The current Covid-19 worldwide health emergency has brought us together while keeping us away from each other. Many kids are finding themselves in a 'home school' situation for the first time. Along with the assignments issued by their school, we've put together a list of websites that offer kids (and their parents) additional opportunities to learn, have fun and more!

 

Kindie Artists LIVE Online Concerts 

Amelia Robinson - friend of Kids Corner and Kindie artist (Mil's Trills) - has worked tirelessly to create a list of dates, times and url links of online performances/shows from Kindie artists all around the world! When you need a break and want to enjoy some great entertaining (and educating!) events, this is your one stop shop!

For more info, visit: playtimeplaylist.com

The Virtual Kids Comedy Contest
enter by August 14th

Here's a chance for Philadelphia’s youth to become the next Kevin Hart, Tina Fey or Adam Goldberg with the Be Funny Philly Comedy Contest. The competition is open for children and teens from ages 9 to 18, and will be conducted virtually online. Contestants can submit videos from Memorial Day, May 25th until August 14th.

There will be two age groups -- ages 9 to 12 & ages 13 to 18 -- and performances must be two to three minutes in length. Kids/young adults get to create what funny means to them; they can do standup, video voiceovers, perform from a script, do an impression, present two or three tiktok videos, whatever tickles them. Funny can be so many different things, so each child is encouraged to find their own direction. Contestants will be judged solely on their video with the following criteria: Timing, Style, Presentation, Material, Likeability, Drive, Delivery, Originality, and mostly, Fun.

A panel of industry professionals and comedians will serve as celebrity judges including: Kathy O'Connell (WXPN's Kids Corner), Jen Childs, (1812 Productions), and comedians Vernon Keith Ruffin, Jr, Jillian Markowitz and Michael “The Legendary Wid” Baldwin.

All contestants will receive a Be Funny Philly T-shirt and the winners will receive medals, bragging rights and scholarships at its next encampment to the Young Performers Theatre Camp (YPTC), a 6-week performing arts summer camp which features musical theatre & dance performances. The grand prize winners will even get the opportunity to perform live as an opening act at a professional show to be announced.

Learn more, visit https://performingartspdpr.org/city-wide-comedy-competition

Philly Zoo @ 2
Weekdays at 2pm

The Philadelphia Zoo is bringing the Zoo to you! Visit Philadelphia Zoo on Facebook as they take you up close and personal with Zoo animals during this behind the scenes series. Philadelphia Zoo's Director of Educational Programs Dani Hogan will host this on-going weekday series, which will also feature special guests and Zoo keepers sharing their expertise around Philadelphia Zoo. For more info, facebook.com/philadelphiazoo

Scholastic at Home 

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

For more info, visit: classroommagazines.scholastic.com

Wow in the World!

Join hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on a journey away from your screens, inside your brain, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation.

For more info, visit: tinkercast.com

More Music & Fun 

Our friend Beth at Sugar Mountain PR has created a page that offers links to even more Kindie performers offering online concerts, stories and interactive performances. Click thru the link below and explore!

For more info, visit: sugarmountainpr.com

Explore the American Revolution Online

you can explore the Museum of the American Revolution and its content from anywhere with free digital resources for all ages, including a Virtual Museum Tour, a Virtual Field Trip, a rich archive of Read the Revolution book excerpts, a digitized collection of the Museum's art and artifacts, and more.

For more info, visit: amrevmuseum.org

Story Pirates - podcasts and more...  

Lee, Peter, Rachel, Meghan, Nimene, and Loofah are back with another season of the Story Pirates podcast. Get ready for space travel and brand new stories from kids! BONUS, this season features lots of celebrity special guests, including Alex Brightman, Jeremy Sisto, Lauren Lapkus, and Paul F. Tompkins!

For more info, visit: storypirates.com

PJ Library 

Our friends at PJ Library have created a wonderful resource page for families while together at home. Additionally, every school day, PJ Library will post a “Read Aloud” session featuring a picture book. Watch for these at 11am and 1pm Eastern Time on Facebook and Instagram.

For more info, visit:  pjlibrary.org