1. It’s Harry Potter read by… Harry Potter! Daniel Radcliffe and other celebrities will be reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on video, and it kicks off with The Boy Who Lived.
2. Get some inspiration for Mother’s Day cards from the place that hosts the best card making workshops, the National Postal Museum! They’ve posted a few online videos with creative ideas, with something for all ages (maybe with a little help from adults). View them here, here, and here.
3. How about some Friday evening family fun? Join the Spy Museum for a Covert Couch Challenge, an action-packed FamilY Game Night recommended for recruits age 7-12 (and parents). A Museum Educator will lead participants in a race against the clock to complete mini missions. Your family’s teamwork abilities and tradecraft skills will be put to the test as you create coded messages, slip into disguise, and design, recommended for ages 6-12. (PS: Kids can prep for it with a free Spy Skills program at 12pm today.)
1. I can tell you how to get, how to get to the Sesame Street website. It’s full of fun online experiences — story times, art activities, sing-a-longs, and many more sweet ways to entertain young children.
2. At 1pm today, watch Thank You Thursdays with Mo Willems. Every week during the month of May, tune in to see who he will thank. And for a fun activity, all of his Lunch Doodles, the daily drawing program he hosted for three weeks, are archived on the Kennedy Center website.
3. You can view the Super Flower Moon tonight — the final supermoon of 2020. It was at its fullest last night, but should still be big and brilliant tonight.
4. As of today, more outdoor activities are allowed in Maryland, including golfing, fishing, camping, and tennis. State parks and beaches are also reopening — you can walk, run, and bike, but no chairs/blankets are allowed for hanging out and picnicking, etc. Social distance guidelines still must be followed.
Visit the National Museum of Natural History virtually while you can’t go in now
1. The National Museum of Natural History is a go-to Smithsonian museum for many families. While you can’t explore the many fascinating exhibits in the building right now, you can still learn about natural history from home through a bunch of online resources they’ve rounded up.
2. Kids’ fave, author Kate DiCamillo has been sharing writing tips on YouTube!
1. How about a story time that’s out of this world — literally? Kids can enjoy Story Time from Space as astronauts read children’s books from the International Space Station.
2. Annmarie Sculpture Garden, the wonderful arts center in Calvert County, has an online hub for creative inspiration while the grounds and exhibits are closed. AMG@Home has ideas for art projects, nature activities, photo tours of the garden and galleries, virtual events, and more.
3. The Wharf’s annual Running of the Chihuahuas can’t happen at the riverfront location this year, so they’re hosting the event online. Join the virtual Cinco de Mayo celebration they present their favorite pups from Runnings past. Check out all the cute Chihuahuas and order a fiesta from one of your favorite Wharf restaurants for take out and delivery. You can also enter a giveaway for a chance to win a Pacifico prize pack. Ole!
1. The annual Literary Hill BookFest is today, and it’s going virtual this year. Join the online celebration of books, authors, and everything literary on Capitol Hill from 11am – 1pm. Kids can become a global travelers at 11:30am as children’s authors take them on a series of adventures, from half a world away to right here in your own back yard! See what else is on the festival schedule here.
2. Something fun to do on a gray (or any) day: Learn to draw with Jarrett J. Krosoczka! The author and illustrator been doing daily classes for the last few weeks, so there are a lot of video lessons on YouTube already to keep kids (and adults) engaged for awhile.
3. A KFDC reader gave me a heads-up about these virtual arts and crafts classes for kids: Little Artists NYC offers both private and open classes to various age groups from toddlers to preteens in the comfort and convenience of their own home via Zoom. Sign up in advance, and they ship all the supplies you will need. A class could make for a great play date with a group of friends or a fun creative activity for just for one child!
4. Like many people, I’ve been trying a bunch of home video workouts and apps. One I like so much I actually bought a year’s subscription to is Les Mills. They have a ton of workouts, from HIIT to sports conditioning to yoga fusion to strength training to martial arts to dance fitness and many others. Even more, they also have classes especially for kids, most with kids exercising right along with the instructors in the videos. They offer a free 14-day trial to check it out, and access to all of it for a year is just $120. (PS: This is NOT a sponsored recommendation, just something I really like and thought some of you might, too.)