|Wonderopolis||Invites children to explore intriguing questions about the world around them with fun and engaging activities. Available in 60 languages|
LIVE NATURE CAMS
|EarthCam||Offers views of city skylines, local landmarks, beaches, zoos, and landscapes from popular tourist destinations throughout the world|
|Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute||See giant pandas, elephants, lions and naked mole-rats on animal cams streaming live, 24/7|
|Monterey Bay Aquarium||Experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are with the Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams||montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams|
|Skillshare||Skillshare offers 13 free online art classes for kids that range from doodling sessions to hour-long drawing sessions for kids of all ages|
|ArtsEducation@Home||The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offer online arts education resources for students of all ages||kennedy-center.org/education/artseducationathome|
|The Kitchen Table Classroom||The Kitchen Table Classroom was created by a 20-year veteran art teacher with a collection of free online art classes for kids||kitchentableclassroom.com/online-art-classes-for-kids|
|Filmed On Stage||Broadway shows online for free||filmedonstage.com. On the top menu, click on “FREE SHOWS”|
|Google Arts & Culture||Tour and see free exhibits from 2,500 museums and galleries from all over the world|
|America’s Test Kitchen Young Chefs’ Club||Every week it creates a series of recipes, hands-on activities and kitchen STEAM experiments, and fun food quizzes||americastestkitchen.com/kids/activities/kitchen-classroom|
|Real Food 4 Kids||Offers online cooking school through providing recipes and narrated, kid-led instructional videos added each month||realfood4kids.com/online-cooking-school-plan-selection|
|GoNoodle||Mobile app full of free games and activities designed to get kids moving|
|Cosmic Kids Yoga||Youtube channel with yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos for kids||youtube.com/c/CosmicKidsYoga/videos|
|Haschak Sisters||The Haschak Sisters are four sisters ranging in age from 13-18 with different dance tutorials||youtube.com/c/HaschakSisters/videos|
|Just for Kix Digital Dance||Digital Dance online training for $6.99 a month, giving you access to hundreds of dance videos by expert dance teachers||digitaldanceinstruction.com/#under-hero-banner|
|Raising Dragons||Free resource filled with activities like science experiments, math games, and crafts with items you can find around the house|
|PBS Crafts||PBS offers different free, fun and educational craft activities for children ages 2-8||pbs.org/parents/activity-finder/ages-all/topics-all/shows-all/types-craft-and-experiment|
|KiwiCo Corner||KiwiCo provides hands-on learning through free arts and crafts and science experiments for kids of all ages through a variety of DIY ideas|
|Bill Nye||Bill Nye has experiments you can try at home related to the life science, physical science, and planetary science|
|Kids Gardening||Full of free, garden activities that kids of all ages can do at home|
|National Geographic||Explore nature in and around your city for grades 3-12+||nationalgeographic.org/idea/finding-urban-nature|
|Breathe, Think, Do Sesame||free app help teach skills to young children (ages 2-5) to problem-solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence||Apple IOS/Android|
|Dreamy Kid||DreamyKid meditation app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmation curated for children and teens||Apple IOS: Dreamy Kid App|
|Headspace||Headspace is a guided meditation and mindfulness app suitable for all levels||Apple IOS: apps.apple.com Headspace App | Android: play.google.com Headspace App|
|Smiling Mind||Smiling Mind is an app designed to help people pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life for kids ages 7-18||Apple IOS: apps.apple.com Smiling Mind|
VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS
|Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)||Offers an overview of modern and contemporary art and you can view the collection online||artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art|
|Metropolitan Museum||Over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy through Google Arts &Culture||artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art|
|The Guggenheim Museum in New York||Online programming and activities like at-home art classes or exhibits for both children and adults|
|The American Museum of Natural History||It is now open, but you can still enjoy virtual programming, field trips, virtual tours, and guided hall tours on Facebook Live|
Updated on March 28, 2021
The free resources from Start with a Book build on what young children already like — dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes, and music — so that parents, camp counselors, and others can have fun and interact meaningfully with children while helping to strengthen their reading skills.
► Kid-friendly topics.
► Suggestions for using reading time to build a child’s reading fluency.
► Tips for parents in English, Spanish, and nine other languages to support English language learners.
Updated on March 23rd, 2021
830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065
CityParks Foundation is dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Programs are located in more than 400 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City.
Middle schoolers can participate in the CityParks Afterschool programs by registering until March 1st, 2021. Two programs are available (Greens Girl & Coastal Classroom). Read the programs’ details below.
► GREEN GIRL BY ING AFTERSCHOOL
The CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING After School program is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled weekly online adventures about New York City’s parks and waterways, encouraging them to realize their potential to create change within the natural environment.
This spring’s program will feature hands-on, at-home science experiments like water-quality testing, virtual trips to the earth’s atmosphere and underwater to study the effects of climate change, and interactive group activities. Using their local parks as a basis, Green Girls explore topics like climate change, street trees, careers in the sciences, and how to advocate for their parks and futures.
For 6th to 8th grade girl students across New York City.
March 8 – June 10, 2021
Weekly Virtual Sessions
Monday – Thursday; 3:30pm – 5pm
How to Apply
Register in the Green Girls Afterschool Applicate Website.If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org and Necia Clarke, email@example.com. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program.
► COASTAL CLASSROOM
Coastal Classroom explores the rich aquatic ecosystems of NYC’s shores. Students will dive deep into the waters with virtual field trips to local coastal parks like Kaiser Park in Coney Island and Conference House Park on Staten Island’s southernmost point. Through interactive digital lessons, students will learn about the wondrous species inhabiting our coasts, with topics like our food chain and marine adaption. Throughout the semester, students will focus on coastal ecology, water quality, urban waterfront restoration, and preservation presented through authentic digital learning experiences.
For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City.
For 6th to 8th grade students across New York City
Start Date: March 17th
8 Weekly Virtual Sessions
Wednesdays or Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
How to Apply
Registration is now open at the Coastal Classroom Afterschool Application website. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program. For more information, please contact Luis Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated on February 8, 2021
Music-Making Group by JB for EH Residents
The Jewish Board’s Harlem Child Development Center (HCDC) has launched a new community music-making group for families. The group is a drop-in family-centered community music therapy group focused on early childhood development. The music-making group is intended to support caregivers and their little ones together. It is also intended to maintain the whole family’s general well-being and to strengthen community ties by giving families space to meet new families they may not have known before. The program is free.
Families with children 0-5 years old that live in the East Harlem neighborhood.
Activities and Schedule
Parents and their little ones’ ages from birth to 5 years old meet virtually on Thursdays from 4-5 pm via Zoom. In the hour session, parents and children make music together using songs and everyday objects found in their homes. For more information and to register for the group, please email email@example.com or call (212) 582-9100.
120 Broadway, Suite 1019, New York, NY 10271
(212) 601-0002 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Career Essentials Workshops by Future and Options helps high school students (16 year old or older) learn and hone their communication, presentation, and workplace etiquette skills. 13 workshops will be offered in a remote format in late February.
How to Apply
The deadline to apply is January 29th, 2021. Start your Career Essentials Program Application. as soon as possible. Please contact Meghan Becker at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Once your application is submitted, Future and Options will contact you to arrange a virtual group interview. Students will be selected after this interview.
Program Start Date
The workshops will start during the week of February 22nd.
Internship applications will be released later in the year. Please contact Shakina Kirton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 601-0002 with any questions.
Find more information visit https://www.futuresandoptions.org/fao/what_we_do/how_to_apply.
345 East 102nd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY 10029
SCAN HARBOR is one of the largest children and youth services providers in East Harlem, Harlem, and South Bronx that serves families with children and youth “at risk”.
SCAN HARBOR offers a wide range of programs including early childhood education, after-school programs, building job skills, counseling, tutoring, test preparation, nutrition help, cooking classes, violence prevention, a safe space for LGBTQ youth, and family services for domestic violence survivors, substance abuse and rehabilitation.
Workforce Development Program: the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) / Academic Year Youth Employment each summer hires Harlem, East Harlem and South Bronx youth to work at SCAN HARBOR program sites and summer camps. SCAN-Harbor is also sponsoring a “first ever” Academic Year Youth Employment Program. Learn more.
Internships are a great way to apply knowledge from the classroom to the real world. They help students explore different career paths, build skills, gain workforce experience, and professionalism.
The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) offers exciting employment opportunities for young people between 14 and 24.
Visit the DYCD Discover website and check the programs’ enrollment dates, requirements, and additional information.
Check off “Afterschool Programs” and click on the “Search” button. In the new page type “Workforce Connect” into the keyword search box. Then filter programs by zip code or neighborhood. Click on Search.
Also, find a summary of programs by age, skill, and location here.
Website | Contact form
Cyclopedia is a bicycling program led by pediatricians and public health professionals that combines physical activity with collaborative online documentation for the purpose of empowering urban adolescents to become engaged and healthy members of their communities.
Each ride has an explicitly local theme pertaining to the neighborhoods our riders live in.
Compass NYC Website
Discover DYCD Website with the “afterschool programs” filter
Afterschool programs for middle schoolers
DYCD Youth Connect at 646-343-6800 (teens/adolescentes)
Also call or visit the after school program staff at your child’s school for more information about their afterschool programming.
Afterschool programs take place right after classes, in the evenings, weekends, summer vacations, or holidays.
These programs help children do better in school, have better health, lower risky behaviors, and are a safe environment for children of working parents.
Afterschool Programs handout.
Spanish Afterschool Programs handout.
To find more after-school programs, visit the Comprehensive After School System for NYC (COMPASS NYC).
COVID-19 Service Announcements
With Parks@Home Jr., parents, teachers, and guardians can make online learning exciting and fun. Draw and paint, play games, meet animals and nature, ask a Ranger questions, and so much more!
Join live tours, puzzling, art and crafts, wildlife map and calendar, family meditation, and so much more!
Visit Parks@Homes Jr for a calendar of activities.
Find a park
NYC Parks & Recreation offers free afterschool programs for children from 6 to 13 years old. Programming is based around monthly themes including sports, famous artists, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). This program takes place on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Registration opens mid-August. Enroll your child here.
Learn more visiting www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/afterschool.
Find a Branch
Contact the YMCA
Programs run every regular school day, from 3 PM to 6 PM. YMCA’s curriculum is based on a program model that focuses on learning enhancement, health and recreation, and building competence and confidence in children.
YMCA afterschool programs are offered at many sites throughout the city. They are offered at no cost or low cost to parents. Find a branch near you to enroll your child.
PAL Summer Camps
Each summer, PAL provides children ages 5-13 living in communities facing high rates of poverty and crime with Summer Day Camps, free of charge.
PAL’s Summer Day Camps operate in all five boroughs and are open Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm. More details of the program on the PAL Summer Camps website. Download the Summer Day Camp Application Form.
Police Athletic League, Inc.
34 1/2 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
800-PAL-4KIDS (800-725-4543) | (212) 477-9450
PAL provides youth in K – 8th grade with a high-quality after-school experience based on a revolving schedule of academic enrichment (PAL Smarts), arts learning (PAL Arts), and physical education (PAL Fit). For decades, PAL’s After-school program has kept thousands of children safe and productive during high-risk after-school hours, which helps working families.
The after-school program is offered at 20 youth centers in all 5 boroughs from 3pm-6pm on school days and from 8am-6pm on school holidays.
Check out all the after-school programs at the PAL website. Find other children programs here.
Fresh Air Fund Website
633 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Fresh Air Fund offers outdoor summer programs for children to help them earn, grow, and thrive in New York City and beyond.
Each year, thousands of children experience outdoor summer adventures through visits with volunteer host families and at The Fund’s sleepaway camps in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. Fresh Air children also participate in academic enrichment and leadership programs throughout the school year.
Summer: fresh air everywhere, summer spaces, teen programs, family wellness
Host family program: friendly towns program
Sleepaway camp: learn about camps, sign up for camp, work at camp
Enrichment and leadership programs: academic enrichment programs, leadership programs
Sharpe reservation: learn about sharpe reservation
ABC (Association to Benefit Children)
Administrative office: 419 East 86th Street (between 1st and York Ave.), New York, NY 10028
ABC Schools’ addresses
Echo Park Children and Family Center
1841 Park Avenue (between Park and Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10035
ABC offers distinctive programs that respond to the unique and changing need of a child and family.
Early Childhood: programs that offer therapy and lessons at the centers or at home for children of low income families, with disabilities, or those that have gone through trauma or homelessness. ABC Schools and program details at www.a-b-c.org/early-childhood.
Family Support: Open Door offers programs for all family members such as computer and job training, English classes, help getting citizenship, immigration help, domestic violence support groups, and more. The Saturday Program offers a safe refuge for children and families from all across the city and provides nutritious meals for all participants. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/family-support
After School Programs and Youth Services: available at Echo Park, ABC offers to children 5-21 years old academic round support for school with the Therapeutic Afterschool Program. In Afterschool, students also participate in “Study Buddies Connect”, a program where they connect with volunteer buddies who help them achieve their academic goals. Camp Calvin is a 6-week Therapeutic Summer Day Camp. Learn more at www.a-b-c.org/youth-services
All Children’s House: serves children from birth to age 5—those at highest risk for morbidity and mortality resulting from abuse and neglect. All Children’s House builds child-parent attachment to help shield children against the extreme strains of poverty and complex trauma. To learn more visit www.a-b-c.org/preventive-services