Activities for Children

Looking for ways to keep kids entertained, educated, and engaged at home? The content on this page has been curated by the JCC’s early childhood and youth staff.

Zoom Classes for Preschoolers

June 8 – June 30
The APJCC Preschool is offering 19 different Zoom classes for preschoolers this month! These classes are FREE and open to the public. Each class is 30 minutes. Topics include crafts, food, the human body, science with household items, space facts, magical creatures, flannel board stories, Shabbat, summer, and language instruction in Hebrew, Mandarin, Spanish, and American Sign Language. For details and registration links, June Zoom with APJCC Preschool (PDF format).

More information: preschool@apjcc.org

Kids Online Fitness Classes (for 1st-8th graders)

Starting June 8

Afternoon fitness classes for kids, live streaming on Zoom, start the week of June 8.  For more information, contact alix@apjcc.org.

Breathe, Stretch, Shake, Let It Go! (1st-6th grades)
Are you stuck at home and looking for a way to be physically active? Start your week off right with a kid-friendly blend of yoga and pilates. Relax your mind and move your body with active stretching and focused breathing. Enhance your flexibility, strength, and body awareness all while having fun and meeting new friends. With JCC fitness instructor Else Green.
Date: Mondays ongoing, starting June 8
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Fee: $15 per class
Registration Link: click here

I Like to Move It, Move It! (2nd-8th grades)
This class is designed to get you MOVING! Join JCC personal trainer Andrew Price and use all your extra energy as you participate in fun challenges and make friends. Each week’s workout will be jam packed with new moves incorporating flexibility, cardio, balance, and strength training.
Date: Wednesdays ongoing, starting June 10
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Fee: $15 per class
Registration Link: click here

 

Virtual Dance Classes on Zoom for Kids Ages 3-5 Years

Virtual dance classes on Zoom are available for children ages 3-5 years old.

Fee is $20/week and allows you to take as many classes as you wish — take just one or two, or take all three!

• Creative Movement (ages 3-5 years): Mondays, 12:00-12:30pm

• Tap/Ballet (ages 3-5 years): Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:00 noon

• Hip Hop (ages 3-5 years): Fridays, 12:00-12:30pm

To sign up, email Jenn Flores, APJCC Dance Academy Director, at dance@apjcc.org.

 

Torah Heroes Class for Preschool-Age Children

The Torah is filled with inspiring characters who can motivate us to act with kindness, purpose and resourcefulness. Each half-hour session we will hang out with a new Torah Hero, using story, songs, and hands-on activities. Led by Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, APJCC Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator.
Dates: Tuesdays, May 19-June 9
Time: 12:30-1:00pm
Fee: Free, but must register in advance.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUof-msqDkuHN3kzrlTnPW70QJMcs3BjM2V
Delivery method: Zoom video conference

For more information, contact rabbimatzkin1@gmail.com.

 

Hebrew as a Second Language

New for the 2020-21 school year! The Beged Kefet Hebrew Language School will offer Hebrew as a Second Language (HSL) for children ages 6-8 years old, on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. The school year runs from September 2020 – June 2021.

To register, click here. (Need help with registration? You’ll find detailed instructions click here.)

Beged Kefet is a Hebrew language afterschool program for students in kindergarten through high school. It opened in September 2008 in response to the local community’s need and has been headquartered at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto since September 2009. Beged Kefet operates satellite campuses at the JCC in Los Gatos, as well as in Sunnyvale, Foster City, the East Bay, and Stanford.

Please contact Beged Kefet’s Los Gatos Campus Headmaster, Yael Karmi at bkyael@apjcc.org with any questions.

For more information see https://www.paloaltojcc.org/Beged-Kefet-Hebrew-School.

Beged Kefet is a creation of the ICC@JCC, a program of the Oshman Family JCC.

 

Camp Shalom Facebook Group

We’ve created a Camp Shalom Facebook Group for Camp Shalom families, where we are posting activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come “hang out” with your Camp Shalom friends!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THE CAMP SHALOM FACEBOOK GROUP

 

Websites Recommended by the APJCC Preschool

The JCC’s early childhood education director, Cyndi Sherman, recommends these resources for activities to do at home.

Mommypoppins
This one has lots of connections to many different organizations. Most are free.
https://mommypoppins.com/family/coronavirus-pandemic-update-indoor-activities-resources-kids

We Are Teachers and Popsugar
These two sites have links to museums and other places you could normally visit. For all ages.
https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/
and
https://www.popsugar.com/family/virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-kids-47315476

Art Bar
This has suggestions for open ended, developmentally appropriate art projects and activities for preschool to elementary school aged kids.
https://www.artbarblog.com/art-and-play-activity-guide-for-kids-in-quarantine/

My Bored Toddler
This is a website with many ideas for activities and projects for toddlers and younger preschoolers.
https://myboredtoddler.com/toddler-activities-collection/

Raising Dragons
This website is full of activities and ideas to keep children as young as 18 months old engaged and learning.
https://raisingdragons.com

Parents Place: Supporting Your Family During Coronavirus
Parents Place is offering many online resources about talking to children about what is happening and how to handle the disruption in their lives.
https://mailchi.mp/jfcs/a-lifeline-to-parents-during-coronavirus?e=b86bead1c5

“Homeshuling” Jewish Videos
Here’s a resource for fun Jewish videos for virtual learning:
https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2020/03/17/homeshuling-under-quarantine-fun-jewish-videos-virtual-learning

 

PJ Library Programs

PJ Library (a program of the Jewish Federation) offers this list of virtual story times, activities, recipes, and Jewish resources.

PJ Library Resources for Families Who Are Sheltering in Place
These resources for families who are staying home include recipes for cooking with kids, activities for learning languages, hands-on crafts, podcasts, and more.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations
This post is an evolving list of resources to help parents talk to their children, their children’s teachers, and each other about evacuations, quarantine, and other scary situations.

Keeping Peace at Home – Helping Kids Get Along
The Jewish value of shalom bayit (peace in the home) can mean peace among all family members, among other things. These six tips can help everyone in the house keep calm and carry on.

 

Born to Move: Exercise Videos for Kids

BORN TO MOVE is designed to nurture a life-long love of physical activity and helps children (4-5, 6-7, 8-12, 13-16) experience the joy and vitality of moving to music. Each session is created to feed young people’s natural appetite for action, movement and play, and it lets them enjoy the energy confidence, good healthy and increased ability that goes with it. You can use this link for access to 15 free BORN TO MOVE videos for families to use.

 

The Tech Interactive at Home

This is a collection of fun and easy activities for parents and educators. It also includes educational resources and links to educational IMAX films. There are lesson plans and activities that teachers and parents can adapt for at-home learning. There are a variety of materials for different grade levels, subjects and levels of independence.
https://www.thetech.org/athome

 

A Message from the JCC’s Aquatics Director

Michelle Tedford, the JCC’s Aquatics Director, asked us to share this message about keeping children safe if you have a swimming pool at home: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/20/children-on-quarantine-around-house-pools-can-be-dangerous/