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From virtual events dedicated to helping local businesses to free music classes, there’s plenty for moms, dads and kids to look forward to this weekend. If you want to get outside, here’s some tips on how to stay safe and avoid coronavirus.

THINGS TO DO

Broadway lover Rosie O’Donnell is bringing her show back for one night, along with Tony Award winners and Broadway performers this Sunday night, March 22. The live stream will feature actors from their own homes. It’s a HUGE list, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Chenoweth, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Gloria Estefan, Ben Platt, Chita Rivera, Darren Criss, Matthew Broderick and many more (see the full lineup). The show benefits the Actors Fund, helping those in the performing arts community who need health insurance, housing resources and more.

If Broadway isn’t your thing, the Metropolitan Opera is streaming some of its shows from the last 14 years. Streams occur every night at 7:30 pm and are available until 3:30 pm the next day. Schedule and details can be found here.

On weekdays, author and artist Mo Willems will livestream Lunch Doodles to inspire your lil’ artist. Every weekday at 1 pm for the next several weeks, Willems will be inviting people of all ages into his studio to learn some new skills. All you need is crayons, pencils, paper and an imagination.

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can check out virtual tours of museums, parks and natural icons like the largest temple complex on Earth, Yellowstone National Park, Champs-Élysées, the gardens of Versailles and more.

Don’t forget to catch Animal Planet’s marathon of newborn puppies and kittens or Hallmark’s Christmas Movie Marathon! And if you want to watch Netflix with your friends, you can use a Google Chrome extension to have a virtual watch party with anyone, anywhere.

CLASSES TO TRY

Prime Cycle in Hoboken will host a free gym class for students during lunch on Instagram Live. The noon-12:30 pm class is designed for parents and kids ages 6-10 and the 12:30-1 pm class for parents and kids ages 11 and over. Families just need an Instagram account and to follow @primecycle.

Planet Fitness is also hosting free, live-stream fitness classes daily at 7 pm on its Facebook page.

Teens can take advantage of nearly 500 free online courses from Ivy League schools like Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Courses are available on Class Central with unlimited enrollment and no admission process. Topics range from engineering to business to computer science.

Sign up for Codecademy, where you can try 180 hours of coding content for free. Coditum is also offering online coding classes, which includes one-on-one sessions through a video link.

Khan Academy has a free program called Imagineering In a Box, which takes kids behind the scenes of rides and attractions. This free class, designed for middle and high schoolers, shows students how math, physics and engineering are used to design rides through 32 videos.

If your mini musicians are eager to pick their instruments back up, head to Facebook to see Rockness Music’s online lessons. Designed for ages 10 and under, class topics cover everything from drumming to STEAM.

Thanks to Zoom video-conferencing, The Writers Circle is offering virtual workshops, talks and social events meant to encourage creative writing opportunities.

Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that’s trained education professionals to prepare students for critical life skills, is providing free mindfulness lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the next few weeks at 1 pm. Classes include exploration of mindful activities, movement and read alouds. There’ll be interactive activities like mindful eating and 30 minutes of mindfulness to encourage a restful break from daily life.

Urban Souls is offering yoga and meditation via live stream. Once you register, a Zoom link will be sent to your email.

If you have a virtual event you’d like us to share, please email calendar@njfamily.com.

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