Heading into the first long weekend of summer, and while you may be itching to get outdoors, there is still plenty of virtual family fun for those times you’re hanging in. Take a bingo break with Cedar Grove Library, teach your kids new dance moves with NJPAC’s Live DJ Dance Party, and make this Memorial Day weekend all about doing good with a virtual walk or run with the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County.
Tails at Two
Every Day at 2 PM
Missing going to the zoo? Have the kids get their zoo fix by checking out Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Preserve to see what the animals are up to. They’ll get a chance to visit with some furry and feathery residents, get a behind the scenes look at the animal hospital, and “hike” a trail—all from a screen.
Storytime Live With Outragehiss Pets
May 20, 3 PM
Do your kids love squirmy, exotic, and scaly animals? Then have them listen in to this storytime featuring the creatures from Outragehiss Pets. Register on Zoom or go to Facebook live for a reading of Verdi by Janell Cannon about a fun-loving snake and the lessons he learns.
Family Movie Bingo on Facebook Live
May 20 and May 27, 3:30 PM
How about a rousing game of bingo to break up the routine of your afternoon? Check out this movie-themed bingo game on Facebook Live hosted by the Cedar Grove Public Library. It’s free to join, just make sure to download and print your board in advance.
Five Planets in One Night With Liberty Science Center
May 21, 1 PM
Did you know that once in a blue moon you can see five planets without a telescope? This rare sighting is happening this month, and to find them, tune in live to Liberty Science Center on Facebook. They’ll show you how to find Venus, the elusive Mercury at dusk, then spot Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter in the early morning and will answer questions you or your kids might have about the planets.
NJPAC Presents: DJ Dance Party Live R&B with DJ Storm Norm da General
May 21, 7 PM
Dance like no one is watching during this Facebook live DJ party from NJPAC. Dim the lights, push back the furniture, and get the whole family down to show off their best dance moves.
MPAC Presents: Danielle Illario
May 22, 12:30 PM
Have the fam take a lunch break and join MPAC with this original Facebook live concert featuring the jazz sounds of Danielle Illario. She’ll be singing her favorite standards in styles ranging from ballad to funk, to put you in a smooth mood, ready for the long weekend.
Sing for Hope: David’s Dream and Believe Presents Allison Stella Music
May 22, 8 PM
Spend Friday night with live music and a great cause: Join David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation for a special Facebook Live concert series where 100% of funds raised will benefit NJ families affected by a cancer diagnosis. This Friday’s artist is Allison Stella Music, a jazz and pop artist from Long Beach Island who blends piano with dynamic vocals.
BGCM Boundless Virtual Race
May 23 & 24
Gear up the littles and join in this virtual race to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. You can (socially distance) walk or run wherever you’d like—even on a treadmill or laps around your yard—and go as far as you want. Post your results and race day pics to Facebook, check back for the results of the fastest times, and get your donations going—the team or individual who raises the most will win a $100 TD Bank gift card.
Virtual Guided Nature Hike at the Pinelands Institute at Whitesbog Village
May 24, 1 PM
Join Jess, the Education Coordinator for the Pinelands Institute at Whitesbog Village, for a virtual guided nature walk through the New Jersey Pine Barrens. As you watch along on your screen, look for signs of wildlife, carnivorous plants, frogs, birds, trees, turtles, cranberries, and so much more.