Online Arts Resources for Children and Youth
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Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art reminds you that you that you can create with what you have at home. Find a wealth of interactive online arts projects involving STEAM learning, circus and nature, and virtual school tours and lesson plans at ringling.org/learnfromhome, in English and in Spanish. Plus Ringling Read-a-Longs with art activities inspired by the books you listen to. More here. . .
You can download the free Dalí Museum Activity Book to find out more about Dalí, broaden your knowledge of Surrealism and exercise creative muscles through art activities. Plus creative and free online arts activities for kids, from animal sculptures and paper bugs to Mark Rothko-style chalk art. More here.
You can also explore online exhibits, download the virtual reality experience Dreams of Dalí – and find videos, lesson plans and activities to spark creativity in everyone here.
Find a diverse array of storytime books inspired by art, read by the staff of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete here, with captions.
Plus online Puzzles & Games for all ages, all focused on art. More here.
Now Within Reach – Online!
Thanks to London’s GoodTo for a list of the Best Free Virtual Tours for Kids, from Buckingham Palace to the Smithsonian, the San Diego Zoo and the Monterey Aquarium, and even Yellowstone. More here.
Cheers to Kitchen Table Classroom for researching the Best Art Websites for Kids, including “a jaw dropping array of online art content for kids” at the Tate, the Dallas Museum of Art‘s interactive game about the Maya culture of Mexico and Central America for ages 10 and up, and videos from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where Roy De Forest’s painted dogs visit famous artworks and respond to what they see. More here.
You can download a free guide to help you add fun physical activity breaks for kids at home or in the classroom, thanks to the positive and creative staff at Hip Hop Public Health. H.Y.P.E. The Breaks! (Helping Young People Energize) — is a series of 2-, 6- and 10-minute-long dance and hip-hop–based physical activity videos, available for free here.
Members of Congress read from their favorite books for kids in Read Around the States. Each video includes a conversation with the author. Available for free on the Library of Congress website.
Kandace Springs Trio give a spinetingling demonstration of Vocal Improvisation in jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues and pop. . . an inspiring exploration of Jazz Swing for Beginners. . . and explain Storytelling and Emotion in songs, thanks to the Library of Congress.
And the New York Public Library invites kids and teens to create, explore the natural world and express yourself while developing your STEAM skills! From origami to coding games, discover the wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math videos and activities the Library has to offer. Free. More here.
The Whitney invites teens to drop-in to free virtual programs on Zoom where you get the opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively – and make art with contemporary artists, educators and your peers. Live captioning available. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to join Open Studio From Home on Saturdays at 11, free weekly art classes with a new theme each week and a project connected to a work of art. And artists ages 5-10 can enjoy the After School Art Club, a free weekly online program where you can make art with at-home materials, while you explore an exciting work of art.
Explore the Arts, Culture and Identity of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. through words, videos, images and music, thanks to the Library of Congress.
For Teachers – it’s the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when a white mob invaded and burned to ashes the thriving African American neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma known as Greenwood, so prosperous at the time that it was called “the Black Wall Street.” The Library of Congress offers resources to help you explore the impact of this racist violence with your students.
Find plays about gun violence written by teens, for teens – available to read or to produce a live event. The #ENOUGH initiative calls on teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and inspire meaningful action in communities across the country. Find scripts and submission opportunities for teen writers here.
Explore Japanese visual storytelling traditions that influence modern manga and anime, thanks to the Library of Congress. Find out more thanks to a college intern’s research here.
A 9-year-old arts supporter interested in science asks The Met, “How did you get all this enormous, heavy art in here?” Find the answers here.
From the New York Public Library, Sing, Sign & More with music and social justice artist Fyütch and a hip-hop–based educational series about diversity and empathy. Children will dance to songs, learn sign language and read aloud from books. Fyütch performs original music and encourages critical thinking on the topics of identity, environmental health, and Black history. Free. More here.
Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre shares a fun and interactive video series for ages 3-8. This 3-part series is all about inspiring little ones to express themselves through body, voice and imagination. More here.
Asian American Superheroes – the Library of Congress celebrates the life work of DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee, in an online conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang (“Generations Forged”) and writers Sarah Kuhn (“Shadow of the Batgirl”) and Minh Lê (“Green Lantern: Legacy”). Moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang (“Superman Smashes the Klan”). More here.
Difficult conversations with young people take place every day. Adults may be in need of tools to help facilitate discussions about racism, prejudice, discrimination, financial instability or other challenging topics, at home or in the classroom. The Library of Congress offers free videos on Talking About Race, Love and Truth – one for For Caregivers and Teachers, and another For Kids and Teens, that also deals with bullying and suicide.
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American Ballet Theatre dancers Kathryn Boren and Luigi Crispino explain and explore Swan Lake and Giselle – both premiered at Rockefeller Center in the company’s very first year, in 1940. Find a demonstration of key movements in Act II of Swan Lake here. and balancing exercises with company member Claire Davison here.
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Yolocalli is the award-winning youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art. Tune in to youth-produced talk radio, fresh jams and lots of lolz – all produced by teens. Find recordings here.
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Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Sesame Street. Find videos here.
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The Met encourages young artists to create at home, sharing a diverse array of inspirations from around the globe. Try hands-on projects that explore works of art from a wide range of cultures, using materials you can find at home. New activities launch each week. Find the latest here.
The Guggenheim offers at-home art classes for independent art enthusiasts pre-K-8, a virtual space to create and connect. 45-minute live online sessions focus on a new theme each week. We share process-oriented art-making projects during each session to get kids started creating their own art – participants are encouraged to continue working independently after the class. All are welcome (including siblings). More here.
The Library of Congress offers Tips for Teen Researchers – written by an enterprising teen working on school assignments. More here.
Award-winning illustrator Rudy Gutierrez shows #MetKids the many ways we can use our art – and the many places our art can appear. Gutierrez explains his work adding visuals to Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey, and how that artwork wound up on a movie poster, CD cover, DVD and then in a museum. More here.
Storytime with the Met is a free series of on-demand videos, where Met staff invite you to look, listen, sing and have fun with picture books. A new episode is released every Thursday at noon, when you can hear a book, see a painting that’s connected to the story, and do activities together. The array of diverse titles include Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, Sonia Sotomayor’s Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You and Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander. Captions included. More here.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reads Doreen Cronin‘s Click Clack Surprise aloud as a free storytime video here.
TYA/USA lets you search for online Theatre for Youth by age and style, created by theatremakers across the country. More here.
As part of Coming Together, Sesame Street’s ongoing commitment to racial justice, they’re sharing the “ABCs of Racial Literacy” resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism. The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts people. Everything is available for free. More here.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art invites you to make your own art with a series of free #MetKids how-to videos, exploring everything from collage to clay and soap carving, and creating a photogram and a traditional Pacific Islands navigational chart. Find the videos here – and the Met’s ongoing schedule of online arts programs for kids and teens here.
New Victory Theatre invites you to watch and learn from Step Afrika! – the first professional dance company dedicated to the uniquely American art form of stepping. They explore how stepping grew out of much older African American rhythm and movement traditions like the ring shout. Spreading throughout the American South before, during and after the American Civil War, the ring shout tradition was born in the praise houses of the Gullah Geechee people in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Learn the rhythms and sounds of ring shout here.
The Library of Congress shares a film of the 2021 Diversity in Children’s Literature Symposium, “Listening, Learning, Creating Communities.” Available for free here.
Travel host Rick Steves shares hundreds of segments from his PBS documentaries, sortable by place and topic and available for free for learning at home or school. You can use Classroom Europe to explore the visual and performing arts, history, politics and culture from all over Europe as well as Guatemala, Ethiopia and the Middle East. More here.
New Victory Theatre invites you to explore a Cuban fusion dance ensemble, Bill Shannon’s acrobatic dance work on rocker-bottom crutches and a skateboard, Ballet Folklórico de Mexico and learn how to play the groovy moves of go-go, using kitchen equipment. More here. . . .
The Power of We: A Watch & Play Together Guide – this positive program celebrating diversity and teaching children how to combat racism through the power of the word “we” was nominated for multiple awards by the NAACP and the Writers Guild of America.
The Power of We Club is celebrating Black History Month by hearing stories about amazing African Americans – like James Banning and Bessie Coleman, the first African American man and woman to get their pilot’s license in the United States. Plus a joyous collection of videos that start with, “Let’s sing!’ and the rousing new anthem “Listen, Act, Unite” – encouraging kids to speak up when they notice racism or cruelty. More here.
– Sesame Street shares techniques for Building Confidence
– and how to help young children Feel Safer and More Secure with violence in the world. Ways to talk about this and help children find comfort whether they’re absorbing tension from the news you’re watching or if violence has affected your family directly.
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NYC’s New Victory Theatre celebrates Playing with Music and Voice – with free interactive how-to videos introducing kids to vocal warmups and tongue-twisters, and how to tell stories through song – inspired by the musical stylings and operatic adaptations of South Africa’s spine-tingling Isango Ensemble. More here.
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New Victory Theatre shares how-to-do magic tricks and a host of comic fun including predicting the future, magically putting things back together and how to make your family and friends think you can move things with your mind. More here.
Readeo is a Chicago-based subscription service that’s been around since 2010, a way for family and friends to connect online and read storybooks together. More here.. .
The Guggenheim offers virtual Family Tours, as a way for family members far apart to connect while enjoying an interactive, family-friendly tour of the museum. Plus free virtual sessions for families with children on the autism spectrum. Find all their online arts programs for children here.
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Page Turner Adventures on Florida’s east coast offers virtual reading and writing adventures focused on fun STEAM learning, interactive reading programs and online shows for learning at school or home. More here.
The National Theatre for Children in Minneapolis offers classrooms the Kilowatt Kitchen Livestream Special, an entertaining and educational look at electricity and energy conservation. More here.
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The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago shares craft projects, coloring sheets, online puzzles and games, virtual concerts – and best of all, bilingual books read aloud. More here.
Imaginative online arts experiences made for, with and by kids on the Metropolitan Museum‘s acclaimed website. More here.
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Hip Hop Public Health
Distance Learning Program
Online Arts Classes for All Ages
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education is partnering with The Interactive Academy to offer online arts classes for school-aged students and adults.
The Interactive Academy is a safe digital format for students wanting to study dance, music, theatre, visual arts, even Capoeira or Yoga. Sessions include a live pirate-themed musical theatre workshop for kids and a Composer’s Lab for all ages.
Classes can be scheduled for anytime, from any device, and participants can invite up to 3 other friends to take the class with them interactively for as little as $5 per session.
Here is a sampler of some of the classes.
Details and registration can be found here.
Make Your Own Octahedron
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami was on display at the MFA last summer, demonstrating the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami.
The exhibition celebrated artists who are redefining a traditional Japanese craft as a modern global genre and inventing unexpected forms of artistic expression.
This video played in the exhibit’s interactive space and shows how to create a Robert Neale Octahedron, which is a skeletal design composed of three intersecting square planes. Robert Neale discovered this design in the USA in the mid 1960s. Try making one yourself and share at #MuseumfromHome #MFAfromHome
Online Writing Classes for Kids
Keep St Pete Lit is offering online creative writing and poetry classes for kids. They are self-paced and you can register anytime from anywhere. “We want to inspire your kids to tell their stories!”
Sara and Angie’s Creative Writing Playground (Grades K-5)
Instructors: Sara Ries and Lake Angela
Sara Ries and Lake Angela present the themes “celebration of you”‘ and “love.” Genres include poetry, short fiction, playwriting, and creative nonfiction.
The Writing Life (Grades 1-5)
Instructor: Ruth Glass
The Writing Life is an 8-week course (self-paced) to help students with establishing writing routines at home.
The Power of the Pen: Creative Writing with Sara and Angie (Grades 6-12)
Instructors: Sara Ries and Lake Angela
In this video series, students will explore two creative writing themes – “celebration of you” and “love.” These classes are designed to sharpen your ability to write detail and description. You will engage all your senses including sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste as your create in multiple genres – poetry, short fiction, playwriting and creative nonfiction.
A Play About Racism and Police Violence
Script and Video Available for Free
Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA) believes that theater can play an important role in helping young people and families explore personal narratives to face hard truths and inspire meaningful change.
Last year, TYA/USA kicked off the 2019 Festival & Conference with a reading of a powerful new work that urgently speaks to our current moment. Today, we are making it available to you and your communities as a resource.
We are partnering with Off The Page, The Alliance Theatre, and Playscripts to officially release the script and video recording of the stage adaptation of ALL AMERICAN BOYS (based on the book by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely) as one way to use theater for young audiences as a vehicle to confront systemic racism, police violence and its impact on young people across this country.
ALL AMERICAN BOYS is the story of the violent arrest of a Black teenager, the white teenager who witnesses it, and how it impacts their communities over the course of a week. Adapted for the stage by Jody Drezner Alperin and Vicky Finney Crouch.
The Florida Orchestra Shares Lessons Online
Teaching Artists Kristin Baird and Kaitlin Springer of The Florida Orchestra have recorded more than 50 videos on violin and viola to support string teachers and students in a robust virtual learning section on the orchestra’s TFO at Home webpage.
These videos help students learn scales, vibrato, fundamentals of shifting, warmup exercises – and other tips and tricks for playing a string instrument.
They work in partnership with the Pinellas County School District, but the free videos are available for all music students.
Tampa Theatre Recommends
Films for Young Audiences
Tampa Theatre offers movie suggestions for all ages, available to stream on many common platforms like YouTube or Google Play, or are included with subscription services like Netflix or Disney+.
- Movies about friendship, adjustment, tolerance, trust, gratitude
- Movies about flights of fancy, wild journeys and explorations into the unknown
- Movies about courage and grit in the face of dangerous excitement
- Movies about friendship, inclusion, teamwork and loss
- Movies about dark fantasy, dueling fates and magical triumph
Hamilton Home Learning Resources
EduHam at Home was created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that forced school closures throughout the country. It is an extension of the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam), which has served more than 160,000 students across the country since 2016.
Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton — and create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.
EduHam at Home provides a family version of EduHam that can be accomplished outside of a school setting.
Register for class at
Online at DFAC
Dunedin Fine Arts Center offers an online tour of their 2020 student exhibition, Mad Science. More here.
New Victory Theatre Arts Break
New York’s New Victory Theatre continues their amazing online education program, Arts Break.
Guided by New Victory Teaching Artists, Arts Break is a curriculum designed for the millions of families stuck at home to incorporate the performing arts into their learning. Show or no show, our nonprofit is committed to bringing the performing arts to the widest possible audience, and inspiring you to make art – and make memories – together!
Together, artists and students take action, learning skills from sound design to acrobatics and songwriting.
Find videos here
Sesame Street and CNN
Talk to Kids About Racism
The 60-minute special Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families is available to watch online here.
The show talks to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being empathetic and understanding.
Big Bird joins CNN commentator Van Jones and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to moderate the event. They will be joined by “Sesame Street” characters including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita and other experts answering questions submitted by families.
The first CNN Sesame Street town hall in April addressed the coronavirus pandemic that has already seen many families sheltering at home, grappling with trying to explain the dangers of covid-19 to their children. You can view that show here.
MFA From Home
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is open online to connect and engage with through our new digital initiative MFA from Home, where we are creating new ways to bring the MFA experience to students through:
• “Art Break” activities for kids
• MFA Storytime featuring MFA staff reading children’s books related to works in the MFA Collection
• puzzles and games inspired by the MFA Collection
Talking to the Very Young About Race
If you’re struggling to begin talking to your young ones about race, Brooklyn’s Spellbound Theatre shares these creative resources.
Activities and recommended books are available for ages 0-2 (Storytime) and ages 2-5 (Wee Protest).
Spellbound Theatre is New York’s award-winning theatre for very young children. We bring original theatre, storytelling and puppetry performances and workshops to schools, libraries, and performance venues in New York and across the country – and now online. Find sensory play, creative storytelling and theatrical imagination at spellboundtheatre.com/spellbound-at-home.
Share photos and videos of your family’s activism with us!
Stories, Puppets and Taika Waititi
Chichester Festival Theatre
Arts and Learning Life Skills
Prodigy Cultural Arts Program uses visual and performing arts as a way to help young people in West Central Florida ages 5-18 develop life skills such as communication, leadership, problem solving, anger management, career aspirations and goal setting.
Through art, young people build self-confidence, learn how to showcase their skills and develop lifelong positive habits for future success.
Free video lessons in dance, visual arts and music are available on YouTube.
Find out more about Prodigy’s programs at uacdc.org.
Whitney Kids Art Challenge
These art projects are designed especially for kids and grown-ups to do together. All of the activities are based on works of art in the Whitney’s collection. They introduce you to some of the diverse ways that artists think and work, and we hope they inspire the artist in you too!
A Dinosaur’s Tour
of DFAC After Dark!
Find Step-By-Step Art Projects, Hands-On Downloadable Projects, a visit by an Astronaut and more at
Play at Home with the Kennedy Center
The Play at Home project is a collaboration between theaters across the country as a response to the rapidly changing landscape of the performing arts during this global crisis.
The mission of the initiative is simple — to continue to inspire joy and creativity through live theater.
As a part of this collaboration, the Kennedy Center has commissioned theater for young audiences creators to write a short play or musical (ten minutes or less) which are now available for free download.
All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and if you feel so inclined, share it with us at #playathomeplays.
Visit PlayAtHome.org for scripts
(including plays for grown-up actors)
Storytime with the Met
Join the Metropolitan Museum of Art every Thursday at noon to look, listen, sing and have fun with picture books.
Videos are available on our YouTube channel and have captions.
Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.
New Victory Theatre Arts Breaks
Each week will focus on a different art form with a series of free activities for kids guided by New Victory Teaching Artists.
Show or no show, our nonprofit is committed to bringing the performing arts to the widest possible audience, and inspiring you to make art, and make memories, together!
NYC’s New Victory Theatre showcases artistic disciplines and traditions from a multitude of cultures because audiences of all ages deserve theatrical stories and experiences that spark the imagination and broaden our understanding of the world and our place in it.
Paper Bag Players
We know many of you are looking for ways to engage, entertain and educate your children. Welcome to our new page, Activities for Kids at Home, featuring a weekly sketch from The Paper Bag Players vault paired with questions and activities that will help your children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them to create and imagine on their own.
Find our weekly videos and activities to enjoy
The Paper Bag Players in Brooklyn is a non-profit theater company of adults who create and perform original, contemporary, musical theater for children ages 3 – 8.
Our shows, based on a child’s everyday experiences, combine short plays, rousing songs, freewheeling dances, audience participation, mime, and painting and drawing onstage. Common household objects, cardboard boxes and brown craft paper brightened with splashes of poster paint and crayon transform into our sets, props and costumes.
Trusty Sidekick Play Dates
NYC’s inventive Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company creates bold, original productions for young people and their families.
Rooted firmly in the belief that kids deserve theater that ignites their imaginations and makes them think about the world in a new way, the company creates work that is multidisciplinary and its ensemble of collaborators includes artists trained in physical theater, puppetry, music, dance, animation and video projection.
Trusty Sidekick often creates performances in unconventional spaces, and are pleased to offer free streaming of our archival videos for your family to enjoy over and over again! A new video is offered every Monday.
As theater artists, we always prefer to be in the room with our audience… But until that’s possible again, we’re devising ways to engage in art and community from afar and to provide you with adventurous, bold content — right in your living room!
Closed Captions available.
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Theatre Games for Families
Imagination Theater in Chicago is sharing creative and fun theatre games for families to play together.
Find the videos on their YouTube page
British Library Makes Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibit
Available Online For Free
Read all about it here
Follow the British Library on Facebook for amazing digital exhibits of literature, globes and more.
For Young Musicians
Saturday Sketching for Ages 11–18
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC offers Saturday Sketching sessions every Saturday from 12-2 pm on Instagram.
Join us on Instagram to sketch works of art from The Met collection and experiment with different drawing approaches.
Tag us at @metteens to be featured on the Met Teens Instagram account.
Hip Hop Public Health Dance/Rap Challenge
Hip Hop Public Health is excited to announce the launch of 20 Seconds or More to empower children and families with information, tools and resources to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19.
Like many other diseases, we now know that this virus disproportionately affects communities of color. We also know that young people make up a large proportion of asymptomatic carriers. At a time where misinformation is rampant, we understand how critical it is to create free, engaging, research-based and culturally-relevant educational materials to help save lives.
The 20 Seconds or More music video is performed by our founding artist and legendary rapper, Doug E. Fresh who co-wrote the song with multi-platinum producer, Artie Green and Gerry Gunn, with medical oversight from our founder, Dr. Olajide Williams.
Sesame Street’s New
Caring For Each Other Resources
Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a “for now normal.”
Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play — even in everyday moments. So our site is filled with content you can use all day long to spark playful learning, offer children comfort and focus a bit on yourself, too. After all, it’s important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can best care for our families.
Our resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together.
You’ll find resources for playing and learning — both online and offline — free ebooks, and health and wellness tips for kids.
Along with resources on helping kids manage anxiety, and how to talk about health emergencies — in English and in Spanish.
Storybooks Read Aloud for Kids
Kerfuffle is a Midwestern theatre and dance company devoted to creating work with and for children under 5 years old.
Their ensemble of teaching artists is known for high-quality theatre aimed at very young audiences. Since they can’t do live performances right now, they’re sharing a wonderful array of storybooks read aloud for kids — a heartwarming daily offering on their Facebook page.
Michael Chabon Reads You Bedtime Stories
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is wonderful at reading aloud. On his YouTube channel, he shares his favorite children’s books – including Frog and Toad are Friends and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Explore Michael Chabon’s day job here
The UK’s Earlyarts company is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning group who believe the arts and creativity play an important role in early learning, teaching and leadership.
We help early educators, cultural leaders, child care providers and families develop relational approaches to creative play, leadership, teaching and learning.
Earlyarts are offering “Creative Care Packages” on their website’s blog, with ideas for families and schools to get creative and have fun with visual art, dance and music. You can sign up for weekly newsletters with new suggestions.