Virtual Activities by (mostly) Local Instructors

Virtual Activities

During this time of social distancing, there are lots of options, shared on the daily, of ways to entertain, teach, and distract children. In fact, my friend Melisa Wells has a list that is over 200, and she updates it daily. She doesn’t have kids at, I do. So I decided to put together a list of our favorite (mostly) local businesses and performers hosting virtual activities.

virtual activities by local instructors

Virtual Activities by Local Instructors

Most of the activities are local instructors, with a few big names thrown in that we think are worth your time. We will update when we can. These all occur weekly, one-off events can be found on our Facebook Events Page.

Monday Virtual Activities:

* designates an event that is ideal for special needs families

Tuesday Virtual Activities

* designates an event that is ideal for special needs families

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Wednesday Virtual Activities:

  • 10:00 a.m. Storytime with Vernon Area Public Library on Facebook
  • 10:00 a.m. Storytime with the Indian Trails Public Library (best for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers) posted on their website.
  • 11:00 a.m. Color and Sing-Along with Lisa Loeb and Crayola Facebook 
  • 11:00 a.m. Zoo to You with Brookfield Zoo live on Facebook
  • 12:00 p.m. GiGi’s* Music at Home (ages 8 and under) RSVP required held via GoToMeeting
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams (live every day at noon) on YouTube
  • 3:00 p.m. Cook Memorial Public Library District Read Aloud Storytime on Facebook
  • 7:30 p.m. Storytime with Gnat and Corky on XLC’s Facebook Page

* designates an event that is ideal for special needs families

Thursday Virtual Activities

  • 9:30 a.m. Music-in-the-Box Music Master Class (preschoolers and toddlers) Live on Facebook
  • 10:00 a.m. Stories, songs, and rhyming activities with the Fox Lake District Library on Facebook
  • 10:00 a.m. Storytime with Vernon Area Public Library on Facebook
  • 11:00 a.m. Zoo to You with Brookfield Zoo live on Facebook
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams (live every day at noon) on YouTube
  • 12:00 p.m. Dance Class with the Rockettes live on Instagram
  • 12:00 p.m. Leaps and Bounds with Gigi’s* Playhouse RSVP required held via GoToMeeting (for ages 3-5) 
  • 2:00 p.m. LMNOP* (Language Music and our Peeps) with Gigi’s* Playhouse Deerfield on Facebook (ages 0-36 months)
  • 2:00 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen Free Kids Cooking Club (video emailed to you) 
  • 3:30 p.m. Gigi’s* Playhouse Kids Club (for ages 8-12) on Facebook
  • 7:00 p.m. Goodnight with Dolly Storytime on Facebook

* designates an event that is ideal for special needs families

Friday Virtual Activities

* designates an event that is ideal for special needs families

Saturday Virtual Events

  • 10:30 a.m. Virtual Storytime with Ms. Arlene at Read Between the Lynes on Facebook
  • 12:00 p.m. GiGi’s Music at Home* (ages 8 and under) on Facebook

* designates an event that is ideal for special needs families

Which local instructors have you and your children been keeping up with? Share it in the comments!

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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