Virtual Activities for Families Last Updated 7/20
As the weeks of keeping our families safe at home continue, parents are looking for virtual activities to engage, teach, and add some structure to their kids’ day.
Many popular Connecticut attractions are now offering a wide array of virtual experiences from live animal webcams, to arts and crafts classes, science demonstrations, yoga classes for kids and nightly bedtime story readings. Enjoy these as a family, or grab a little time away without feeling guilty about your kids’ screen time.
Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to check back frequently for updates to this list and to verify offering details with individual properties.
NOTE: This is not a complete list of all available offerings.
**If you are the manager of an attraction that you think should be on this list, please contact the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
- The Children’s Museum in West Hartford has live animal demonstrations every day at noon on their Facebook page. Schedule a Meet the Animals demonstration today and have the museum’s animals brought to you virtually. They have programs and live demonstrations for both families and educational institutions. Visit their website www.tcm-online.org and schedule your demonstration today.
- Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is running a live "zoo cam" of their Red Panda as well as a Facebook Live every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. which will feature different zoo animals. They are also offering a Distance Learning Programming for students to do while at home. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo also just launched an interactive campaign called "Do You Have a Zoo at Your House?" which encourages children to write letters to the animals and zookeepers and send drawings and photos of how they've turned their house into a zoo.
- Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is running a Facebook Live series featuring various animals on Tue., Wed., and Thu. at 10 a.m.
- Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington is scheduling Virtual Sheep Experiences from April 23 through September 8.
- Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center in Ashford, specializes in in raptors and large corvids (such as crows and ravens), is offering free live educational videos with resident birds on their Facebook page.
- Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is bringing the marine life right to you with virtual events, videos and interactive social-media experiences to keep you up-to-date on Aquarium happenings. This will include a live Q&A session every day at 3 p.m. on Facebook during animal feedings.
- Meigs Point Nature Center in Madison is offering a fun virtual segment in which Ranger Russ will go live each day on Facebook to show off different animals at the center.
- Mystic Aquarium in Mystic has a great list of virtual experiences including live streamed animal feedings, Q&A’s about the animals, a Live Penguin Feed that brings the beloved penguins right to your computer screen, as well as a Facebook watch series "Aquarium Rehab" that goes behind the scenes with the aquarium's animal care professionals.
Arts & Theater
- Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry in Storrs is offering virtual puppet-making workshops, which are perfect for young kids.
- Cheshire Public Library is hosting weekly art challenges in which kids and teens are encouraged to paint, draw, or build a piece of art based on a weekly topic.
- Elm Shakespeare Company based out of New Haven is offering an at-home activity related to the arts each week, as well as recordings of past productions to watch online.
- Pantochino Productions based out of Milford has an online series for family audiences, Let's Learn Stuff on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. on their Facebook page. The show is a hodge-podge of unusual knowledge, arts and crafts, stories, and more.
- Revolutionary Youth Theater is offering online master classes for children and teens interested in acting. Classes will be taught by industry professionals and taught via Zoom.
- Shubert Theater in New Haven is staying connected with you by offering for kids of all ages, activities to create art at home with a backstage tour, Pinkalicious story time, a playwriting challenge, and learn how to make puppets and a puppet theater.
- Printable coloring pages are available featuring of some of Connecticut's most famous attractions.
- Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic offers children's activities, recipes and projects every day at noon on their Facebook page. Along with Miss Donna's Woodland Adventures: Miss Donna lives in a log cabin in the woods, an online video series on Fridays at 1 p.m. And PopLab with Mis Rita presenting challenging Pinterest recipes, crafts and activities.
- Connecticut Science Center in Hartford is posting engaging activities as well as a spring scavenger hunt that families can do at home using ordinary household items. You can also enjoy the Science Center’s exciting Facebook content including Animal Encounters every Tuesday and Thursday at noon, Field Trip Fridays and #MuseumFromHome on weekends.
- EverWonder in Newtown is offering a series to help families learn together which includes themed tips, challenges, experiments, downloads, videos and more with a new post every day. Suggested ages pre-K through 4th grade.
- Fairfield Museum in Fairfield is offering a variety of online content including virtual tours, weekly art challenges, live streams from a different Fairfield location each week, virtual storytime and more.
- FOX61 Meteorologist Dan Amarante will be broadcasting live science lessons every weekday at 11 a.m. on the FOX61 Facebook Page.
- Guilford Free Library is hosting a scavenger history hunt. The Hunt will take you around the town of Guildford (while you practice safe social distancing) to discover the town’s treasures. A checklist and descriptions including photos, addresses, and audio recordings are included. School children who wish to participate in a quiz can submit their answers by June 15. Three winners, randomly selected from the correct entries, will receive a prize.
- Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden is offering educational opportunities that include sing alongs, read alongs while making meaningful connections, fun at-home activities, gardening activities, storytime and more.
- Imagine Nation in Bristol has created an At Home community via Facebook, where members are able to participate in playful learning activities while staying home simply by following the Facebook page.
- KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington is providing online content daily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, its website and subscriber emails. The content includes resources for caregivers and STEM, art and play activities for children. Video content which includes Caregivers' Circle Online, Interviews with Community Resources, KidsPlay Chefs, KidsPlay Maker Space Projects at Home and a daily story, Tales with Humphry, by volunteer Humphry Rolleston.
- Lake Compounce in Bristol is making sure kids are having fun at home with their online Activity Book.
- Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury has set up The MATT @ Home, a dedicated page on the museum's website with content and activities which include online exhibitions as well as educational worksheets and coloring pages for families.
- MyConnecticutKids.com, Statewide is offering children's activities through its Facebook page. Activities include live Q&A sessions, coloring images to print, and object collecting. Additionally, it is providing online educational resources for kids at home via its website.
- Mystified Escape Rooms in Mystic is offering a Family Frolic Special CAR EDITION Scavenger Hunt around downtown Mystic. The can completed from the car, but also offers opportunities to visit local trails and open spaces. Purchase online and print at home.
- Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury is providing stay-at-home projects for kids, including a crossword puzzle, math problems, a worksheet on how to design an amusement ride, a Quassy coloring book and more.
- Wallingford Public Library is offering an educational online program called “Read Together, Learn Together” for children grades K-5.
- Berlin-Peck Memorial Library in Berlin is offering virtual storytimes on Wednesday through Thursday at 10:30 a.m. on their children's Facebook page. The videos remain live for 12 hours.
- Bethel Public Library has storytime on Mondays through Fridays at 10 a.m. Enjoy story time through Facebook Live with songs, stories, and simple games.
- Cheshire Public Library has virtual storytime Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
- Danbury Public Library offers Seuss on the Loose on Mondays at 2 p.m., celebrate all things Dr. Seuss. Also, daily stories are offered Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and storytime live on Facebook every Friday at 11 a..m.
- Essex Library Association has virtual storytime for children ages 3-6 on Thursdays at 10 a.m.
- Explorewashingtonct.com is hosting a virtual storytime for children ages 2-5 every Saturday at noon via Instagram.
- Meriden Public Library is hosting storytime with books and songs geared toward children from third grade and under on their Facebook page. The library also provides adult programs, including virtual discussions usin Zoom and a book club.
- Mystic/Noank Library in Mystic has Family Storytime live on Saturdays at 11 a.m. on their Facebook page.
- North Branch Bridgeport Public Library has a series of videos with Miss Bina, which involve story readings and more.
- Portland Library is hosting Zoom storytime at 10:30 a.m. on April 16.
- Stonington Free Library in Stonington is streaming a bedtime story reading each night at 7 p.m. on Facebook and videos of live chapter readings of popular books on YouTube
- Storytellers Cottage is hosting virtual bedtime story readings live at 7:30 p.m. each night.
- Wallingford Public Library is hosting online programs including virtual storytime via their Facebook page.
- Westport Library is offering various virtual storytimes including Chapter-a-Day Harry Potter and virtual bedtime stories.
- Family Tree Yoga in Stamford has a variety of online yoga classes for families including Mommy & Me: Babies and Prenatal Yoga.
- Mystic Yoga Shala is offering virtual 45-minute yoga classes designed specifically for kids.
- The Well Yoga & Mindfulness Studio in Madison is hosting virtual yoga classes with teen and kids classes coming soon!