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Upcoming Live Events

Nest Virtual Meetup
Wednesdays • 10:00-11:00 am
Join Nest families for a morning get-together full of community and parenting support. Join via Zoom at start time.


Shababa!
Fridays • 10:00 am
Get ready for Shabbat! Join Jeni & her puppet friends for music, movement & guaranteed giggles. (Note: No Shababa on April 10 in observance of the Passover holiday.)
Join via Zoom at start time


PJCC Virtual Family Seder
Thursday, April 9 • 5:00-5:30pm
Join us for a FREE playful, interactive and meaningful virtual Seder led by Rabbi Lavey Derby, Jeni Markowitz Clancy, and musician Toby Pechner. We’ll explore the Passover traditions with a family-friendly virtual haggadah, singing, puppetry, and storytelling. This Seder is great for families with children ages 10 & under or those young at heart. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required; please register at this link.


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.

Do Something
Get involved in a global movement for good.

Interactive Educational Activities

Incorporate these robust activities into your daily learning time.

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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 First Friday Family Night: Virtual!
Friday, April 3 • 5:30 -6:30pm
Join CuriOdyssey as they take their First Friday Family Night’s virtual! Meet Beetlelady entomologist Stephanie Dole, PhD, and tour her at-home insect collection. May 1, meet falconer Kenny Elvin of Full Circle Falconry and see his amazing raptors up-close. Join in!

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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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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Stay Active (While Social Distancing)
Thursday, April 2 • 12:00 pm
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. Watch live on YouTube.

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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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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Daily Homeroom with Sal: How the World is Responding to and Changing with COVID-19
Friday, April 3 • 12:00 pm
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

Join the presentation live on YouTube on Friday, or watch the recording at a later time.

Parenting Small Children in the Time of COVID-19
Watch the recorded conversation with Jeni Clancy, PJCC Jewish Family Programs and Engagement Manager.

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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