Weekend Family Fun for June 4-7 brings you a mix of activities. On Friday at 5 p.m. the state moves into Phase 2 of its coronavirus recovery plan. Here are all the details about that. Our gatherings will include outdoor activities, small groups, social distancing and masks. With that in mind, here are a few things that families can do this weekend.
Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other
Parent of preschoolers: If you haven’t used this resource yet, it’s a good one to know about. Naturally “Sesame Street” and its creators put together a list of resources we need for this time. There are episodes about soothing and comforting, a PBS Kids newsletter, self-care tips for parents, and more. It’s one to bookmark. sesamestreet.org/caring
Small But Might Story Time
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis offers “Small But Might Story Time” in which educators read books about children involved in breaking barriers. One example: “Drum Dream Girl” by Margarita Engle, which won the Pura Belpré Award for Illustration. civilrightsmuseum.org
Time for Kids
Time for Kids has made its library free through July. This of course is the educational resource that many of our kids receive free at school. Look for magazines for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade. time.com/tfk-free
Strong Museum of Play
This Rochester museum for kids is new to a lot of Baltimore families, but is worth a look. On June 8, it hosts a virtual pirates and mermaids story time, which sounds about right for a beach frame of mind. Check them out. museumofplay.org
Sloths, sea otters, Humboldt penguins and more. Young animal lovers can go behind-the-scenes with this zoo’s staff through Facebook Live events or by watching their YouTube videos. Oregon Zoo is notable for the conservation awards it has received, too. oregonzoo.org
#Kidlit Community: Rally for Black Lives
Children’s authors Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, Gene Luen Yang and others talk to kids at 7 p.m. about racism in our country and ways they can address it. At 7:45 p.m., the authors speak to parents, educators and librarians. The event will be on Facebook Live at @thebrownbookshelf.
Interactive Preschool Story Time
Kids can get out their wiggles and hear a good book at this weekly story time sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library, 10 a.m. bcpl.info
Lift Every Voice Virtual Book Club
This week, Joyce Hesselberth will read her book, “Pitter Pattern,” ideal for ages 4-8. Visit The Ivy Bookshop’s website to register for this Zoom event. 10 a.m. theivybookshop.com
Battle of the Books: Live Q&A with Molly Brooks
It’s a day for the books—so many literary events! This one is a Zoom Q&A with author Molly Brooks. Register here. A valid email is needed and registration closes one hour before the program. 7-7:45 p.m. bcpl.info
Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk
Virtually tune in on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. as this Main Street District shares art and fun. Expect demos, live music and more. Thunderstorms are expected Friday night, but that’s OK when the event is virtual. Stir up a cocktail and tune in for a night of art from your favorite chair.
Station North Shines: Asia North 2020
At 8 p.m., check out this show of 25 regional Asian and Asian American artists in another virtual art walk. The in-person event was a huge success last year, and a similar live event will be rescheduled for the fall. In the meantime, here’s one hour to appreciate the beauty and power of these artists’ work.
This week’s free art-making workshop, brought to you by the Creative Alliance, will have you and your kids making a Gee’s Bend-inspired paper quilt. Needed materials are those easily found at home, and no registration is required. 11 a.m.-noon on Facebook Live. creativealliance.org
A Moment for Mom: Zumba
Head back to the Creative Alliance’s creative space later in the day for Zumba with Alondra, who one of the organization’s Artesanas. Dance away your stress via Facebook Live at 6 p.m. But please note: Alondra offers a Zumba class for kids on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. creativealliance.org
Lutherville Peaceful Protest for George Floyd
In honor of George Floyd, protesters will peacefully assemble at the corner of Francke and Seminary avenues in Lutherville at noon. All participants must wear a mask and remain 6 feet part from others.