Learning never ends – even during summertime! Below you’ll find a list of virtual, learning activities for young learners. From fine arts projects to exploration of the natural environment, you’re sure to find engaging activities that the entire family will enjoy.
Creative Arts Week - July 6-10, 2020
Students call upon their own life experiences and imagination in these drawing activities as they explore what elements can be used to create a still life, portrait, and self-portrait.
For instructions, visit: https://www.dia.org/education/resources/dia-home-drawing-activities
Welcome to Living Arts At Home – new online music, visual art, writing, and dance programs for youth of all ages and families.
For instructions, visit: https://www.livingartsdetroit.org/living-arts-at-home
At UMMA’s Family Art Studio, a popular art-making class they’ve hosted on select weekends for several years, has moved online — and now, you can participate at any time, day or night.
To participate in this virtual experience, visit: https://umma.umich.edu/content/step-step-home-art-project-we-guarantee-you-already-have-supplies
STEM Week - July 13-17, 2020
Every Friday, Leslie Science & Nature Center offers a virtual STEM workshop for any and all participants to join. Check weekly for the theme and click the link below to register for this virtual program!
To participate in this virtual experience, visit: https://www.lesliesnc.org/stem-home
Explore natural history from the comfort of your home!
To participate in this virtual experience, please visit https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/museumathome.html
Join the Michigan Science Center for a summer filled with science and fun!
To participate in the Michigan Science Center’s virtual experiences, please visit https://www.mi-sci.org/visit/family-groups/camps/
Classroom Antics is currently offering Virtual Camps and Classes for kids 7-13 years old. Class sizes are small and space is extremely limited.
To participate in this virtual experience, please click here.
Great Outdoors Week - July 20-24, 2020
Providing ideas for fun activities to kids who can’t go to camp this summer, Camp TV is hosted by a head counselor played by Zachary Noah Piser, who guides campers as they learn through play. The series will air at 1:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until September on WTVS-56.1.
For more information: https://www.dptv.org/education/camp-tv-on-detroit-pbs/
Join the Detroit Zoo for Virtual Vitamin Z lessons. With fun and engaging activities from flamingos to wolves to native wildlife — there is a topic for everyone. Most lessons also include an activity that families can do together using supplies at home.
Click here for more info: https://detroitzoo.org/education/online-learning/
Listen to the voices, songs, and laughter that make North Star Reach a place of belonging for so many children and their families.
For more information, visit: https://www.northstarreach.org/lets-camp/video-stories/
Ever wonder how animals spend their winters? Or need fun outdoor activities to do with the entire family? Huron Clinton Metroparks has you covered! With new resources added every week, you’re sure to find some fun activities!
For more info, visit: https://www.metroparks.com/virtual/
Explore Michigan Week - July 27-31, 2020
This festival, which is a week-long event, will begin Monday with a social media series hosted on the ferry’s Facebook page where authors will virtually read pirate-themed stories and books.
For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/starlineferry/
Don’t miss your chance to go behind the scenes and take a virtual tour of the Michigan History Museum.
For more info, visit: https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85147_87196_87199-489787–,00.html
During World War II, the Ford Motor Company’s plant in Kingsford built more Model CG-4A Gliders for the United States Army than any other company in the nation at less cost than other manufacturers. The glider featured in this museum is one of only seven fully restored CG-4A World War II gliders in the world. Exciting World War II footage of gliders in action and personal stories of glider riders and pilots help round out the story. Don’t miss your chance to get an up-close perspective!
Click here for more info: https://immersivespaces.co/virtual-tour/piBJbvf9Ffh
Get a “New View of the Soo” as you experience Voyageur Island and Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan with this VR 360 Video!
For more info, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2S1rymwkmE&feature=youtu.be
Always growing. Always beautiful. Always new. One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park served 670,000 visitors in 2019 and was recently listed in the top 30 most visited museums in the United States by The Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 158-acre main campus features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest interactive children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. Experience the Meijer Gardens from the comfort of your home!
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/watch/MeijerGardens/
Performing Arts Week - August 3-7, 2020
Join us in a safe, supportive, and diverse environment where professional teaching artists guide campers through writing activities and acting games to build skills that culminate in a showcase of original plays.
For more information, visit: https://www.matrixtheatre.org/summer-camps
Welcome to Living Arts At Home – new online music, visual art, writing, and dance programs for youth of all ages and families. Each weekly activity includes an introductory activity video from a Living Arts At Home teaching artist, activities you can do with readily-accessible items at home, and a “Show and Tell” Zoom session with a Living Arts At Home teaching artist.
For more information, visit: https://www.livingartsdetroit.org/living-arts-at-home
Mosaic’s summer programming has gone virtual, and can’t wait to e-meet you there! With programming for youth aged 7-14, students get live online instruction in topics such as vocal music, movement/dance, and acting – plus an opportunity to participate in an online talent showcase!
To register, visit: https://mosaicdetroit.org/our-programs/summer-programs-at-mosaic-2020/
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has curated virtual Educational Concerts from previous recordings that teachers and families can use while at home. New concerts premiere on Facebook Live each Friday at 2pm, and each concert becomes available afterward on DSO Replay and YouTube.
Resource guides provided have several lessons and activities designed to accompany each week’s performance.
For more info, visit: https://www.dso.org/community-and-learning/wu-family-academy/learning-resources
Is your little one an aspiring Broadway performer? This summer’s Take It From The Top (TIFTT) virtual session will help youth strengthen the core disciplines of singing, acting, and dancing by learning from Broadway professionals. Students in grades 2-4 will have the opportunity to view age-appropriate lessons throughout the week, free of cost, and hear from teaching artists who know what it takes to make it in the business.
For more information, visit: https://www.whartoncenter.com/education-engagement/take-it-from-the-top