. I’ve done the math for you, hopefully correctly.
Live Streams for Kids
Bedtime Stories with Dolly Party
Dolly Party is reading bedtime stories to children every Thursday night at 7 p.m. (scheduled from April 2nd to June 4th) on Facebook. More info here.
Cartoons and Coffee Story Time with Rea Farms and Children’s Party Plus
Every Monday, scheduled through April 27th, at 10 a.m., Rea Farms and Children’s Party Plus will post a video on Rea Farm’s Facebook page that will include a story being read by a character. There will also be coloring sheets for each story. Here’s the Facebook event with information.
- April 6: Disney’s 5 Minute Princess Stories & How to Catch the Easter Bunny Book, led by Tower Princess and the Easter Bunny
- April 13: 5 Minute Marvel Stories, led by Spiderhero
- April 20: Disney’s 5 Minute Princess Stories, led by everyone’s favorite Bayou Princess
- April 27th: Gekko Saves the City Book & Meet the Heroes and the Villains, too Book, led by Bluecat Pajama Hero
Draw with Ed Vere
Every Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. (he’s posting from the UK) illustrator Ed Vere will share a new “how to draw” lesson via video on his website. So far he’s taught how to draw a lion, a monster and more. The videos remain available on his website after they’re shared, so don’t feel like you have to be up at 6 a.m.
Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom
Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom brings you a daily dose of creative art-making. A Lincoln Center Teaching Artist will lead families and kids in a workshop that uses simple materials found at home. Conducted on Facebook Live.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, SC, is streaming Z-Learning live on their Facebook page every weekday at 10 a.m. Meet and learn about animals! The videos will also be on Riverbanks’ website by 2 p.m. each day.
Tuesdays with Tinkergarten: Free Virtual Class
Every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. head to Tinkergarten’s Facebook page for a free virtual Facebook Live Tinkergarten class led by founder Meghan Fitzgerald. Classes will last roughly 20 minutes and you won’t need any special equipment. Here’s the Facebook event. The event is currently scheduled every Tuesday through April 14th.
LIVE Makin’ Music Classes
Makin’ Music Carolina is offering free music classes for families with young children Monday through Friday, at 11 a.m., through April 3rd. After that, the classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 9:30 a.m. The classes are currently scheduled through April 6th. Here is the Facebook event. for the classes through April 3rd, and here is the Facebook event for the classes starting April 7th. Also, mhere is the Facebook page, where the classes will be streamed. Visit the Facebook page to learn how to make fun instruments out of household materials.
Tom Chapin & The Chapin Sisters Stay-at-Home Free Concert
Tom Chapin, an award-winning children’s music performer, will be going live on his Facebook page and Instagram page every weekday at 11 a.m. for a 20-30 minute concert. The concerts will be available for 24 hours after they’re launched. They are currently scheduled through Tuesday, March 31st. Here’s the Facebook event, here’s Tom Chapin’s Facebook page, and here is his Instagram page.
Center for Puppetry Arts
Check back soon for more shows from them!
Dance Class with Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen has been hosting dance classes on Instagram Live! Check back soon for more!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his Lunch Doodle. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 1 p.m. It’s scheduled on weekdays through March 27th.
Cooking Lessons for Kids with $5 Dinners
The blog $5 Dinners is offering free cooking lessons for parents and kids on Facebook Live every Monday through Friday, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, scheduled through March 27th so far. You can find the menu for the week, shopping lists, and previous videos on the $5 Dinners website. This is the $5 Dinners Facebook page, where you should be able to watch the Facebook Live videos.
Daily Sing-Along/Play-Along with Erin Mae
Each weekday at 1:30 p.m., Erin Mae will host events for kids. Mondays and Wednesdays will be sing-alongs geared to pre-K through 2nd grade, with lots of singing and dancing. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be play-alongs with kids learning to play stringed instruments. Fridays: anything goes. Pay what you can. These are currently scheduled through April 10th.
Draw Every Day with JJK: Webcasts for young artists
Every weekday at 2 p.m., artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, aka JJK, will be offering up a free art lesson on a webcast. They are currently scheduled through Friday, April 3rd. This is the Facebook event, or you can go right to his Youtube channel, where they will be streamed.
Narwhal and Jelly Books
Author and illustrator Ben Clanton is going to be on Instagram Live every Monday at 12:30 p.m. drawing and talking with kids. You can find information on his Facebook page, but the streams will be on his Instagram page.
Story time with author Mac Barnett
Children’s author Mac Barnett, author of Extra Yarn, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, and many more books, will be reading one of his books out loud, on Instagram Live, every weekday at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time), until he runs out of books to read. Go to his Instagram page and you should be able to find the streams.
Stories with author Oliver Jeffers
Artist Oliver Jeffers, author and illustrator of Here We Are, The Fate of Fausto, Imaginary Fred, and many more books, will be reading one of his books every weekday, at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time.) He’ll also be talking about some of the things that went into making it.
He’ll be streaming on his Instagram page.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari
Each week, 7 days a week, starting at 3 p.m., Cincinnati Zoo is going Facebook Live with Home Safari. They’ll introduce you to one of their animals, and include an activity that you can do at home. Go to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live event. Find more information on their Facebook event for the streams.
Weekday Live Streams with Mr. Jon & Friends
Mr. Jon & Friends is a group that writes and performs music just for kids! With schools are closed, they will be hosting weekday live streams and fun videos at 10:30 a.m. each day. These virtual events are all about fun, music, and laughter. Watch live, and then come back to re-watch alter as often as you’d like.
The live stream events run from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 27th.
You can find all the info on the Facebook event page.
Day by Day Schedule for Kids’ Live Streams
This list will be growing!
Monday, April 6, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020