Free Virtual Exhibits, Activities, and Fun

By Amanda Moses

  • National Park Service is hosting virtual exhibits at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for nature enthusiasts to enjoy. Spring Creek Sun’s, Dean Moses, also has his photos featured in the exhibition, Tangible Nature. Visitors can enjoy a digital tour of the natural splendor’s within New York and fun facts about marine life. See his photos and other photographers on the National Park Service’s website at nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/virtual-exhibits-jbwr.htm
  • Lincoln Center at Home allows for music lovers to enjoy the splendors of world-class artists digitally. Through their website, lincolncenter.org they will be hosting daily pop-up classrooms for families, archived and livestream performances, access to research collection databases, seminars on science, and so much more.
  • The Brooklyn Museum is continuing their arts and culture outreach online with First Saturdays, which is a monthly event filled with free art-making, music, and performances. The First Saturdays initiative began 21 years ago, and will now be featured online starting with their Spring Remix.  This digital extravaganza will feature music by Bembona and Strings N Skins, teen and curator talks, and so much more. Visit the brooklynmuseum.org  for more information.
  • The New York Yankees offers free at-home activities for children, such as pickleball, home run derby, word finder, spot the difference, trivia, coloring pages, and so much more. Check out their website at mlb.com/yankees/fans/kids
  • The Brooklyn Botanical Garden will be providing daily doses of spring online with photographs of their Sakura Matsuri celebration, blossoming flowers, and other plants.  Check out the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Facebook page to watch past performances from their Sakura Matsuri festival or other events from previous years. Visit www.bbg.org for more information and highlights.
  • South Street Seaport Museum will be hosting their monthly sea-music Chantey Sing virtually, featuring members of the New York Packet and friends. You can listen, request a song, or sing-along on Sunday, May 3 from 2pm to 4pm through their Zoom session. Please register on the Zoom link 24 hours prior: www.seaportmuseum.org/ChanteySingMay
  • The American Museum of Natural History allows online visitors to explore and learn on their website www.amnh.org They have an entire science section dedicated to children called Ology (which means the study of). This section allows children to learn about anthropology, genetics, paleontology, biodiversity, and so much more.  Children can play games, try hands-on experiments, access free coloring pages, and watch scientists and other professionals discuss aspects of their fields of research.