These Local NJ Businesses Are Hosting Virtual Classes in Your Playroom {UPDATED}

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Local businesses everywhere are having to shut down due to social distancing, yet that’s not stopping them from giving back and serving their community in whatever way possible. We may all be stuck inside for a little while, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Your littles can take a yoga class with Bee You Kids Yoga, sit for a live storytime with local children’s author Raakhee Mirchandani, or even join in on a live music class at Baby Bandstand, all via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Fear not, mama, we’ve got you covered.

We will be continuously updating this article so be sure to check back for new ideas and fun virtual activities from local NJ businesses.

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featured image via Marisa Brahney

Fill your days at home with plenty of activities:

Bee You Kids Yoga, Manasquan
Join Be You Kids Yoga for a free kids’ yoga class and let your littles get some of that pent-up energy out, right in your living room. Classes are open for all to attend via ZOOM and allow your kids to engage in classes via a video chat format. To register for a class, be sure to check their Instagram for any updates on new dates and time, then register via their MindBody site. You’ll need to download ZOOM and once you register, you’ll receive your link via email on the morning of the class. And the best part is you can watch on your computer, tablet, or phone.

 

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Today I tried a thing, encouraged by my pal, @rachelhodes, I hopped on a Facebook Live so we could stay connected during quarantine. (Link in bio.) Gathering with friends, laughing, sharing and being together, is always the most cherished part of my day. So being able to share a virtual story time and some giggles with hundreds of you this morning meant so much to me. We’ll be on again this week – Insta Live, Wednesday at 11 am – doing a free 30-minute Super Satya Saves the Day story time. (Next week it’s a new book: Monday at 11 am on FBook, Wednesday 11 am here.) Join us, wontcha? #satyastreetstyle #supersatya #supersatyasavestheday #book #books #bookstagram #booklover #booknerd #author #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #authors #weneeddiversebooks #diversebooks #storytimethreads #quarantine #corona #coronavirus #socialdistancing

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Virtual Story Time with Raakhee Mirchandani on Instagram Live
Join hundreds of others as an author, Raakhee Mirchandani, takes to Instagram Live for a 30 minute reading of her book, Super Satya. This book tells the story of a young girl in Hoboken ready to take on the tallest slide in the city when her day takes an unexpected turn. Your littles will learn about how Satya faced her fears, helped her friends, and became a true hero to everyone. She’ll be doing the readings twice a week, so check out her insta to get the latest schedule.

Creative Twist Events Craft Boxes
This isn’t an online class, but spending time inside calls for art and crafts (and can be a great creative outlet). But what to do when your favorite craft store is closed or you can’t leave your house? Order in! Creative Twist Events is offering their customers arts and craft boxes, that ship directly to your home. In themes like Harry Potter, Fairy, JoJo Siwa, and even Room Make Over, there’s enough for all interests and ages.

Baby Bandstand Broadcast
Bring a musical experience by Baby Bandstand right into your own living room. Your little ones will get speech and language enrichment through music in a live and interactive virtual format. They’ll be able to engage with the instructors, as well as other students joining in from their homes. Each broadcast will be about 15 minutes long and can be accessed via Zoom. Baby Bandstand has also made sure to target times of the day when children may be craving engagement more than other times, such as breakfast, pre-nap, and bedtime.

Rockness Music House Party
A modern music class for kids, this rockin’ class will be live-streamed in your living room twice a week. Check out their unique methods that combine fun and education to bring you the very best preschool rock music class experience on the planet. Littles can get the energy out and dance around the room, all while sharpening their development with this energetic and interactive performance.

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks
Join Ms. Bri, Mr. Rob, and Miss Melissa on Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks’ virtual rock & roll classes for kids and their moms. Each class will be donation-based, with a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds will go to keeping their teachers financially supported during this difficult time.

Curious Kids
Curious Kids is offering all their classes virtually and doing online guest reader video stories on Facebook and Instagram. Looking for someone else to read your kids a bedtime story? Littles will love the reading of Sofa Dog by Ms. Peggie, with her dog— on her sofa (cue the adorable cuteness now).

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YogiBaby Music & Movement
Normally located in Wyckoff, YogiBaby Music & Movement is offering Facebook live classes for all their current students and they’re open for anyone to join in. Your littles will get in lots of fun stretches, jumping, and even learn some cool (and totally safe) new gymnastics tricks.

The Read Aloud
Your littles can learn through reading, one read aloud at a time. With a new storytime uploaded to Instagram TV every day, it’s something they can look forward to. Join them Monday through Friday on both Instagram and Facebook at  The.Read.Aloud.

Montclair Baby
Get active with your kids as young 4 weeks. Montclair Baby is offering yoga classes on Instagram and Youtube. Your littles will get to stretch and have fun with their favorite teachers, all while getting some pent up energy out.

 

It Had To Be You Photography
Sing along with this daddy/daughter duo over on @ithadtobyou’s Instagram Story daily, and even make song suggestions and special requests.

Cape May County Zoo
The Cape May County Zoo is hosting virtual Zoo School each day on Facebook Live, where they teach you about the different animals at the zoo and how they live, their natural habitats, how they’re cared for and trained. Littles will love getting this behind the scenes look at all their favorite zoo animals. Can’t make the live showing? No worries, they’ll be posting the video to their feed each day so it’s easy to access.

Little Rockers Music & Arts Play Center
Rock out with Little Rockers every Monday through Friday at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM, as well as Wednesday at 4 PM. Join in on the musical fun via their YouTube Channel 2LittleRockers.

Spotted Frog Art Studio
Your kids can attend a live art class with Tracey right from your living room. Draw, trace, and paint something fun with Tracey each day, or continue a piece of work that you started the day before. Your littles will be so proud to show off what they’ve created.

Gymboree Princeton
The teachers of Gymboree Princeton are working together to create customized virtual sessions to keep their Gymbo kids engaged during this time. From storytime to bubble time to some ‘Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes’ sing-alongs, you’re little will feel like they’re right back in the gym with their buddies.


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Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.

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