With so much time at home now, many families are looking for ways to educate, entertain and support their kids. Virtual classes and camps are here to help!

Online programs can give kids a chance to explore a new interest or hobby while parents take a break. They offer an opportunity for routine and structure. And just like with in-person classes, there are academic and social benefits, too. Check out some local camps and classes offering virtual programs for kids.


Blackbird School

Homegrown in Portland, Oregon and available nationally, Blackbird School is the app for learning how to code online for everyone ages 11 and up. Live learning sessions, positivity-filled messages after each task, bite-sized manageable lessons, read-able instructions, Blackbird School is the answer for parents wanting to see their child dive deep enough into code that they become literate. Block-based code learning apps are wonderful for teaching the thinking process involved in writing programs, but don’t give access to an actual text-based programming language. Enter, Blackbird School, the bridge between “how?” and “ready.”

Ages: 11+

Dates: Ongoing

Cost: Free; pay what you can during school closures

Website: https://blackbird.school/


Classical Ballet Academy

Classical Ballet Academy continues to support its community in a time of social distancing by offering a comprehensive schedule of virtual classes for May and June. These interactive classes will keep your dancer active, connected with peers, and working towards a goal. CBA prides itself on offering performance opportunities for all ages. A virtual performance for family and friends will conclude the session! Email director@classicalballet.net for more information. Let’s keep dancing! 

Ages: 3-18

Dates: May 4-June 26

Cost: By donation

Website: https://www.classicalballet.net/


Dance with Joy Studios

Dance with Joy Studios is an art and activity wellness center offering daily fitness, dance and wellness activities, for students of all ages! We are dedicated to being a positive force in the world, adding joyful moments to each day, for our wonderful students and staff! Choose from a variety of styles: Ballet, Belly Dance, Bollywood, Contemporary, Folk, HipHop, Modern, Musical Theater, Tap, Ellové ®, Energy Flow, Meditation, MELT, Nia, Pilates, Qigong, Yoga, Zumba, Ballroom, Country, Salsa, Swing & Tango and more! Amazing instructors encourage success in an uplifting joyful community, making the world better one smile at a time! Questions? We are happy to help: support@dancewithjoystudios.com or (503) 704-5617.

Ages: All, Parent-Child (age 1-5), Tiny Toes (age 3-5), Kids (age 6-12), Teen & Adult (age 13+)

Dates: Daily

Cost: Varies; Sliding scale donation to $15

Website: http://www.dancewithjoystudios.com/schedule/


Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Girl Scouts makes learning, doing, and growing more fun! Find self-guided, free activities to keep girls engaged and connected as they discover STEM, the outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship. These age-specific, expert-created activities are open to all girls and families—not just Girl Scout members! Girls can become space science explorers by observing the moon’s cycle, learn the basics of coding using step-by-step algorithms, and even delve into the science of happiness—using techniques to improve their mood in healthy ways. Guided videos, text-based instructions, and downloadable activities fit seamlessly into daily life. Get started with Girl Scouts at Home today! Plus a new “activity of the day” is posted daily at https://www.facebook.com/GirlScoutsOSW.

Ages: Grades K-12

Dates: Anytime

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/at-home.html

Portland Music School

Portland Music School will have a big party when the doors open this summer for live classes. In the meantime, online lessons are fun and productive. Beginners or students with playing experience can enroll for morning, afternoon or evening lessons. Please request a free preview lesson to meet your teacher online and learn more about the Yamaha courses offered. Special pricing for siblings, parents, grandparents to enroll in the same lesson or at another time. Do you have an instrument at home? Then you are all set to take lessons using your computer, tablet or phone.

Ages: 6-103

Dates: Monday through Saturday morning and afternoon

Cost: $20 for 30 minutes weekly or twice-weekly lessons

Website: https://www.pdxmusicschool.com/

Ready Set Grow

Ready Set Grow is a yoga, movement, education and wellness studio for growing families. We are currently offering daily live-streamed classes and support groups for pregnant people, postpartum people, kids and families.

Ages: Adults, kids & families

Dates: Ongoing

Cost: Prices vary; drop-in rates, class cards and memberships available. We offer scholarships for underserved communities and those experiencing economic hardship due to Covid-19.

Website: https://andreadysetgrow.com/

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