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Youth & Family Virtual Community

Coming Up

Camp Keff

Coffee with Carly
Thursday, May 6 • 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Get your first sneak peek at what we have in store for our campers in grades K-8 this summer. Learn about the KEFF values we live by and teach to our campers, as well as the health and safety standards we’ll implement to ensure our campers stay safe. We’ll also have time to answer any questions you might have!

This event takes place via Zoom. Registration required. Hope to see you there!


Great Family Programs

Youth Watercolor Classes (Ages 8-15)
New Session Starts Soon!
Sundays, April 11–May 16 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • $175 Members/$200 Public • Register Today

Budding artists will learn how to paint with traditional watercolor techniques, including layering transparent washes, building color gradation, and using tones and values to create forms. Students will learn how to think creatively and see that what is ordinary can become extraordinary in a painting! Instructor will provide step-by-step demonstrations to the group as well as individual guidance. Students will create their artwork using reference materials (still-life, paintings, book illustrations, or photographs). Thanks to the small class size, each student receives significant individual attention from the instructor, Shirley Lim.


Yom Ha’atzmaut Story Time on Facebook Live
Thursday, April 15 • 4:00 pm
Giggle, move, groove & share a PJ Library story to celebrate Israel’s birthday with Jeni & her puppet friends. Takes place on the PJCC’s Facebook page.


Make Lunches for Samaritan House

Multiple Dates: Saturday, May 8; Saturday, June 12
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Do a mitzvah (good deed) and make sandwiches for our neighbors at the Samaritan House. On the 2nd Saturday of the month, please make 20 sack lunches. Each lunch should include:

  • A sandwich. It can be peanut butter & jelly, a cheese sandwich, tuna salad, or egg salad. Your choice.
  • A piece of fruit – apple, orange, banana
  • A small bag of baby carrots
  • A single serving package (1.5-2oz) of either cookies or potato chips.
  • A juice box or water
  • Napkin

Please decorate your lunch bags and/or include a note of kindness.

Deliver your lunch bags to the back lot of the Samaritan House located at 4301 Pacific Blvd in San Mateo between 10:00am–12:00pm.

Registration required. Only sign up one person to represent your household. Each person signed up will need to make 20 lunches. If you have any questions, please contact Michele at msolomon@pjcc.org.


Cooking Fun

My Jewish Kitchen — Cooking. Learning. Fun!
Upcoming Dates: April 20 and May 11 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM (all dates) • $10 per household
Join virtual cooking classes in Kansas City where we pack our bags and “visit” places all over the world. Make delicious kosher dishes from each of the below exotic locations, learn about the rich Jewish culture in those locations, and the best part, enjoy a taste of what you’ve made. Come ready to make something amazing!

For ages 6+ and an adult sidekick. No experience needed! Takes place via Zoom. Pre-registration required.

*Register via the Zoom link for each class. Stacey Belzer will then contact you to complete payment. Participants will receive the recipe and Zoom link upon completion of registration.


On-Demand Activities & Learning Resources

Ways to Get Involved

Use your time for good… make a positive difference.


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Count Me In: Social Justice Initiative at the PJCC
We’ve shared a number of ways that you and your family can get involved and support our local community—today! We’ll be adding more as time goes on, too.

Random Acts of Kindness: Kindness Resources
There’s always time to be kind… and there’s no better time than now! Make an impact in your community with a few tangible actions. Get some ideas and show those around you some kindness today!

Do Something
Get involved in a global movement for good.

Fun Family Activities

Spend time together and make special family memories with these creative ideas!

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Bay Area Outdoors: Safely Enjoy Bay Area Open Spaces & Preserves
The Bay Area is home to awe-inspiring beauty and over a million acres of parks and preserves and thousands of miles of trails. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their value to all of us has never been more clear – for our heads and our hearts. That’s why the members of TOGETHER Bay Area – a regional coalition working for lands, people, and communities – are asking all residents and visitors to please follow your county’s rules for safe, responsible park use. Let’s all do our part to take care of our parks, so that they can continue to stay open, and take care of us. #LoveYourParks6feetApart

Wide Trails for Walks and Hikes While Social Distancing
To help you find your place in our open spaces, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) put together a list of wide trails that allow for social distancing. These outings and others are there for you during difficult times, thanks to POST and their partners.

Backyard Fun
Ready to get away from the screen and enjoy some outdoor time with the kids? Enjoy these simple, but 100% enjoyable activities for backyard fun, compiled by Family eGuide.

15 At-Home Family Activities for Tweens and Teens
Looking for a new at-home adventure for your family? These fun ideas will spark conversations, build connections, and create positive memories.

How to Throw the Ultimate Backyard Movie Night
As the nights get a little warmer, the backyard beckons! Enjoy a family film al fresco with these tips for putting together a stress-free outdoor movie night.

20 Fun Games to Play on Zoom: Easy Virtual Zoom Games for Families
Looking for fun games to play during your next family Zoom call? YouTuber ShawnMHowell suggests 20 easy virtual zoom games for you to play with kids of all ages.

13 Things To Do At Home That Are Fun For the Whole Family
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make for the most meaningful moments. Woman’s Day compiled a list of screen-free activities that you and your kids will enjoy doing together.

Interactive Educational Activities

Incorporate these robust activities into your daily learning time.

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Academy@Home
Whether you’re searching for STEM activities for the kids or just want to keep tabs on your favorite Academy creatures, the California Academy of Sciences has assembled an eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects to help you stay learning and engaged, wherever you are.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Learning at Home
Monterey Bay Aquarium has created a selection of resources to support children’s learning at home. Enroll in online courses, complete guided activities, play ocean-themed games, and more.

Follow a Bird’s Migration Story
In this game, written by Audubon New York, you can follow the journeys of five North American bird species as they leave for their spring migration. Select the bird by clicking on its picture, and then click the arrow to follow its migration story. Learn more about the wonderful world of birds!

Teen eResources for Sheltering at Home
The San Jose Public Library has curated a list of free online resources especially for teens. Find helpful information on learning and study; helpful suggestions for de-stressing; boredom-busting tips; and more.

10 Easy Science Experiments That Will Amaze Kids
With these experiments—most of which include simple household items—kids will learn about air compression, acids and bases, chemical reactions, elements, and so much more. Get ready to be wowed!

Learning Resources from the Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco will be sharing remote learning resources, featuring bite-sized activities, prompts, and worksheets to kick off the school week. Follow them on Facebook to join in the fun!

Curiodyssey Science Experiments for Kids
Science isn’t just something you do in a lab or in a classroom. You can do science with your kids any time, any day! Do a science activity yourself, at home! Try out an experiment from experts at Curiodyssey, and discover something amazing!

Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources
An extensive selection of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Browse and search their portal to find resources for your family.

Smithsonian Game Center
The Smithsonian provides a selection of games designed with clear learning objectives, vetted by their team of curriculum experts. Learn about the world around us—and have fun while you’re doing it!

Enjoy Nature at Home
You don’t need to venture far to experience nature. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District offers a number of engaging activities to explore nature close to home, or even at home!

Educational Webcams & Virtual Tours

Put on your explorer’s cap and investigate amazing locations around our state, the globe… and the universe.

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How Are Coral Reefs Formed?
Explore the deep… enjoy a virtual field trip and learn how coral reefs are formed!

Have a Home Safari!
Every day at noon Pacific, the Cincinnati Zoo offers a live “spotlight” featuring one of their amazing animals. You can also “visit” previous guests and complete creative crafts, games, and more.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams
Take a trip down the California coast and say hello to our aquatic neighbors! Check out life on the coral reef, peek in on the penguins, watch for birds and boats on the Bay, see what’s happening in the open sea, and more.

Take a Virtual Tour – National Park Style
See the beauty of Yellowstone from a variety of perspectives.

National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour
Even from home, you can take a “day trip” to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.!

Explore Space with NASA!
This engaging website includes interactive games, hands-on science experiments, and more.

Welcome to MARS
Explore the real surface of Mars, as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover… right on your own computer or device!

Tour the Great Wall of China
Travel along this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stories & Songs

Connect at family time with creative tales as well as music to match a variety of moods.

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Storytime with San Mateo County Libraries
The library in your living room (family room, or anyplace at home)! San Mateo County Library brings you stories, songs, and other fun activities with library staff. Join in live or view previously recorded adventures.

PJ Library Listen
Family-friendly story podcasts, sleepytime tunes, holiday playlists, dance mixes, read-alouds, sing-alongs—something for everyone.

BimBam
Connect to Judaism through videos on this digital storytelling website for all ages.

Storyline Online
Dozens of books, read aloud by well-known actors.

Mindfulness & Movement

Take a break during your day, or wind down in the evening, with some mindfulness and movement activities.

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Win It in a Minute!
Have fun and help your kids build their gross-motor skills! This activity gets kids moving and it’s perfect for a “brain break.”

Stay Active (While Social Distancing)
Want to make sure your kids are physically active during school closures? Sal Khan of Khan Academy talks with guest Michelle Carter, Senior Program Manager of SHAPE America, about helping children stay active while practicing social distancing.

Go Noodle
Super-fun movement and mindfulness activities designed by child development experts. (Free app download required.)

Cosmic Kids Yoga
YouTube videos for mindfulness and relaxation, especially designed for young children.

The Best Movement & Action Songs for Children
Fun ideas from a veteran preschool teacher for helping your kids get the wiggles out! Perfect for family time, or just a little break in the day.

Art & Crafts

Spark your creativity with these fun, friendly, and educational sites the whole family will enjoy!

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From our Friends at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
TAC Studios
First Sundays and Second Tuesdays, October 4–December 8

Teens, join us for our Teen Art Connect (TAC) Studio Arts program to meet local artists, visit their studios, and make art. Take the opportunity to expand your creativity and artistic awareness, build your portfolio with art projects including cyanotypes, paper weavings, and collage, or simply spend time with peers and professional artists!

Art-Making with Bay Area Artists: Virtual art-making workshops with local artists will be held on the first Sunday of each month from October-December. An art toolkit with project materials will be provided and shipped, free of charge, to each participant. Registration is limited, and open to Bay Area teens only.

Artist Studio Visits: Virtual studio visits are offered on the second Tuesday of each month and are open to all teens.

Free for teens; registration required.


Projects Inspired by the de Young’s Bouquets to Art
Missing the de Young’s popular annual exhibit, Bouquets to Art? Bring it home with activities
Vegetable Stamp Floral Art-Making and Craft Your Own Bouquet.

Springtime Activities with Keff@Home
The Camp Keff team created videos featuring some of their very favorite Spring Camp activities, which you and your family can do together. Check out the YouTube playlist featuring their how-to’s.

10 Easy Cool DIY Projects For Teens to do At Home
Have a teen who loves to get crafty? Have them try out these do-it yourself craft projects. Or, work on them together as a family!

6 DIYs Using Stuff You Already Have Around Your House!
Feeling the desire to get creative, but don’t want to make a trip to the craft store? HGTV Handmade presents some DIY activities using items you probably already have around your house!

Color the World!
This site offers nearly 700 printable coloring pages, with categories ranging from the serious and scientific (anatomy, animals, and plants) to the fun and whimsical (fairies, foods, and decorative patterns). You and your kids will enjoy the creative process!

How To Make Indoor Kites
Ever thought you could fly a kite indoors? Well, you can! Try out these simple directions for making a variety of kites using basic materials you probably have at home now!

Peninsula Open Space Trust: Bay Area Wildlife Coloring Book
Teach your kids about our local Bay Area wildlife with our new printable coloring book. The five critters you’ll meet in this booklet are all Bay Area natives that live in or near our local creeks. It’s easy! Download your copy and print from your home printer today. Happy coloring!

Frida Kahlo Self-Portraits
Take the time for some introspection with a Frida Kahlo inspired self-portrait activity, courtesy of the Museum of Craft & Design. Look to your dreams, fears, pets, and surroundings for additional elements to convey. A great project for artists of all ages.

PJ Library At-Home Resources
Stay busy and have fun at home with this wealth of activities compiled by our friends at PJ Library.

Three-Ingredient Playdough
Sometimes the simplest activities are the best activities! Introduce your kids to this time-honored homemade craft that inspires creativity.

Timely Resources for Parents

Tips and ideas to help you guide your children during this unique time.

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Sesame Street in Communities
Working with the JCCA, the Sesame Workshop has provided some wonderful resources through their social impact site, www.sesamestreetincommunities.org, which houses all of their digital resources. We believe the following may be of special interest to you during this time:

Daily Homeroom with Sal: How the World is Responding to and Changing with COVID-19
Bill Gates joins Khan Academy’s Sal Khan to discuss how the world is responding to and changing with COVID-19. For more information visit: http://khan.co/KA-remote.

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
A helpful article from The New York Times.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Additional tips from PBS KIDS, for parents.

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