Free Virtual Recreation Programs: how to stay engaged while staying home

June 4, 2020 | by Julian Baet

Even though our in-person programs have been cancelled through June, we still have multiple virtual resources available so you can stay active, healthy, and creative. Here are a few free online classes and programs that can be easily done from home.

This is a developing blog post and will be updated when more virtual activities become available.

SPR & ARC Virtual Programs

ASL with Kat

Hosted by: Specialized Programs

Always wanted to learn a new language or try a new skill, but never had the time? Follow along with Kat and learn how to communicate in American Sign Language! Lessons are posted on the Specialized Programs’ Facebook page.

Movement Break

Hosted by: Specialized Programs

These movement breaks are released every Friday until in-person programming resumes. You can follow along the first episode – a mindfulness break where participants can meditate and enjoy poetry from Glee and Drama.

Moving Minds LLC

Keep your kids healthy, active, and busy with online dance classes! Sessions are hosted every weekday on Instagram Live at 4 p.m. PST. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, all past videos are available on their website.

South Park Beats

Hosted by: Teen Late Night

This virtual program is for beginner producers and DJs ages 13-19. Working with a variety of modern music genres like hip hop and EDM, students will learn the basics of music theory, how to flip a sample, and inexpensive recording techniques to start creating their own music at home.

To register or for more information, email Jacob Alhadeff at [email protected] .

Lifelong Recreation Fitness Videos

Hosted by: Lifelong Recreation

Our classic fitness sessions now have an online platform! Follow along these instructional YouTube videos to the activity of your choice: yoga, Pilates, circuit training, and more.


Recycle and Science

Hosted by: 4-H

This fun and easy experiment involves building rubber band cars from objects you can find in your own home. You can find more at-home activities on 4-H here.

Museum at Home

Hosted by: The Museum of Flight

Enjoy a variety of engaging STEM activites! The Museum of Flight is providing virtual tours from curators, 3D explorations, stimulating DIY projects, digital exhibits, and much more.

Seattle Aquarium Live Cams

Hosted by: Seattle Aquarium

Missing those field trips to the aquarium? Thanks to Seattle Aquarium’s live cams, you can view your favorite seals and otters in real time!

Zoo to You

Hosted by: Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo helps bring the zoo to your home with printable activity books, DIY activities, and multiple educational resources for you to continue learning about amazing wildlife.

You can also enjoy educational videos of your favorite critters and creatures on their YouTube Channel.

Arts and Visual Crafts

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willem

Hosted by: The Kennedy Center

This 30-minute session on YouTube follows along instructor Mo Willem. Mo guides through casual conversation, and you can experience a variety of different doodling methods to de-stress while also increasing creativity.

Seattle Art Musuem Blog

Participate in virtual art shows, read stories about art from diverse perspectives, engage in inspiring art activities, and much more in Seattle Art Museum's blog.

Athletics – Instruction

Virtual Soccer Training

Hosted by: Soccer Specific Training

This New Jersey-based soccer team hosts weekly training livestreams on their Instagram and Facebook pages. They also provide a “homework” assignment for you to keep practicing your soccer skills at home.

Coronavirus and Youth Sports

Hosted by: Aspen Project Play

This webinar discusses ways to stay active at home, touching on topics including the importance of staying active, ideas for play, and how to adjust family routines during a time of social distancing.

Fitness, Health, and Wellness

Cosmic Kids Yoga

You and your tot can both stay active with Cosmic Kids Yoga! This YouTube channel encourage kids to stay active while having fun. To keep kids engaged, the yoga sessions use stories and themes including Star Wars, Disney movies, Harry Potter, and more. Designed for kids ages 3 and older.

Hobbies, Clubs, Lifestyles

Everett Imagine Children’s Museum

This non-profit organization posts a variety of virtual activities on their YouTube channel, including storytime, arts and crafts, and fitness videos for people of all ages to enjoy.

Quarantine Book Club: Chat with the Authors

Staying at home all day is the perfect scenario to catch up on new and favorite books. This Quarantine Book Club lets you meet talented authors on Zoom and have spirited discussions about their work, and about writing.

Water Park Simulation

Hosted by: Los Alamitos Recreation

In this light-hearted video, Los Alamitos Recreation provides a humorous and creative take on simulating your own water park in your backyard.

Performing Arts and Dance

Disney Free Online Theatre Course for Kids

Hosted by: Disney

Set the stage at home! This online course can be easily taught at home; parents only need to download the instructions and follow along the course plan with their kids.

Header illustration by: Christina Dean

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